In the US, bed bugs are a significant issue. These tiny, reddish-brown insects can cause severe itching and rashes because they feed on human blood. Although they can conceal themselves in carpets or boxes, mattresses are the most common place to find them. Don’t panic if you think you have a bed bug infestation. You can take care of them with easy DIY solutions.
Do what you can to prevent infestation
Prevention is the greatest form of treatment for bed bugs. This entails keeping your home as spotless as you can, and refraining from bringing in used furniture. Be careful not to bring anything from a hotel or other location you may have visited.
Check secondhand items
Inspect used items before bringing them into the house. Bed bugs can be found in previously owned furniture, clothing, and toys. When you realize you have bed bugs, you must confine them until you can get rid of them. Using a vacuum to catch bed bugs is a quick and easy method. Using the vacuum, look for any potential hiding spots.
Don’t spread bed bugs around your house, if you have them.
When it comes to bed bugs, the first thing you want to do is get rid of them. Make sure to know the dos and don’ts of getting rid of these pests. You cannot prevent them from coming into your home. You can restrict their spread to keep it off at a manageable level.
There may be more areas where they could be hiding in your house or cars, waiting for another chance to attack. It’s important not only when moving furniture around but also when cleaning up after yourself.
Pick the right professionals
You’re probably reading this because bed bugs have bitten you or someone in your family has. The good news is that these bites are usually not visible and can be treated at home with over-the-counter medications.
Vacuum everywhere, but be diligent
Vacuum everything. This is the most important step in avoiding bed bugs, and it’s also the one most people overlook. You should vacuum your mattress, headboard, and frame. Do the same on curtains, rugs, carpets, and even under beds or nightstands. If you have pets that sleep on the floor be sure to use a tack cloth to wipe down doors and door frames. This is a common hiding spot for these bugs.
Use a tack cloth to wipe down doors and door frames.
Surfaces were cleaned and polished using tack cloths, a particular kind of cloth. You can use it to wipe down door frames, window sills, and other surfaces in your home and the inside of your car. Tack Cloths are also useful for removing dust from furniture or appliances.
Consider buying a mattress protector.
A mattress protector is an excellent way to keep your bed bug problem under control. You won’t have to worry about replacing them as they deteriorate as they are affordable and machine washable. They help in preventing the spread the bed bugs through their outer shell. Preventing bites, making it simpler to sleep on top of them. If you have children or pets who scratch their beds, protectors can help prevent stains from ruining the mattress beneath them.
Make sure you inspect your luggage.
Make sure you inspect your luggage. When you pack up your belongings after a trip, it’s important to check carefully because bed bugs are known to lurk in clothing and baggage. Look for bloodstains, fecal stains, and shed exoskeletons. Other things to look for include eggs and eggshells, seams, wrinkles, and fissures, the exterior of your suitcase (especially if it has been folded or stuffed), worn-out zippers, and those annoying vacuum-packed bags.
Seal up any cracks in wood or drywall to prevent bed bugs from hiding.
If you’re not sure where there are any cracks in your walls or bed frame, it’s best to go with a professional pest control service that can find them for you. This is because bed bugs can hide inside these areas and be difficult for humans to see without an eye-watering amount of time spent under bright lights (or using infrared cameras). It’s also important not to forget about baseboards! Bed bugs love hiding in nooks and crannies—even ones close by so they can easily get back into their cozy spots when needed.
Our bedsheet at night keeps the bugs away.
Bedbugs are a problem in most parts of the world. They’re found in hotels, apartments, and homes.
You might think that you have never had bed bugs before because your home is clean or you’ve never seen a bug on your sheets before. But bedbugs are actually very tiny—about 1/100th of an inch long—and can hide anywhere: behind pictures on the wall; under furniture; under mattresses; even inside electrical outlets.