Since 2000’s bedbugs are on the rise. Bedbugs stick to clothes, bags, shoes, and other daily use items. As these items get carried from one place to the other, bedbugs hitch a ride and keep infesting new areas. If you see signs of bedbugs in your home, act quickly and decisively. Delaying treatment will make infestation worst and it will end up costing more money. If infestation is beyond treatable, you may end up tossing away your bed and furniture to completely eliminate bedbugs. Don’t want to do-it-yourself? Request Free Inspection & Quote.
What Are Bed Bugs?
Bedbugs are common household pest. They are mostly inactive during daytime and become active during night to feed on sleeping people. The name “bed” “bug” is accurate name since most bedbugs hang out and hide around mattresses and bed frames. Image below illustrates signs of bedbugs and their hideouts.
How to remove Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are generally very difficult to control even when using professional help. If you are renting apartment or condominium, you should reach out to the property manager. They can hire pest professionals and help you with bedbug problem.
But if you own your home and cannot afford professional bedbug removal service, then here are simple steps to follow.
- Find out which room is infested. Bedbugs generally find dark and cooler bedrooms very attractive to hide out. Locate which bedroom shows signs of bedbugs. Bites, dark dots on mattress, itchy arms etc. are signs of bedbugs.
- Find a safe place to sleep. While you treat infested bedroom, find an alternate sleeping space away from bedbugs.
- Isolate Mattress and Bedframe. Bedbugs cannot jump, by raising your mattress above floor will prevent bedbugs from climbing your mattress and bedframe. You can also use bedbug interceptors which isolate bedframe’s legs from the floor.
- Bag laundry and washable articles. Use heavy duty trash bags and get all washable fabric from the bedroom. Wash them at high temp and dry them at high temp to kill any bedbugs and their eggs.
- Treating Room with Aerosol and Dust. Raise your mattress and expose bedframe for treatment. You can purchase over the counter bedbug pesticides to apply to areas of concern. Common areas to treat are bed frames, night stands, mattress creases, and perimeter of the bedroom.
- Pro-Tip: Use dust pesticides to penetrate cracks and crevices in the furniture in your bedroom. Dust pesticides have longer residual affect and easy to apply.
- Using combination of dust and aerosol pesticides is required in most cases. Use these pesticides according to the instructions on the label.
- Post Treatment Inspection. After 24 hours of treatment, use a flashlight to thoroughly inspect mattress seams, bed frame and furniture around the bed. You should find dead or dying bedbugs. If you do not find dead bedbugs, then you need to re-treat the room.
Inspect and Treat other areas in you home.
- Bedbugs will hitch hike on your clothes and socks to other parts of your home. Make sure to inspect other bedrooms and sofa(s). It is recommended to treat all the bedrooms and living space if bedbugs infestation has lasted more than 2 weeks.
If you are still get bitten and continue to see signs of bedbugs after 5-6 days of treatment, then you will need to hire a professional pest control company to treat using high temp Heat-Treatment. Conquest Pest Control provides a free inspection and gives you an accurate quote for the entire treatment.