When it comes to bed bugs, prevention is the name of the game. Most people don't event know that they have a problem until after they have been bitten. Since it usually takes a couple days for the bite to be noticeable, and since bed bugs only come out at night, it is easy to see how they can really catch by surprise. So, if you have bed bugs, despite your best prevention efforts, you want to get to work fixing the problem asap. Here are 3 ways to get rid of bed bugs.
Wash Your Sheets and Clothes
First, you want to start by washing all of your sheets and bedding. You also want to wash any clothes that you might have slept on any of the nights that you suspect you were bitten. Unfortunately, if you put any clothes back in a closer or drawer after sleeping in them (without washing them) you might need to do a lot of laundry. You should probably all of the clothes in a drawer that may have housed a bug-infested garment. This might seem like overkill, but it is better to be safe than sorry. Always wash on the highest heat and the strongest wash cycle.
Vacuum and invest in Bed Bug Covers for Your Bedding
You can find a variety of bed bug covers for your bedding. A mattress cover is the most important. But, before you apply the cover you should clean your mattress thoroughly. A wand attachment for a hose vacuum can suck out any bugs embedded in the mattress. You should also put covers on all of your bedding before putting it back on your bed.
Clean the Floor Around Your Bed
Next, you should clean your floor, under your bed, and basically everything in the immediate vicinity. Bed bugs are good at hiding and you want to make sure they won't just immediately infect your bed.
Vacate the Premise and Starve Out the Bugs
The final bed bug treatment step is perhaps the most important. Bed bugs, can only survive if they are eating. Unfortunately, they only feed off of other animals. So, if you don't sleep in your bed for a few nights the bugs will starve to death. Come back after a couple of days away (even if you are just sleeping in another room), re-vacuum the entire room and bed, and finally enjoy a bed bug-free room.