How to get rid of bed bugs at home


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How to get rid of bed bugs at home is something that anyone can do. Provided you have the required persistence and determination, as getting rid of bed bugs from your home and be a difficult and timely task. But by applying the strategies in this tutorial, a successful outcome can be assured.

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How to get rid of bed bugs at home

  1. 1. How to get Rid of Bed Bugs at HomeHow to get rid of bed bugs at home requires a certain amount ofdedication and commitment, as bed bugs are a particularlyinsideous insect to deal with. Unlike other insects, such ascockroaches and fleas, a much different approach is required.The first thing that needs to be done, is to establish the level ofinfestation in the home. Usually, the first indication that you havebed bugs in your home, is when someone gets bed bug bites, andas this usually occurs in the bedroom, this would seem the logicalfirst place to check. However, if bites occured elsewhere in thehome (a couch in a living room, for example), then an examinationof this area is required too.Its also important to try and establish how bed bugs entered yourhome, as its likely they were brought in via luggage or backpacks,or even on the clothing of somebody. This is a common methodhow bed bugs spread from place to place, with many hotels,dormitories, hostels and suchlike as likely places to be infected.Another method is via secondhand furniture, such as beds andupholstered furniture. Always be wary of bringing such items intothe home, without first giving them a thorough inspection for thepossibility of bed bugs.When checking for bed bugs, you will need to very meticulous inyour examination of all likely places, as bed bugs are so tiny and How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs at Home
  2. 2. Page 2/4flat that they can hide in all sorts of cracks and crevices, behindpeeling wallpaper, behind hanging picture frames, under carpetflooring, and even in electrical outlets.The first thing thats needs doing is clearing any clutter from thebedroom, but dont take it outside the bedroom until you havethoroughly inspected it. All suspect items will need to be baggedand laundered at a minimum of 120°F for about 20 mins, to kill alllife stages of the bed bugs.Initially the bed, mattress, and bed clothes will need minuteinspection for not only the bugs themselves, but also for such thingsas blood stains from crushed bugs, fecal spots (digested blood),shed skins etc. A good flashlight and magnifying glass are essentialhere.During the inspection process have a vacuum cleaner at hand, tohelp capture and contain any bed bugs found, and make sure its thetype that uses filter bags.During the early stages of a bed bug problem, the bugs tend tocongregate mostly in beds and other sleeping areas. As theinfestation grows bigger, they tend to move beyond beds into otherlocations making control of them more difficult. Upholstered chairsand sofas should also be examined, both above and beneath,especially seams, tufts, skirts and crevices.Once all bedding, clothing, furniture, wall fittings, carpets (especiallybehind beds and furniture) and wall fittings have been thoroughlyinspected and vacuumed, then other likely places needexamination. These include cracks in wood molding, ceiling-walljunctures,behind wall-mounted picture frames, mirrors, switchplates and outlets. Also under loose wallpaper, and amongstclothing and clutter stored in closets. Even inside clocks, phones,televisions and smoke detectors, if the infestation necessitates it. How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs at Home
  3. 3. Page 3/4Once all likely hiding spots have been thoroughly inspected andcleaned, you will need further eradication methods for the bed bugsand bed bug eggs that have in all likelyhood been missed. One ofthe most effecient methods for this is to use a steamer.Use a commercial unit if possible, as it will save you time. Also,make sure it is the dry vapor type, as this produces less moisture,thus reducing drying time.Slowly and methodically proceed around the room, making sure toget into all crevices and cracks whereever they may be. Allsuspected areas of the bed, mattress and box springs will needtreatment, as will other room furnishings, as described above. Keepthe steamer head in close contact with all the surfaces you aretreating – this is the only way to ensure that the bugs are treatedwith the highest possible temperature to make sure that they arekilled instantly.Keep in mind that whilst properly applied steam at the correcttemperature will kill all remaining bed bugs and any of their eggs,these areas can be prone to re-infestation, as there is no residual.As such, some form of treatment is necessary to ensure anyremaining bed bugs you have missed will be exterminated.There are many procucts on the market for bed bug treatment,including sprays of one type or another, but for best results, l wouldrecommend Diatomacious Earth. Often referred to as DE, this is anoff white talc-like powder that is the fossilized remains of marinephytoplankton. DE is almost pure silica (with some beneficial traceminerals) and under a microscope, it looks like shards of glass.On any beetle-type insect that has a carapace, like fleas,cockroaches and bed bugs, the DE works itself under the shell andpunctures the body, which causes the bugs to dehydrate and die. How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs at Home
  4. 4. Page 4/4DE is completely nontoxic. There is no buildup of tolerance likethere is to poisons, as the method used for killing is physical, notchemical. But it wont hurt mammals. Because we can eat it. In fact,we do eat it! Its in many grain based foods because a lot of grainsare stored with diatomaceous earth to stop assorted bugs fromeating the grain!Diatomacious Earth will last forever, but to be effective, make sureto keep it dry, as if it becomes moist, its not as effective at killingbed bugs.Sprinkle it around beds and in all suspected areas, especially increvices and cracks. It can also be used for electrical items thathave harbored bed bugs, such as electrical sockets and outlets.After the methods just described, you will need to do regular andthorough inspections about every two weeks, to be sure ofcomplete eradication. Or until such time as you are completelysatisfied no more bed bugs remain.For a Comprehensive FREE GUIDE+CD on how to get rid of bedbugs at home, Click on the link below. Visit: to get a FREE copy of this Comprehensive Guide How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs at Home