Everybody knows bed bugs are extremely annoying. Although most people who are bitten show no symptoms at all and often do not know it happened, some individuals may become ill and nauseous. It is also possible to get scars and skin infections from scratching the bites. Very rarely, people might have an anaphylactic or asthmatic reaction to bed bug bites. All this means that failure to treat bed bugs will simply lead to more sleepless nights and itchiness. Therefore, some tips for bed bug control and prevention are offered in this article.
Getting rid of bed bugs is not an easy process as they may hide in a wide range of places in the home and can survive for up to a year without feeding. Most often than not, it is recommended you turn to a pest control professional for bed bug control and removal. Some pest control companies may ask you to pull your furniture away from walls and mattresses, and get your box springs stood on edge before they arrive and start their work. Other companies, on the contrary, may prefer everything to be left where it is so that they can perform a check before moving the furniture themselves. Besides, your pest control expert may recommend certain forms of deep-cleaning such as scrubbing infested surfaces with a stiff brush to remove eggs, dismantling bed frames and furniture, filling cracks in floors, walls, and moldings, encasing mattresses within special bags, or using a powerful vacuum on cracks and crevices. All you need to do is listen to your pest control company and expert, and do what you are asked to.
Though it is recommended you turn to a pest control professional when you are faced with the bed bug infestation, there are also things you can do by yourself in bed bug control and prevention. You may apply low-odor sprays, dusts or aerosol insecticides to get rid of bed bugs. These insecticides must be applied to all areas where the bugs are observed as well as hiding places or spaces where they may crawl. The pest control company can help you determine if an infested mattress can be disinfected or must be discarded. Since beds cannot readily be treated with insecticides, it’s often necessary to discard infested mattresses and beds. It also help if you remove clutter, vacuum frequently, and keep belongings separate when taken to school or work. If you are worrying about bed bug infestations in hotels, an important tip is that you can inspect the hotel room for the presence of the telltale signs of bed bugs. It is important to check the mattress and headboard, and luggage racks. It is advised not to put luggage on the bed in the hotel. In this way, you are less likely to bring bed bugs home in a suitcase. After you get home, it is also important to keep your luggage away from your bed and store them in a basement or garage. Another tip is to separate travel clothes from laundry and immediately wash them in hot water. While washing clothes in hot water does not kill bed bugs, drying clothes at a high temperature can eliminate them.
Removing a bed bug infestation is not achieved easily. You need to pay attention to it and put efforts into it, not just for one day, but everyday. Your efforts will help you prevent bed bug infestation and get rid of it.