Have you found evidence that you have bed bugs in your bed? If so, you're definitely looking for a way to get rid of them for good. Here are some tips that will help you with exterminating this household pest from your mattress.
Strip The Mattress And Seal The Sheets In A Bag
The first thing you need to do is remove the fabric sheets where bed bugs can be hiding. The best way to do this is to put them in a sealed bag so that the bed bugs cannot get out if they are hiding in the fabric. You can put them in a garbage bag and tie it shut.
The reason for doing this is that you need to get the bed bugs to a washing machine, but it is possible for the pests to come loose and get into other rooms of your home on the way there. Sealing the sheets in a bag ensures that any bed bugs are trapped and will be killed when the sheets go through the washing machine.
Wash The Sheets With Hot Water And High Heat
The only way to kill bed bugs is going to be with heat. You should be washing the sheets on the highest temperature setting possible, which will get rid of bed bugs and eggs that could be hidden in the fabric. Washing the sheets in cold water may not be enough to kill them. If you can't wash your sheets in hot temperatures, then it's possible that the eggs will survive the wash.
Use A HEPA Vacuum To Remove Bed Bugs
You will want to use a special HEPA vacuum tool that is designed for removing bed bugs. A regular vacuum simply will not do it since the bed bugs can escape and still remain in your home. You want to remove your mattress and box spring from the frame so that you can vacuum every potential place where bed bugs could be hiding.
Steam The Mattress And Box Spring
The next step is to use a steamer that will help kill off any bed bugs in your mattress and box spring. Since you do not know if there are bed bugs on the inside of these fabric items, steam is going to be the best way to kill those bed bugs that may be hiding in there.
Spray The Surfaces With A Contact Pesticide
You can then cover surfaces of places where bed bugs may be hiding with a contact pesticide. It is sprayed onto the surface and will help kill bed bugs that may still be in the room and try to get to your bed. This should be applied to your bed frame where bed bugs are going to try to crawl up the frame to get to the mattress.
Contact a bed bug extermination service to learn more.
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