Of all the things that can disturb your comfort in your home, and threaten your health, finding out you have a pest infestation problem is very high up on that list. Solving this problem will require determining the type of pests you have, the source of the problem and the degree of infestation. Once you establish those parameters, you’ll need to find the most suitable and effective solution to get your pest problem under control and your house back to normal again.
This is where our useful methods come in handy.
Let’s get started!
Before you look for the best way to get rid of your bedbugs’ infestation, you’ll first need to identify the problem and make sure that you are indeed dealing with bedbugs.
Since bedbugs are pretty small in comparison to other common house pests, there are two definite ways to tell whether or not you have a bedbug infestation.
The most common way people find out they have bedbugs is by noticing small, painless, but oftentimes itchy bites on their skin, which are mostly located in an area of the skin that was most exposed during sleep, and was, therefore, most accessible. While these marks can oftentimes be confused with flea or even mosquito bites, once you notice them, make sure to confirm that you have a bedbug infestation by locating and identifying the pests themselves.
The way to do this is by checking your mattress, couch, rugs, curtains, folds and nearby clatter for signs of bedbugs. Although they are typically very small, adult bedbugs can often reach the size of an apple seed. In order to positively identify them, you’ll need to check for small, narrow, oval, brown insects using a flashlight and a magnifying glass if you have one handy.
Other signs to look out for include:
Red spots from killed or smashed bedbugs,
Small, yellow eggs and eggshells
Small black spots from bedbugs’ droppings
Note: If you’re not sure whether or not you’re dealing with a bedbug problem, put one of the bugs you found in a gar and bring it to an exterminator to help identify whether it actually is a bedbug, or something else.
Once you positively identify that you have a bedbug problem, you’ll need to follow a few easy steps to fix it and get rid of them for good.
Here’s how this process works:
The first step of getting rid of your bedbug problem is to contain the infestation and stop it from spreading to other areas of your home.
You’ll begin this process by vacuuming all areas that could possibly be affected by the infestation, including beds, couches, mattresses, carpets, rugs, dressers, electronics and other accessories and fixings where they may be hiding.
Once you’ve cleaned your entire house, seal up the vacuum bag, dispose of it and make sure the vacuum is cleaned thoroughly as well.
The next step would be to take all your linens, pyjamas and worn clothes and take them outside until they can be washed on the highest temperature setting. Anything else that may have bedbugs but is too big for the washer, such as large blankets, should be put in plastic bags and stored away so that the bedbugs can die over time.
If you have furniture that you cannot clean, it would be better to get rid of it, than risk the infestation spreading again.
When it comes to the mattresses, beds and couches, the best treatment would be to steam clean them, delivering lethal temperature to the places bedbugs are typically hiding.
If you want to take it one step further, in order to make sure you don’t leave any bedbug out, you can buy a zipped mattress cover, so you don’t have to throw the mattress out.
Other methods to treat bedbugs would be to put the infested items in black bags, seal them up and put them outside on a hot day, or inside the freezer, for at least a few days, to make sure none of the bedbugs has survived.
Once you’ve completed this whole process, you’ll need to continue monitoring the affected areas for some time after the infestation clears and look for signs of possible activity. If you notice that the problem is reoccurring, you may need to repeat the whole treatment again or call in a professional exterminator to get rid of them once and for all.
While it’s nearly impossible to keep bugs and other pests out of our home at all times, there are a few proven, yet natural ways to get rid of them for good, so the next time you find yourself in such a predicament, make sure to give some of these methods a try. You won’t be disappointed.