The bedbugs are just 5mm across, which is smaller than a pencil eraser. These insects are intelligent, hardy, and reproduce quickly. They are able to find places to hide and can live for several months without being detected. A healthy female can lay up to 500 eggs per year. You may need the help of pest control experts to get rid of them properly.
It’s no surprise that these little bloodsuckers can cause havoc in your house. They can cause itchy, red welts on your body if they are in bed with you.
You can eliminate bedbugs. It can take some time and patience to get rid of bedbugs. If you have a large infestation, it may be necessary to use several different non-chemical and chemical methods.
Bedbugs can be difficult to get rid of if you have certain factors. If you have lots of clutter or travel frequently, you may find it more difficult to get rid of bedbugs in your home.
You may need to hire a professional exterminator if you are unable to rid your home of bedbugs on your own. For a step by step guide to getting rid of bedbugs, read on.
Pest Control Tips
Identify infested areas
You want to get rid of bedbugs as soon as possible to prevent them from reproducing. It is cheaper and easier to treat a small infestation of bedbugs than a large one. However, smaller infestations are usually more difficult to spot.
You can either look for bedbugs on your own or hire professionals to inspect your home. Bedbug inspectors and residential exterminators may use specially trained dogs to search for them by scent.
- Because of their small bodies, bedbugs can squeeze into tight spots, such as the seams on a couch or mattress, and the folds in curtains.
- You can also look for them at these places:
- Near the box spring and mattress tags
- Cracks in headboard and bed frame
- in baseboards
- Between the couch cushions
- in furniture joints
- inside electrical outlets
- Unter loose Wallpaper
- Below posters and paintings on the walls
- In the seam where wallpaper and ceiling meet
- To inspect these areas, use a flashlight and magnifying glasses.
These signs can help you spot bedbugs:
Live bedbugs are about 1/4-inch in length and have a reddish color.
Bedbug droppings are dark spots that are about the same size as a period.
Reddish spots on your mattress are caused by bugs that have been crushed
Young bedbugs can shed small, pale yellow eggs, shells and yellowish skins.
After you have found a bedbug, seal it in a jar with 1 teaspoon of rubbing liquor. Bedbugs can also be found in other types of insects. You can identify the type of bug by taking it to an exterminator.
Infest the area
You must keep bedbugs away once you are aware that you have them. Your vacuum is a quick and simple way to trap bedbugs. Use the vacuum to sweep away any hiding spots.
Keep all linens and ill-fitting clothes in bags until you are able to wash them. Next, place them in the dryer or washer at the highest temperature. If the item is not washable, place it in the dryer for 30 min at the highest heat setting.
Place anything that cannot be washed in the washer or dryer in a bag. To ensure that all bugs die, leave it in the bag for at least a few months. You can throw away furniture that you are unable to clean. Spray paint “bedbugs” onto the furniture before you tear it apart.
Prepare for bedbug treatment
To maximize your chances of success, you should do some preparation before you begin to treat your home. Check that all linens, carpets and drapes have been removed or cleaned up.
Next, eliminate all bedbug hiding places. Grab any books, magazines, clothes or other items that are lying around your bed and under it. Get rid of everything you can. You should not move items from infested rooms to clean ones. This could spread the bugs.
Seal any exposed areas. Apply wallpaper to any exposed areas. Caulk cracks around baseboards and furniture. Place a tape on open electrical outlets. Move up your bed 6 inches from the wall. This will prevent bedbugs from climbing on it.
Get rid of bedbugs
Cleaning your home
First, you can try to eliminate bedbugs naturally. You can first try to eliminate bedbugs without using chemicals.
These are some ways to get rid of bedbugs.
For 30 minutes, wash bedding and clothing in hot water. Next, wash your clothes in hot water for 30 minutes. Dry them on the highest heat setting for thirty minutes.
Steamer for mattresses, couches and other areas where bedbugs can hide.
Place infested items in bags and leave outside at 95 degrees or in a closed vehicle. It can take up to five months to kill sealed-up insects in cooler temperatures.
Place bags containing bedbugs into the freezer at 0°F (-17°C). To check the temperature, use a thermometer. They should be kept there for no less than four days.
After you have removed all bedbugs visible, make the area unhospitable to their friends. Use bedbug-proof cover to protect your mattress and box spring. These covers should be sealed tightly. The bugs that have been trapped within will die and new bugs will not be able get in.
These methods may not be enough to eliminate all bugs.
Chemical and non-chemical treatments
Bedbug control can be achieved with insecticides. You should look for products that have been registered with the EPA and are specifically labeled for bedbugs.
These are some of the insecticides that you can use:
Chlorfenapyr and other pyrroles kill bedbugs by disrupting the cells.
Man-made nicotine substitutes, called neonicotinoids. They cause nerve damage in the insects’ nervous system. This chemical is effective against bedbugs that are resistant to other pesticides.
Dessicants are substances which destroy the protective outer layer of the bug’s skin. The bugs will die if they are without this protective coating. Silica aerogel (Trie-Die and CimeXa), and diatomaceous Earth are two examples of dessicants. Dessicants have the advantage that bedbugs cannot become resistant to them but they also work slowly. It can take several months for all of the bugs to be eradicated by these products.
Foggers and bug bombs can kill bedbugs but they cannot get in to the cracks and crevices that these bugs hide in. If they are used incorrectly, they can be toxic to people. Pay attention to the label. Before you start a fogger, leave the room.
EcoRaider, Bed Bug Patrol and other plant oil-based insecticides are less toxic than chemical ones. They also work well against bedbugs.
Keep an eye on the affected areas
It can take a while to get rid of bedbugs. You need to be able to prove that the bedbugs have not returned. For signs of activity, check the affected areas approximately once per seven days.
Place bedbug interceptors underneath each leg of your bed to make it easier for you to identify surviving bedbugs. These devices will catch bedbugs before they climb up to your bed. The interceptors may need to be checked for up to a year.
Retire when you need
Bedbugs can be tough creatures. You might find them again just when you think they are gone. It is possible to use several different methods to get rid of the infestation. If they don’t disappear, call a professional exterminator.
Get the pros involved
You can’t eliminate bedbugs by yourself. It’s time for professionals. Pest control companies can use chemicals and other treatments that you don’t have access to. These insecticides kill the bugs immediately and can be used to treat bedbugs over time.
Whole-room heat treatments can also be used by pest control companies. The pest control company will bring in equipment to heat the room to 135 to 145 degrees Fahrenheit, which is high enough to kill bedbugs.
You should be prepared for the arrival of pest control companies. You’ll be able to eliminate the pests most effectively if you follow their instructions.
It takes professional treatments two to three visits before they start to work. You may need to be out of treated areas for several hours after each treatment until the insecticides dry.
Be sure to keep the bedbugs away
You’ll need to ensure that the bedbugs go away once they are gone.