Even the cleanest of homes can get bedbugs. They need only a means of entry and a food source. Bedbugs reproduce and spread rapidly, so even a small problem can quickly become a large infestation. Tell-tale signs of bedbugs include a sweet musky, odour, rust-coloured spots on mattresses or bedding, and bites similar to those of a mosquito. To confirm the presence of bedbugs, use disposable bedbug traps that will attract and trap insects in about an hour.
If bedbugs are present, place additional traps in other areas of your home to determine how widespread the infestation may be. All infested areas must be prepped before treating the problem. Remove any mess in the room, particularly from beneath and surrounding the bed. Any items you’re washing should be placed in a sealable plastic bag while still in the affected room. If you’re getting rid of items, make sure to dispose of the bags outdoors, away from your residence.
If you have items stored in boxes, place them in plastic totes instead. Bedbugs can hide inside cardboard. Remove any bedding and clothing that have been exposed. Seal them in bags and immediately clean all items with a detergent specially formulated for killing bedbugs. Adjust your washing machine to the hot water cycle and proceed to dry the load using the highest temperature setting available.
Thoroughly vacuum the entire room, ensuring to include the mattress, box spring, baseboards, and even the areas behind the switch and outlet plates. Once finished, promptly remove the vacuum bag or bagless container, seal it within a plastic bag, and properly dispose of it. There are a variety of safe DIY bedbug treatment products available. Most of them are odourless and nonstinging. For larger areas, a fogger is a good option.
It will not only kill adult bedbugs but also their unhatched eggs. It will penetrate rugs, window treatments, and other hidden areas. Utilize a single fogger per room, avoiding placement in small enclosed spaces such as closets. Before activating the fogger, close all windows, turn off fans and the heating and cooling systems. During the fogging process, keep the closet door open if it has been affected by the infestation.
Extinguish all open flames, including pilot lights and unplug appliances that cycle on and off, such as refrigerators. Set the fogger on a box or table in the centre of the room and activate the fogger as directed. Leave the room immediately and close the door behind you. Do not re-enter the room until 2 hours. After the treatment is completed.
Immediately open the windows, turn on any fans and the ventilation system and allow the room to air out for 2 hours. Powdered treatment products are also accessible and ideal for addressing confined areas. Spray, bottled, and aerosol products are effective for treating smaller spaces and specifically targeting mattresses and box springs. Additionally, utilize fresh disposable traps to ensure complete elimination of bedbugs. To prevent bugs from climbing up onto your bed, position interceptors beneath each leg.
Encase your box spring and mattress in a specially designed protective cover. Be sure your headboard doesn’t touch the wall and that no bedding touches the floor. When travelling, set a bedbug trap to check your hotel room. And when returning home, spray your luggage. Before packing, unpack outside your home, seal your clothes in plastic bags and immediately wash them.
Taking these simple steps will help you sleep well, knowing the bedbugs won’t be biting.