How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs
Ever since the East Coast bed bug invasion around 2010, more and more pest control companies are working with clients who can't seem to get rid of bed bugs. They are very good at making their way to new locations because of their tendency to burrow and hide in soft textiles, such as blankets, bedding, pillows, clothing, suit cases, shoes, and more. Even if your home is clean, it's possible for bed bugs to make their way into your home if they catch a ride on your belongings. If you're experiencing problems with bed bugs, we can help!
What are bed bugs, anyway?
We've got a great page dedicated to describing what bed bugs are and why they're so tricky to deal with. But, to keep you from having to jump around, here are the basics:
- Bed bugs are small and easy to miss because they're flat and they tend to hide in soft materials or textiles
- Bed bugs tend to be found in blankets, jackets, pillows, mattresses, carpet, rugs, luggage, shoes, or any other soft materials
- Bed bugs tend to leave a distinct odor on bedding (a sweet, musty odor)
What can you do to solve your bed bug problem?
Getting rid of bed bugs isn't exactly easy. It usually requires a mix of work from the homeowner as well as from a qualified pest control company. Here are a few things you can do to work on solving your bed bug issue:
- Empty your vacuum cleaner after every use. If your vacuum uses bags, seal your used bag in a plastic grocery bag or small trash bag, and throw it in your outside trash can.
- Declutter the room or rooms impacted by bed bugs so your pest control company can assess the extent of the infestation and begin working immediately. If you're planning to throw anything away, place the items in plastic garbage bags, tie them tight, and place them in your outside trash. If you're moving soft fabrics or textiles from the room, consider laundering them before you place them elsewhere in your house! You don't want to cross contaminate unaffected areas of your home.
- Launder any bedding or fabrics in the hottest water possible and dry it on your dryer's hottest setting. If your machine has a sanitize option, use it. Bed bugs don't usually survive a dry cycle on high heat for more than 30 minutes.
- Vacuum your furniture and baseboards very well; focus on joints, cracks, and crevices. Don't forget to empty the vacuum after!
- Consider sealing your mattress and box spring with bed bug resistant covers. This will keep new bed bugs from getting into your mattress or box spring while starving the existing ones.
Let Bayou Cajun Pest Control solve your bed bug infestation
Once you've noticed a bed bug problem in your home, you'll want to move quickly to resolve the issue. Bed bugs reproduce quickly and live for a long time, so the problem can quickly get out of hand. Frequently vacuuming, laundering affected linens or textiles, and sealing your mattress and box spring are great first steps. However, this won't solve a bed bug problem. As a professional pest control company, we know the best ways to identify the extent of your problem and the most effective ways to treat the infestation.
Bayou Cajun Pest Control will inspect your home, locate any areas bed bugs have impacted, make specific recommendations for you and your family to follow, and professionally treat your bed bug problem. We have the knowledge, experience, and resources to effectively treat your home so that you can rest easy at night.
Contact us today to schedule your pest control treatment!