Bed bugs are nasty little critters. They are very difficult to get rid of an a variety of techniques must be employed in order to get rid of bed bugs. Once you have identified your problem you will have to make sure that you are willing to keep up with your plan for at least six weeks, but probably more accurately you will need three months. It won't be easy, but if you follow the plan carefully you can get rid of them.
Make Your Plan.
You will need to make your plan. In the beginning this will include doing so major work like packing up all of the extra stuff that you have in your space. After that you will need to do some things each and every day to make sure that you are working toward getting rid of the bed bugs.
Bed bugs are great hiders and that makes it really hard to get rid of them. They are hiding everywhere. There are several things that you can do that will help rid yourself of some of the possible hiding places that they are hiding in.
- Go through your closets. You don't want to just give stuff away or even throw it away because if someone else ends up with your items you may also have given them bed bugs. Instead, wash everything and dry in a hot dryer for at least 10 minutes. The stuff that you are keeping, but won't be needing right away should be placed in a large plastic garbage bag. Then fold the top of the bag over and duct tape it close. Place it in a second bag and duct tape that one as well. This will seal the bugs out and keep your stuff from being a hiding place. This method works with anything that can be placed in the washer and dryer including extra bedding, extra towels, and extra clothing. You can even do this with stuffed toys.
- Seal off hiding places. You want to get some caulk (it comes in clear if you don't want white) and seal off any hiding places that your bed bugs may be hiding. This includes getting around the base boards, the face plates of your outlets, any cracks in the wall, and even the spaces in your bed frames. Other wood furniture should also be sealed.
- Seal the mattress. You should make sure that you seal the mattress and the box springs as well. You will need a plastic or tight knit allergy protecting mattress cover. This is one that should enclose your entire mattress and zip up at one end. You should then seal the zipper area with packing tape to make sure that the bugs aren't getting out. This will seal any bed bugs that are in or on your mattress in. It will not keep new bugs from coming to your bed, but it will make sure that you aren't growing a whole population inside your mattress or box springs. You will need to leave this cover on for at least 2 years to make sure all the bugs are dead. The mattress cover will also make it easier to clean bugs off the mattress regularly.
- It is a really good idea to move your bed out from the wall to make it harder for bed bugs to get to you. You should also move any near by furniture away so that nothing touches the bed. This should include your nightstands, dressers, and chairs.
Each day you need to do some things to get rid of your bed bugs. It isn't going to be easy, but it is important that you stay faithful to make sure that you get rid of these pests.
- Set sticky traps. It may seem silly to catch your bed bugs one by one, but the truth is that a female can have 300 eggs, so by catching 1 female you are making it harder for your bed bug colony to grow as quickly as it otherwise would. You can also use sticky traps to help protect yourself from them in the night. One final thing that should be noted about sticky traps is that if you make it too hard to get to you then you will be causing the small bed bugs a harder life. They have to feed before they can grow and they have to grow about a dozen times before they become full grown. There are a number of ways to set sticky traps. Here are a few suggestions. First, you can wrap duct tape around each leg of your bed. To do this turn the duct tape so the sticky side is out and hook it onto itself. Make sure that it is tight and will stay close to the bed leg. Using double sided tape make a boarder all along the edge of your bead frame. You can also apply double sided sticky tape along the base boards, in the corners of the room, around face plates, around the windows, and so forth, but it isn't as important. Duct tape can also be applied to the legs of all the furniture.
- Vacuum. You should vacuum the area around your bed, under your bed, along the carpet edge, any furniture you sit in, and even the bed each day. This will suck up eggs, nymphs (babies), and adults. However, this is only a good method of getting rid of bed bugs if you bag up the contents of the vacuum cleaner in a trash bag and seal it with duct tape right away. You should do this for each room of your house with a bed everyday. You should also make sure that you are doing any couches, chairs, and other rooms you spend time lounging in at least once a week.
- Chemicals. It is important that you use more than just physical methods to get rid of bed bugs. Borax and diatomaceous earth are both natural options that will work like chemicals. They come in powdered forms and can be sprinkled behind the bed, along the wall, under furniture, and in other safe out of the way locations. It is also a good idea to get a spray that is labeled for bed bugs because this can be sprayed along the edges, creases, and cracks that you can't completely seal with caulk or that the bugs may try to go back to. You just need to make sure that it is a spray that works on getting rid of them and not just one that "kills on contact".
By making a plan and sticking to it you can get rid of bed bugs. It takes work everyday for weeks and sometimes even months. However, if you don't stick with it you may find yourself battling with bed bugs for years. This is often the case when you wait before doing anything or you wait hoping that something you have done has helped. Make sure you attack and keep on attacking.