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19 Easy Ways To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs, Forever!

Bed bugs, one of the most common public health pest worldwide once , are not so extensively heard of through the later 20th century. Awareness in public health and sanitation, inculcation of cleanliness among people, awareness regarding a better lifestyle are few of the major reasons for their decline over the decades. However, despite of the caution practices, sometimes avoiding them becomes impossible, because of their ability to travel through mediums in an effortless manner. Now, the bed bugs worldwide, have undergone dramatic resurgence and built up a strong immunity to several common insecticides, making the insecticide ineffective. 

Bed bugs are one of the great travellers of the world and are readily transported via luggage, clothing, bedding and furniture, and you thought beds were the only place they were cosy in! Read on to find out, the methodical way in which you can get rid of these pests, from your house, and make your home a much more comfortable, irritation and rash free, and a more sanitary place to stay in.

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19 Easy Ways To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs, Forever!

19 Easy Ways To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs, Forever!

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1) Locating The Bed Bugs: Disassemble your beds.

1) Locating The Bed Bugs: Disassemble your beds.

Bed bugs love wood or fabric, and are more likely to be present in or around them as compared to metal or plastic. Things to look for are not the bugs themselves but also their larvae and the eggs. Brown colored dried fecal matter can be found as residue where the bugs once stayed.

2) Locating The Bed Bugs: Empty out the furniture annexing your bed.

2) Locating The Bed Bugs: Empty out the furniture annexing your bed.

Not only the main bed structure, you also need to check the adjoining furniture, because bed bugs know how to find their way around.

3) Locating The Bed Bugs: Check other furniture pieces.

3) Locating The Bed Bugs: Check other furniture pieces.

It is possible that bed bugs might travel from one piece of furniture to another, by using you as a medium. so to get rid of them completly, you need to make sure you inspect all possible places compeletly.

4) Locating The Bed Bugs: Check other places where they might be hiding.

4) Locating The Bed Bugs: Check other places where they might be hiding.

These commonly include floor to wall carpentry, behind the beds, cracks on walls and furniture.

5) Locating The Bed Bugs: Use a flashlight if needed, for the dark corners.

5) Locating The Bed Bugs: Use a flashlight if needed, for the dark corners.

Make sure you inspect thoroughly, just of couple of left over bed bugs is what it takes to make your life a living hell.

6) Getting Rid Of Bed Bugs: Follow an integrated pest management (IPM) approach.

6) Getting Rid Of Bed Bugs: Follow an integrated pest management (IPM) approach.

You could try prevention, chemical treatment such as insecticides, or ever better sanitation practices.

7) Getting Rid Of Bed Bugs: Launder the affected items at high temperatures.

7) Getting Rid Of Bed Bugs: Launder the affected items at high temperatures.

High temperatures make sure that the bugs or larvae don't survive. Individual items can be wrapped in plastic and kept at a sunny place for a few days, the heat would make the bugs move out, the plastic would help suffocate the bugs.

8) Getting Rid Of Bed Bugs: Steam the affected areas.

8) Getting Rid Of Bed Bugs: Steam the affected areas.

A steamer can be easily purchased at the local hardware store. You could also convert an electric kettle into a steamer. The direct steam would kill all the bugs and eggs.

9) Getting Rid Of Bed Bugs: Get that vacuum cleaner working.

9) Getting Rid Of Bed Bugs: Get that vacuum cleaner working.

Vacuuming the floor and the carpets would make sure that all the bugs are captured and discarded properly. you might want to pay special attention to wall to wall joints. Seal the vacuum trash in a bag and dispose it. You could also steam clean the carpets to be sure.

10) Getting Rid Of Bed Bugs: Repair cracks in plaster and glue down loosened wallpaper.

10) Getting Rid Of Bed Bugs: Repair cracks in plaster and glue down loosened wallpaper.

Cracks and loose wallpapers are a few of the most favorite places where bugs hide

11) Getting Rid Of Bed Bugs: Use insecticides.

11) Getting Rid Of Bed Bugs: Use insecticides.

Use of insecticides in cracks where the bugs are hiding can help you destroy bugs to their root cause. If the bed bugs are present after 2 weeks of the initial treatment, make sure to use the insecticides again, to get rid of any new eggs that might have hatched.

12) Getting Rid Of Bed Bugs: Call the professionals.

12) Getting Rid Of Bed Bugs: Call the professionals.

Practice makes perfect. Experienced companies know exactly where and how to look for bugs, and are more than just well equipped to handle the situation.

13) Getting Rid Of Bed Bugs: Throw away the affected items.

13) Getting Rid Of Bed Bugs: Throw away the affected items.

In some cases affected mattresses or furniture needs to be disposed off because of the damage caused.

14) Getting Rid Of Bed Bugs: Use silica gel.

14) Getting Rid Of Bed Bugs: Use silica gel.

If the bugs get stuck to the silica gel, they can not be shaken off, and eventually dehydrate and die. So buying so me silica gel and putting it on your mattress, around your floor, along the walls, is massively helpful!

15) Getting Rid Of Bed Bugs: Use tea-tree to clean.

15) Getting Rid Of Bed Bugs: Use tea-tree to clean.

Just when you thought tea could not help you anymore, it gives you oil to get rid of bugs. truly versatile, isn't it?

16) Prevention: Don't buy second hand furniture.

16) Prevention: Don't buy second hand furniture.

At the lest, inspect the furniture thoroughly, and make sure you are not buying a bunch load of bed bugs.

17) Prevention: Inspect beds in hotels.

17) Prevention: Inspect beds in hotels.

Low grade hotels and inns may usually not be very vigilant about the cleanliness routine followed to make sure avoidance of such outbursts. Make sure to be careful and check the mattresses to make sure there aren't any bed bugs.

18) Prevention: Keep the luggage off the floor.

18) Prevention: Keep the luggage off the floor.

We all now know how much bed bugs would want to get into our lives, but hey, if keeping your luggage off the ground helps, then why not?!

19) Prevention: Be careful.

19) Prevention: Be careful.

Ware houses, cars trucks etc may be infected with bed bugs. Familiarity would help you stop the infestation, or at least help you catch it on an early stage. Stay vigilant, stay clean!

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