Itchy And Scratchy: How To Kill And Get Rid Of Bed Bugs

Posted on: 12 August 2015

Bed bugs are becoming a common problem in hotels, homes, apartments, and even in public places like movie theaters. These tiny biting insects are often hard to detect since they usually only come out at night to feed. If bitten by bed bugs, your skin can become irritated, itchy, or you may experience an allergic reaction. If you've discovered bed bugs in your home, it is important that they are eradicated as soon as possible. Read on to find out how to eliminate these tiny pests. 

Preparing the Area

Before you can treat the affected area, it's important to properly prepare it so you get the treatment in all of the tiny places where bed bugs can hide. Remove all clutter such as books and newspapers, piles of clothing, and any other items lying around. Wash all clothes, blankets, and stuffed animals in hot water and store them in plastic bags. Take drawers out of dressers and remove mattresses from bed frames. Bed bugs are very small, so you may not be able to see them with the naked eye, but by preparing the area in advance, you can better treat it and ensure they are all killed.

Treatment for Elimination

There are several different kinds of treatments available to help kill bed bugs. Some of these pesticides come in a powder form and others come in a spray form. Whichever you choose is up to you, but a combination of the different forms of pesticides together typically work best since it will help cover the entire affected area. As you apply the anti-bed bug treatment, be sure that you reach the following areas:

  • Inside of closets and around and in all door frames both internal and external
  • All floor and window molding
  • The seams of dressers as well as underneath the dressers and where they touch the floor
  • Everywhere the bed touches the floor and behind the headboard
  • Directly apply treatment to and under chairs
  • Be sure to thoroughly apply treatment to mattresses and box springs
  • Never directly apply pesticides to clothing, upholstered furniture, bedding, or any other cloth material

Before you use any kind of insect treatment, always read the label and be sure that the products are safe to use. Never let children or pets near the treatment areas until they are completely dry. If in doubt, contact your local pest control company to assist you with the bed bug removal process. They are professionals who have experience with keeping those nasty biting insects out of your home so you can rest easily. To learn more abut bed bugs, speak with someone like Best Control Pest Control Ltd.