How Can You Deal with a Bedbug Infestation?

If you think you have a problem with bedbugs, you will be looking for a quick and effective fix. You may wonder how this infestation came to be and may even be embarrassed by the very idea. So, what do you need to know about these annoying pests, and what should you do to get things back to normal?

Stubborn Pests

Unfortunately, bedbugs can quite easily infiltrate your home and can lay many eggs in a short time. These tiny pests feed on human or animal blood and will typically operate under the hours of darkness when you are sleeping soundly in your bed.

How Bugs Infiltrate

Bedbugs can live on clothing or within a suitcase for a long time before they need to seek out a fresh meal. This means that they can travel from one point to another without any evidence, and you may have inadvertently carried them from a hotel, or one of your visitors may have brought them into your home.

Carrying out an Inspection

These bugs are quite hard to see with the naked eye, but if you suspect a problem, get a torch and look closely at your mattress, spring or headboard area. Inspect the creases and crevices for brown spots (the faeces) or evidence of the bugs themselves. You may also notice small red spots of blood on your sheets and bumps or tiny welts on your body in the morning.

Three-Step Approach to Dealing with Bedbugs

Firstly, use a vacuum cleaner to remove any bugs and droppings from the seams of your mattress and box spring and from the cracks between your bedroom and the headboard.

Secondly, you will need to thoroughly wash and dry any affected bedsheets or clothing, using very high heat settings in both the washer and dryer. If you are unable to put the item into a washing machine, you could use a steam cleaner to kill the bugs instead.

Thirdly, you need to take steps to kill the bugs that may be hiding as well as their eggs. You can use insecticides, but you must be careful as you deploy them, while some recommend a desiccant instead. These can come in the form of a silicon-based aerogel, but you may need to deploy this solution several times to be effective.

Getting Professional Help

As an alternative approach, bring in a pest control expert. They'll be familiar with bedbugs and know how to exterminate them as quickly and efficiently as possible using heat, steam or chemical treatment. 

For more information about pest inspections, contact a local pest control company. 



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Pest Control: Preventing Infestations No one wants to work in an office or to live in a home which is infested with pests. Not only can pests creep and freak you out, they can also pose a serious risk to your health. This blog has been set up to provide you with all the info you need to successfully prevent infestations of pests. I'm not a pest control contractor but I have done plenty of research into this topic. I have watched countless hours of instructional videos and listened to podcasts. I have also read many articles. Thank you for checking out this blog.

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