Do you have itchy red bites? You may have a bed bug infestation.
- Check your bedding for black spots – this could be dried bed bug excrement.
- Look for mottled brown shells shed by the bedbugs.
- Check for blood spots – you may have rolled over and squashed a bed bug.
- Inspect your mattress and bed frame to see if you can actually spot any bugs. Be sure to check all crevices and joints.
If you’ve discovered any of the above signs in your own home, you should follow the steps in this article.
Bed bugs are notoriously difficult to eradicate — but it can be done. The most popular way to get rid of bed bugs is to hire a professional pest control company. However, this can be very expensive. If you want to try a DIY approach first, this article outlines all you’ll need to know about bed bugs: how to get rid of them, what products to buy, and what to expect.
Getting Rid of Bed Bugs: Identify Which Rooms Are Infected
The sooner you start treating your home, the easier it will be to eradicate the bed bugs. Left untreated, the bugs will gradually spread from one room to another, latching onto clothes and crawling through cracks in search of new food sources. So find out first who is being bitten, and identify their bedrooms as the areas you will need to treat. Bed bugs will inhabit any room where someone sleeps. This can include your lounge or other rooms if your family members, housemates, or guests sometimes sleep on the sofa.
How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs in Flats
If you live in a flat, terrace, or semi-detached house, you should inform the building manager and the landlord or your neighbours, as bed bugs can move between your accommodation and that of your neighbours. Getting rid of bed bugs should therefore be a collective effort, or your efforts will be in vain.
How to Kill Bed Bugs: Treating a Bedroom
Once you have identified which rooms to treat, you will need to be very thorough and methodical in tackling them. Bed bugs can easily hide in small crevices or cracks, and eggs are even harder to detect and treat. Here are the basic steps to take when eradicating bed bugs from a bedroom:
- Strip and treat all bedding — This includes not just duvet covers, pillowcases, bed skirts, and sheets, but also the pillows and the mattresses themselves. Read Step 7 to find out how to treat washable items. But the first step is to break down the bed into its component parts and treat them one by one.
The above steps provide a helpful outline, explaining the basics of how to get rid of bed bugs at home. Remember when using any store bought pesticide to read and follow the instructions carefully, ensuring that you are using it effectively and responsibly. A DIY approach can save you a great deal of money compared to hiring a professional, but you do need to be very diligent and patient to make sure that even the resilient bed bugs are thoroughly eliminated from your home.