How to Deal with a Bed Bug Infestation

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Bed bugs can be really frustrating. One moment you’re having a good night’s rest. The next morning you wake up to a body full of red marks left by these nasty critters. If the infestation has gone full blown, it’s best that you reach out to a pest control expert to take care of the problem for you. If you need to, you can visit ,experts in dealing with bed bugs.
Where Bed Bugs Hide
Bedbugs may enter your home undetected through luggage, clothing, used beds and couches, and other items. Their flattened bodies make it possible for them to fit into tiny spaces, about the width of a credit card. Bedbugs do not have nests like ants or bees, but tend to live in groups in hiding places. Their initial hiding places are typically in mattresses, box springs, bed frames, and headboards where they have easy access to people to bite in the night.
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However, these tiny creatures can spread over time to nearby rooms and can even hide in your luggage and travel with you! So don’t be surprised if a squeaky clean hotel has bed bugs in them. It could be that a guest before you had some unwanted companion in his luggage and chose to make the hotel its permanent residence.
Keep the Infestation from Spreading
Anything removed from the room should be placed in a sealed plastic bag and treated.
Items that cannot be treated should be placed in a sealed plastic bag and left for an extended period of time to ensure any active bugs are dead (research shows variation in the length of time needed, but it can be as long as a year).
Empty the vacuum after each use.
Seal the bag and throw it out in an outdoor trash container.
Don’t discard furniture if you can eliminate the bed bugs from it.
If furniture cannot be salvaged, discard it responsibly. Destroy it so someone else won’t be tempted to bring it into their home. For example:
Rip covers and remove stuffing from furniture items.
Use spray paint to mark furniture with “Bed Bugs.”
Take steps to have infested items picked up as soon as possible by the trash collection agency.
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Killing the Bed Bugs
Rubbing Alcohol or Detergent
Use rubbing alcohol or water and detergent applied from a good, big spray bottle. The spray bottles from home improvement and department stores are adequate. A better buy would be to use used and higher quality spray bottles for laundry pre-treatment, glass cleaners, car interior cleaners etc.
Chemical Insecticides.
This is optional, because the residual effect they have is minimal at best and its toxicity to humans. Use insecticide in out of the way places or where an aerosol spray would be more effective than from a spray bottle.
Suffocate Bedbugs
After cleaning your bed especially at the corners, cover them with cheap, clear plastic bags for mattresses. Cover the box spring with the mattress cover too. Do not use the mattress cover with zippers because they cost more and especially if they have fibers in them that bedbugs can get a foothold on to climb and lay eggs. Seal the plastic bags with paper or masking tape.
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In experimenting what works for you, make sure to select the methods that are safe , effective and legal.