What You Can Do To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs

Posted on: 1 February 2016

Bed bugs are nuisance bugs that can invade your bed, carpeting, furniture and other belongings around your home. These bugs are very tiny in size, only about the size of an apple seed. They have flat, oval shaped bodies, no wings and are a brownish red color. These bugs can be a little difficult to get rid of once they have invaded your home, but you can do a few things to help get rid of them. See below for a helpful list.

Clean And Declutter

If you've spotted bed bugs in your home, it's time to really clean. You'll need to vacuum all of the carpeting in your home, vacuum your mattress (both sides and the edges) and vacuum your furniture. Then deep clean your carpeting by using a carpet steamer (if you don't own one, you can rent one). Make sure you get into the cracks and crevices throughout your home. Clean walls and baseboards using hot soapy water. This helps remove any eggs on your walls, droppings and blood splatters. Also be sure to get rid of clutter laying around on the floors. If you have clothing sitting in piles on the floor, it's time to do something with them. Try to get rid of all of the clutter lining your floors.

Launder Bedding And Clothing

Be sure to wash all of your bedding in hot water. You can wash your pillows too, just be sure to read the manufacturer directions on how to do this. Wash and dry all of your clothing that was infested as well. Hang up or put away clothing, rather than putting it back on the floor.

Prevention Tips

  • Caulk your windows and door casings to prevent bed bugs from entering your home. 
  • When traveling, be sure to keep your suitcase off of the floor of hotel rooms to prevent bed bugs from invading your luggage. When you return home, promptly wash all of your items.
  • Keep your mattress away from the wall to help prevent bed bugs from traveling up the wall and onto your mattress.
  • Be sure to use a mattress bag to help prevent bed bugs from invading your mattress. You can find protective mattress bags at most larger stores. Also use one with your box spring mattress as well.

If your bed bug problem isn't going away, it's time to call in a professional pest control company. They have the know-how and tools to get rid of these nasty bugs and can help give you further bed bugs treatment tips to prevent them from returning.