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5 Easy Steps to Exterminate Bed Bugs

How would you feel or react if you found out you have bed bugs at home, in your bedroom at that? Not good, right?

by Belle85

Realizing you have bed bugs crawling inside your household and sharing a bed with you can make you feel disgusted and crept out. Bed bugs are ectoparasites that stay in close proximity to their host, especially during the wee hours of the night. These nocturnal insects discreetly suck people’s blood to survive and they do this when people are resting or sleeping. 

With their low-key way of coexisting with humans, bed bugs can multiply their population so fast without being noticed immediately. Before we know it, hundreds of them could already be crawling on various parts of our home other than the bedroom. 

Besides your bed, which is their usual hiding spot to stay close to you, bed bugs can also be found in clothes, upholstered furniture, walls/wallpapers, curtains, carpets, drawers, closets, and electrical outlets, and on the ceilings. They can be stubborn and difficult to eliminate once they have infested your household to a large extent.

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are very tiny wingless creatures, just about a few millimeters across. They can easily squeeze their little bodies into small crevices and other dark nooks and crannies that are away from human reach. If you are bitten by bed bugs, you don’t notice it straight away since they release a sort of anesthetic during the first few minutes of gorging on your blood. Later on, you will begin to feel the itchy discomfort of their bites and see some flat red welts on your skin. Bed bug bites take a longer time to heal as compared to mosquito bites. Good thing these annoying pests do not carry or transmit viruses. 

Bed Bug Removal in 5 Ways

Bed bugs may not be a serious health threat but they still have to be exterminated and kept a bay. You can say goodbye to nuances through these 5 easy steps:

  • Clear out all their hiding spots and potential shelter.

Without a comfy sanctuary to stay and breed, bed bugs have no way of thriving inside your home. Hence, removing things that serve as potential hiding areas for bed bugs is a wise thing to do. Begin with eliminating the clutter in your house such as unused toys (especially stuffed animals); old newspapers, books, and magazines; empty boxes; and other useless stuff. The more you hoard unnecessary clutter, the more rooms there are for a bed bug to hide and thrive.

  • Vacuum regularly (every day if possible).

Vacuum cleaning is a proven effective way to suck out not just dust but also bed bugs. If you vacuum on a daily basis, you will surely help reduce the bed bug population. Just don’t forget to discard the vacuum bag after cleaning. Place it inside a trash bag and dispose of it immediately by throwing the bag into a tightly covered garbage can at a safe distance from your property.

  • Seal those cracks.

The bed bugs tiny bodies allow them to easily hide in between thin cracks or gaps on walls, floors, and ceilings. You need to seal or caulk those hiding spots to stop bed bugs from spreading further.

  • Apply extreme heat or extreme cold.

Bed bugs are not fond of extreme temperatures and they can’t stand being in a very hot or very cold environment. Hence, to exterminate bed bugs hiding in your garments and fabric, all you need to do is to wash them using hot water. Drying them in the dryer for 20 to 30 minutes will even further kill the remaining bugs.

  • Use bed bug heat treatment with the help of pest control professionals.

Among all the bed bug removal methods available, pest control professionals most prefer bed bug heat treatment. Bed bug heat treatment is a one-time process that can be accomplished in just a matter of 4 to 10 hours. It involves heating the infested room using specialized heaters, and thermal sensors. A room temperature of 130 to 150 degrees Fahrenheit has to be maintained in order to kill the bed bug during the entire treatment procedure.

These five easy steps are the best that you can do to solve your bed bug problem. Most importantly, you need to talk to a pest control expert regarding the issue so you will get insights into how you can prevent the bed bugs from spreading and re-infesting. Call a trusted pest control company right away if you suspect an infestation. 

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