We receive many calls from people who believe they have bed bugs. Some want immediate and assured relief from the agonies of itching due to continued biting, while others are looking for ways to tackle the problem themselves.
We offer the latest solutions to all bed bug infestations whether being treated professionally or by you. Since you have already identified the presence of a bedbug infestation, here is how to get rid of bed bugs.
How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs
Where Are The Bed Bugs?
Since you know the signs, now is time to do a thorough check of your premises. Bed bugs will tend to breed and infest areas where humans are at night. This may include beds, couches, chairs, blankets and should be the focal points of your inspection.
Remember you are looking for blood spots, fecal deposits, the small salt-like eggs and dead skins.
The checklist includes: mattresses, box springs, bed ruffles, headboards, frames, wall hangings, electric sockets and switches and anything else on the walls. Around windows check any materials like drapes or curtains. To be thorough, in your bedroom(s) remove check the drawers top and bottom paying special attention to any small crevices or cracks in the wood.
This will give you a good idea what areas need to be treated for a bed bug infestation.
Killing Bed Bugs
Keep a supply of plastic bags available to isolate anything that may have the bugs.
Basic Bed Bug Control
A) Using the hard edge of your vacuum hose/attachment (no brushes), scrape and remove any visible areas of infestation. Remove the dust bag or dust-container contents and place into a plastic bag. Seal and discard.
B) Steam Iron or Steamers that produce 120 degrees will kill bedbugs and their eggs on contact.
C) Wash and Dry: All clothing, soft toys, sneakers and fabrics should be washed on HOT and dried on HOT. Place these in plastic bags before washing and discard the bags after you remove the contents for washing. Clean out your closets completely. Open and unpack boxes and luggage.
D) Throw Away infested items, especially if they are old and can use replacement. Bag these before disposing in trash.
E) Mattress and Box Spring Encasement: It is not necessary to discard bedding. After treatment, you can use a quality set of encasements to trap any remaining bed bugs. After a year or so, they will die.
F) Eliminate Bed Bug Hangouts: Using a clear or paintable caulk to seal any wall or floor cracks or openings. Check around plumbing, heat/air ducts, electrical sockets/switches for holes. In room keep your stuff to a minimum like loose clothing or papers.
Chemical Bed Bug Control – Pesticides!
Don’t be stingy here. Treat the areas around where you found signs of infestation as well as the infested area itself. When spraying furniture, turn it over and spray the underside as well as the top. Buy the best bed bug spray available.
Bed Bug Patrol
We strongly urge you to re-inspect for bed bugs every 3 weeks. Be alert to any new bites you may be getting. Bed bug control may have to be repeated every 3-4 weeks until all signs of the infestation are gone.
If all this seems a big job then you understand perfectly. Calling a professional pest control exterminator will make the job easier and give you a better result the first (and hopefully only) time. If you are in New York City please call the Bed Bug Control Center (347-292-7494)
for the most effective exterminating service available.