Bed Bugs Threat

Protecting Your Home from Bed Bugs

Getting Rid Of Bed Bugs

For years, bed bugs were a rare occurrence, but many urban dwellers have begun to see a reappearance of these bugs. You will need to determine if your home is indeed infested and then take a series of bed bug remedies to get them removed.

First, determine if your home is infested with bed bugs or possibly you have a mosquito problem or some other type of insect infestation. Regardless of what type of insect problem you may have, you will probably first notice insect bites. Signs of bed bug bites resemble small, red colored bumps up and down the legs and arms. In comparison to other types of insects, bed bugs leave telltale signs in pillows, box springs and mattresses of tiny little tears.

Watch for bed bugs about 4 to 6 in the morning when they are active. They are reddish-brown in color and similar in size to fleas. If you own your own home, it will be up to you to properly sanitize bed but if you are renting an apartment or a house, the landlord should be responsible for killing bed bugs.

Bed bugs can be quite a problem infiltrating your mattress and they are even known to get into clothing in closets as well. In addition, some have been found in carpeting too. The best way to treat bed bugs is to hire a professional exterminator that knows the ropes and will do a quality job to destroy them. However, in the mean time you need to take the necessary steps to get rid of them to prevent the breeding of more bugs until the exterminator’s job has been completed. Launder all sheets, blankets, towels and clothing that may be filled with bed bugs in a washing machine.

Use a dryer on a high heat setting to kill the bugs. Wrapping pillows, box springs and mattress in plastic that is tightly sealed will help to keep the bugs from further spreading and should suffocate those left. Be aware that it many take several visits from an exterminator to completely wipe out an infestation once your home is infested.

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