If you are facing the issue with bed bugs at your home then you know the intensity and trouble caused by this insect. These horrible and annoying insects feed on the blood of human beings and pets at home especially during night times when everyone is asleep. It will leave you with itchy red bumps and rashes and requires immediate attention to stop the infestation. Many methods could be employed to kill and get rid of these bed bugs, but it is reliant on the level of infestation. If the infestation is already in an advanced stage, then these home remedies may not work and may require the services of expert pest control specialists like Hybrid pest Control.
How do you identify bed bugs?
Before you start acting against any kind of insects, you need to ensure that you are sure about their presence. Similarly, for bed bugs, you need to confirm that the problem causers are the bed bugs themselves and not any other insects. The best way to make sure is via visual identification of these bugs. But it could be very tricky, as they are active only in the night times and hide in hard-to-identify places during day time. Bed bugs are small white color when they are young and have no wings but 6 legs and antenna. As they grow older, they turn to brown color and become oval-shaped. When they feed on blood, they turn red and become thicker. They must be searched at the lining of bed sheets, mattresses, along the headboard, bed frames, floorboards, and linings of photo frames.
How to kill bed bugs?
Here are the steps to getting rid of bed bugs from your home.
Washing and Containment:
Bed bugs usually tend to live in fabrics and pose the danger of multiplying by laying eggs everywhere. You can start by washing all the fabrics in high-temperature water. Bed bugs and eggs are killed at high temperatures of around 120 degrees. Remove all the bedsheets, curtains, mattresses, and comforter and seal them in a plastic bag or bin. Then take them to the place of wash or washing machine. You need to ensure that even pets and their fabrics need to be given a thorough wash with a cleansing shampoo as bed bugs can attack them too. But you need to remember that before moving all these fabrics from the bedroom, you need to seal them in a bin or plastic bag. If you fail to do so, you could end up infesting your whole house with these insects.
The second step of eliminating bed bug issues is to target them directly by vacuuming your home. Try to vacuum every part of the room where you see the bed bug residues and also suspectable places of bed bug infestation. This helps to eliminate a significant portion of the insects much faster and easier. When you perform vacuum cleaning make sure that you give special attention to areas like mattress and bed sheet linings, couches, and areas around the bed. Try to reach all the corners of such possible areas of bed bug infestation. This is the time where you can eliminate the chances of successfully removing the insects.
Employ pest killing products:
Once you are done with vacuuming, you could try using many insecticides that are available in the market. There are many types of insecticides available in shops but do a bit of research on them and ensure their effectiveness. They come in the form of chemical sprays but it is not a much safer option as you would want to treat them on bedsheets and mattresses. There are also many organic sprays available in the market but again you must ensure their effectiveness. Steam is another safe option that using these chemicals to kill bed bugs. You could use the hot steam around sensitive areas like bedspreads, mattresses, and anywhere else where there are chances of high infestation. Steam could also be used before taking the clothes to wash to ensure that the majority portion of insects is eliminated.
Cover the Mattress liners:
You could cover the mattress lines with a fine cover that ensures that bed bugs cannot enter and reside in these places. Even if you finish treating the bed bugs, a small number could hide in such places leading to infestation after some time. This cover will protect the mattress linings from fresh entry and also prevent escape if they are already present. They are cost-effective and provide optimal protection.
Apply a Residual Bed Bug Killer:
The killing of bed bugs must be done in an organized manner as even one escaped insect could lead to an infestation. There are many residual bed bug killers available in the market that claim that when applied properly across possible areas, they clean up the bed bugs. You must apply or place these products along the bed bug travel routes or the places you have seen their signs. Take extra care on the fabric areas like bedspreads, cupboards, mattresses, couches, and pet beds as these are common residing areas. Bed bugs can stay without feeding for many weeks. They could lay eggs that take around 10 days to hatch. Hence you must apply these residues at regular intervals for successful elimination. Since they are smart and tricky creatures to be identified, short treatments will not do the job. You may feel that you have finished them, but will be surprised after seeing re-infestation.
If you have tried all the above methods and are still unable to successfully get rid of bed bugs, Hybrid Pest Control, is the best answer for this. We are an experienced and trusted pest control expert in Utah and use a variety of techniques to make sure that your home stays safe from these insects. We use the safest products that guarantee optimal protection of your family and pets.