Bed bugs are parasitic insects feeding exclusively on both human and animal blood. Usually when we visit infested area – like another apartment, cinema, or hotel lobby or other public places – we carry the bed bugs back to our homes on our bodies, clothes or luggage. Bed bugs are quite serious problem, which shouldn’t be neglected. They are causing various health effects from skin rashes to psychological effects and allergic reactions. They can carry more than 28 human pathogens, although no study has proven they can actually infect a human.
They usually infest our clothes, carpets, beds and mattresses, in other words – all textile items in our home and also cracks in the walls and plaster. As you can assume, getting rid of bed bug is quite an adventure, although it is not “mission impossible”. You will need to launder your clothes, bed linens and stuffed animals on very high temperature, in order to kill both insects and their eggs. Seal any cracks and holes in the walls and glue down the wallpapers. As for cleaning the the other textile items from your home carpets things are a little bit different.
Here are the main steps you should take in order to purge your home from these insects:
Getting Rid of Bed Bugs from Furniture, Mattresses and Bed Linens
Usually, there is no certain way to eliminate bed bugs by yourself. In all cases you will need to turn to a pest control company. However there are a few things you can do to help yourself :
Get a steam cleaner – you can rent or purchase one from your local hardware store. Treat your mattresses, furniture and bed linens – the hot steam will kill the insects. Repeat after a week or two to be sure you will kill the next generation, before it becomes sexually mature.
Check the corners of beds and box springs for bed bugs and eggs and carefully clean them too. Unfortunately, in some cases you will have to discard some of the affected items such as wooden parts of the bed, night stands, but this is usually only if you have postponed bed bugs treatment too long.
Clean all places that get into direct contact with your skin with steam, and never use insecticides on them. Usually wooden furniture, floor and walls are sprayed with pyrethrin containing sprays, but this hides health risks for you and your pets. You can use rubbing alcohol instead of pyrethrin spray.
If you need to be sure your mattresses and furniture are properly sanitised turn to professional cleaning company – they have specialised procedures for bed bugs removal, called dry sanitising.
Cleaning Your Wall-to-wall Carpets and Area Rugs from Bed Bugs
Eliminating the bed bugs from your home carpeting is crucial for purging your home not only from these parasites, but from carpet beetles, carpet moths, dust mites and other insects. This can happen only by very strict clean practice. First, you will need to start vacuuming your carpets as often as possible. Second, you will have to treat your your carpeting with hot steam, the same way you treat your curtains and upholstery. It is a good idea to turn to our professional cleaners for at least one bed bug carpet procedure. If you insist to cleanse floorings at home by your own, it is a good idea to sprinkle diatomaceous earth evenly on the carpet. This substance is acting similarly to silica gel – it is sticks to bed bugs, dehydrates and kills them. People used to apply silica gel with the same purpose, but diatomaceous earth is safer and more eco-friendly substitute. Wait a few minutes and extract this power-like substance from your carpet.