Bed Bug Eradication Tips: How To Eradicate Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are tiny barely visible bugs that are like little vampires, sucking your blood while you sleep or watch TV. Although they much prefer to feed while you sleep, it is important to note that they don’t just eat at night but rather any time that you are sitting or lying down for extended periods of time. This is significant because knowing this can help you eradicate bed bugs.

If you have a home office or game room where people spend lots of time, these areas must be carefully inspected and treated for bed bug infestations. We call them ‘bed bugs’ however your bedroom isn’t the only place these little blood suckers can be found.

Inspection

The first step in successful bed bug eradication is to carefully inspect every area of your home if you suspect the presence of bed bugs. First strip back your sheets look closely at your mattresses and box springs for signs of bed bugs, including bug skin, eggs, blood and bed bug feces. If you notice any of these, you likely have a bed bug problem.

Bed bug bites, especially in lines or clusters on your body is a pretty good sign that you have bed bugs. Inspecting these bites carefully to make sure they are not mosquito or spider bites, as they will be redder in the center of the bite.

Sniff Test

Check for a moldy odor for signs of bed bugs. A mild to heavy infestation will often be accompanied by the smell of rotten raspberries or moldy shoes. The stronger the smell the greater the infestation.

Tool Time

To eradicate bed bugs from your home you will need several different tools for each step.

Inspecting for bed bugs will require a flashlight and magnifying glass because bed bugs are very tiny—about the size of apple seeds—and the eggs are too small to be seen by the naked eye. Hold these items closely to beds, box springs, carpet corners and sides and inside sofa cushions. This will let you know where the bed bugs are.

You will need a pen and paper to jot down where the bed bugs and eggs have been spotted, as well as to write down when each step in the treatment plan was implemented. This will help ensure that you successfully eradicate bed bugs rather than kill what you can see.

To treat bed bugs you will need a variety of tools including:

  • Vacuum cleaner with hose attachment
  • Furniture encasements in all sizes
  • Plastic bags
  • Steam cleaner
  • Hair dryer
  • Scrub brush & cleaner
  • Sticky tape
  • Caulk
  • Bed bug spray or powder

While you may not need all of these tools to eradicate bed bugs you will need a combination of them in order to make sure you kill all bugs and eggs. Before you rush out to get these tools you should create a step-by-step bed bug treatment plan so you know exactly what you need.

Bed Bug Experts

Many people will simply opt to use a pest control expert to kill bed bugs, but you should be careful to make sure their plan completely eradicates the bed bugs from your home.

First, you should make sure that the professional you hire is well verse
d in identifying and treating a bed bug infestation. Since these visits and treatments can cost $900 and up it is important to make sure it is money well spent. Many exterminators use the same techniques to kill bed bugs as they do for roaches, which has been shown as ineffective.

If you choose to hire bed bug experts make sure the company specializes in bed bug eradication. If not you will find yourself making repeat calls and spending thousands of dollars to get rid of bed bugs. However it is recommended that you spend at least one month treating the problem yourself.

Since many pest control experts won’t do things like seal up your furniture, launder clothes and other cloth items you will have to do that anyway. By combining heat, intense cleaning and sealing infected items you should be able to eradicate bed bugs for much cheaper than the so-called experts.

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