Fighting Bed Bugs
Once you know that you have in infestation of bedbugs, whether it’s by finding some actual live bugs or from their obnoxious and painful bites, the next step is pretty obvious. You want to take steps to kill them.
When fighting bed bugs you need a plan, and the better thought out that plan is the better it is going to work. You need to figure out, if you can, where the bugs are coming from so you can block this way of accessing your home.
These bugs may have crawled into your home from a neighbor’s or come in attached to a box, furniture or even clinging to a piece of clothings. They are able to crawl into your home through the smallest holes in pipes and electrical outlets.
If you can find out how they got in your home it helps you to block and treat that entry so it can’t be used again.
If you hear about bedbugs in your building you can do preventative treatments to keep them out of your apartment or condo but once they get into your home it becomes a much larger issue that you have to deal with to get rid of them.
Don’t Be Embarrassed
Finding out that you have bed bugs in your home can be a pretty awful feeling. It makes you feel both helpless and also it will seem like just the fact that you are finding them is something that you should be embarrassed about, but nothing is further from the truth.
Bed bugs are finding their way into more homes than ever but there are things that you can do about it. And the fact is that these bugs don’t care how clean or dirty your home is – they are just looking to suck some blood out of anyone they can find so there is nothing to be embarrassed about.
These bugs can crawl through minute cracks in walls, or hitchhike into your home by crawling into boxes or suitcases. There have even been reports of the bugs turning up in public places like taxis, restaurants, theatres, libraries and dorm rooms.
The one thing that you should remember is that for every bug you find there are probably several dozens more hiding in your mattress and around your bed. These bugs are experts at hiding.
So if you live in an apartment or condo where they provide exterminators you should immediately avail yourself of their services. But even if there isn’t an exterminator available there is a whole lot that you can do yourself to kill bedbugs and get them out of your home.
What To Do If You Get A Bed Bug Infestation
You can, if you want, hire an exterminator to come into your home to treat for the bugs. But if you do just make sure that they know what they are doing. Many exterminators don’t have the experience at killing bedbugs so you need to make sure that anyone you hire or rely on has the proper experience and tools.
Or you can decide to exterminate the bugs yourself. In either case there are things that you should do to make any treatment efforts more successful. Hiring An Exterminator
Using an exterminator can be pretty expensive so unless you live in an apartment or some other type of building where an exterminator is going to be provided to you, you may decide to try and kill bed bugs yourself. But many of the things that I describe below would also make having an exterminator do the extermination of the bugs more successful whether you choose to do the work yourself or not.
The best way for successfully fighting bed bugs is to have a plan that you follow to get rid of them. You need to do certain things in specific order to get rid of them and stop the bug from feeding on you and your family.
Here Are The Steps To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs
The steps that you take are pretty basic whether you use an exterminator or decide to do the treatment yourself. Here is an outline of the steps that you should take.
First: As silly as it may sound, the first thing that you should do is to make sure that the pest that is bothering you is actually a bedbug. The bites from these pests are similar to many other bugs so before you start you need to identify the bug and make sure that you are treating the right one.
This is especially important since the methods and materials used to treat these bugs is different from other insects.
To find out what type of bug you are dealing with try to find one. Generally these bugs will hide on the mattress in your bed along the seams. Have a bright flashlight handy to help you see better and pull back the sheets to check for the bugs. They are really fast so you might not be able to catch one but if you see the bugs, discarded shells, small blood smears or small dots that are fecal droppings you probably have bed bugs.
Don’t freak out and toss your mattress. Later we discuss how you can use a mattress that will trap the bugs inside till they die and give you instant relief.
Second: The second step that you should think about is decluttering your home – especially in the areas around your bed or other places where you might sleep like the sofa or a recliner. According to recent studies more than 90% of the time these bugs are found in the areas around your bed although they will go to other areas if that is where they need to go to feed.
De-cluttering doesn’t imply that you need to scrub your home clean and spotless. Like I said above the bedbug doesn’t care whether your home is clean or dirty. It’s just easier to treat your home if the area, at least around your bed, is de-cluttered because the bugs will then have fewer places to hide to avoid treatments that kill them.
Third: I always suggest that the third step that you take involves bedbug proofing your bed. Think of it as building a moat around your bed that the bugs can’t cross. I always think that this is a good idea for two reasons.
The first reason is because of what I said above, most times the infestation of bugs is going to be found mainly around your bed. By enclosing your mattress, box springs and pillows in bed bug Mattress Encasements you are going to trap the bugs inside where they won’t be able to bite you any longer, giving you instant relief.
Just make sure that any enclosure you get specifically says it is bedbug proof. There are a variety of sizes for every type of mattress and pillow. Also get one for your box springs if you use one. These Mattress Enclosures make sure that your mattress and box springs are tightly sealed keeping new bugs from infesting them and the bugs that are already inside your mattress trapped.
This step keeps the bugs trapped inside till they die. These mattresses enclosures are basically big bags that are designed to seal the mattress. If you happen to rip the cover getting it on your mattress you can just use duct tape to reseal it.
Then you clean and treat the bed frame itself. Finally you put Climbup Insect Interceptors on the feet of your bed frame to keep the bugs from crawling up onto your new bed bug free zone.
All you have to do after you have cleaned and treated your bed is make sure you keep any of your blankets from falling to the floor creating a ladder for the bugs and you’ve got a bed bug free zone where you can get some rest without worrying about getting fed upon.
Fourth: Now you have time to treat your entire home or at least anywhere that you find bedbugs.
Be careful to avoid doing just spot treatments because this type of treatment will just drive the bugs from one area of your home to another. Make sure to treat all the areas where you have found the bugs and any areas where you suspect that they may be coming into your home.
There are different types of Powders and Sprays to use for treatments. There are contact killers that will kill on contact and sprays that will leave a residue that lasts for days to kill any bugs that crawl over it.
One product that is a favorite of mine because it is safe for both people and pets is diatomaceous earth. While bedbugs may crawl around some of the other chemicals they tend to crawl through DE.
Diatomaceous Earth is great, it’s made of crushed shells and works by ripping holes in the abdomen of the bed bugs which dries them out and eventually kills them without using any chemicals. It also will last as long as there is some on the areas that you have treated unlike some other products that will dissipate over time.
Fifth: This last step is one of the most important things that you should remember. The fact is that most treatments that you can do yourself usually don’t kill the eggs so make sure that you retreat in about 10 days to kill everything that has hatched.
You may have to retreat a couple times to make sure that you get all the bugs that are hatching but this is the only way to make sure that you kill all the bed bugs.
Although fighting bed bugs might be a whole lot easier using a professional that has experience with killing bed bugs and knows what chemicals to use and where to treat you can still treat your home yourself and save the cost and hassle of having a stranger in your home.
When To Start Treatments
I also get asked a lot about when the best time is to treat your home if you think that you have an infestation and the answer is easy – as soon as you notice any signs that there are bedbugs in your home.
You might be able to find many of the products that you need locally but the best one stop shop is going to be on-line at the links that I have given throughout this article.
They have great products, quick delivery, and everything that you are going to need to treat the problem yourself and be successful at it!
The sooner the better because an infestation will only grow larger given more time to lay and hatch eggs.
It’s also harder to treat and kill a larger infestation than a smaller one so definitely – start treating as soon as you can.
Conclusion To Fighting Bed Bugs
Fighting bed bugs isn’t easy no matter how you decide to approach the problem. These bugs are able to hide in the smallest cracks and along the edges of your carpet, in the seams and minute rips of your mattresses, and even behind pictures hanging on your walls.
They will crawl or be carried into your home from far distances, in suitcases, or by coming from a neighbor’s home.
They have been around for years but they continue to evolve and become more resistant to the chemicals that are used to try and kill them.
They can resist temperature fluctuations and go for long periods without eating – waiting for a new meal to come along and start an infestation again.
Because it is so expensive to totally kill them many apartment managers prefer instead to try and control them – keeping them from infesting new apartments. But any new resident that moves in can easily start an infestation all over again when they bring in a box or some piece of furniture that is infested.
Fighting bed bugs is a tough job but with a good plan you can get rid of them and keep them out of your life.