Bed Bugs Treatment
Effective bed bugs treatment at home relies on a combination of methods to kill and control these pesky pests. You can carry out some simple procedures yourself as soon as you observe signs of infestation in early stages. But, you will have to take help of professional bed bug extermination services in case of severe infestation.
Here are a few tips to help you with bed bugs treatment.
• Bed bugs usually hide around windows, door frames, behind picture frames, curtain rods, inside cabinets, underneath chairs and areas close to your bed. So, it is essential to inspect these areas thoroughly.
Plus, dismantle the bed and look closely into the finer spaces to find these parasitic insects. Next, vacuum clean these areas and then dust some EPA approved diatomaceous earth (can be mixed with insecticide dust as well) there to help kill bed bugs.
• Vacuum clean the mattresses and carpets, wrap them in plastic and finally use steam treatment to get rid of bed bugs. Vacuuming tends to suck these annoying pests but it fails to remove the eggs because they are likely to stay sticking on edges. Thus, steaming eliminates the remaining reddish brown bugs and their eggs.
• Garments and bed sheets can be washed thoroughly in extremely hot water and subjected to medium to high heat in dryer for 15-20 minutes. Dry cleaning is also beneficial.
• Bed bug traps and sprays containing Pyrethrins, Permethrin, Cyfluthrin etc are beneficial in controlling bed bugs to some extent.
You can also use home remedies like rubbing alcohol (91%). Besides, mattress encasements trap these bugs present on mattresses and prevent further infestation.
• If you are using chemical treatments like pesticides then read the labels carefully before spraying. As they are likely to be toxic and harmful, avoid using them on clothes and mattress surfaces to avoid inhaling them.
• Reduce clutter in your house, repair the cracks and crevices in walls, floors, expose the infested furniture to scorching sunlight and discard the items that cannot be treated but that are likely to spread bed bug infestation in your house.
• Bed bug treatments for bites calls for the use of calamine lotions, cortisone creams to relieve itching. Bed bug bites can be avoided by making use of bed bug repellents like tea tree oil, lavender oil, rosemary oil and so on.
Tricks that won’t work
• Leaving the infested house temporarily and expecting that the infestation would get over by itself is not a good idea because bedbugs can lay dormant but survive up to 18 months without feeding.
• The method of increasing heat or cold through home thermostat to remove bed bugs is also not going to work because temperature ranges in such thermostats do not cover the extreme temperatures ideally required to kill these nasty creatures.
You will have to call professional exterminators equipped with special heaters meant for this purpose.
• Common aerosol sprays, insecticides and other such products that are not specifically formulated for controlling bed bugs won’t cure bed bug problem.
• Extensive housecleaning alone won’t do the trick. You will have to employ other bed bug eradication techniques as well.
Remember, bed bug treatments work best when accompanied by proper preventive measures, follow up and a great deal of patience and perseverance.
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