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How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs at Home

No matter how careful you are, you might find bed bugs in your home. The bed bug problem is a serious epidemic affecting major cities and smaller communities across the country. These bugs are smaller than the size of a dime, and bed bugs are typically reddish brown or brown in color. Anytime that you bring fabric or upholstery into your home, you face a bed bug problem. The bugs typically live in upholstered items, but you can also find the bugs living in books, stuffed animals and other problems. Some people find that the bugs climbed into their bags during a recent vacation, while others pick up the bugs from other homes with an infestation.

If you think that you have a problem, start by removing the sheets, pillows and other bedding from your mattress. Examine the mattress carefully for any reddish brown or black dots, which can indicate an infestation. You can also check your box spring, pillows, baseboard, dresser drawers and any other items near the bed. If you fear an infestation in another room of the house, examine all upholstered items for any living or dead bed bugs and the tiny black marks.

Before you start ripping your hair out, you should know that you can take care of the problem yourself. The first step involves cleaning mattresses, box springs and furniture with a steam cleaner. The high heat of the upholster cleaning can kill bed bugs on contact. The heat also reaches deep inside the furniture, killing living bed bugs and eggs hidden inside. This type of cleaning is even safe for fire retardant pieces. When you use an upholstery cleaner, make sure that you also clean the carpets. Carpet cleaning will kill the bugs hiding in and under the carpets, which keeps the problem from coming back in the future.

There are two other important steps that you must follow if you want to get rid of bed bugs. You must wash any fabric in your home, including bedding and clothing. Even if you think that the clothing did not come into contact with the clothing, you should wash the pieces in hot water. You can bring bugs into your home on clothing, and those bugs can infest clothing found in other rooms. You should also use protective mattress covers on your bed. These covers stop the bugs from feeding, and any bugs left on the mattress should die within the next year.

 

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