Have you ever started scratching yourself at night only to find that you have bites all over your body the next morning? Well, you may very likely have a problem with bed bugs. This is no laughing matter and can make you really squeamish and paranoid when you go to bed. Most bed bug problems are quite easy to treat. Don’t worry; you don’t really have to throw out your blankets, bed sheets, bed spreads, comforters or anything like that. Let’s take a look at what you can do to get rid of these pesky critters with these pest control tips.
1. Are You Sure They’re Bed Bugs?
First of all, you need to make sure that your problem is due to bed bugs. Remember that different pests will have to have different ways of dealing with or treating it. Make sure it’s bed bugs and not fleas and ticks, which can cause you to scratch yourself or get bitten too. Do you have dogs or cats? If you do, you need to be even more careful with making any assumptions. However, if you have no pets, then it’s likely they’re bed bugs. If you actually manage to get one of these little guys, check it out on the Internet to confirm what your problem is.
2. Don’t Panic!
First of all, try to stay calm. Some people panic and start taking their sheets and pillow cases and anything else they use on the bed and burn them or toss them out. Bed bugs are actually quite common and do pose health problems, however, it is not a major emergency, so stay calm and don’t go burning anything. You can try to get rid of it yourself, or, you can call in the professionals.
3. Wash & Heat-Dry Sheets
If any of your sheets and blankets touch the floor, make sure to regularly wash and heat-dry them. This will help to reduce the possibility of an infestation. Also, you probably have a laundry basket with your sheets in it. You don’t want this hanging about too long as this can be a place where bed bugs can hide or lay their eggs. Make sure to check these areas and keep it clean.
4. They Don’t Have To Be On Your Bed
Contrary to popular belief, bed bugs aren’t necessarily found on the bed. They can hide elsewhere in your home (sorry to break this to you). One way to deal with this is to get rid of any clutter, since this gives them more places to hide.
5. Don’t Use Pesticides…Yet
Before you reach for the pesticide, try other things first, like those mentioned above. Washing, cleaning, getting rid of clutter and things like that. If you don’t think that has done anything, then go for the pesticide. If that doesn’t work, call the professionals.
6. Is It Time For The Pros?
When all else fails (and you’re sure it has), then you should call the professionals in. Before you do, research and ask around for recommendations. Don’t always go with the first company you come across. Do price comparisons as well. This way, you’ll get the most out of the money you spend. When you find one you want to go with, ask them what it entails, if it’s safe and what it means for your pets, assuming you have any.