Coping With A Bed Bug Infestation

Posted on: 28 August 2015

One of the last things that you, as a homeowner, want to experience is a bed bug infestation. Bed bugs are obnoxious and irritating, not only to your health, but to your sanity. If you are plagued with a bed bug infestation, there are a few things that you need to do right away. These things will help you cope with your bed bug infestation, and hopefully get you on your way to a bed bug free home.

Get Rid Of Clutter

There is a two-pronged reason for getting rid of clutter in a home that is infested with bed bugs. For one, bed bugs tend to love areas that are tightly sealed. Clutter provides the perfect situation in which beg bugs love to thrive. Clutter provides a dark, warm environment for the bed bugs, and clothes, debris and various other items strewn about the floor of your house can allow the pests to truly flourish. In addition to this, clutter – especially clothes that are strewn about the floor – provides bed bugs with a certain degree of warmth that they so demand and desire.

Launder Everything You Can

This should go with saying: wash everything that it is possible to wash as soon as you can. This is not so much to keep the items clean; actually, it is a myth that bed bugs can thrive in "dirty" areas. They actually can live and survive in even the cleanest areas.

The fact of the matter is that although bed bugs are attracted to heat, they cannot survive extreme temperatures. By putting every available item you have through the wash and into a dryer, you are ensuring that you are killing off a large portion of the bed bug population in your home by exposing them to an extreme amount of heat.

Purchase Bed Bug Mattress and Box Spring Encasements

Perhaps the number one "home" of bed bugs is your mattress and box springs. They tend to burrow deep within the mattress and box springs and then come out at night when you are sleeping and simply have a grand feast upon your flesh!

Bed bug mattress and box spring encasements are a great way to restrict bed bugs. The encasements work by fitting over your mattress and box springs and help in two ways. First, they prevent the bed bugs from infiltrating your mattress and box spring, ensuring that they can't nest. Secondly, bed bugs are easier to detect on the flat, smooth surface of an encasement since there is no where for them to burrow. Easy detection allows you to determine if bed bugs are still present after you have tried to kill them. 

Prevent Infestation From Spreading

If you have discovered the source of an infestation, do not allow it to spread. Keep them contained in one area until you can figure out what to do in order to remove them from said area. Quarantining the pests should be the first thing on your agenda.

Unfortunately, this sometimes means getting rid of certain items that you do not particularly want to get rid of. For many people, this means getting rid of a bed mattress and box springs. Unfortunately, even that is a small price to pay for keeping bed bugs out of the rest of your home.

Call In A Professional

If you have tried everything within your power and you cannot get rid of a bed bug infestation, you may want to consider the services of a professional pest control agent or representative like one from Ace Walco & Sons Termite & Pest Control. They can serve you by placing down high-grade pest control, which will ensure removal of these beasts and can supply you with preventative measures so that they will not make a return appearance.

Being infested with bed bugs is a trying experience. However, following the previous tips should help you cope with the bed bug infestation that much better.