Bed bugs are possibly the most difficult pests to rid a house of. They are very small, their nests are usually heavily populated, and they tend to hide in the deepest and most hidden recesses of beds, including bed frames. These characteristics all combine to make them an incredibly problematic insect.
Bed bugs survive by biting and feeding on anyone who sleeps in a bed in which they have taken up residence. This makes them not only a huge nuisance, but also a possible threat to those who are sensitive to their saliva or excreta. Their infestations can aggravate such pre-existing conditions such as asthma.
Their presence in the United States has also increased vastly since the mid-1990s. They were once thought to be nearly unheard of in most of the country for the better part of the past century; however increased travel among other factors has led to a resurgence in their numbers. Therefore, the number one question most would ask when presented with such an unpleasant infestation is: what is the best way to proceed when your aim is getting rid of bed bugs?
The answer to that question generally involves a multi-part process of cleaning and treating the area with bed bug pesticides. The first step is the best way to ascertain the extent of the problem and to begin its solution. This is done by removing all bedding and by thoroughly checking under the mattress, behind picture frames, in and around furniture, and everywhere else in the room, to see exactly how large the infestation is.
Once the bedding is removed, it should be washed and dried using hot water and high heat for drying. This will kill any bugs that have attached themselves to the sheets and pillowcases. Then the bed frame, mattress and box spring should be thoroughly cleaned and vacuumed. After which the area around the bed should be completely cleaned. Then the bed should be treated with any of the popular and available pesticide choices for getting rid of bed bugs.
Once the area has been cleaned and treated with the appropriate pesticides, the best course of action is to keep cleaning and reapplying pesticides to the area according to the manufacturers’ instructions.
You Have To Keep Up
The unfortunate fact of the matter is that without keeping up with the process for getting rid of bed bugs, the infestation will almost certainly return to its original size. However, if the steps are followed and appropriately repeated, the bugs will eventually be eliminated and the homeowner can return to a peaceful and bed bug free life.
To learn more please read the Getting Rid of Bed Bugs article from DoMyOwnPestControl.com.