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Bed Bug Removal Tips

Step #1: Cover Power Outlets

Cover your power outlets – bed bugs use power outlets to evade extermination. They climb into the outlet holes and hide there until it is safe to move elsewhere.

Bed Bug Prevention – Cover Power Outlets

One of the ways that a bed bug infestation can be identified is through their droppings, which look like dark colored dots.

Step #2: Store Your Clothing in Vacuum-Sealed Bags

Purchase standard vacuum-sealed bags and store your clothing in these airtight vacuum bags. This will make your belongings less accessible to pests.

Bed Bug Prevention – Store Clothing in Vacuum Bags

Place your seasonal clothing and fabric in the vacuum sealed bags and use your vacuum cleaner hose to remove the air from the bags and put them away. This method will prevent items like sweaters and blankets from being infested by bed bugs while stored away for future use.

Step #3: Don’t Fight Alone

If you think you already have a bed bug infestation, avoid eliminating the problem alone.

Contact a pest control company that can remove these pests from your home completely.

Bed Bug Prevention – Contact Pest Control Company

It’s important to remember that professionals are trained to use the products and tools required for bed bug treatments.

Many of the techniques that are used to eliminate these household pests can be dangerous if not performed by a trained and certified professional.

Bed Bug Prevention – Contact Pest Control CompanyUnfortunate instances of death and property damage have occurred when homeowners tried to take bed bug extermination into their own hands. Make sure to contact a bed bug pest control company to avoid any of these scary accidents.

Step #4: Be Aware Of Bed Bug Signs

Educate yourself and your family about the signs of a bed bug infestation and how to identify bites.

Bed Bug Prevention – Signs of Bed Bugs

Bites are typically small red marks that often appear in rows and can be itchy. When you know what bites look like you can identify a problem earlier and seek out assistance if necessary.

Step #5: Vacuum Your Floor

Bed Bug Prevention – Vacuum Floor

Bed bugs aren’t only found in and around the bed. Remember to use your vacuum to help get rid of these nightmarish pests!

Vacuum all mattresses, box springs, and floors (especially where the floor and wall meet.) This can eliminate a bed bug infestation before it gets out of control.

After you have vacuumed the floors, remove vacuum bag, place in a sealed trash bag and dispose in an outdoor garbage can. This will prevent the bed bugs from escaping and getting back into your home.

Step #6: Don’t Ignore Your Pet’s Bed

Like human bedding, bed bugs can be attracted to pet beds where they can also find warm crevices to lay eggs and feed.

Bed Bug Prevention – Monitor Pet Beds

Make sure to monitor the area where your pet sleeps, and inspect the bed and areas around the bed.

If possible, regularly wash the pet bed on the highest heat and dryer settings.

Step #7: Cut Back On Clutter

Clean up clutter – the more clutter you have, the harder it will be to get rid of an infestation!

Start by eliminating clutter against walls.

Bed Bug Prevention – Declutter Rooms

Donate, recycle or dispose of anything you no longer need.

Organize and properly store your belongings so they don’t become a bed bug’s paradise.

Step #8: Cover Your Mattress

Put the mattress and box springs in encasements like Mattress Safe Covers. Although this protects the mattress from getting infested, it does not get rid of an infestation.

Mattress covers are zippered casings that enclose an entire mattress. Covers of this type are for non-vinyl mattresses and box springs.

These casings should be made from top-quality fabric, typically cloth, so it’s durable and resistant to tears and folds. They have no folds around the zipper in which bed bugs can find shelter.

Bed Bug Prevention – Cover Mattress

Step #9: Use ClimbUp Monitors

Monitors like ClimbUp Monitors are made to go under the feet of the bed frame to help prevent bed bugs from reaching the bed (but that doesn’t mean they can’t get to you other ways!). It’s also a useful tool for monitoring your bedroom if you’re afraid you have bed bugs.

Place the devices under the foot of each bed post.

Bed Bug Prevention – Monitors

Clean these devices frequently, and search for the source so you can identify and quickly get rid of bed bug infestations.

Step #10: Inspect Your Furniture

Check all your furniture for signs of bed bugs. Begin your search with furniture that has cracks or is used, vintage or antique.

Bed Bug Prevention – Inspect Furniture

Perform a preliminary inspection before purchasing used furniture.

Bed Bug Prevention – Inspect Furniture

Step #11: Always Second-Guess Used Items

Always check used items, even harmless products like electronics, which have perfect hiding spaces for bed bugs.

Even if something “looks clean”, you should always perform basic checks to any vulnerable goods that you plan on bringing into your home.

Bed Bug Prevention – Inspect Used Items

Check the vents on all used electronics before purchasing.

Items like stereo receivers, televisions, computers, remotes, and game systems have vents where bed bugs can easily hide.

Bed Bug Prevention – Inspect Used Items

Step #12: Don’t Use Unsourced Coverings

Avoid using moving blankets provided by a moving company, and use your own instead. The blankets may not be cleaned regularly and could be infested with bed bugs from another person’s belongings.

Bed Bug Prevention – Don’t Used Unsourced Coverings

Bed Bug Prevention – Don’t Used Unsourced Coverings

Step 13: Don’t Make It Easy For Bed Bugs To Enter Your Home

Bed bugs enter the home in many ways. They can travel on the coats of pets, rodents, or birds. They can also travel on clothing and luggage, and be picked up on public transportation, at movie theaters and even in doctors’ offices.

Repair or apply silicone caulk to cracks on the outside and inside of your home. Remember, any opening that can fit a business card is the perfect hiding place for a bed bug.

Bed Bug Prevention – Don’t Make It Easy To Enter Home

Check window and screens to make sure there are no torn or damaged areas.

Bed Bug Prevention – Don’t Make It Easy To Enter Home

Step #14: Beware Of Bed Bugs in Public Places

Bed bugs can also be found in unsuspected places like store dressing rooms, which provide safe havens for this parasitic pest.

They can be found in the cushioned seats in the dressing rooms and on the carpeted floors.

Bed Bug Prevention – Don’t Make It Easy To Enter Home

To avoid unwittingly taking them home on your clothing or purchases, hang your items on the provided wall hooks rather than the cushioned furniture provided in dressing areas.

Bed Bug Prevention – Don’t Make It Easy To Enter Home

Step #15: Don’t Bring Pests Home From Vacations

Travelers run the risk of bringing bed bugs home from any hotel room bedding, furniture, or carpeting.

While traveling think “DREAM”

Determine if your room has signs of an infestation. Look for tiny rust-colored spots on bed sheets, mattress tags and seams, and bed skirts.

Raise furniture and look for bed bugs. Hiding spots usually include underneath the mattress, bed frame and headboard. Typically, they come out at night to feed, but during the day they are most likely found within a 5 foot radius of the bed.

Examine your luggage on a luggage rack away from the bed and wall, since bed bugs can often hide behind headboards, artwork, picture frames and electrical outlet panels.

Assess your luggage carefully while repacking and when you return home. ALWAYS keep luggage off the bed and store it far away from your bedroom.

Move all your clothing from your luggage immediately in the dryer for at least 15 minutes at the highest setting upon returning home from travel.

Bed Bug Prevention – Don’t Bring Pests Home From Vacation

Check for bed bugs by removing bedding and searching the corners and folds of mattresses.

Bed Bug Prevention – Don’t Bring Pests Home From Vacation

If there are bed bugs in the room, ask to be moved far from that room because bed bugs can easily travel to adjacent spaces. The rooms in the immediate vicinity are likely infested as well.

If your room has no bugs, still proceed with caution. Don’t place luggage or packages on the floor. Bring the memories home, but leave the bed bugs behind!

Step #16: Do Monitor Your Belongings in Shared Laundry Equipment

Shared laundry facilities are the perfect conduit for the transmission of bed bugs from one location to another.

Instead of carrying your laundry into and from the facility in an open clothes basket, opt for plastic bags.

Bed Bug Prevention – Monitor Shared Laundry Equipment

Do not place your cleaned clothes on countertops or floors.

Step #17: Don’t Confuse Your Pests

Not all small, oval, reddish-brown bugs are bed bugs. Before calling in the cavalry, make sure that you are fighting the right bug.

Most bed bug bites are found on the hands, arms, face, and neck. They cause itchy bumps that can resemble a rash or an allergic reaction. Bed bugs are ¼ of an inch long, and they hide in bedrooms or warm, hidden locations.

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