Bedbugs, just the word strikes fear into the hearts of mere mortals! For centuries bedbugs have plagued mankind, leaving people with allergies, welts and sometimes a fear of dropping off to sleep knowing that you will be a meal for lots of little creepy crawling little bugs.
During the early part of this century most bedbugs were eradicated with the use of DDT. However DDT was determined to be a very hazardous substance to humans and other creatures. So while the using it did a great job of eradicating bedbugs and other insects, it was devastating to the environment.
Now bedbugs are making a comeback, and again they are striking fear into the hearts of people everywhere. Now however, we know the methods needed to safely and effectively get rid of the bedbug infestation in your home. Contrary to what many of the large extermination companies will tell you, there is no need to expose your family and pets to a lot of dangerous chemicals. Plus most of the time an extermination company will tell you that you must have several applications of these dangerous and expensive treatments to rid your home of these pests. Even with that you will find that they will not do the job and you infestation and therefore your discomfort will continue.
So, what can you do, no one wants young children and pets exposed to pesticides for an extended period and certainly not to continued night time bites. Well there is a six step plan you can follow that should take care of this issue for you for good. No more bedbugs and no hazardous chemicals! Plus there is no reason that you should need to replace any of the furnishing in your home, you simply need to take the time to follow these steps and eradicate your pests.
1. Begin with a very thorough inspection of the affected area; is it a single room, just the couch, the entire house? Where ever it is you need to be very intense in your inspection of the area. Start with the bed if that is where you are getting bitten; search your mattress carefully for signs of infection. Check out the seams, , the labels, the stitching, if you have any tears in your mattress check around the edges for signs of infestation there as well. If you have one take a look at your box springs, inspect the bottom for entry signs around the bottom covering. Now take all of your bedding and wash it in hot water, about 120 degrees or above. Dry on hot if it is possible. If you have any stuffed animals or things of that nature that can take the heat place them in the dryer on hot for 20 to 30 minutes. If you have items that can't take that kind of heat, tightly seal them into a plastic bag and place them in your garage or some other storage area for a few weeks.
Now clean any clutter around your bed and also inspect that for any signs of bedbugs such as eggs, molted skins, excrement and even the pests themselves. Check any storage cases you might have under your bed, check inside the cover plates electrical outlets and light switches. Check the floor and the molding around the walls, inspect inside any closets around the door and window frames, and on, around and under any shelving or pictures on your wall.
2.Now you need to begin to clean your infested room completely with the vacuum hitting every part of the room. Start by vacuuming your mattress completely. Be sure to get every crevasse in you mattress well cleaned using a crevice tool to make sure the suction pulls out everything possible. Cover your mattress entirely making sure to go around labels, and under your box springs well. Now move onto the bed frame, again make sure your crevise tool to get all the sections of your headboard. Get all along the baseboards, the closet, your dresser, top, bottom and drawers well. Once you have finsined with the vacuum toss out your bag and completely clean your vacuum.
3. Next you will want to use a hot steam cleaner to remove as many of the remaining bedbugs as you possibly can. Cover your room with the steam machine the same way that you used to vacuum to get your room super clean. This will prepare your room for the final steps where you will finally kill off those pesky little pests once and for all!
4. Now you will use a treatment on your bed. There are several natural sprays that you can use to kill them off, my personal favorite is a spray made from ceder. I like it as it is safe to use around my family and our dog. There are many others that you can purchase in your local store or places online like Amazon. Be sure to read the reviews to see what others are saying about these products to be certain that they will work. The other item you will need is some food grade diatomaceous earth. Start by spraying your mattress with the solution going so far as to soak all the seams so that they are wet, and then take your diatomaceous earth and place some into a duster. Thoroughly dust all of the places that you sprayed your solution onto. The spray will kill all of the insects left after your cleaning and the diatomaceous earth will keep them from hiding from you if any still live.
5. Now treat all of the rest of your furniture such as nightstands, dressers, inside your closets, bathroom, and all around your bedroom molding carefully covering all cracks and crevises well. If your bed has metal tubes for legs you need to treat inside of the tubing as well as outside
6. Last you need to make your bed difficult for the bugs to reenter. If you have any tears in your mattress you should tape them up with duct tape or place them into one of the covers that helps to eliminate allergies. Next you will need to make it difficult for the bed to become infested again. To do this you can place the bed legs into a container of soapy water and coat the legs with Vaseline to keep them from climbing back up to your mattress.
Now be sure to vacuum your room well at least once per week and use the spray as need to kill of any bugs that may have remained behind. You can build a trap for those with a heating pad, an alka-seltzer, a damp sponge and some duct tape. Turn your heating pad on low and place the alka-seltzer tablet onto the damp sponge surrounded by duct tape with the sticky side up to catch the bugs.
If you keep up with the vacuum and steam work you should be bug free within a month or so!