Linking bed bugs with filth or unsanitary homes is totally wrong. You can have a sparkling clean and well-disinfected place and still have bed bugs crawling on your sheets and skin. These tiny insects feed with human and animal blood so, they can live in any place where they have a source of food.
How do bed bugs get into your home?
Pretty easy! As these insects are small, they can easily hide and stick on clothes or luggage. The most common example is bringing bed bugs in your suitcase after staying in an infested hotel room. But, these insects can easily be found in public places and keeping them away is basically impossible.
How can I detect a bed bug infestation?
Once the bed bugs get into your home they will look for the perfect hiding place such as baseboards, switch plates, wallpaper, and so on. In a few minutes, these tiny creatures will begin to multiply creating hundreds of new bugs. And then you’ll detect them and you will know that you are facing a bed bug infestation.
Another important aspect is the look of your skin. Waking up in the morning with tiny red spots on your back, legs, hands or face could be a sign of bed bug infestation.
How can I get rid of bed bug infestation?
The best thing to get rid of this pest is to ask for professional pest control. However, if you want to deal with this situation all by yourself, you can try the below tips to win the battle against bed bugs.
- Bedding and garments need to be washed in boiled water, preferably at 120°F.
- Dry clean all your clothes.
- For items that cannot be washed, wrap them in a transparent plastic bag and place the bag outdoors where the temperature can reach 120°F.
- Use well-known insecticides to kill bed bugs.
- Kill bed bugs by freezing them. Although it’s a bit difficult and time-consuming, you can save this trick for the winter time.
- Steam your carpets above 120°F.
- Vacuuming the house may not eliminate each and every egg and bug, but it can help get rid of them to a degree.
- Rubbing alcohol can kill bugs that come in with it contact, but you cannot rely solely on this method.
- Buy a bed bug spray that contains IGR (Insect Growth Regulator), which is very effective if the infestation is small.
- Reduce clutter in your home. With less clutter, bed bugs have fewer places to hide and reproduce.
- Non-toxic and pet-friendly, diatomaceous earth is an environmentally friendly way to kill all kinds of insects, including bed bugs. You can find it in powdered and spray forms.
- Some oils like tea tree and neem oil can’t kill bed bugs, but they work well to repel them.