So you’ve determined you definitely have bed bugs but need to know what the next step is. Well there’s a little bit more to this than you think but luckily it can be accomplished in just a few easy steps. If done right it won’t cost very much at all and you won’t have to worry about bed bugs again. You might wonder where these little guys came from and that’s hard to pinpoint most of the time. Maybe it was a piece of used furniture you picked up or maybe a few ended up in your bags during a trip to a hotel or friend’s house.
Where you got them doesn’t really matter, it’s more that you need them gone and you need them gone quickly. Some people may actually develop or already have allergies from bed bug bites that require medical attention. Let’s take a look at some easy to implement bed bug treatment and prevention methods.
You will need to inspect your bedding and bed from top to bottom looking in any folds, tears and areas bugs could hide. An easy way to do this is to use a small flashlight and get your eyes down to mattress level. You may see some shed exoskeletons or feces smears on your sheet or some live bugs scurrying to hide from the light. Naturally a white sheet is better for this process.
While doing this throw all your linens into the washing machine or take them to the Laundromat but keep in mind other people may use those machines so always set it to HOT and use soap and bleach if possible. Bleach and heat are going to be your best friends.
Once you’ve found them, it’s time to take them out. You can use a bed bug spray if you can find one in your area but you may have to order it online. Things to try until you get one are bleach and water or vinegar diluted in spray bottles. You can use traditional cleansers like spic n span but they may not work well. Strong rubbing alcohol diluted a bit and sprayed directly into infested area will kill most of them immediately as they absorb it directly into their bodies.
You’ll want to repeat this process multiple times in a single day and possibly every day for a week or two just to be sure you’re getting rid of them and not scaring them into some hiding spot until dark.
To keep bed bugs from returning, you can use one or a combination of various things. There’s plastic dish traps, herb pouches, sprays and a lot of other prevention devices out there and these work for all insects, not just bed bugs. Using a combination of these is the best way possible to prevent insects from bothering you in your bed or on a piece of furniture. Select the right ones for your situation to get the most from your money.
If you have a large home or manage property like an apartment building, hiring an exterminator immediately might be the best thing you can do. These people are highly trained in killing these types of creatures and can set up a reasonable schedule