Bed bugs are a horror story of the hotel industry, and one of the worst fears of any house guests or elementary school parent. Lice and bed bugs are two of the most vilified pests a household can encounter, but the facts are, sometimes these things happen. If your home has been infested with bed bugs, here is what you can do to remove them.
Identify all infected areas.
Bed bugs are extremely small bugs, so they are occasionally difficult to spot. They can hide in all sorts of places, including:
- near the tags of the mattress and box spring
- in cracks in the bed frame and headboard
- in baseboards
- between couch cushions
- in furniture joints
Unfortunately, if one space in your home has them, it is very likely that the pests have spread to other locations in your home. It can also be difficult to read yourself of bed bugs completely if you have a lot of clutter in your home or if you travel frequently.
Contain the infestation.
Once you’ve identified that you have bed bugs in your home, the easiest way to contain the infestation is with the vacuum. Run the vacuum over everywhere that has come into contact with the bedbugs. This includes your bed, your dresser, your carpets, and your electronics. Empty the vacuum contents into a sealed bag and then throw it all away. Collect all your clothes and linens into a bag so that you can wait to wash them. When you are ready to wash them, wash them on the highest setting. Heat helps kill the bedbugs, so also set the heat to the highest setting on the dryer. If something can’t be put in the washer and dryer, seal it in a plastic bag and leave it somewhere safe (like the garage) for a few months, preferably, to make sure that all of the bugs die out. It may be necessary to get rid of a piece of furniture entirely.
Prepare the area for treatment.
Check to ensure that anything soft has been cleaned, treated, or removed. Look for hiding places for bedbugs–knickknacks, books, magazines–and throw out everything you can stand to. Don’t move items from one area of your home to another one, as this could spread the bugs. Tape electrical outlets closed, as bed bugs can hide in there. Move your bed at least six inches away from the wall in any direction so that the bed bugs cannot climb up your wall and into your bed.
DIY Solutions for Killing the Bed Bugs
If you would like to try a chemical-free solution to killing bed bugs, the simplest way is through temperature. Bed bugs cannot survive 115 degrees Fahrenheit or 32 degrees. Wash and dry anything you can for thirty minutes on the highest heat setting, and take a steamer to anything that can not be put in the wash. Bags containing items full of bed bugs can also be placed in the freezer. They should be left there for four days. Put a bed bug cover on your mattress so that the bed bugs still on the mattress will die, and new ones will not be able to get in.
There are several over the counter chemical solutions that will kill bed bugs, but messing with heavy chemicals in your own home can get messy very quickly. The safest option is to call a professional exterminator, who can inspect your home and rid you of pests as quickly and safely as possible.
Did you know one out of every five Americans have either had bed bug problems or know someone who has? Bed bugs are a type of parasitic insects that feed on blood and are often found living in human environments. They are a nasty, uncomfortable nuisance, that is quickly becoming a global problem. Below we have identified where they come from, what signs you should be looking for, and in worst-case scenario how to treat them.
Where do bed bugs come from?
Bed bugs can live virtually anywhere. They do not jump or fly but are excellent hitch-hikers and can be transported on clothing, luggage, used furniture, and various other objects. Your risk for bed bug exposure increases with any of the following situations:
- Purchasing or using second-hand furniture and mattresses
- Entertaining or being an overnight guest
- Staying in hotels, an Airbnb, college dormitories, boarding schools, friend’s place
What are the signs of bed bugs?
Did you get bit by something through the night? Did you wake up with an itch that you didn’t have the day before? You may have a case of bed bugs. Other common signs of bed bugs include:
- Bloodstains on your sheets or pillowcases
- Red, itchy bites on the skin
- Unpleasing musty odor likely coming from the bugs’ glands
- Dark or rusty spots appearing on your sheets, pillowcases, or on the floor beside your bed.
- If you suspect a bed bug issue, strip the sheets off your bed and look it over carefully for any of the above signs of a bug beg infestation.
How do you treat bed bugs?
Although we highly recommend that you call a professional for bed bug extermination, below are a few DIY bed bug treatment tactics:
- Thoroughly wash all bedding, curtains, and clothing in extremely hot water and dry them. Place any stuffed animals, shoes, and any other fabric item that may not be able to be placed in the washer in the dryer on high. The high heat setting will help kill off any lingering bugs.
- Vacuum your entire room, mattress, and surrounding areas multiple times to pick up any surviving bed bugs. Once complete, immediately dispose of your vacuum cleaner bag in an outdoor trash can away from your home.
- Repair noticeable cracks in plaster, furniture, or peeling wallpaper to eliminate any future nesting areas
- Eliminate any excess clutter around your bed
- If your mattress is infested, we recommend disposing of it and replacing with a new one.
If you need a bed bug exterminator, you’re in the right place. Frame’s Pest Control has helped countless homes and hotels get rid of bed bugs. We’re experts in bed bugs removal so that you don’t have to be. We have developed a Pest control plan that offers both elimination of the immediate infestation and a temporary level of protection against straggling bugs and reinfection. To learn more about our pest control plan or to request a free quote, call us today at 1-800-252-8478.
Think that bedbugs are only found in dirty homes or low rent hotels? Think again. Bed bugs are tiny insects that love to feed on human blood, and they do not discriminate. Found in even the most expensive hotels and immaculate homes, bedbugs are prevalent throughout the country. As a matter of fact, pestworld.org states that one in five Americans have either had bedbugs or know someone who has encountered them.
How do bedbugs get into your home
Bedbugs are savvy travelers. They can hang out on a movie theater chair and catch a ride home on your clothes, or climb into your suitcase when you are staying in an infested hotel room. Even the most vigilant person can bring home bedbugs from an office building, taxi cab, college dorm or high traffic location.
Where do they hide
When you are worried about bedbugs, every spec you see looks like one. As their name would imply, they can often be found on mattresses, box springs and bed frames. These tiny critters can also hide in other difficult to treat areas of your home, including baseboards and heating vents.
Oftentimes, these tiny pests are so difficult to spot that people can only identify them by the mess they leave behind. Bedbugs shed their skin and leave pepper like droppings that are easy to spot if you know what you where to look. Most commonly, evidence of bedbugs can be found in the crevices of your mattress
Do it yourself remedies that fail
Go to any search engine and type in bedbugs, and you will come up with hundreds of articles and links that claim to provide the magic, do-it-yourself remedy that will eliminate bedbugs from your home.
Don’t believe everything you read. Bedbugs are, in fact, virtually impossible to exterminate without the help of a licensed professional. In extreme cases, do-it-yourselfers were ultimately forced to take all of their mattresses, carpets and furniture to landfill.
Bedbug Treatment Options
Traditionally, exterminators have used chemical treatments to eliminate bedbugs. This is an effective and safe option, but it does require multiple treatments that are spaced out over several weeks. The downfall of this treatment is that there is a lot of additional work that needs to be done. For starters, all linens, clothing curtains and fabrics must be cleaned and any clutter that could provide a safe haven for bedbugs must be reduced or eliminated.
Bedbugs can’t stand the heat
Heatigation treatment is an additional option offered by many exterminators. Since bedbugs can hide in a variety of places like blankets, shoes, clothing, furniture or baseboards, it can be incredibly difficult and time consuming to prepare for chemical treatments. (Imagine how many clothes and curtains would need to be washed!) Since the temperature to kill bed bugs is 177-122 degrees Fahrenheit, heat treatment, or heatigation, is a highly-effective choice.
Advantages to using heatigation
The biggest advantage to using heatigation to eliminate bedbugs is that it saves you time. There is no need to take time off work to declutter and prepare for an exterminator to treat your home, and results will be seen the same day as a treatment. In most cases the bedbug issues are resolved before you even return home.
Finally, Bed Bugs Heatigation Treatment minimizes the use of chemicals in the home. This treatment is so effective that chemicals only need to be used for spot treatments in areas where live bedbugs are seen.