Bed bugs – essential information to deal with an infestation

           Bed bugs have a very bad reputation. No-one wants to think that they have a problem with these pests in their home. This is hardly surprising given that these bugs look gross when you see a close up picture, they bite and they can cause problems for people who suffer from breathing and/or skin conditions.

             What is really creepy is that these bugs mostly bite while you are asleep; hence the expression ‘Don’t let the bed bugs bite.’ That is enough to make anyone want to find out more about how to get rid of these troublesome invaders. The first step to solving the problem is usually knowing that there are bed bugs about in the first place.

Identifying a bed bug problem

One of the first signs of a bed bug problem in your home is likely to be bites appearing on people who live there. You can tell the difference between a bed bug bite and a flea bite because a bite from a bed bug does not have a red dot at its centre. If people in your home have itchy bites, it’s time to take action to get rid of the pests that are causing the problem. First, you should look for any further signs that bed bugs are the cause. These signs could include:

  • Spots of blood on items of bedding.
  • Dark spots on bedding and items such as curtains. This could be bed bug excrement.
  • Bed bug skin.
  • A smell that has not been present before and is not pleasant.

Once you know that you are definitely dealing with bed bugs, you need to get rid of them.

  • Clear the affected area of items which can be moved

You want to make sure that you have enough space to deal with the bed bugs and these items themselves could have been affected by the infestation. Use airtight packaging to seal items up so that they can be dealt with later. They will need to be expertly cleaned, or thrown away for good.

Dealing with beds

If the beds in your home can be taken apart, it’s a good idea to do this. This means that you can spot, and dispose of, any bugs that have made their way inside the frame. It’s not necessary to throw mattresses away. Once the area has been scrubbed and vacuumed, you can use a mattress encasement to kill any bugs which hatch from eggs that have escaped your actions.

How to clean the affected area

When an area has been affected by bed bugs, extensive cleaning is necessary.

  • Use a brush with stiff bristles to brush the area and disturb any eggs that are present.
  • Use a vacuum to clean the area thoroughly; do not forget gaps and corners. You should also vacuum upholstery and curtains.
  • Clean out all cupboards and cabinets.

If you are still having problems with bed bugs, it’s a good idea to get some professional pest control help. The professionals know how best to deal with the issue and they can give you advice on action to take to try to stop the infestation from happening again.c

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