Become Your Own Bed Bug Exterminator
When you are attacked by pests you need to do some work on your home to live free again. You can call a professional company but it is possible to be your very own bed bug exterminator and this is how.
Ready the area
- Minimize the mess: all temporary and personal items should be removed. They should be bagged in case of infestation transfer.
- Wash infected linen and clothes: clothes and linen should be heated in a dryer or washed in very hot water up to 120˚F.
- Take down the bed framework: taking down the entire bade frame will expose hiding spots. Any torn fabrics or cracked wood are suspicious areas.
- Detach the dresser drawers: just like local bed bug pest control would do, pull all of such furniture away from the walls and thoroughly inspect for infestation.
- Cleanse the area: thoroughly clean and scrub all areas with a brush and vacuum cleaner. This will dislodge eggs and take bed bugs away. Scrape with the vacuum cleaner because these pests like to cling to surfaces. Avoid bristle brushes that the bedbugs can attach to, so they don’t transfer to other places.
- Caulk, fill and seal: fill all cracks and holes in walls and baseboards to lessen harboring zones
Bed bug inspection
- The appearance of the bed bug: a typical bedbug can be viewed with just your bare eyes. It can be difficult to see bed bugs so utilizing a magnifying glass will be helpful. Full grown bed bugs are flat and about 1/4 – 5/8 in length. They are reddish-brown or brown and their size makes it easy to hide in small spaces. Bed bug eggs will typically be around the surface area where people sleep.
- Inspection tips: carrying out the work of a bed bug exterminator means inspection. This is what will determine the type and severity of treatment required to solve the problem. Any isolated, dark and protected place should be examined. All connected rooms to the infested area should be examined. No physical bed bugs doesn’t mean they are absent, check for fecal matter to know where they have been. You can drive them out with an aerosol for inspection.
- Inspection checklist: you must thoroughly inspect the mattress and springs including headboards, bed framework and foot boards. Check seams and any tears in the material. Also, use extra light to inspect even the smallest cracks. Other furniture like dressers, drawers, and desks should also be thoroughly inspected with extra light because they are bed bug hot zones. Wall hangings and electrical strips should be removed and inspected. Cracks in wallpaper and plaster should not be missed in the search. Any blood or fecal spots of bed bugs will look like rust. This is a clear indication of their presence. Use a magnifying glass through the process to ensure you don’t miss anything.
- The condition of mattress infestation: the size and state of the mattress will determine if it should be thrown out or not. Matrasses covered in encasements or guard will not be affected. Tears, holes, and rips in the fabric of a mattress usually mean the pests are around or their eggs are around the bed. You can encase your matrasses so they don’t need to be thrown out. This will be kept on for a year or more so any bed bugs inside will die out after their usual life cycle and you can use it safely. Treated bed liners will help in killing the pests, acting as a preventive and effective solution in one package.
- Treating with insecticide: if you don’t want to utilize treated liners or bed encasements, you will use insecticide to disinfect the mattress. The first step is vacuuming the mattress, headboards, and footboards. After you have removed a bulk of the pests through this method, go ahead an apply insecticide to kill all the stubborn one. Dust forms of insecticides are good for killing bed bugs because of they last longer and so the effects are more long-lasting. For the cracks, you will be better off with aerosols. The small nozzles they have been able to direct the insecticide into tight areas and tiny cracks. A combination of both types of insecticide will do a better job.
Surrounding area treatment
- Treating furniture and baseboards: there are so many insecticide products on the market that will be effective in exterminating your bed bugs. Dust, liquid and aerosol insecticides are available in their different strengths and capacities. The perfect exterminator for bed bugs might be a combination of all three because they each have their advantages. If you are okay with a combination, there are kits that have these already available so you don’t have to
- Aerosols or liquid insecticide: spray inside and around doors, door frames, and closets. All other furniture like dressers, drawers, and cupboards should be sprayed inside and out. The back and bottom sides should not be neglected and clothes should be taken out and treated if necessary. Spray around windows as well as molds in the room. Spray on top of and underneath chairs as well as the point where the bed frame meets the floor. Loose plaster, under beds, bed frames, bed boards, should be sprayed. Avoid the top of matrasses unless using a brand that specifies you can do so. Place cloth and other personal items in plastic bags for treatment.
Trapping and monitoring
Take note that retreatment is very crucial. You have to repeat everything described above at least three times because the bed bugs could be hiding but emerge once a week to look for food. The treatments can be repeated at 10 day intervals.
You should monitor the treatment after it has been completed. If you are not present in the room, you can make use of adhesive traps and lures. Place these under the bed and in hot spot areas. Come back and check after some days or weeks to see if any bed bugs have been caught.