Bed bug infestations can destroy your home and
Heat Treatments Your clothing and bed linens are the first thing you should treat when you want to get rid of bed bugs. Heat treatment is an effective way to help get rid of your infestation. When you discover these tiny and irritating insects, you need to wash all clothing and bed linens in hot water. The hot water helps kill the bugs. As an added measurement, wash your linens and clothing twice with hot water. After you wash your belongings, put them in a dryer and dry them on high heat. Dry the clothing and linens for as long as possible. Once the dryer shuts off, dry everything again. The key to heat treating these annoying parasites is to expose them to as much high heat as possible. If you do not use enough heat, this treatment will not work. Vacuuming and Steam Treatments Vacuuming every area of the house can help get rid of bugs that are not hiding in light switches and floor cracks. When you clean the house, you need to eliminate the bugs from couches and other furniture, as well. Vacuuming and steam treatments are effective but only if you put forth the effort to thoroughly clean everything. Often, these unwanted pests tend to burrow down into cracks and corners, as well as wall switches. While sucking up the little guys and blasting them with steam heat might get rid of the few that scurry around out in the open, it might not get rid of the ones burrowed down in floor cracks and walls. When you use these methods to get rid of unwanted bug infestations, it is advisable to continuously clean all areas of the house over a period of several days. This ensures that these undesirable intruders are completely killed and do not come back. Non-Toxic Treatments One method of treating bed bugs is in the form of a non-toxic dust called Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth. Bed bugs that come into contact with this dust dry out and die. When you want to use Diatomaceous Earth, you must liberally sprinkle it around the perimeter of each room in your house. Bed bugs will typically walk through the powder and end up coating themselves. This is enough for them to dehydrate and die. While this may be effective in treating bed bugs, if the bugs do not come into contact with the powder, it will not work. Insecticides, Sprays and Bombs There are a variety of bed bug insecticide sprays on the market. Although insecticides can help reduce your problem, they are not effective entirely on their own. A combination of spraying with insecticides, thoroughly cleaning and vacuuming can greatly improve the effectiveness of insecticide spray. There are a variety of 'green' bed bug sprays on the market as well. Just like insecticide, these sprays should be used in addition to thorough cleaning and vacuuming. The use of bug bombs and foggers will not help your problem. These methods can actually make the problem worse by spreading the parasites around. Exterminator Calling a professional exterminator to get rid of an infestation is an ideal way to help remedy the situation. However, when you decide to call for help, make sure the exterminator knows how to correctly deal with bed bugs. An exterminator that does not have the experience or knowledge of what these pesky little bugs can do, can potentially make the problem worse by using the wrong chemicals or methods of elimination. A bed bug infestation does not mean you have to get rid of your things. If you work hard to eliminate all traces of these annoying little insects, you can restore your home to its original state.