If you think you have a bed bug problem because of itchy skin, welts, and other signs of bedbugs, you need to do an inspection to be sure you really do have bed bugs. Because of this pest’s tendency to infest bedrooms specifically, start with your bed. Remove all the sheets and other covers and carefully check for black or reddish-black smears, excrement and other signs. Take off the dust cover on the foundation and check the frame and the cover, especially where the cover is connected to the wooden frame.
Now check areas around the bed. This means anywhere bedbugs could hide such as nightstands, lamps, outlets, and pay careful attention to where the floor covering meets the wall. Bed bugs are very elusive and will take advantage of any nook or cranny to keep from being discovered. Your inspection should turn up evidence at some point if you are being thorough enough. If you find signs, it’s time to do some basic clean up and preventive maintenance.
Getting rid of your bedbug problem starts with thoroughly cleaning the places where bed bugs like to hang out.
- Wash bedding, blankets, mattress covers, and clothes in very hot water and dry them on the highest dryer setting. Items that just can’t be washer should be put in the dryer on the highest setting for at least half an hour.
- Scrub seams and other areas that could conceal bedbugs and eggs on your bedding and then vacuum completely. Vacuum the surrounding carpet, baseboards and anywhere else you possible can and then seal the vacuum cleaner bag in a plastic bag and take it to an outside trashcan.
- Buy some plastic bedding covers that seal completely and put them on the mattress and foundation. You’ll need to leave these on your bedding indefinitely to kill any remaining pests and prevent further infestation.
- Seal any cracks and voids in molding, baseboards, door jambs, outlets, light fixtures and any other areas that provide a place for bedbugs to hide.
Even with the most thorough cleaning, sealing voids and other measures, you still may not be able to completely get rid of the infestation. Bed bugs are very resilient and can live for a long time without food. They can hide in clothes closets, shoes, books and many other places without being detected and it often requires the skills of an experienced pest control company to completely get rid of the problem.
In most communities, there are numerous pest control companies to choose from so do your research, check out reviews and get referrals whenever possible. You should be able to find an exterminator that fits your budget and gets the job done without too much trouble.