For a while the famous line “don’t let the bed bugs bite” was just part of a saying because for decades bed bugs were rarely seen. That is no longer the case; bed bugs are becoming more and more common. The exact reasons for this increase in population are open to debate, but it’s likely to do with the fact that some of the most powerful pesticides have been banned and bed bugs have become immune to many of the others.
Pest control professionals know which products and processes to use to get the best results when attempting to get rid of bed bugs. This is why it makes sense to seek expert help with the problem. However, there are steps that you can take to try to deal with the issue yourself.
Do you have bed bugs in your home?
Bed bugs can take up residence in any home, no matter how clean it is. They are not attracted by dirt; they just need blood on which to live. There are several ways in which you can establish whether or not there are bed bugs present in your home.
- Shine an LED flashlight on bed linen in the middle of the night and the bugs should show up.
- Look for dead shells and excrement on sheets, in mattress seams and on soft furnishings around your home. Bed bug excrement shows up as black dots that usually smear when you rub them.
- Check everyone in the house for bites. It should be noted that many insect bites look alike so bites on their own are not necessarily a sign of a bed bug infestation.
If you do find that you have a problem with bed bugs, you need to deal with it as soon as possible. Although bed bugs do not carry disease they are a nuisance and they will not go away of their own accord.
Effective extermination methods
There are several methods that you can employ, to try and rid your home of bed bugs.
- Spread diatomaceous earth around areas where the bugs are present.
- Use a heat tent to treat the bugs with extreme heat.
- Steam clean the area so that bugs are killed off by the heat.
- Use a vacuum on the bugs you can see. It’s usually best to use a bed bug vacuum so that you do not spread the infestation by using your household vacuum cleaner. This method only really gets rid of the bugs that you can see.
You may find that you get most success by using a combination of different methods. Bed bugs can be difficult to deal with, so you may discover that you cannot completely eradicate the problem by using DIY methods. If this is the case, get help from the professionals as soon as possible. They have the knowledge and expertise to put to use solving the bed bug issue for you, and making sure your home becomes a pest free zone.