Getting Rid Of Bedbugs: How Bad Is It?

No one likes bedbugs. It's an unpleasant feeling, to say the least, to wake up in the middle of the night scratching yourself incessantly. And it's really hard to find them with your eyes squinting from the blinding lights that you just switched on. The bite itself is extremely irritating, and if you're not careful, the scratching could lead to broken skin, which in turn is susceptible to infection. What's worse, once they've made a home in your furniture, they're very hard to spot and remove. Their eggs and larvae are even smaller so that compounds your problem. But, there are some solutions that will help you avoid ending up in such a situation.

Bedbugs: Control By Prevention

When buying new furniture, make sure that all the pieces are well inspected before you bring them in the house. It may take a while but it's worth the trouble and effort you'll be saving later on. You can also buy yourself many nights of restful and uninterrupted sleep in the form of mattress and pillow protectors. These also help keep away dust mites, ticks and other pests. There are also dusting powders and sprays you can put on when installing new furniture or pulling out something from the attic for when guests come. Another preventive measure is to vacuum everything thoroughly on a regular basis. Although their names may suggest otherwise, they not only infest beds, but practically any place where they can hide and wait for a source of food – basically blood. This includes carpeting, upholstery, bedding, drapes, and any furniture near the bed. Doing this should keep the area clear of any bedbugs that might be thinking about giving you midnight kisses.

Killing And Eliminating Bedbugs

Commercial products are often convenient to use and immediately effective. However, be warned that some of them may pose a health hazard, so be careful to read the label properly before buying anything. You can try fruit and vegetable insecticides as they are milder and may be just as effective. There are some non-pesticide-based brands available as well, but if there are kids or pets in the house, then it may be best to do away with chemical compounds altogether and go in for a home-grown approach.

Home Remedies For Bedbug Elimination

You'll be happy to know that there are several traditional methods available to you. Hanging your clothes, bedding, drapes, and removable upholstery in direct sunlight often forces the bedbugs to either make a quick getaway or simply shrivel up and die. Just make certain that the temperature in the sun is at least 113 degrees Fahrenheit/45 Celcuis (that's the minimum critical point) and that you leave them for at least a couple of hours, if not more. Another method based on the heat treatment principle is to put all your stuff into the dryer for a good tumble. About 20 minutes should do it, and make sure you dust off any dead bug residues by snapping the clothes and other items a few times each. Steam treatment is another method used by professionals that is based on the application of heat. You can buy a steamer for about $50 and do it yourself. Of course, you'll have to be thorough and make sure that you cover the whole area inch by inch.

Commercial Options: Call In The Experts

If your bedbug problem is way out of control, then you may need to seriously consider calling a pest control company. However, make sure that they have a reputation for success and have been around for at least a few years. Most professional exterminators will charge upwards of $250 (and that's per room) so take care to do some background research if you don't want the problem to recur within a few weeks of a so-called 'thorough' extermination. If this is your only option then go for it; just be wary of false claims.