Top Ten Tips to Prevent or Control Bed Bug Infestations
“Don’t let the bed bugs bite” is a humorous bit of advice, but when you have a bed bug infestation it can be tough to follow (and tougher still to find the humor in it). Today, the team at Bed Bug Heaters shares our top ten tips for dealing with bed bug infestations.
Top Ten Tips to Deal With Bed Bug Infestations
1. Be sure you really have bed bugs.
Bed bugs are often confused with fleas, ticks, and other insects. You can compare your specimen to the pictures on the Environmental Protection Agency's site.
2. Keep calm.
Eliminating bed bugs can be difficult, but it’s not impossible. Don’t just discard all of your belongings immediately. Most of your things can be treated and saved. Throwing things away is expensive and could cause even more stress. It may also spread the bed bugs to other people's homes.
3. Evaluate your treatment options.
Think through your plans for dealing with the bed bugs. Don't immediately reach for the spray can. Try other things first. There are many bed bug treatments, but not all of them are effective. A heat treatment is often the easiest, safest, and most affordable bed bug treatment.
4. Tidy up.
A messy home gives bed bugs more hiding places, so it’s harder to eradicate them. Put away clean laundry as soon as it’s out of the dryer so it can’t get contaminated by fabrics on surfaces such as the floor or furniture.
5. Focus on your mattress and bedding.
If there are bed bugs in your mattress, use encasements on your mattress and box springs. These specially made bed bug covers make it harder for them to attack while you’re sleeping. Keep the encasements in place for a year. Make sure you buy a product that has been tested for bed bugs and is strong enough to endure a full year of use without tearing.
Regularly wash and dry your bedspreads, blankets, bed sheets, and any clothing that touches the floor in a hot air dryer. The heat drying will reduce the number of bed bugs. Bed bugs and their eggs can hide in hampers and other laundry containers, so be sure to clean them each time you do your laundry.
6. Don't share your bed bugs.
Bed bugs can be really good at hitchhiking. So if you’re throwing out a mattress or other furniture that has been infested with bed bugs, you should cut through it or in some way destroy it so that no one else takes it and brings bed bugs into their home. You may even want to pin a note to the item that says “Warning! Contains bed bugs!”
7. Vacuum to reduce bites by reducing the number of bed bugs.
Vacuuming can get rid of some of your bed bugs if you do a thorough job. Pay special attention to all cracks and crevices around the room, floors, rugs, bed frames, under beds, around bed legs and, upholstered furniture. You should change the bag after each use and place it in a tightly sealed plastic bag in an outside garbage bin. That way, bed bugs can’t escape.
8. Don’t rely on do-it-yourself freezing.
You can kill bed bugs by freezing them, but temperatures must stay very low for a long time. Home freezers may not get cold enough to do the job. Bed bugs will die in 0°F temperatures, but they must be kept at that temp for four days.
9. You can kill bed bugs with heat, but be cautious.
To kill bed bugs with heat, the room or container they are in must be higher than 113°F to make sure the sustained heat gets to the bugs no matter where they are hiding. This can usually only be achieved with special equipment. Consult the experts at Bed Bug Heaters to make sure your efforts will be the most effective.
10. Turn to the professionals, if needed.You can increase your chance of success in getting rid of bed bugs by hiring an experienced, responsible pest control professional. Your state pesticide agency can give you information about hiring professional pest control companies. Also, the EPA's Citizen's Guide to Pest Control and Pesticide Safety provides information about Integrated Pest Management approaches, how to choose a pest control company, safe handling of pesticides, and emergency information.
Contact Bed Bug Heaters for Affordable Bed Bug Treatment
If you need an easy, safe, affordable bed bug treatment, Bed Bug Heaters has your solution. We have a wide variety of units. Let our experts help you select the best one to handle your bed bug problem. Give us a call at (937) 506-6940 or contact us online today.