5 Tips on How to Handle a Bed Bug Infestation

by Florabel D. Data Analyst / SEO / Research

Look for animals or people asleep for blood feeding, bed bugs, and tiny parasites. They are drawn to you by your smell, the Carbon dioxide you breathe, and your body heat. They hide once they have eaten. Although incredibly difficult, bed bug prevention, detection, and control are achievable.

Using Integrated Pest Management can manage bed bugs.

In most cases, bed bugs cannot be entirely eradicated by pesticides. For bed bug management to be successful, one must use Integrated Pest Management (IPM). IPM is a method of managing pests that is friendly to the environment. It relies on understanding the problem and various common-sense procedures, including investigation, tracking, clearing clutter, caulking cracks, using roadblocks, minimizing clutter, and careful and deliberate cautious use of pesticide residues, if necessary.

  1. Environmental Change

  • Daily vacuuming and cleaning bed bug-prone areas decrease bed bug populations. The vacuum bag should be immediately sealed and discarded.

  • Put covers on the box spring and mattress.

  • Create an island-style bed by keeping it away from the wall and avoiding having any sheets reach the floor.

  • Put bed insect traps under the legs of furniture and beds.

  • Eliminate clutter so bed bugs can't hide there.

  • Keep your clothes off the ground.

  • Put infected things in containers or sealed plastic bags for isolation.

  • Fill up crevices where termites could lurk.

  • Call your landlord immediately if you encounter a bed bug and reside in a condo or other multi-family building you encounter a bed bug and reside in bedroom or building; call your landlord right once.

  1. Chemical Alternatives

Specialized equipment can steam, heat, or freeze objects that cannot be cleaned or dried. You cannot eliminate bed bugs by turning up the heat in the house with a controller or space heater.

  • Regularly wash your clothes and bed linens. Dry on the highest heat setting for half an hour.

  • For four days, place small items in the freezer.

  • To treat infected furniture, use hot steam.

  • Get rid of anything that has a lot of pests.

  • Other strategies professionals can use: Place objects in heat chambers made for bed insect extermination.

  1. Tracking

  • Examine the sofa and bed in person.

  • Put fighters and bombers under the legs of the couch and beds. Every one to two weeks should check interceptors.

  1. Treatment with insecticides

  • Diatomaceous Earth (DE): DE is a white dust substance that is naturally occurring and used to kill insects. Termites must hurry through DE all around your home if properly utilized. Use only DE with an insect label, and follow the instructions.

  • Apply DE to bed frames, gaps surrounding the mattress, behind the wall, and at the joint where the wall and the floor meet.

  • Use a mask when applying DE.

  • To new harbors discovered during follow-up inspections, use DE dust.

  • DE can kill bed bugs in one to two weeks and take two months to eradicate an infestation. Be tolerant.

  1. Check Your Follow-Up

  • Bed sheets should continue to be washed at least once weekly until the termites are gone.

  • Ensure that you have sufficient interceptors to cover the feet of every bedroom, sofa, and comfortable chair.

  • Every one to two weeks, perform a visual inspection and examine the installed interceptors under the furniture.

  • Interceptors should be cleaned with a cotton ball that has been talc-dipped.

Bed bug symptoms

  • Tiny, whitish-yellow shed skins from the infested bugs and black and rusty patches from their dung and blood stains on the bed sheets will be left behind.

  • Although bite marks are not an accurate predictor of a bed bug infestation because bites could come from various sources, you may develop red, itching welts, or rashes from edges.

Important, Check to Make Sure They're Bed Bugs

  • When taking further treatment, capture and contain a few of the pest's specimens and have them examined by a knowledgeable professional.

  • It could cost you money to skip this step. Many people received treatment for the condition even if they didn't have bed bugs.

Finding and Identifying Bed Bugs

Bed bug hiding spots Most frequent locations:

  • Bed linens, pillows, and blankets.

  • Mattresses: behind handles and labels, along with seams and piping

  • Look at headboards and bed frames.

  • Box springs are concealed on the bottom by a thin dust cloth, nail holes, fractures, staples, and nails.

  • Chair and sofa folds and seams.

  • Less popular locations:

  • Padding and wall-to-wall carpeting's undersides and edges

  • Wall notches, nail holes, and spaces between wood moldings

  • Under seams and loose wallpaper

  • Back or front mirrors and picture frames

  • Clutter and clothing are kept in closets, under beds, and other places.

  • Electrical outlets switch plates, and clutter near sleeping spaces.

  • Onto and within bags, backpacks, and baggage

Proactive monitoring, early detection, and rapid response will help to avoid more significant issues. 

Turn to the professionals if needed. 

Hiring the best, responsible pest control professional can improve your chances of eradicating bed bugs. If you hire an expert, ensure it's a reputable company and uses an IPM approach. For information on hiring professional pest control companies, contact your state pesticide agency. Bed bug exterminators in Findlay, OH, provide information on IPM methods, how to choose a pest control company, pesticide safety, and emergency information.

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