The world is full of information. It moves about at the speed of light, and pretty much every resident of Merrimac has access to it. In this sea of information, you'll find many suggestions for what you can do to get rid of bed bugs. When seeking this information, you need to vet the sources you find. Bed bugs are pernicious pests. You can't just spray some vinegar and water or sprinkler diatomaceous earth to get rid of these bugs. And if you attempt to drive them out of your home using essential oils, you're going to be wildly disappointed. Today, we're going to take a look at a few ways you can have some success in getting control of bed bugs before they're too big of a problem to deal with on your own.
Bed Bug Management
The first step in any treatment plan is a good inspection. If you just noticed bites, your inspection could help you find bed bugs that haven't yet gotten into your home all the way. What do we mean by this? These are hitchhiking pests. They don't live in your yard and come into your home through your exterior walls. They ride into your home within objects you carry or in your clothes.
Step 1: Check Your Bags
If you recently returned from a trip or stayed overnight somewhere, you should be aware that bed bug bites can take hours or even days to start to swell. The first sign of bed bug bites isn't necessarily when you got them. Check your luggage, duffel bag, backpack, and other items for the following:
Black streaks, specks, or blotches.
The nymphs of bed bugs. These are pale or tan-colored insects between 1 mm and 3.5 mm in length.
Adult bed bugs. You're probably aware of what a bed bug looks like. If not, it is easy to do an image search and find out.
Tiny white eggs. You're most likely to find these in cracks and crevices.
If your inspection uncovers bed bugs, the item needs to be treated.
Move large luggage items outside and treat them thoroughly with a desiccant agent, such as rubbing alcohol. Be aware that bed bugs can hide inside the lining and within the voids of your luggage items. It may be wise to have a licensed pest professional treat them.
Duffel bags, backpacks, and other items that can go into the dryer may be treated this way. A 30-minute dryer cycle can exterminate bed bugs in all stages of development.
Step 2: Launder Your Clothes
When you spend the night somewhere, bed bugs can get into your clothing. In fact, they likely will. They are attracted to the scent of laundry items. They can smell the oils from your skin on your clothes. For this reason, we recommend keeping laundry items in a sealed plastic bag when you stay away from home. But, if you're reading this after having stayed away from home without protecting your laundry items, those items should immediately be washed and put through a 30-minute dryer cycle.
Step 3: Check Electronics
Bed bugs can hide inside electronic devices. Inspect any items that have a void within. You don't need to be concerned about your cell phone, but a laptop computer, alarm clock, etc., could be compromised. You can't put those items through a dryer cycle, but you can put them in a plastic bag and store them in your freezer for seven days. It is possible to exterminate bed bugs with cold temperatures.
Step 4: Check Your Home
Inspect cracks, crevices, seams, voids, and compressed spaces in your bedroom and living room. Bed bugs prefer to live near or inside beds and couches. Before doing this search, have your vacuum ready. If you find bed bugs in a compressed space, such as between your mattress and box spring, you may be able to suck those bugs up quickly and dispose of the bag outside.
Step 5: Know When To Get Help
If you take the steps above and bed bugs continue to create bites on your skin, you might be tempted to go after them with pest control products. Be aware that bed bugs are survivors. They have been living with humans almost exclusively since the beginning of time. If they were easy to exterminate, they would be extinct. But, through the years, they have used their incredible adaptive abilities to generate skins that are resistant to chemicals that have been used to exterminate them. This has led pest management professionals to adopt a multi-pronged treatment solution for these pests. We don't recommend trying to treat them yourself.
If you live in Merrimac, contact Freedom Pest Control for a professional bed bug treatment. Our friendly and knowledgeable pest management professionals know what is required to get control of bed bugs. Reach out to us today for immediate assistance.