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How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs On Your Own

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It’s one thing to wake up fresh in the morning and have a good kickstart to the day. But if you wake up with itchy, red marks on your skin, you have a problem. And that too the marks appear at a time when they are the least favorable, when you have an important meeting to attend or a social event to go to.

The marks may not just be coming from mosquitoes. If you have a bedbug problem, you can tell if you spot them crawling under your mattress, on your bed covers or the headboard. And it’s not just the bed we are talking about. Once they start multiplying, you could be dealing with a problem of bedbugs spreading to your house, furniture, clothes, wardrobes and cabinets.

Oh, the horror!

So why not spare yourself the horror by dealing with the problem at hand immediately. As soon as you spot even one bed bug, chances are that there are more crawling in your room, somewhere, breeding, multiplying, sucking on blood and it goes on… you get the idea. You don’t just want to let them be.

See that’s where the trouble begins.  Bedbugs actively feed on your blood. They need your blood to multiply. If they are allowed to persist, they would multiply quickly in your house and the infestation could take months to get rid of.

You can tell that you have bedbugs if you find itchy bites on your skin, excrement and bits of skin on your bed covers. They turn red after feeding on blood; otherwise they are brown. They can easily get transferred through clothes, luggage and furniture.

They can’t fly but they are capable of laying hundreds of eggs in one lifetime. The bedbugs that still haven’t matured – nymphs – need blood to shed their skin 5 times prior to reaching adult stage. They can reach adult stage within a month and multiply fast.

Bedbugs can breed four generations each year; therefore, controlling their population is important. You can take some preventive measures without the help of costly agencies to get rid of bedbugs. Bedbugs settle in places where they can have easy access to human blood.

Keep them out

You see their size? They can easily get through openings around cable wires, holes or cracks in the walls and attics and gaps between windows or beneath external doors. For a quick solution, cover the holes with cardboards or newspapers. These won’t be effective for long so it’s better to seal the entry spaces with rubber, leather, cement or plaster.

Furthermore, it’s not just the walls, doors or windows that you should be looking out for. If there are cracks in the floorboards, headboards and furniture, bedbugs have a good hiding place to settle and breed.

If the termites have managed to get into your furniture, change it. Put up a warning sign on the furniture before discarding them. As for the cracks in floorboards, use the vacuuming hover to remove them.

Keep your house ventilated   

Bedbugs thrive in an environment that is rich in moisture. Keep your house dry and properly ventilated. Let the air circulate around the house. Install exhaust systems or get small windows in rooms that retain the most moisture.

Furthermore, you could save silica gel packets from medicine bottles to reduce moisture in closed spaces. Just as silica gel packets keep the medicines from sticking to each other, they can also absorb moisture in cabinets, wardrobes, bookshelves and behind furniture. Place at least a few in each place. You can also get them from local stores.

De-infect the house   

You can de-infect your house by using hot water and steam. Wash your clothes and bed covers in hot water and hang them out when sunlight is strong. The bed covers and clothes may need to be washed regularly if the infestation is severe.

Use professional steamers on curtains and in dark corners of the house, where the bugs have been settling actively.

Clear the clutter

Check your attics and basement. Often, that’s where you have old furniture and packaged boxes, giving more reason and places for bedbugs to settle, breed and spread.

Discard unwanted items, clean the attic or basement, keeping the entry spaces in check and keep everything organized, neat and tidy.

Cleanliness goes a long way

Keeping your indoors and outdoors is important to prevent infestations and kill existing pests. Vacuum and mop the house with disinfectant or anti-bacterial surface cleaners every day. Check behind furniture, headboards and inside cabinets and wardrobes for the signs.

Make a habit of dusting your bed before and after using it. Guide others with separate beds to follow the same. Change bed sheets and get them dry-cleaned or wash them in hot water. You could try putting the mattress out in the sunlight a few times a month to kill moisture.

Hot water, steam and sunlight are effective in disinfecting the belonging, eliminating bug excrement and killing eggs. Clear the clutter in your room and remain organized as bugs can spread to the surrounding objects.

Moreover, take out the trash everyday and wash the bin every week. Remove the debris outside your house as it allows pests to settle and multiply in your own vicinity.

Spray them over  

If you are getting slow results from trying other techniques, get insecticides that are easily available at the local store. To start the treatment, wear a mask, removes all belongings from cupboards, beds and cabinets and spray in the affected areas.  

Whenever you spot them, eliminate them on the spot. Be proactive and take preventive measures to avoid infestations in the future.

Professional DIY Products For Bed Bug Control As Recommended by Pest Control Experts

Solutions Pest & Lawn has a wide selection of effective bed bug control products that are guaranteed to kill even the worst bed bug infestations. For spraying the bed, bed frames and other high bed bug activity areas we would suggest a fast killing chemical bed bug spray called Flex 10-10 Insecticide and Pyrid Aerosol. Some other great aerosol sprays we have are Bedlam Plus Bed Bug Spray and JT Eaton Bed Bug Killer. In addition, you mustn’t forget about bed bug eggs which have yet to hatch. These can be eliminated with what is called an Insect Growth Regulator (IGR) which prevents eggs from hatching. A great IGR we carry is called Gentrol Point Source.

Dusting is also a great option for bed bug elimination as it can get to hard to reach areas which liquid insecticide sprays cannot.  Apply professional insecticidal dust products like Alpine Dust or D-Fense Dust under the baseboards, electrical outlets, light switches, under the bed frame legs. Dusts have an exceptionally long residual of up to 7 months so it will kill off straggler bed bugs that happen to wander around long after application.

Not sure where to start when it comes to the products we’ve suggested above? Make the process simple for you by purchasing the Solutions guaranteed bed bug control kit. This contains all the main products you need to conduct a thorough DIY bed bug control program.

Conclusion

A bed bug infestation can be very difficult to control on your own. However help of the products we have in our inventory, it is more easier than ever to perform DIY bed bug control that produces results.  So now it’s time to take action, equip yourself with our professional grade bed bug control products and get to eliminating those bed bugs from your home.

If you ever have questions or would like live advice, chat with us on our website, call us at 800-479-6583 or shoot us an email at askapro@solutionsstores.com.

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