There is nothing more disturbing than waking up in the middle of the night to find these creepy creatures crawling everywhere. Bedbugs are world travelers being easily transported via luggage clothing, furniture and bedding, and have had a dramatic resurgence in the recent times primarily due to their developing resistance to the commonly used insecticides.
Even more alarming is the fact that this little monsters are found in places like hospitals, emergency rooms and even luxury hotels. This simply means that you don’t have to be in an untidy home for them to show up. That’s a relief but what would be more helpful is getting rid of them once and for all.
So let’s get to the steps!
Here Is The Best Way To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs
1) Act Immediately
One of the key lessons you should know about bedbugs, if you see one of them, it’s probably not the only one. Immediately identify the areas bedbugs are most commonly found and inspect them.
Bedbugs don’t just hide on beds, check all areas they commonly hide in, including the bed, sofas, chairs, nightstands, dressers and even carpets and curtains.
2) Integrated Pest Management
Once you have identified the area’s most commonly affected by the bedbugs, its time to implement multiple tactics including preventive measures, sanitation and use of chemicals like bedroom guardian to target these sites.
Though it’s possible to get rid of bed bugs by using cold temperatures, this requires the chilling period to be maintained for at least two weeks. Thus, heat might be a better option.
3) Bag and Launder
Items that cannot be laundered but can be bagged can be De-infested by placing them in a plastic bag and placing them the hot sun for a few days. Monitor the center-most temperatures and ensure its 122ºF/50ºC minimum.
All linen, cloth and leather bags, mattress covers, etc. should be machine washed on hot. Tumble dry on hot too. Steam is a great bedbug killer. Ensure the cleaned items are not reinfected.
Items that cannot be washed but are too valuable to be discarded should be sprayed with non-toxic spray and bagged for a few months. Use steam to kill both bedbugs and eggs by pointing a steam generating machine at them. You can use a simple electric kettle if you attach a tube to direct the steam to all corners and seams.
Bedbugs can be nasty creatures, but with careful and systematic measures, its possible to get rid of them!