A Bed Bug Exterminator’s Tips for a Deep Clean
Though bed bugs aren’t always caused by a mess, a messy room or apartment offers many places for these annoying creatures to hide, lay eggs, and thrive. Cleaning in itself will not do the job of a bed bug exterminator, but it will make the process of eliminating these bugs much smoother and quicker. Remember, these bugs are tiny and crafty. As a result, very few surfaces are safe from them. A deep clean before any bed bug pest control arrives on the scene will drastically increase your chances of killing these critters faster and getting back to your life.
Bed bugs torment even the most organized. Maybe you don’t have to declutter your floors, dressers, and closets, but you can increase your odds of finding more bugs with some specific organizational tricks. Try putting all items from an infested room or rooms into a plastic bag. A sealable bag or vacuum sealed bag will work best. This includes any laundry or sheets. Place large, solid items, such as toys or electronics, into airtight tubs. This will keep them out of the way until your or a trained professional bed bug exterminator can look through them to see if these items are infested or not.
Vacuum, Vacuum, and Vacuum
Though vacuums will never eliminate bed bug infestations, they can help get rid of any debris behind which they might hide and take care of some culprits in the process. It is extremely important to be thorough when vacuuming. Take bedding and sheets from your bed. Use the vacuum attachments to get into the cracks and seams of your box spring and mattress. Don’t be scared to move the vacuum in a scraping motion across your mattress. Any spot that looks like a hiding spot, no matter how small, should be vacuumed.
Don’t stop with the bed and the floors. Take the vacuum to the walls, the molding, and the furniture. Vacuum in the drawers and on the undersides of all furniture. You will be surprised where bed bugs can survive and lay their eggs. Few places are foolish to vacuum when you have an infestation, and the better you vacuum, the quicker the bed bug exterminator will be able to return your home to normal.
Get Your Wash On
Washing and scrubbing furniture (especially hard furniture) with detergent cleaner will help keep bed bugs away. Also wash any cribs, bed frames, or other spaces near beds and touched by linens. Don’t forget the walls, moldings, and windows. These are prime locations for bed bugs to infiltrate your home.
Now Call a Bed Bug Exterminator
After the deep clean process, there is only one thing left to do. Contact a bed bug exterminator to make sure the infestation gets taken care of. At Bed Bug Heaters, our bed bug exterminators have years of experience battling these little menaces, and they’ll know just what to do.