Bed Bug Treatment


Basics

Getting rid of bed bugs can be a tricky matter. While there is effective bed bug treatment available, people often make the mistake of not treating the entire infested environment. They treat the beds, because of course that is where bed bugs are most often found, but neglect to look at other hiding places.

The truth is that bed bugs can be found in any dark, warm place. They prefer beds or other sleeping areas because there is plenty of food to be found there (humans sleeping for many hours a day in those locations is like a buffet to a bed bug). However, they can also infest other furniture, including soft furniture like couches and hard furniture like dresser drawers. They can also infest carpets.



When getting rid of bed bugs, it is important to inspect the entire house for areas of infestation and apply bed bug treatment to all affected areas.

Prevention

Preventing bed bugs in the first place may be easier than getting rid of bed bugs once they have settled in.

When moving into a new house or apartment, inspect the carpeting along the baseboards for bugs. They can live for a long time in the carpet without feeding, so even if the apartment has been empty for a while, it could still have bed bugs. Also, make sure that any openings in the walls are sealed and caulked. Otherwise, bugs can easily move from one apartment to another.

Bed bugs can ride into your house on used furniture. Be sure to inspect used furniture carefully before bringing it home, especially used beds and mattresses.

Bed bugs can also follow you home in your luggage if you’ve spent the night somewhere that is infested. It is recommended that you inspect the beds in hotel rooms before you sleep there. If you find signs of bed bugs, ask for a new room on the other side of the hotel.

Treatment

Getting rid of bed bugs is usually not that difficult. Just make sure you do a thorough inspection and treat all of the infested areas.

Start by washing all your bed linens in hot water. Then vacuum the mattress with a strong vacuum. Using the crevice tool, vacuum the bed frame, making sure you get into all the corners. Then vacuum the floor around your bed, using the crevice tool to the get along the baseboards. You can use the crevice tool of your vacuum cleaner to vacuum dresser drawers or other furniture in the infested area, as well.

After laundry and vacuuming, you’ll need to apply some sort of bed bug treatment to the area. You can buy commercial pesticides designed for that purpose, but you should be aware that these often contain potentially harmful ingredients like permethrins and pyrethrins. While these chemicals are effective at getting rid of bed bugs, they can be harmful if inhaled or if they come into contact with your skin. Prolonged exposure can even cause liver damage or cancer (and you’ll probably need repeated applications in order to rid yourself of the bugs).

Many people ask us about natural bed bug treatment. Fortunately, there are safe and effective natural alternatives to potentially harmful chemicals.

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When To See Your Doctor

Bed bug bites usually clear up without medical treatment. You can apply an anti-itch cream, purchased over the counter at any drug store, if you like. Try not to scratch them. If the bites don’t go away or if you think they might be infected, see your doctor.



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