Discovering a bed bug infestation can not only be frustrating but also a bit intimidating. Here are some simple steps to help kill and prevent those pests from coming back.
One of the first steps you should take when you come across bed bugs in your bedroom is to strip your bed. Dust skirts must also be removed and washed as bed bugs do not jump or fly but they do crawl. Hanging sheets or dust skirts can provide the perfect roadway from the floor or bed frame to your body. So anything that can be washed in the washing machine should be put in immediately, taking care not to spread the bed bugs to other areas of your home by accident. A large plastic bag is a safe way to transfer the infested items to the machine. Launder the bed linens and curtains in your room on high heat. Dry them on high heat as well. Heat is necessary because bed bugs can sometimes float on the top of the water and therefore avoid drowning in the wash. However, extended exposure to temperatures of around 49 degrees C (120 degrees F) will kill the bed bugs outright.
Dismantle Bed Frames and Mattress
To get to the root of the problem, it will be necessary to take apart your entire bed system. Pulling your mattress and box springs up to expose the bed frame is important. Any chemical measures or pesticides employed will need to be deposited on the areas of the highest traffic along the floorboards and the edges of the frame.
If you can’t treat with bug killers right away or before you try to do it, vacuuming the exposed infested area can help hold the bed bugs at bay for a time. With a high suction vacuum, vacuum the exposed floor underneath the bed frame as well as the mattress and box springs. Be sure to carefully suction in all the creases and folds in the mattress. After vacuuming, carefully empty the contents of the bag or tub into a garbage bag, sealing it off tightly and quickly. Dispose of the trash somewhere outside away from your home to avoid the bed bugs re-infesting your bed or other areas of your home.
Apply Protective Measures to Your Mattress
At this stage, it would be wise to put protective plastic casings on your mattress and box springs. Make sure they are rated for bed bugs. Plastic casings are impenetrable to bed bugs and other pests like fleas and roaches. They will make your mattress less desirable for bed bugs and prevent them from infesting it again.
Schedule an Appointment with an Exterminator
One of the most important steps you can take to eradicate a bed bug infestation is to call in a professional pest control company like Pest Control Brisbane. Professionals are certified to use pesticides safely and effectively. They can also provide preventative measures to maintain and further prevent infestations.
Follow the steps above to ensure a good night’s rest, free from bed bugs biting.