Bed bugs are horrible and disgusting creatures that are a very real problem for many people today. In fact, over the past decade or so, there have been more and more of these bedbug issues cropping up. These bugs have seemingly become more resilient in that time, as well. They are able to handle many of the pesticides that were commonly used to deal with them in the past, and some of the pest control professionals have taken to using two chemicals in conjunction to kill them.
Do You Really Have Bed bugs?
First, you need to make sure that you really do have bed bugs. The first signs that you might have bed bugs would be having bites on your skin. If you have any bug bites that you cannot explain, you will want to look at your mattress and sheets to look for some of the signs of a bedbug infestation. Check to see if you see any rusty looking spots. This could be an indicator of a bedbug that has been crushed.
Also, be on the lookout for small egg shells, which are pale yellow in colour. Little black dots indicate bedbug feces, and you might even see the little bugs themselves walking around on the mattress and sheets.
You will want to check the mattress, sheets, box spring, baseboards, curtains, the carpet, and more. Be thorough when you are looking for bed bugs. The very best way to get rid of bed bugs is to hire a professional, which is discussed later in the article. There are, however, some things that you can do to help with the infestation.
Getting Rid of Bed bugs on Your Own
You must do what you can to minimize the spread of the bed bugs. Vacuum areas that are infested, including mattresses and carpets. Once you are done vacuuming, you will want to empty it into a plastic bag, which you seal then then throw into the garbage outside.
Heat can be an effective method of killing bed bugs. You will need to make sure that the temperatures are higher than 100 degrees to have the best chance of killing the bed bugs. Using steamers, including handheld stammers, can be helpful for removing bedbugs. You need to be diligent and need to be sure that you are getting into all of the crevices and cracks. You will also want to wash your clothing, blankets, sheets, curtains, and more in hot water once or twice, and dry on high heat. Also, be sure to steam the carpets and floors.
While this can help, and in some cases, it is possible to remove the bedbug problem on your own, you will find that it tends to be a better option to work with the professionals. Bed bugs are resilient, and if only a couple of them survive, the infestation can return. Working with the pros tends to be the best option.
You Want Help from Professionals
While there are some things that you can do to help you handle and deal with bed bugs on your own, the pros are the right solution. You will want to find a professional pest control company that has experience and knowledge when it comes to dealing with bed bugs. Ask them what types of tools and techniques they will be using, and how long the process is likely to take.
Bed bugs are no fun, and they are not a problem that you can ignore. You want to make sure that you are taking action as soon as you realize that you have bed bugs in the house or apartment for the best results. Contact JAPCO if you are having bedbug problems, we can help!