Bed bugs are sneaky little insects. Many times people will not realize that there are bed bugs inside their home until they start getting bites while they are sleeping. Of course bites can occur while watching TV at night and or falling asleep on the couch, but overall they appear after being in a bed or on furniture during the night. Once a person realizes they are getting bit at night, it is best to inspect your home for any bed bugs. Bed bugs can be found in many areas of the home, here is a more detailed description of where bed bugs live within a home. When checking for bed bugs in your home be extremely thorough, the tiny insects like to hide. It is best to call your local pest control service to come out and inspect your home further. The professionals know all the hiding spots and how to treat the bugs once they have been located.
There are many things that can be done in order to prevent bed bugs. Some of these tips can also be used if bed bugs are found, and then prevent bed bugs from coming back. There are several do-it-yourself preventative tips to help protect your home from bed bugs, as well get rid of them. Here are a few:
- Keep your box springs and mattresses in a secure plastic wrap. There are bags made just for bed bug prevention, or even a bag meant for storage can be used.
- Apply double-sided tape to the legs of your bed. The bugs will get stuck when trying to climb at a vertical angle.
- Spray rubbing alcohol in high risk areas (see the high risk areas) of where bed bugs live here.
- Keep sheets and other items of bedding clean. Make sure to wash in hot water and dry on very high heat (120º F) is recommended.
- Keep bed skirts and any other piece of bedding from touching the floor.
- If items are either in high risk area or have been infected with bed bugs and cannot be washed, the best thing to do is wrap the item in plastic and set it out side in direct sunlight. The heat will kill any bed bugs that might be on or in the item. Leave it outside for 24 hours.
- Extreme heat is great for getting rid of bed bugs, but not in the case of a hot house. DO NOT TURN THE HEAT UP IN A HOUSE TO TRY TO GET RID OF BED BUGS. IT WILL NOT WORK!
- Vacuum thoroughly carpets, under beds, small crevices between the floor and walls, and corners. Make sure to dispose of the vacuum bag properly.
There are also some preventative tips for traveling. Many times bed bugs get into peoples’ homes after traveling. Whether you stay in a hotel or at a friend’s house, you can bring bed bugs home with you. Here are a few tips of what to do while traveling to keep bed bugs from hitching a ride home with you:
- Look over the bed and bedding for any signs of bed bugs.
- Another sign of them, other than physically seeing them, is the detection of feces. The feces is usually light brown to black in color and has a peculiar smell similar to coriander.
- Do not leave clothes on the floor or lying out on your bed. Put your clothes in the closet, dresser drawers, or keep them inside your luggage.
- Keep your luggage zipped up at all times, with or with out clothes inside.
- Keep luggage off of the floor. Put it on a luggage stand, a chair or in the closet.