How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs – 5 Simple Steps
Bed bugs are tiny and persistent creatures that reproduce quickly. If you accidentally bring a few into your home, it won’t be long before they are keeping you up at night and invading all sorts of Wash all small cracks and crevices throughout the home. The good news is that there are 5 simple steps you can take to get rid of bed bugs and reclaim your home.
1. Locate the Infestation
Bed bugs come out at night to search for food. During the day, they tuck away into cracks and hideout. This can make it difficult to find them and understand the scope of your infestation. Start by inspecting your mattress seams. You may see black dots, which are the bug’s feces, specks of blood, eggs, or full-size bed bugs. If you find them in the mattress, start expanding your search within a few feet of the bed. Be sure to look at curtains, chairs, tables, and any furniture where the bugs may be hiding.
2. Wash All Fabrics
From clothes to bedding and curtains, you will want to wash and dry all fabric items at a high temperature. Bed bugs are pretty resilient, but they can’t survive in temperatures above 120 degrees. Be sure to wash the fabrics at the highest temperature possible and leave them in the dryer for at least 30 minutes so that the fabrics get hot enough to kill the bugs.
3. Vacuum and Steam Clean
Vacuum thoroughly and often. While you are dealing with an infestation, you may have to vacuum twice a day. This includes attacking all furniture and paying special attention to the areas along floorboards. It is also a good idea to take a steam cleaner to your mattress and any other items. The heat from the steam is one of the safest and most effective ways to kill bed bugs.
4. Monitor Your Home
You may have to go through the entire cleaning process a few times before you completely eradicate the bed bugs. Be sure to continue to monitor your home so that you can take action before the infestation spreads.
5. Contact the Professionals
While there are steps you can take to rid your home of bed bugs, the easiest and most effective way to treat an infestation is to contact professional bed bug exterminators. They have the tools and experience to get rid of the bugs the first time so that you can return to normal.
Capital Pest Services offers expert bed bug extermination services that use the latest in detection and heat treatment methods to rid your home of bed bugs. You can rest assured that your home will be pest-free. Call today to learn more and schedule an appointment.
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