Bed bugs are small insects that can infest our homes and cause mischief. They feed on the blood of warm-blooded animals, so humans are a perfect food source for them. Bed bugs get their name from their love of finding mattresses, sheets and bedding to live in. We're going to look at some warning signs to confirm if you're dealing with bed bugs and then look at the steps you need to take to deal with a bed bug infestation if you have one.

What to Look Out For

The first step in any bed bugs treatment is to understand the warning signs. As with anything else, prevention is much easier than trying to handle a bed bug outbreak. Warning signs for bed bugs include:

  1. Waking up with a rash or small bites on your body.

  2. Finding blood spots on your sheets or bedding. When bed bugs bite you, they inject an anti-coagulant to help keep the blood flowing. This can lead to bites bleeding after they're done feeding. The blood then ends up on our sheets and bedding.

  3. Finding small translucent husks. Bed bugs shed their outer shells as they age. These husks are a very distinct sign you're dealing with bed bugs.

Bed bugs can arrive from a variety of sources. The most common sources are shared and frequently used housing. Hotels, dorm rooms, and apartments are all common places to find bed bugs. Lots of people living in close proximity also make it easier for bed bugs to spread from one dwelling to the next.

Bed Bugs Treatment - How to Do It
Bed bugs treatment is simple and straightforward. The first step is to wash all of your bedding in hot water. Add a capful of bleach to the wash if your bedding is all white or light in color. Hot water is very effective at killing off bed bugs and also any eggs they have laid. The bleach is an extra measure to help make sure any bed bugs get killed off so they can't continue to reproduce.

Examine your mattress carefully for any bed bugs. Pay special attention to any creases and seams. Bed bugs are small and love to hide in areas that make it difficult to find them. You may need to replace your mattress. If that's not an option, try steam cleaning. Steam cleaning can be an effective bed bug treatment. Again, they can't survive the hot water and high temperatures, so steam cleaning can be a good way to get rid of bed bugs from a mattress.

Prevention is King
Remember, the first step in proper bed bugs treatment is always prevention. Be careful when you travel, as the most common sources of bed bugs are shared accommodations. They can hitch a ride home in your luggage and make things very uncomfortable for you. And remember to avoid harsh pesticides when you're looking for ways to deal with bed bugs. It's never a good idea to use pesticides in areas where you sleep.