How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are becoming an increasingly common problem throughout the United States, and the Seattle area has been hit hard by these bloodsucking pests. Seattle exterminators are getting more calls than ever before for bed bug pest control services as incidences of infestations are on the rise. Many homeowners that suspect they have a bedbug infestation prefer to try and address the problem without the help of a Seattle pest control company. While it's possible to do so, success depends greatly on using the right DIY bed bug removal method.
Identifying the Problem
Before homeowners can consider DIY bed bug removal options or call Seattle exterminators to eliminate bed bugs, they first need to recognize the signs of infestation. The most obvious sign of bed bugs is seeing the bugs themselves. Often present on mattresses and upholstered furnishings, bed bugs are roughly the size of an apple seed and are light brown in color. Homeowners may also find crunchy, empty skins shed by juvenile bed bugs that have entered the molting phase or brown and black stains on linens caused by bed bug feces. Small red welts on the skin that develop after bites are also giveaways that a home is infested with bed bugs.
Treating the Infestation
To eliminate bedbugs from a home, it's necessary to use insecticides that are approved for bedbugs. These include aerosol sprays and dusts. All of the furnishings in a room where bed bugs were found must be treated. This includes mattresses, night stands, coffee tables, chests, dressers, couches, chairs and entertainment centers. It's also necessary to treat the baseboards and other trim used in a home. Additionally, linens must be laundered at high temperatures to kill any bedbugs or eggs.
Cleaning the Environment
Simply treating a home that has been infested with bed bugs is usually not enough to fully deal with an infestation. To ensure the success of treatment and prevent re-infestation, homeowners often need to do the following:
- Vacuum every room of the home daily for several days.
- Check for openings around windows, door frames, electrical outlets and plumbing and have them caulked or sealed to keep bed bugs out.
- Use a mattress protector to seal the bed and keep pests out in the future.
- Scrub down all hard surfaces in every room that was home to an infestation using a high quality soap and a bristle scrub brush.
Leaving the Work to a Seattle Pest Control Professional