Waking up in the morning with red itchy bites on your body is not a pleasant experience and discovering that your bed is infested with bed bugs can be a bit of a shock. If this is the case you will be wanting to get rid of bed bugs as fast as possible.
Insecticides have long been used to eliminate infestations of bed bugs. However not only are the bed bugs becoming resistant to many of these they pose a serious danger to the health of humans and animals.
There are a number of bed bug sprays available and many other actions which can be taken to get rid of bed bugs and there are a number of things you can do to get rid of bed bugs.
How to get rid of bed bugs
Firstly the room has to be cleaned thoroughly. Place all bedding, clothing, shoes cushions and any other small soft furnishing in SEALED plastic bags because you do not want to infect other rooms.
Wash as many of these items as possible on a hot cycle in the washing machine. Any items which cannot be washed if possible put them into the tumble dryer on a high setting for about 10 minutes. If you still have some items which cannot be washed or put in the dryer leave them in the sealed bag and sit them out in the sun for a few hours. If it is winter and the weather cold put these bagged items outside anyway as bed bugs cannot withstand extreme cold either. Remember to clean all surfaced which have come into contact with items taken out of bags. A cloth with disinfectant on it will do the job.
Once everything is washed and dried place them into clean plastic bags and reseal them for protection.
Now it is time to tackle the room. The first thing to do is get rid of any newspapers, magazines etc. which are lying about – remember to seal them in plastic bags whilst in the infected room.
The easiest way to get rid of bed bugs and their eggs is to use a vacuum cleaner. Vacuum the mattress, the furniture, curtains – everything. This will not only get rid of the bed bugs themselves but also their eggs and droppings. Using a carpet cleaning machine with some disinfectant in it is probably the best way to eliminate any bugs from the carpet. Steam cleaners are an excellent tool in the fight to get rid of bed bugs when used after a vacuum cleaner.
The next step to get rid of the bed bugs is to treat all the infected areas to kill any remaining bugs.
You may want to give crawling insect dust a try – this is obtained by crushing the fossils of fresh water marine life and organisms. If you apply a layer of crawling insect dust it will kill any remaining bed bugs very successfully. It does this by penetrating the waxy skin of the bug causing it to dehydrate and die.
A good alternative is the use of bed bug traps these are completely non toxic and pesticide free. By placing them on bed posts, chair legs etc, the bed bugs are attracted to them, crawl in and become firmly stuck! These incredibly simple bed bug traps can boast a fantastic 98.6% trap rate! Seriously worth a try!
There are all kinds of insecticide sprays available but whilst most of these are effective they can be dangerous to the health of the humans and animals living in the house. If these types of chemicals must be used professionals are probably the best people to carry out the job.
There are now a range of bed bug sprays available which will help you get rid of bed bugs