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How do I get rid of bed bugs myself?

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Realizing your home and belongings had been invaded by bed bugs might be a stressful revelation indeed. Yet try to keep your mind straight, because dealing with the problem as swiftly and intelligently as possible is the best thing you can do.

The first thing to remember is that bed bugs are extremely tough to get rid of without reaching out to a certified bed bug specialist. Scheduling a professional visit, followed by a tailor-made plan for bed bug heat treatment or bed bug spray treatment, is definitely something to consider in the first place.

Anyway, there are several ways to prepare and try to get rid of bed bugs yourself. Keep on reading to get some useful ideas for your action plan.

Define the extent of the infestation

Once you’re sure you are dealing with bed bugs, try to evaluate the situation as precisely as possible. Keep in mind that bed bugs won’t nest in your mattress only. They can also invade a large scale of surroundings, such as pillows, duvet covers, bed boards, nightstands, wallpapers, carpets, and even electrical appliances.

Make sure to check the area properly and keep your eyes open for any signs of ongoing infestations – repulsing odor, bloodstains, feces, or bed bugs shells are the most obvious ones.

Keep the situation from worsening

The next thing you should do is try and keep the infestation from spreading further before taking action. As simplistic as this sounds, this is actually a very complicated phase that involves:

  • Sealing all of your infested belongings before getting them treated adequately;
  • Leaving belongings that you cannot treat sealed for up to 12 months so that bed bugs will starve;
  • Safely getting rid of belongings that you do not plan to treat;
  • Putting on a bed bug proof mattress cover;
  • Washing infested sheets, textiles, and garments in high temperatures with an extended washing cycle;
  • Contacting a professional to get expert advice on handling the situation.

Take action

Once you move on to the treatment itself, there are several home-made solutions to consider trying. These include:

  • Using diluted rubbing alcohol where it is possible;
  • Preparing essential oil solutions with lavender, tea tree, oregano, peppermint, or combinations of them;
  • High-temperature laundering or professional dry cleaning;
  • Using diatomaceous earth, baking soda, vinegar, or combinations of them.

All of the above had previously shown variable results in exterminating bed bugs in different life stages. Objectively speaking, none of them can guarantee 100% success since bed bugs can hide deeply and keep themselves safe from direct contact.

Heat and spray treatment

As we previously mentioned, heat and spray treatment is your best chances when it comes to destroying a bed bug colony. Both of these treatments shall be professionally planned and safely performed to produce the desired effect while remaining safe for you and your home.

Certified bed bug specialists can provide consultations, planning, and service delivery – depending on your needs and preferences. All you need to do is reach out and seek the expertise you need at the moment.


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