There was a time when bed bugs were not all that common. This is no longer the case. As some of the stronger pesticides have been banned from use, so bed bugs seem to have become more resilient against those that are still being used. This does not mean that you cannot get rid of bed bugs that you find in your home. It's important to start dealing with the issue as soon as you can in order to get the best and quickest results.
Pest control professionals can help you to deal with a bed bug problem. They know which methods and products work best; you can find out more about this. But, how do you know if you have a bed bug problem and is there any way that you can deal with bed bugs yourself?
Knowing whether you have bed bugs or not
You may have heard that you will not find bed bugs in a clean home. This is not the case. Unlike pests such as cockroaches which thrive on dirt, bed bugs feed on blood, so the cleanliness of your home is not important to them. There are several things that you
can do to check if there are bed bugs in your home.
• Use a flashlight to check for bugs on bed linen at night.
• Look for black dots that can be smeared, on beds and on soft furnishings in your home. These dots could be bed bug excrement.
• See if anyone living in your home has been bitten. Bites on their own should not be taken as evidence of the presence of bed bugs as plenty of other insects also bite.
If you notice any of these signs, you need to start dealing with the bed bugs as soon as possible. They are not dangerous but they are also not pleasant house mates.
Ways to get rid of bed bugs
If you want to try and deal with the bed bug problem yourself, there are several methods that may work for you.
• Use a vacuum on the area. You can acquire a vacuum that is specifically intended to be used for this purpose. Using your normal household vacuum can cause the problem to spread, if it's not thoroughly cleaned afterwards.
• Kill off the bugs by utilizing a heat tent.
• Use a steam cleaner to kill off the bugs.
• Spread Diatomaceous Earth around any of the areas of your home where bed bugs are present.
It's often a good idea to use more than one of these methods at the same time.
If you still have a bed bug problem, after trying to deal with the situation yourself, do not just forget about it. Speak to experts in pest control. They will visit your home and assess the problem. They will then set about clearing your home of bed bugs. It may take more than one treatment for this to happen, but they will advise you about what to expect.