How You Can Exterminate Bed Bugs
The bed bug infestation problem is not going away any time soon – that is a fact!
Because these blood sucking pests hide out in all sorts of obscure places, trying to exterminate bed bugs is no easy task. One thing is for certain it is essential that you begin to exterminate bed bugs as soon as you identify a problem in your home.
If you spot the infestation before it spreads and gets out of control you should be able to deal with them yourself. However, if the bed bugs are large in numbers and widespread your only option may be to hire someone to exterminate the bed bugs for you. Remember these thing can spread quickly and whilst you may think you have done a good job exterminating the bed bugs there could well be a new batch of eggs ready to hatch.
Let’s start at the beginning and work through how you should exterminate bed bugs.
You will firstly have to be sure that bed bugs are the problem. Usually the first sign is wakening in the morning to discover a red itchy rash or welts on exposed parts of your body – typically the arms, legs, face etc. Other signs include blood spots on bedding where a bug may have been crushed in the night, dark fecal matter left by the bugs – if you wipe these small marks with a damp rag they will smear if it is fecal matter. You may even come across bed bug skins which have been shed as the bug matures.
Bed bugs will hide out in all kinds of places – clocks, light switches, smoke alarms, cracks and crevices in walls and floors, inside furniture, in the box spring of your bed, in the creases and folds of your mattress. It takes time but this part of the process of exterminating bed bugs is vital.
2. Let’s Exterminate Bed Bugs!
Do not be under any illusions exterminating bed bugs can be a long drawn out process so be prepared to do battle.
If you have children or pets in the house, there are many products available for this task however a lot of these are not advisable and extremely toxic especially. If real heavy duty chemical treatment is required call in the professional exterminators – you may even have to leave your home while the treatment is applied. Fear not there are other methods!
Begin by clearing away any clutter making sure that it is all placed in plastic bags and sealed in the room where the infestation is. This should prevent other areas of the house being infected. Bed bugs will hide in magazines, books etc. so if possible get rid.
Using a vacuum cleaner systematically vacuum the whole room – the best place to start is with the mattress, pay particular attention around buttons, handles and labels as well as in creases and along seams. Don’t forget to vacuum in drawers, closets, curtains and soft furnishings, chairs and so on – cover every area. I should also mention that clothing should be placed in sealed plastic bags and taken to be laundered at as high a temperature as possible or placed in a tumble dryer on a high heat for around ten minutes. Don’t forget those obscure places like electrical sockets, lamp shades, smoke alarms, clocks etc. Dispose of the contents of your vacuum cleaner in a sealed plastic bag immediately.
The next stage which I would recommend you carry out though it is not entirely essential is to steam clean the room. The vacuum should have gotten rid of bed bug eggs, nymphs and possibly some adult bugs but by carrying out the same systematic clean using a steam cleaner you should kill any remaining bugs at all stages of development. The advantage which using steam has over chemicals is that it will kill eggs which many chemicals can not permeate allowing them to go on to hatch.
If however you decide you want to use a spray there are quite a few natural, organic ones available for example Bed Bug Patrol, Eco Friendly Living and Kleen Free Naturally. All of these should exterminate bed bugs whilst at the same time being 100 % safe for use around children and pets. Kleen Free Naturally can even be used as a laundry detergent for any clothing which may have become infested.
On paper the whole process to exterminate bed bugs appears simple and straight forward – the reality is a little different. You may have to invest a lot of time and effort repeating this process before you can finally declare your home a bed bug free zone!