Bed bugs are a disgusting parasitic insect that will infest your home, crawl over you at night, and suck your blood. If you think you may have a bed bug infestation, follow these steps to identify the problem and to start getting rid of them forever.
Identify an Infestation
First of all, you need to know what bed bugs look like in order to identify the infestation. After all, simply waking up with bite marks is not enough of a sign of bed bugs, as mosquitoes, ticks, and other parasites may be the culprits.
Look around your bedroom and try to find either the skin-sheds of bedbugs or the actual critters themselves. Their most eye-catching physical aspects include:
- Light-brown or tan color
- Severe oval shape
- Length of about ½ inch
- Dark protruding eyes
- Lack of wings
- Small accordion-like folds on the body
- Large dark spot on their back
Finding Their Hiding Spots
The hardest part of treating a bed bug infestation is finding their hiding spots. They are mainly nocturnal and prefer tucking away in crevices during the day. Typical bed bug hiding spots are no more than a few feet from their feeding grounds i.e. your beds, couches, and chairs.
Bed bugs commonly hide under those pieces of furniture, in cracks in the wall, inside the interior of furniture, and in cracks in wooden floors. Look for black stains near these locations (fecal matter) or small, dried leaf-like material (shed skins) to locate their hiding spots.
Trying Out Home Remedies
Once you've identified your bed bugs and found their hiding spots, you need to apply a few simple home remedies, which include:
- Immediately removing your bedding and washing it in the hottest water possible: at least 113 degrees Fahrenheit is necessary to kill bed bugs and their eggs.
- Washing rugs near your bed just in case any eggs fell off when you transported your bedding.
- Vacuuming your mattress and then steam-cleaning it. Perform the same procedures on your carpets, making sure to move furniture to get underneath and remove bed bugs or eggs.
- Applying 20 drops of lavender oil to your wash when cleaning your bedding for the last time. Also placing buds of lavender in a small bag under your mattress.
- Drying your bedding with dryer sheets and placing several underneath your bed.
By now, the bed bugs in your home should be up against the ropes: deliver the knockout punch by using diatomaceous earth. This pest control item, often called "bug dust," is filled with the fossilized remains of water plants that kill insect infestations. Simply mix a few spoonfuls with water in a spray bottle and directly apply onto the bed bugs, their eggs, and their hiding locations.
Following these steps should help you get your bed bug infestation under wraps. However, if you can't quite get rid of all of them, don't hesitate to call your a local pest control expert as soon as possible. They have bed bug treatments that will eliminate these pests from your home forever.