How To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs


Basics

People often ask us how to get rid of bed bugs. After all, no one wants bugs in their bed. A bed bug bite can be irritating and can even become infected if you scratch or pick at it and break the skin. It's important to deal with bed bugs as soon as you suspect you have them, before the problem can get any worse.

Bed bugs are small insects that feed on the blood of warm-blooded animals, including humans and pets. You may wonder how you could have bed bugs and not know it. That's because they are very small. Their eggs are the size of a poppy seed and their larvae are the size of a grain of rice. Adult bed bugs are about a quarter of an inch in length, oval in shape, and nearly flat. They hide in dark cracks and crevices. Most people are unaware of their presence unless they purposely look for them.



You should suspect you have bed bugs if you wake up with what appears to be a bed bug bite. Bed bug bites resemble mosquito bites. There are usually multiple bites in the same area.

To find out if you have bed bugs, use a bright flashlight to help you see into the dark crevices in and around the bed. Look in all the creases in your mattresses and bedding. You should also look in openings and corners in the bed frame. Despite their name, bed bugs are not only confined to the bed. Carefully inspect all carpeting and furniture around the bed. This includes all couches, tables, chairs, etc. Look for the larvae as well as adult bugs. You may not be able to see eggs because they are so small.

Now let's look at how to prevent bed bugs and then how to get rid of bed bugs.

Prevention

It can be difficult to prevent bed bugs, but there are some steps you can take to reduce your risk. Be wary of purchasing used furniture, particularly bed frames or mattresses. Examine them carefully before bringing them home.

Use a plastic mattress cover. Bed bugs will not be able to hide on the cover.

There are also some products you can use to prevent bed bugs from occurring or recurring. We'll talk about those in our recommended product section.

Treatment

Before discussing how to treat a bed bug bite, let's talk about how to get rid of bed bugs.

The first thing to do is to wash all bedding in very hot water. Stuffed animals or soft toys that cannot be washed should be sealed in plastic bags for a couple of weeks.

The second step in getting rid of bed bugs is to vacuum everything. Vacuum the mattress, any upholstered furniture, and the drapes. Use the crevice tool on your vacuum to do the bed frames, the baseboards, and any furniture near the bed. Of course, vacuum the carpeting as well.

These steps will not remove all bed bugs and eggs and larvae, although it will remove most of them. You'll need to apply some sort of pesticide or other treatment to kill any remaining bugs. Be sure to follow the instructions on the product carefully on how to get rid of bed bugs.

Most treatment products for bed bugs use pesticides to kill the bugs. Permethrins and pyrethrins are common ingredients. While these are effective at killing bed bugs, they can be harmful to both humans and pets. You must protect your eyes and skin while using such products. Contact with your skin can cause itching, redness, swelling, and irritation. Prolonged exposure is believed by some to cause liver problems, respiratory problems, and even cancer.

People often ask us how to get rid of bed bugs using a natural product. They want to avoid the risks of traditional pesticides. They especially do not want to use potentially harmful pesticides in and near their beds. Natural products are safe for people and for pets, while still being effective at killing and preventing the recurrence of bed bugs.

Recommended Products

When To See Your Doctor

A bed bug bite usually does not require any medical treatment. Try not to pick at or scratch any bed bug bite, however. As with any insect bite, breaking the skin may cause an infection to occur. If you think you have an infected bite, you should see a doctor for treatment.

Feel free to write to us if you have any other questions about how to get rid of bed bugs.



Additional Reading: If you get night bug bites in bed, you can follow these links for more information on bedbug bites and bed bug symptoms. To read more about bedbug prevention, follow this link. When treating bed bugs boric acid is not recommended. Follow the link to learn more. Finally, if you have any questions about a bed bug bite, treatment or prevention, please write to us.


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