Permanently get rid of bed bugs? Is that even possible and do-able? The answer is YES! Getting rid of bed bugs permanently is possible but requires persistence. Aside from the fact that you need a good bed bug spray, you also need to follow certain protocols to make this possible.
I know you’ve used dozens of commercialized bed bug spray before and I guess those didn’t worked because you wouldn’t be here if it does. Right? So let me tell you how to permanently get rid of bed bugs and what are the protocols to follow.
Look for evidences of bed bugs
First thing first, you need to make sure that you have bed bugs and not any kind of pests. It is important to look for evidences because this will lead you to the conclusion that you really need to get rid of bed bugs permanently. Buying the right product for the treatment is essential so we listed down the things you need to look out for:
- You experienced bites on your skin and normally it is in patterns
- You have black spots on your walls
- There are black and red stains in your bedding which are feces of bed bugs
- Lastly, bed bugs itself
If you tick all these then you are sure you have bed bug infestation.
Where do bed bugs hide
Now, a lot of people fail to successfully treat a bed bug infestation because they don’t know where do bed bugs hide. You know this is important since later we will recommend you to do spot treatment. We will explain later but yeah, knowing the bed bug’s hiding spot is a must.
If you don’t know where to look, don’t worry because we created a list of the most common hiding spots of bed bugs. This will come handy when you are actually doing your inspection so we suggest that you keep this page open for reference.
So here we go… the common place bed bugs are hiding:
- Mattress encasements
- Pillows and pillow cases
- Sofa and cushions
- Recliners and furniture
- Bed posts and wooden frames
- Dresser drawers
- Base boards
- Electrical wall outlets
- Window sills
- Picture frames
There you go! These spots are very crucial and it is important that you have these spots checked. I’m sure you will find these nasty pests there.
How long do bed bugs live without a host?
Now that you know where to find these bed bugs, you might be planning of evacuating your place so they will die. But let us share you some facts about bed bugs:
- Newly hatched eggs can survive for few more weeks without feeding
- Nymphs can last up to 5 months without feeding
- Adults can last up to 12 months without blood meal but this depends on temperature. The chillier, the higher the chance to survive.
If you are already having thoughts on evacuating your house, think again. It might kill the bed bugs due to starvation but the result is not proven effective. We suggest that you face it and treat it. Specially if you are using a residual bed bug spray. That would be totally awesome!
Wash everything that is infested
We all know that bed bugs love to crawl. They crawl to everything you can think of. Linens, clothing, bed sheets and pillow cases are some of the things they love crawling into. What you need to do is strip them off and wash in high heat.
Why do this? If you really want to permanently get rid of bed bugs, it is important to wash these stuff because it might be carrying eggs that are visually hard to see.
We list down all the stuff you need strip off and wash:
- Bed linens
- Linens left in closets
- Pillows and pillow cases
- Mattress encasements
- Couch cushion covers
- Clothing in the dresser
- Towels in bath
Don’t be lazy! I know, I know. These are a lot to wash but you wouldn’t want these bed bugs to come back. Would you? No. So there, you really need to do this step. It will be worth it we promise.
Why do this? It is because there might be eggs of bed bugs on these things and you would want to get rid of those. Eggs of bed bugs are hard to see so you want to make sure everything is strip off of bed bug eggs to help get rid of bed bugs permanently.
Use steam clean for bedding, carpet, recliners, and furniture
I know, I know everything can’t fit the washer so we suggest you to use a high heat steam to clean bedding, carpet, recliners, and furniture. This will make sure that you singe the bed bugs and its eggs in second.
Knowing how to get rid of bed bugs permanently is a great help because you don’t need to hire professionals to do the job. Most of them are even following this protocol so just keep on going. This list might be long but trust us, this is the most effective way to get rid of bed bugs permanently. Don’t be lazy!
Use vacuum to removed remaining bed bugs
Remaining bed bugs, we mean those dead bed bugs that are on the floor or anywhere else. Also, to make sure that there is no eggs of bed bugs on your are, better suck ’em up with vacuum and seal the bag properly then throw the trash.
This will also help in preventing future infestations. Imagine if you clean, wash, treat, then there is one egg of bed bug stuck on some of your thing then expect to have infestation again.
Do re-treatment to avoid future infestation
Save your question later! We suggest that you do re-treatment every 7-14 days to avoid future infestation. This is because we can’t control external sources that brings bed bugs to your place.
Think of it this way, you always go out – to work, to grocery, to jog outside, or anywhere you go as long as you go out there is a tendency that you will carry bed bugs on your way home.
If you don’t want to re-treat, chances are the bed bugs you brought home will reproduce again and will result to infestation. I know you get the point so yeah, it is very important to do re-treatment.
If there are brands claiming that they can stop your bed bug infestation without re-treatment, stay away. That claim is impossible.
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