Are you looking for a way to kill bed bugs because you are getting up in the morning to find itchy red welts or a rash on your arms, face, legs – any exposed piece of flesh?
So, how do you kill bed bugs?
Follow these 5 simple steps:
1. Make sure that you really do have bed bugs – your bites may be the work of some other beasties who come out at night such as bird mites.
To establish whether or not you have bed bugs you will have to do some detective work. Strip back the sheets etc. on your bed if you have bed bugs you will most definitely find dark faecal marks, bed bug eggs – which look similar to a grain of rice and possibly discarded bed bug skins. You could even encounter some live bugs. These tell tale signs are most likely to be found in the folds and creases of the mattress, around buttons, handles and along the head board.
If you find any of these clues it’s time to take action and kill bed bugs!
2. You will have to de-clutter and clean the WHOLE room – not just the bed. The bed bugs will hide out in any crack or crevice which is dark so you will find them in cracks or holes around floors and walls, in clocks, picture frames, smoke alarms, the folds of curtains and in furniture. Therefore to kill bed bugs successfully you have to be both methodical and thorough.
As I have said get rid of clutter – anything you don’t need bag securely and bin it things like books, magazines and newspapers. All clothing and bedding should be removed from the room in sealed plastic bags and laundered at as high a temperature as possible, alternatively place garments in a tumble dryer on a high setting for around 10 minutes. For garments, curtains and soft furnishings which cannot be treated in this way the best way to kill bed bugs is using a steam cleaner
3. The next step to kill bed bugs is to use a vacuum cleaner. Vacuum the whole room including the bed, soft furnishings, furniture (remember to check drawers and closets.) Do this in a methodical manner and cover every inch of the room. REMEMBER empty your vacuum immediately into a plastic bag, seal it tight and dispose of it!
4. In the same thorough way repeat step 3 using a steam cleaner. These little blood suckers cannot stand heat so steam is an excellent way to kill bed bugs. It kills them off at all stages of development – even the eggs which is something that not all bed bug sprays can achieve.
If you do have any cracks and crevices around floors or walls now is a good time to have them sealed up.
5. This step is optional but I would recommend that you take the time to do it.
Use a spray to kill bed bugs which may have escaped the steam cleaner or vacuum. Some of these can be toxic so be careful what you purchase. Something like Bed Bug Patrol work well.
Alternatively you could use something like crawling insect dust which can permeate the waxy skin of the bed bug thus dehydrating and killing it, or bed bug traps also work well when attached to bed posts or furniture close to the bed. These work on the premise that bed bugs are attracted to the carbon dioxide we breath out so as they climb to reach their nightly meal they become trapped.
If you have an infestation which is really bad and in more than one room to kill bed bugs in this way will take a lot of time and effort because remember you may have to repeat the whole cycle more than one before you kill all the bed bugs.
You could of course call in bed bug exterminators but this option may kill your bank balance as well as the bugs!