1. Make sure that is it bed bugs that you have. Not fleas, ticks, or other bugs.
If you are unsure, you can compare pictures using our bed bugs web page. You can also just show the pictures to your extension agent. Extension agents are people that are trained in bug extermination and know your area.
2. Don’t panic or freak out.
Bed bug elimination can be a very tedious and difficult task. However, it is not impossible. Don’t throw most of your things away, because there is a chance that it can be cleaned and freed of bugs. If you do this, it could cost you more money, put other people at risk of getting bed bugs, and just add more hassle to the situation.
3. Think about your solutions before you use sprays or chemicals.
Try to think about other options before you resort to using bug sprays in your home. Integrated Pest Management could be the one thing that can bring you out of this situation. It limits your chances of more bed bug breeding and limits the chances of you getting in contact with pesticides. If that is ever necessary, make sure you contact a professional. There is help available for you if you need it.
4. Keep it tidy to prevent giving the bugs a place to hide.
Clutter not only gives the bugs more places to hide and breed, but it also makes it harder to locate them. If they are in your bed, it is best to use a special mattress cover so that it is harder for them to get to you and bite you. You should leave these covers on for a year. Whatever product you use, make sure that it has been tested for bed bugs. You also want to make sure that it is strong and won’t tear easily.
5. If your clothing or sheets touch the floor, wash and dry them immediately.
This lessens the number of bugs and even kills most of them. You should still be wary, as they can again hide in the laundry baskets. Always clean them after use to be sure.
6. DIY freezing isn’t guaranteed to solve the problem.
While it can kill bed bugs in some cases, the temperatures have to be low for an extended period. The average freezer in your house is probably not cold enough to kill them off. Use a thermometer to check if you’re not sure. Putting things that are infested outside in the cold could help as well, but remember that this is not a guaranteed method.
7. Cautiously destroy them with heat.
Raising the temperature in your home with heaters simply won’t work. You must have access to both the right equipment and the right temperature setting. You can try to use black plastic bags and the rays from the sun to kill them off, especially if you have luggage or other small things but it has to get hot enough to work. Bed bugs actually die once their bodies reach a certain level of heat (45 degrees Celsius, 113 degrees Fahrenheit). To kill them with heat the container or room must be hot enough as well. This will make sure that even those that are hiding will be killed.
8. Don’t risk passing them on to others.
Bed bugs are very easy to pass out, and they will not hesitate when the chance comes up. If you discard furniture that has been infested, destroy it so that no one else will try and recycle it.
9. Get rid of the bugs to prevent bites.
Vacuuming thoroughly can help eat away some of the bed bugs. Carefully try and vacuum all areas of your home. This includes furniture, frames, beds, floors, etc. Remember to get into cracks and small places that a bug could easily crawl in and out of. Change the bag of the vacuum every time you use it for this so that the bugs won’t have a chance to get back out. Tie it up tightly and take it to a trash bin outside.
10. Contact professionals if you need their assistance.
Hiring a bed bug exterminator that is experienced and reliable will increase your chances of getting rid of the bed bugs. If you choose to go this route, make sure that the company is renowned and highly reviewed.
Check to see if they use an IPM approach as well. If in doubt, contact your state pesticide agency if you need help with hiring someone to get the job done. You can also check out EPA’s pest control and pesticide guide for more information about IPM approaches and other information regarding going about hiring a professional to assist you with the elimination of bed bugs.
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