How Can You Easily Get Rid of Bed Bugs?

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There is one infestation that causes everyone to shudder and start scratching: bedbugs. Once you have them, they can be very annoying to get rid of. Folk remedies range from slathering yourself in petroleum jelly to tossing everything and starting over. Getting rid of them is not a simple matter, but with some knowhow and preparation, it can be done.

Bedbugs are notorious for surviving initial cleaning attempts. The first step is to bag up everything that you own. Separate washable items from those that are not washable. Those must run through the laundry in the hottest water possible and dried on the hottest setting.

Items that are not washable need to be stored in plastic bags in the sunlight. The sunlight will kill the bugs. Unfortunately, your mattress and box spring need to be replaced. Bag them up in your home and take them to the dump. Do not leave them for your weekly pickup or someone may take them, not knowing about the infestation.

Cleaning Steps for the Home

Once all of your belongings are sorted through, start to work on the house. Rent an industrial steam cleaner with a carpet attachment; the steam is the most effective way to kill bed bugs. Go through each room and steam clean the carpets, the floors, baseboards, and walls.

Do not neglect any areas, especially cracks or crevices at corners. Afterward, vacuum everything to remove all surviving eggs. There are several types of insecticide "bombs" that work well for bedbugs as well. Make sure that you are using the correct type for bedbugs.

Having bedbugs is a pain for any homeowner. With these steps, you can reclaim your home and make it bug-free. If at any time you do not feel comfortable, speak with a licensed exterminator. They have the training and knowledge to help.

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