If you brought home bed bugs from the hotel where you recently stayed on vacation, then you need to immediately take action to kill as many of the bed bugs as you can. Bed bugs are continually laying eggs that are very hard to kill before they have hatched. For this reason, the more bed bugs you can remove, the smaller your infestation will be.
Use these four things to rid your home of the nasty invaders:
Your Vacuum Cleaner
The first thing you should do in a room with bed bugs is to remove all of the fabric items. Place each item into a plastic bag and seal it before removing it from the room. This will help to prevent the spread of the infestation as you move your items from place to place.
Once all of your bedding, curtains, and area rugs have been removed for cleaning, then vacuum the room. Bed bugs like to hide in small dark cracks in floors and furniture, so you should take care to vacuum:
- cracks between floorboards
- box spring
In addition, you should also vacuum the walls and windowsills in the room as well. Sometimes bed bugs will climb up walls and nest in the wood of the windowsill.
When you are done vacuuming, place the vacuum bag into a plastic bag and seal it shut before placing it into your household trash. If you have a bagless vacuum, you should wash out the canister with dish soap and water.
Your Freezer and Clothes Dryer
Freezing temperatures and excessively hot temperatures both kill bed bugs. You can place your fabric items either into a freezer for two weeks or you can place items into a dryer that is set on high heat. Run the dryer for at least 30 minutes to kill all of the bed bugs and their eggs.
Since you will have a lot of bedding to wash, you should consider taking your items to a local laundromat. The large commercial dryers work well to kill bed bugs because they get hotter than home dryers.
A Bottle of Isopropyl Alcohol
Isopropyl alcohol is lethal on contact with bed bugs. By placing isopropyl alcohol in a spray bottle, you can spray affected areas. This will not kill any eggs, but it will kill any adult bed bugs that are present.
A Bed Bug Exterminator
Unlike fleas or ants, bed bug extermination is never a completely DIY project. Once you have removed and processed your home as much as possible, then it is time to call in the professionals. Licensed bed bug exterminators have special chemicals and steam machines that can be used to kill all of the bed bugs in your home once and for all. Call companies such as Desert Pest Control today, and send those nasty bugs to their death!