Take Back Your Home With Bed Bug Control That Works
Bedbugs are tough, able to reproduce quickly, and significant small, making them hard to detect and remove once an infestation has occurred. Bed bugs know how to hide and can wait months before needing to feed again, which means you may not realize you have them in your home until their numbers are significant. Not only can bedbugs be difficult to be rid of, but they can leave you and the other occupants in your home waking up with red and itchy welts all over their body.
It is possible to control bedbugs, but certain factors mean that you will need to be extra vigilant when monitoring for a bed bug situation. If you have had a tough time removing them before, you have a lot of clutter throughout your home, or you travel often, it may take you longer and make it more difficult to remove them properly.
How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs
When you treat your home for bed bugs, there are several steps you will want to follow to ensure that they become entirely eradicated.
1. Identify the areas of infestation
One of the most critical steps of treating your bed bug infestation is identifying the areas of your home they are inhabiting. Remember the early they are found the less they will be able to reproduce before being removed. You can determine whether or not an area is infested by visually inspecting an area yourself, or hiring a professional to perform a thorough inspection, the latter being the best option if you want to have the area thoroughly checked. Some of the most common places for bed bugs to be found in your home include:
- The seams of mattresses or couches
- The folds of curtains
- Around the tag on mattresses and box springs
- In the baseboards
- Along the cracks of the bed frame and headboard
- In the joints of the furniture
- Inside electrical outlets
- Underneath posters or paintings
- Each area should be inspected using a flashlight and magnifying glass
During your examination, you will likely see:
- Bedbugs which are reddish in color
- Dark dots which may be bedbug droppings
- Small red stains on the mattress where a bed bug may have been flattened
- Pale yellow eggs on the bed
If you have inspected the area yourself, place the bedbug in a jar with rubbing alcohol so that your pest control specialists can make sure it is a bedbug, and determine the best place to remove them.
2. Contain the areas of infestation
You can help clear the infestation in your home and contain them as much as you can by following a few steps before your pest control specialist comes to perform the treatment. Once you know where they are hiding:
- Trap as many as you can in the vacuum, making sure to place the vacuum contents in a sealed bag and thoroughly cleaning the vacuum after.
- Seal all of your clothes and linens that are affected in plastic bags until they can be washed on the highest possible temperature setting and highest heating setting in the dryer.
- For items that can not be washed, keep them contained tightly in plastic for a few months until all of the bugs are dead.
- Clear up the clutter to remove as many hiding places that you can and make areas more easily accessible for the exterminator.
- Throw out anything that you no longer needed, make sure to seal in plastic before being thrown out.
- Glue down any wallpaper that is loose, caulk cracks around your furniture and baseboards, and tape your open electrical outlets.
3. Call in the pros to begin treatment
Pest control companies have tools that you don’t, which can help to remove bed bugs that are hiding in even the most difficult places. Using our in Vancouver Pest Control Services can be the sure fire way to get rid of the pesky bedbugs. There are two very effective ways to help eliminate bed bugs from your home once and for all, without using dangerous chemicals that rarely work and can leave residue throughout your home.
- Heat treatment: Heat treatment is one of the most effective bed bug control options. Any area can be treated with heat treatment, where special equipment is used to raise the temperature in your home to 57 to 62 degrees Celsius. Hot enough to kill the population of bed bugs in your home.
- Traditional bed bug control: Traditional bed bug control involves a steam application to spot-heat furniture and other areas so that eggs and nymphs can be killed instantly. Next targeted, safe, residual sprays and long lasting desiccant dust will be used in conjunction.
Both methods will require two treatments two weeks apart to ensure that all of the bed bugs and their eggs have been addressed.
4. Continue to monitor affected areas
Depending on the level of infestation that you have, bed bugs can take repeated treatments before they are removed from the home. The only way to make sure that they have all been removed is by checking the areas they were found for activity at least once a week. Your pest control company will likely perform a follow-up inspection, but it is also good to monitor it yourself so you can contact them if any are detected beforehand.
5. Make sure to keep the bedbugs out
After successfully treating your home, you will want to make sure that you keep them from returning. Some tips to help keep bed bugs out of your home include:
- Remove any clutter on the floor of your home such as papers, clothes, and books
- Keep your mattress and box spring covered and sealed
- Regularly vacuum furniture and floors
- Clean bedding and curtains often
- Seal any cracks around your light sockets, outlets, and baseboards
- Clean your clothes in high temperatures when returning from hotel rooms
For more information on how to prevent and eliminate bed bugs in your home, contact us today. We will inspect your home and help you evict the bed bugs in your home once and for all.