Among the tiny yet hazardous pests that invade our homes, a bed bug infestation is the most dreadful. Apart from beds, they find their home in the folds of curtains or the interiors of the sofa.

You’ll know when you come into contact with them because the symptoms are unmistakable. They include severe itching and red sores. Not pleasant. Furthermore, they are hard to remove and usually need the immediate attention of professionals.

Maintaining good hygiene and proper sanitary conditions in your house and surroundings is a way to prevent infestation. However, all it takes is a few little critters clinging to an article of clothing that enters your home to start a bed bug infestation. Keep reading to learn what you can do about bed bugs.

3 DIY Tips • Bed Bug Infestation

Bed Bug Infestation

Take Preventative Steps

Keeping your home free from bugs, rodents, and vermin doesn’t require daily use of insecticides and pesticides. Rather, keep the rooms hygienic with regular cleaning.

Also, people who garden should be extra careful about shaking off any unwanted pests before they enter their home.

When you run your vacuum cleaner, it releases a great deal of heat. Bedbugs repel high temperatures. So, the use of hot water, steamer, and even an electric iron is an excellent way to prevent them.

Use Chemicals with Caution

As explained above, the use of pesticides is not always necessary. For example, an article on Monroe pest control says that bed bugs sometimes leave tiny yellow shelled eggs on the places they reside. These are visible to human eyes with the use of a magnifying glass. After you locate them, it’s time to get rid of them.

Pro Pest Removal

If you find an infestation, you might want to consider using pesticides. The common chemicals used for bug control are pyrethrin and pyrethroids, neonicotinoids, pyrroles, and desiccants.

You will find these chemicals in most stores and online. However, use them according to the guidelines! Additionally, do your research and use the chemicals least likely to cause harm to you and your family’s health.

Kill Bed Bug Infestations with Heat

Bug-affected items can be packed in black bags and kept in the sun so that the bag absorbs maximum heat which kills the bugs.

You can also throw the infested items into the dryer for the same heating effect. In fact, plan on doing that with every rug, sheet, pillowcase, and blanket that’s come near the bed bugs.

Bed bug infestation is a serious issue and one that you must address immediately. For the fastest removal of these pests from your home, follow these tips. If you have other tips to offer, we’d love to hear from you in the comments below. You will also find links to other good tips below.

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