DIY Tips for Treating Bed Bugs

There are a few key steps that can help you contain a bed bug infestation. This advice can help if you want to try managing the problem on your own.  But please don’t mistake this as a guarantee.  Bed bugs are extremely difficult to kill without the proper equipment, and many products for consumers only work on contact.  Others do more harm than good by causing bed bugs to scatter.

These tips may be helpful in managing small infestations. You can also use this as a guide to prepare your home before you hire a professional bed bug exterminator.

Tip 1 – Remove Clutter

When there are more places for bed bugs to hide, it can be challenging to eliminate the bed bug problem. Reducing clutter in your home is a good first step.  Garbage should be thrown away, furniture should be organized, toys should be put away, clothes should be removed from the floor, laundered and put away.

Tip 2 – Isolate Your Bed

Moving your bed away from the wall can help keep the bed bugs from spreading. Clear out anything from under your bed. Use a mattress encasement to wrap up your mattress and box spring.  You can also set up bed bug interceptors.  Interceptors go under each leg of your bed and can trap any bed bugs as they try to climb to your mattress.

Tip 3 – Vacuum and Clean

Regular vacuuming can help catch bed bugs in various rooms throughout your home, but often a closer eye is needed.  Inspecting your furniture, baseboards, and electrical outlets for signs of bed bugs or eggs can give you a chance to stop them from spreading even further.  You may also want to run some items through a dryer cycle if appropriate.  Any bed bugs that are living in your curtains, clothes, bedding, or other belongings shouldn’t be able to survive 30 minutes in the high heat. Making notes throughout this cleaning process can help with your overall strategy.  You can then track your progress, or share the details with a bed bug expert.

Heat Treatment is the best way to fight a Bed Bug infestation.

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