Out of all house pests, bedbugs are the worst. Though small, these creatures are sleep stealers, among many other things.
It’s no surprise, then, that most homeowners end up burning their furniture due to bedbug infestation.
Fortunately, there’s a way to eliminate bedbugs without burning your furniture.
How bad can it get?
Before we jump to the how, let’s talk a bit about bedbug behavior.
Unlike other pests, bedbugs are not colonial; they tend to wander alone in several locations, some on the couch, bed, or even on the walls.
This behavior makes it difficult to notice when you have a bedbug infestation, and it may take months before you realize they exist in your home.
When you finally do, you may be dealing with lots of them because they also reproduce rapidly.
And the worst thing is, they may be resistant to some pesticide applications.
But as long as you understand and apply the following tips, bedbugs won’t be a problem.
- MONITOR THEIR SIGNS OF INFESTATION
The most obvious sign will probably be tiny marks of red welts on your skin from their bites. These welts may become itchy or blistered.
Another sign is the presence of small spots, red or brown, on your sheets or furniture.
You may also notice a musky smell, which is an odor resulting from pheromone released when a cluster of bedbugs is disturbed.
- WASH EVERYTHING
Heat is one of the best ways to kill bed bugs. Put all the fabrics in the washing machine, i.e., clothes, bedding, stuffed toys, and rugs, and wash at high heat.
Those that can’t fit in the washing machine, like furniture and mattresses, can also be deep cleaned using bristles and brushes.
Another option is buying airtight bedbug cases for your furniture and mattresses.
- CLEAN THE HOUSE
Bedbugs are difficult to find, so make sure to deep clean the house regularly. This means decluttering, sealing cracks on the walls, and cleaning the carpets and upholstery.
Steam cleaning is recommended.
- CALL IN PEST CONTROL
After a thorough clean, it is crucial to call in the professionals. Pest control companies are aware of the best bed bug treatments as well as pest extermination methods.
- CARRY OUT REGULAR HOME INSPECTIONS
Maintenance is essential, and the best way to prevent and eliminate bed bugs and pests is by carrying out regular inspections at least twice a year.