If you have recently discovered you have a bed bug problem, you are probably distraught and worried that you are going to have to buy all new mattresses for your family. The truth is, there are ways you can get rid of the bed bugs and not have to get rid of bedding. Here are a few ways to make that happen.
Get Rid of the Bed Bugs
When it comes to getting rid of bed bugs, the first thing you need to do is to understand that they are probably everywhere. If they are not now, once you use the extermination products, they may travel to other areas of your home. Take all clothes and linens to a laundromat. Wash and dry them on the hottest settings possible. Remove everything from cupboards, drawers and closets. It is a good idea to store them in new, plastic containers while treating the house. Buy a couple of different products specifically for killing bed bugs and their eggs. You may want to use some type of spray, and then, after it dries, use a powdered product. Apply them to the entire house according to the manufacturer's directions. Be sure to remove drawers to spray inside the dresser or cabinets, paying attention to the seams and the drawer runners. Apply the products to the edge of carpets, around any woodwork, and the underside of all furniture.
Treating Your Mattress
Purchase a hand-held steamer and use it on the mattress at the hottest setting. Go over any seams or folds two or three times, being sure to pull them taut while steaming them. Next, using the furniture tool, vacuum the entire mattress. Apply the spray bed bug product and allow it to dry. Vacuum the mattress again and then apply the dust or powder. Do the same to the box spring. Finally, put a bed encasement that is labeled as bed bug certified on both pieces. Keep the encasement on them for at least a year.
Bed bugs are not fun and can be a hassle to get rid of. If you are not sure you have eliminated them completely, or if you see them again, it is time to contact a professional pest control company to help out. Once you are sure you are free of these biting pests, ask the exterminator for tips on preventing another infestation. It is usually a good idea to have a second treatment just to be sure they are all dead and gone.
After living with a pest problem in our home for years, I kind of figured the bugs were there to stay. I had tried just about every kind of at-home treatment that I could think of, but nothing was working. It was frustrating, but I knew that there had to be something that could help. After failing for what seemed like the millionth time, I finally decided to work with a professional exterminator. The expert was incredibly proficient and knowledgeable about pest problems, and remarkably, he removed all of the pests from our house that day. This blog is all about working with a pro to eliminate pest problems.