Bed bugs can have a real psychological effect on some people, especially when you’re the one facing a bed bug infestation. Infestations in human habitats have been on the increase recently, most evidently in developed countries. The reason for this resurgence is not yet known, but the increase in foreign travel may be one of the causes.
With the resistance to pesticides, bed bugs are able to survive longer and sometimes, professional measures are required in eradicating them.
As a “Do-it-yourself-er”, you will need to educate yourself before starting your search. So, in order to rid yourself of this infestation, you will need to take pro-active measures. When locating where the infestation may be taking place, you should start with your own bed, preferably your headboard.
Bed bugs can be residing with 8-10 feet of their victims, so they are not required to travel too far to get to their next meal. If you are waking up with bed bug bites, you need to take action. Start with inspecting your headboard (especially, if it is made from wood) and your bed frame would be the best area to start searching. Also, inspect all you’re bedding (Pillows, blankets, mattress, and the box spring.
If you come a pond a number of large bed bug populations in your search, than you most differently have a bed bug infestation on your hands.
The type of furniture you own may be ideal for bed bug infestation. Bed bugs are attracted to paper and wood; inspect any furniture made from a wood by-product. Also, porous area’s and surface are perfect for the bed bug egg laying environment. Plastic or metal are safer materials to use when fighting a bed bug infestation.
Furniture guidelines in your home:
1) Remove all wood furniture and replace the items with plastic or metal type furniture. Something that you can easily wash using soap and water.
2) Wood frame box springs can either be removed completely, or if you have decided to keep your box spring, than encase it in a protective zipper cover.
3) If you have bunk beds, than fill any holes or crevices with filler compound, then primer and apply an oil base paint. Cover all wood surfaces.
4) For the pillows, mattresses, and box springs, use protective encasement covers that are designs with a zipper. These covers will not allow the bed bugs a chance to plant themselves in your bedding.
5) Wicker furniture should be discarded immediately; wicker furniture has many area’s which would provide an ideal place for the bed bugs to live undisturbed.
6) Other wooden furniture (Dressers, shelves, chairs, cabinets, etc.) should also be inspected. If you find holes or crevices where bed bugs could live undetected, they should be sealed too.
Other areas to inspect:
- Eliminate any openings along the baseboards in each room of the house.
- Check all doors and windows for any spaces where a bed bug could pass through.
- Take a flash light and inspect the pipes under your kitchen and bathroom sinks for any openings around the pipes, seal them as needed.
- Remove anything you are storing under your bed, and pull the bed away from the wall.
Bed bugs will generally harbor in warm climate states, staying in large groups. Beside the bed area, you should also inspect your closet area as well. Bed bugs are good at living in your travel luggage, and especially if you have just return from a vacation. You may have brought them unknowingly into your home from the hotel where you were staying.
NOTE: When you travel and stay at a hotel/motel before unpacking make sure to inspect the beds. Take a close look at the headboards, pillows, blankets, and box spring. Check all other furniture in the room as well. Once you are 100% satisfied, than go ahead and unpack.
If you notice tiny dark red blood spots on your sheets, than it’s a good bet that bed bugs are attacking you at night, and you probably have a bed bug infestation on your hands. Also check any wood frame pictures hanging on your walls. Inspect between the glass and the wood frame areas.
If after inspecting your home, and you find dark blood stains on your bed sheets, bed bug skeletons, and maybe fecal matter, than at this point, we highly recommend you call your local professional pest control company to eliminate this bed bug infestation from your home.
As a novice, trying to eliminate a bed bug infestation can take a great deal of your time, as well as patience! Leaving the eradication to the professionals is not only sound advice, but Professional pest control companies know exactly what measures are needed to kill bed bugs and eradicate this bed bug infestation in your home.