Many people don’t know much about bed bugs or what to do in the event they fall victim to an infestation. Understanding how to get rid of bed bugs is something worth knowing in case you are ever affected by these annoying pests.
What are Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are small parasites that feed off of people and animals by biting and drinking their victim’s blood. These nasty little critters are often so small they go unseen and their presence can greatly affect your sleep, health, and hygiene. Their bites are small and quickly become red, inflamed, and itchy.
If you happen to spot one of these bugs yourself, you will recognize them by their reddish brown color and rounded body with a flat top. A mature adult bed bug can reach ¼” inch in size. An infestation is known to get out of hand fast, so prevention along with eradication is necessary.
Getting Rid of Bed Bugs
The first thing you must do is prepare your home for treatment. This involves clearing your rooms of clutter and washing all clothing and linens in a washer full of hot water. They should then be dried on high heat for at least 25 minutes. Also, thoroughly vacuum the floors, inside your drawers, and on the actual mattress and box spring. In some cases, you may need to use a professional bug vacuum and have a professional bed bug steaming done to your bed.
You should also do a thorough visual inspection and spray any target areas you notice with bed bugs and/or their eggs. For the best results, retreat your areas of infestation again at least two to three more times over the next two months. These consecutive treatments are essential for getting rid of bugs, their larvae, and their eggs.