Think you might have a bug bug infestation in your home? Here is a resource guide on everything you need to know.
A bed bug infestation usually starts from near your bed where the bed bugs hide and suck your blood in your sleep. The bugs lay eggs in mattress seams, in cracks and crevices in the bed, and on nearby walls. Within days a new generation of bed bugs could potentially be ready for feeding. And slowly, as the population rises, a single host becomes insufficient and the bugs start to spread to other areas of the house.
The following steps should be followed for bed bug treatment:
- Before starting the treatment for bed bugs infestation, it is important to assess the spread of infestation. Look through all rooms for signs of bed bugs. If you find them in more than one room then it would be better to call a professional bed bug treatment personnel rather than trying to do it yourself.
- Remove and wash all bedding, clothing, curtains, etc. Dry at very high temperatures, and do not put them back on the bed before the treatment process is complete.
- Other fabrics and objects that cannot be washed should be properly vacuumed and heat treated to eliminate bed bugs and their eggs.
- Thoroughly vacuum the entire floor, and especially look for any holes and cracks where the bugs may hide. Discard the vacuum bag in a plastic bag as soon as you’re done.
- Use caulk to seal off all holes in walls particularly around electric sockets and outlets where the bed bugs may hide and nest.
- Heat treat or properly wash your mattress.
- Keep the mattress within an encasement for at least a year as this is the normal lifespan of a bed bug.
- Use a bed bug treatment product to treat all the areas around the bed, cupboards, closets, furniture and each and every object in the room. Make sure that the product is environment friendly and safe for your family and pets.
- Once the room has been treated, you can safely put back all of your belongings, sheets, pillows, etc.
- Repeat the entire process after 10 days, and again after another 10 days if required. Keep monitoring for signs of bed bugs and if the problem persists, do not hesitate to call an expert.