The old adage, “Sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite!” is only funny if you’ve never slept in a bed infested by the nasty pests. If you have, you know the only question on your mind is “How to get rid of bed bugs.” So here, we’ll share three tips.
Wondering how to get rid of bed bugs? Follow these 3 tips
1. The best way to get rid of bed bugs is to not get them in the first place. As you launch into the busiest travel season of the year, remember that bed bugs are sneaky little hitchhikers: you can bring them home on your clothes and in your luggage. So when you get to where you’re traveling, check to make sure there isn’t a bed bug infestation (which you be an unpleasant way to have a vacation, anyway).
Tips for checking for bed bugs, from the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), include:
- Inspect the entire room with a flashlight before unpacking; pay special attention to the areas behind furniture and in corners of the room
- Pull back the sheets and mattress pad and inspect the mattress, especially at the corners, for telltale signs of bed bugs, which include stains, spots, or shed bed bug skins
- If you find signs of bed bugs, change rooms (or hotels!) immediately; do not move to a room adjacent to or directly above or below the room with the bed bugs
- When you get home, inspect your suitcases before bringing them into the house
- Wash all of your clothes, even the ones you haven’t worn, in hot water, to remove any stowaway bed bugs
2. If you are renting, how to get rid of bed bugs might be your landlord’s problem, not yours. This summer, Forbes.com ran an article on the top 10 ways homeowners and renters can protect themselves from home improvement scams. Last, but not least, on the list was bed bug problems. “Increasingly tenants are complaining of bedbug infestations. Some landlords require tenants to pay a portion of exterminating costs.”
It may or may not be legal for your landlord to ask you to pitch in for how to get rid of bed bugs, depending on your rental contract and your state’s law. Forbes advice: “Check your lease for extermination clauses before you sign. Notify landlords immediately of any insect problems, document that you did so, and contact your local health agency.”
3. You don’t necessarily have to get rid of your bed and other furniture to get rid of bed bugs. Many people assume that in order to completely get rid of bed bugs they’ll have to throw away all of the infested mattresses, bedding, and other furniture. That’s not necessarily true. According to NPMA best management practices, “Disposal of beds, furniture, clothing, and other items because they are infested with bed bugs should generally be discouraged in residential situations and should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.”
That’s because “Disposal of infested items does not guarantee bed bug control; replacement items may become infested if brought into a room prior to control of the infestation.” Do-it-yourself methods for how to get rid of bed bugs with ePest Solutions (a full line of professional bed bug control supplies, bed bug sprays, dusts, aerosols, bed bug pesticide, insect growth regulators and pesticides) in combination with mattress, box spring, and furniture encasements, can be effective means of getting rid of bed bugs without having to replace all your furnishings.