This topic is better left to the professionals that know how to deal with it, so the bulk of what I am going to tell you is really information that I have gleaned about bed bugs over time. There are plenty of links on this site that will take you to professionals who can, or at least claim, to be able to rid you of your bed bug problem.
Once you get bed bugs the next thing to worry about is how to get rid of them. First and foremost, never store anything from an infested area in a non-infested area until you have exterminated the little pests. The reason for this is, bed bugs, just like fleas, multiply like crazy. So if you move something from an infested area, the little buggers will most likely be in or on that something you move.
Personally I leave things like Bed Bug extermination to the professionals. Better to spend a little more money and have peace of mind.
OK, a few steps to take before you try the do-it-yourself bed bug extermination, if you are going to contact a professional then skip to the section labeled "Professional Bed Bug Extermination".
- Loose items (toys, pillows, etc..) should be cleaned with a vacuum cleaner, and put in some sort of plastic bag, with pest control strips, for a couple of days. I know a lot of companies that produce pest control strips, made to kill off bed bug infestations, say that you do not have to wash the items afterward, but personally I would.
- Dismantle beds, remove drawers (hopefully you have bagged the contents of the drawers as pointed out in step 1, except for clothing, sheets etc.. See step 4), thoroughly clean and spray these areas with a pesticide meant to kill off bed bugs.
- Vacuum and spray any carpets. If you have throw rugs just bag them and follow step one. Clean , inspect and spray any areas like baseboards, windows, corners etc.
- One note, clothes, sheets etc should just be bagged(without pesticide strips), moved to your washing area and washed in hot water(120 degrees Fahrenheit minimum).
Professional Bed Bug Extermination:
This, in my humble opinion, is the best route to go for getting rid of Bed Bugs. Yes it will cost more, but at least you are dealing with someone who does this for a living, before you hire a professional to do this, it's always a good idea to do some checking on the company first. It never hurts to make sure the company can do what they say they can.
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