Get Rid of Bed Bugs:
Bedbug infestations have sky rocketed in recent years. According to some reports, the number of bed bug infestations in some areas has increased by over 5000%. If you’re one of the unsuspecting victims who has bed bugs in there home, it might cost a pretty penny to get them removed.
One women reported paying over $3000 to remove bed bugs from her 2400 sq. ft. home in Orange County only to find the bed bugs return 1 month later. For the rest of us who can’t afford to shell out $3000 to remove these pests, there are cheaper alternatives.
You can also learn how to make your own bed bug detector for under $15.00. Not only is it cheap, it’s also proved to get better results than some professional bed bug monitors.
How to Remove Bed bugs
The best way to deal with a bed bug infestation is by sealing your mattress and pillows with a plastic bed-bug-proof zippered cover. This will trap the bugs inside and prevent them feeding on you during the night. Keep in mind t can take anywhere from 2 – 8 months for bed bugs to die from starvation.
Sealing your bedding helps control the problem but not all bed bugs make a home in your mattress or pillow. You also need to remove any bed bugs that may be hiding in other places. Check around your bed in any small crevices. Look behind the base boards, behind picture frames, in small cracks or joints and behind your headboard – all popular places for bed bugs to hide.
Once you’ve found the bed bugs hiding places you can kill them with high pressured steam and vacuum the remains. You can also try sprays but they are generally not very effective unless a high dose is applied more than once. Whenever you vacuum bed bugs make sure to dispose of the vacuum bag or clean the canister immediately. Also, don’t just throw it out or you could risk spreading bed bugs to neighbors, the garbage man etc.
You will also want to wash all of your clothes and place them in a hot dryer for at least 20 minutes. As an alternative you can freeze them at -5 C or lower for at least 5 days. These will ensure all the bedbugs have been killed and that the eggs will no longer be able to “hatch”.
Preventing Future Bed Bug Infestations
Now that you’ve removed the bed bugs you’ll want to prevent bed bugs from coming back.
The best way to accomplish this is to setup bed bug detectors and bed bug traps. You can use simple glue strips around your bed posts, carbon dioxide emitters, or expensive bed bug heat traps.
The goal of a bed bug trap is not to kill off all the bed bugs but to provide early warning that a bed bug infestation is imminent. Once you’ve caught even one bed bug in your trap you should be checking thoroughly to see where it came from. Where there’s one there’s many.
Bed bugs can migrate from a neighbors apartment through vents, electrical outlets or by simply walking down the hallway. You can also bring bed bugs home from public transit or from a hotel room, or just by having a friend stop by for a visit.
People from all walks of life are effected by bed bugs so don’t let it make you feel “dirty” or be ashamed of your bed bug problem. Instead take a proactive approach and remove the bed bug problem before it gets out of control.
Get Rid of Bed Bugs – Cheap Alternatives:
Getting rid of bed bugs can be a challenge and it can also be very expensive. Let’s look at some ways you can get rid of bed bugs in your own house.
The best way to get rid of bed bugs is to actually prevent bed bugs from ever getting into your home. You can avoid getting bed bugs by keeping a clean house, not leaving garbage or clothes lying around and by purchasing cheap yet effective bed bug deterrents. However, even if you bed-bug proof your house it is still possible to pick up bed bugs elsewhere and bring them back to your home. So it’s important that when traveling you keep a close eye on your luggage and your clothes. It’ also a good idea to keep your clothes sealed in a bed bug proof bag and wash them when you get home again.
Here’s a quick summary of preventing bed bugs from taking over your home.
- Clean your house regularly.
- Do NOT leave household garbage lying around.
- Purchase a bed bug device that will deter bed bugs from entering your home or room(s). Popular options include bait traps and electronic deterrents.
- Check bed bug reports before you stay at a hotel.
- Seal any luggage or clothing when traveling to a potentially bed bug infested location.
- Wash all clothing and garments when returning home from a trip.
Get Rid of Bed Bugs
Ok, so you’ve done everything you can to prevent bed bugs from entering your home but still – somehow – bed bugs have infested your house and now you need to get rid of the bugs. If you have some extra money by far the easiest and most effective way is to call an exterminator. A bed bug exterminator will have all the necessary skills and tools to get rid of your bed bug infestation. They can also help you bed-bug proof your home to prevent further infestations. However..I’m not going to lie – exterminators can cost a lot of money, especially if your bed bug problem is out of hand.
If you don’t want to spend hundreds, or even thousands of dollars on removing bed bugs then you need to take a hands-on approach. Here’s the steps you should follow to remove bed bugs from your home.
- Determine the source of the bed bug infestation. Try to locate the area with the highest density of bed bugs, this will most likely be the “source”. Keep in mind this doesn’t mean the bed bugs are originating from this point (they could of came from anywhere). It simply means that you should focus most of your attention in the immediate area in order to get rid of as many bed bugs as possible.
- Once you’ve found the source, strip the room of any garments and either dispose of them (throw them away) or wash them and dry them on high heat and manually inspect them afterwards. If you’re unsure, it’s best to just dispose of them. Make sure you seal them in a bed bug proof bag while you are transporting them.
- Purchase a commercial bed bug spray and douse the room, following the directions on the product. You may need to repeat this process more then once, so it’s a good idea to choose a time when you won’t require use of the room.
- Thoroughly vacuum the room to remove any dead bed bugs (or live bed bugs). Make sure to get in all the crevaces, behind picture frames, cracks in the floorboards, behind the molding etc. A thorough job is the only way to ensure the bed bugs won’t return.
- After you’ve vacuumed the room make sure you change the vacuum bag or clean the canister. Bed bugs can live for a very long time in some cases, so it’s best to remove any potential for them to reproduce.
- Repeat process 3 -> 5 until you are sure you have removed all of the bed bugs in the room.
- If you havn’t already, you should clean your mattress very thoroughly and remove any dead or live bed bugs.
- Purchase a new mattress, or purchase a cheap bed bug mattress cover to ensure that no living bed bugs will be able to stay alive in the mattress.
Voila! For 90% of bed bug cases the above steps will be more then enough to get rid of your bed bug infestation. If you have a severe bed bug infestation then I suggest you seek the help of a professional bed bug exterminator. Some of them even have bed bug sniffing dogs to ensure that they have removed all the bed bugs in your home. Now that’s relief!
Trust me when I say I know how annoying and disgusting bed bugs and bed bug bites can be. I’ve suffered from more than one bed bug infestation personally. If you have any questions about removing bed bugs, or bed bugs in general please feel free to comment.
How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs Step by Step:
Step 1: Find the Bed Bug Infestation
The first step in getting rid of bed bugs is finding the source of the bed bug infestation. You need to check everywhere.
Look in your mattress for bed bugs, look in your sheets, look in the baseboards, behind pictures, in any cracks or seams. Surf your carpet for bed bugs, and make sure you are thorough. Before you can remove bed bugs you need to determine the scope of the infestation. Keep note of where *most* of the bed bugs are and how far across your home they have spread.
Many times bed bugs will be more prevailing in one room more than an other. The room with the most bed bugs is usually the originating source of the bed bugs.
Step 2: Use a bed bug treatment on your bed frame, mattress, wall seams and base boards.
After you’ve determined how bad your bed bug infestation is you need to start killing the bed bugs. The first step in eradicating bed bugs is to use a bed bug powder or spray treatment. You need to apply the bed bug product to the most infected areas. Areas such as your bed frame, mattress, under your bed, baseboards and any seams or pockets require special attention. You must apply the bed bug chemicals aggressively to all of the affected areas.
If your bed bug infestation is severe you may also need to throw out some furniture such as your mattress or couch. Most of the time a bed bug spray will kill the bed bugs but occasionally bed bug infestations are really bad and throwing out furniture will be required.
Step 3: Steam clean and wash everything to remove bed bugs
Remember, bed bugs cannot survive extreme heat. You need to steam clean everything to remove bed bugs.
Steam clean your linens, bedding, towels, curtains, clothes – everything. After you’ve steam cleaned everything wash it on the hottest possible cycle in your washing machine. Heat kills bed bugs, so the hotter the better. Make sure you are thorough when you are steam cleaning. If the bed bugs aren’t hit with direct steam you will not kill the bed bug.
This is a crucial step in getting rid of bed bugs in your home.
Step 4: Set up bed bug traps and monitor for activity
Now that you’ve eliminated bed bugs in your household you need to continue to monitoring for new infestations. Bed bugs don’t just magically appear – they come from somewhere. Set up a bed beg trap and keep your eye on it for any new bed bugs. This will help you remove the bed bug infestation before it gets out of hand. Bed bug traps are inexpensive and easy to setup so don’t worry. You should setup at least one bed bug monitoring device but the more you setup the quicker you’ll avoid a bed bug breakout.
Bed bug traps come in many different shapes but the most impressive bed bug monitoring (and killing) system is called the NightWatch. The NightWatch bed bug trap has a 99.9% success rate over a 7 day period.
Step 5: Keep your rooms clean and free of clutter. Avoid known bed bug infested areas.
So you’ve removed all the bed bugs in your home and washed and cleaned all of your fabrics. You’ve also setup bed bug traps to monitor for new bed bug infestations. Now you need to keep your rooms free of clutter and keep them clean. This means vacuuming frequently, changing bedding on a regular basis and keeping your area free of general clutter.
Many times when people get bed bug infestations they move to a different house or different room. This only spreads the bed bug infestation further. Not a good idea.
When you are visiting people or places keep an eye out for signs of bed bugs or people complaining of itchy bed bug bites. The last thing you want is to transfer a bed bug infestation on your clothes to your now bed bug free home.
How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs At Home:
For anyone discovering flat, reddish-brown, oval-shaped bed bugs in his or her bed, the first thought is how to get rid of bed bugs at home. They are small enough to hide in the tiniest cracks and crevices, they especially like the warm, cozy atmosphere of bedrooms where humans sleep. Because they are nocturnal, they hide by day in bed frames and on folds and edges of bed linen, and feed on human blood at night. Experts blame the recent increase of these pests in the United States on immigration, the banning of the effective pesticide DDT, and travel to and from third world countries.
Although associated with unsanitary conditions, whether or not a home is clean has no real bearing on an infestation. Bed bugs are carried on any cloth or textile material such as bedding, furniture or clothing. They cling to and crawl into suitcases in even some of the best hotel rooms and guests unknowingly carry them back to their clean homes. The bugs hide in upholstered furniture, boxes and rugs and they are easily transported from one apartment or home to another when a family moves. Toys such as dolls and stuffed animals may carry bed bugs, and they will even cling to a pet’s fur.
How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs at Home
A bed bug infestation is usually discovered when people find bites on their skin that resemble an itchy rash. Although not harmful to health, the bites are decidedly unpleasant. Upon inspection of bedding, tiny dark bloodstains will be found, a sure sign of bed buds. Once a positive identification is made, the entire area must be sanitized. If it is possible to replace the mattress, just discard the old one at once, as bed bugs can be extremely hard to eradicate. Disassemble the bed and vacuum the entire area–the floor and all parts of the bed. Scrub the bed frame, headboard and footboard with hot water and boric acid powder which is non-toxic to people and pets. If a new mattress is not an option, cover the old one after a thorough vacuuming with a cover that seals and has a mite-proof weave.
Although over-the-counter insecticides are available, care must be taken as they are not all safe to use in a bedroom or on a mattress. If possible, contacting a professional exterminator is always the best choice for how to get rid of bed bugs at home.