How to treat bed bugs, this can be some what of a dilemma for many who find themselves with an infestation of blood sucking parasites on their hands.
Of course you may want to consider bringing in professional pest control experts, however this can prove to be very costly, making it a non started for many people.
This article looks at how to treat bed bugs in your home without breaking the bank. So where do you begin?
Preparation Before Bed Bug Treatment
De-clutter the room, place any items you no longer need or want in plastic bags and dispose of them. Launder all bedding, clothing etc. at high temperatures and tumble dry – again, on a high setting. Immediately place all treated items into clean plastic bags or containers with tight fitting lids to prevent re-contamination. Once the room has been cleared you are ready for the next step.
How To Treat Bed Bugs With Steam
Using a vacuum cleaner vacuum everything in the room. Bed bugs are most often found in creases and folds of your mattress, around buttons, labels and handles. They also regularly hide out along the base of headboards, in box springs, pillows etc. However, remember they will hide out and breed in furniture, upholstery, closets,and even obscure places like inside alarm clocks,electrical goods and so on. N.B. Empty and clean your vacuum cleaner thoroughly immediately after you complete this task.
Retrace your steps using a steam cleaner – this part of the process is the most important because the steam will kill bed bugs at all stages of development. However it is vital that your steam cleaner can maintain a temperature in excess of 120 oC. You must the move steam cleaner head slowly over the surface keeping the nozzle just above the surface otherwise the temperature will be greatly reduced and the bed bug treatment less effective.
How To Prevent And Treat Bed Bugs In Your Bed!
Seal your mattress, box spring and even your pillows using bed bug proof encasements. This will both prevent further bed bugs taking up residence in your bed and stop any remaining bed bugs feeding or migrating to other areas of the room. Bed Bug traps are also a simple but effective way of ensuring that these tiny vampires don’t make it to their next meal. A simple cup like trap filled with crawling insect dust, placed under each of the legs on you bed will prevent them from reaching bed covers and mattresses.
How To Treat Bed Bugs Which Escape The First Time Round!
Use a non toxic bed bug spray or crawling insect dust as an extra insurance policy to kill off any bugs and eggs which may have escaped treatment. If you are using bed bug spray it is important that you choose carefully. Some will only kill bugs on contact and will have no lasting effect. It is best to purchase one which will be effective over a period of time. Crawling insect dust is also a very safe and successful way to kill any remaining bed bugs. However it will take much longer to kill them!