How To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs
Last Updated On November 21st, 2018
Do you or other family members have red bites over your body? Are you worried about bedbugs? Checking your mattress carefully is the only way to find out whether or not you have an infestation, and if you do, you should act fast. There are many key things to watch out for regarding diagnosing and removing, for example, pay particular attention to the seams as this is where eggs are often laid. In this article will look at how to get rid of bed bugs in a mattress, and shall give you top tips which will allow you to eliminate them for good.
Spotting Signs Of Bed Bugs & Symptoms
The most obvious sign that you have bedbugs is if you wake up feeling itchy and have bites that weren’t there when you went to sleep. This is particularly likely if you have purchased a used bed or other furniture around the time the bites started. There are however many other signs that you can look out for, such as blood stains on your sheets or pillowcases caused by the bug’s excrement. Eggs, egg shells, or skins may also be visible.
Effective Bed Bug Removal
If you suspect you have a problem with bedbug infestation the first thing to do is to remove all the bedding and check it carefully. Also, remove any dust cover which you have over the bottom of the box springs. You should examine the wood framing as this is an area that many people overlook and is a common breeding ground. If bedbugs are left there, then they will re-affect the mattress, and your efforts would have been in vain.
It’s also important to check the rest of your room, especially the area around the bed. This should include inside books and the edge of the carpet. Check your wardrobe, cupboards, and closet as bedbugs can attach themselves to clothing. In fact, check every possible area within your room at least once; this will give you peace of mind, and obviously will increase the chances of locating hidden breeding areas or those choosing to hide.
Bed Bugs In Mattress
Once you have determined that you have bedbugs, there are a number of options available to you. You may want to call in a professional pest control exterminator who can fumigate the room. If you decide to clean your mattress yourself, then the best way to do so is to use a stiff brush such as a scrubbing brush or nail brush. Pay particular attention to the seams to remove bedbugs and their eggs as this is an area they tend to occupy the most. You can then vacuum all the surfaces; if it has a leftover odor from the bedbug scent glands then you can wash it, using some hot water and essential oils. Make sure you do this on a sunny day so that it can be put outside to dry quicker. The sun will also help to remove any odors present. If it doesn’t dry properly there will be scope for further more bacteria to grow, plus will make way for mold and fungi.
Using a bed bug mattress cover is a cheap and effective solution too. Encasing the mattress and forcing them to starve may be timely but is known to work when done correctly. Stopping the bugs from biting you and further breeding is very easily done with one of these covers.
Another option to consider is throwing your mattress away if you feel that it is too infested. However be wary of this option, because it is better to attempt getting rid of the bugs first. If you buy a new one, it could become re-infested if you don’t properly clean the rest of the room.
Once you have cleaned your mattress, it’s essential to clean the rest of the room thoroughly. Wash all bedding, soft toys and curtains at a high temperature. Vacuum the rest of the room, moving all furniture underneath. It is also a good idea to check that there are no cracks in the plaster as bedbugs can also hide in the wall.