Bugged By Bedbugs? 2 Tips To Help You Get Rid Of Them
You brought bed bugs home with you. You've called the pest control company. In addition to the professional pest control services, there are a few things you can do to help make sure the bedbugs are gone. The first thing you need to know is that you don't have to throw all of your bedding away. The second thing you need to know is that you'll have to act fast. Here are three things you should do before the exterminator comes out.
Wash the Linen
Take a look at your sheets. If you see small spots that look like dried blood, the bugs have infested your beds. Those blood spots are from the bites you get while you're sleeping. You're going to need to strip your beds and wash all your linen. Before you start, you'll need to grab several large black trash bags.
Carefully take the sheets and blankets off bed one at a time. Roll each item up and place it in the trash bag. Use one bag for each bed. Tie the bag closed and place another bag over it. Take the bags directly to the washing machine.
Remove the bedding and place it in the washing machine. Since the inner bag may have bedbugs in it, you'll want to throw it away. You can reuse the outer bag. Wash your bedding in hot water and then place them in the dryer. Be sure to get them completely dry before removing them from the dryer. The extra heat will ensure that the bugs are dead.
Treat Your Mattresses
While the linen is washing, you'll have time to treat each of the mattresses. This will ensure that the bugs on your bed are dead before you put the sheets back on. The first thing you'll need to do is vacuum each of your mattresses. Use a crevice tool to get inside the cracks and seams where the bugs could be hiding.
Next, you'll want to fill a spray bottle with hot water and add 1 cup of rubbing alcohol. You can also add several drops of lavender oil to the solution. The lavender oil will freshen your room and repel the bugs. Spray the top and sides of each mattress. Flip them over and repeat the process on the other side. Allow the mattresses to air dry.
If your mattresses are placed directly on the floor, you'll want to get a bedframe as soon as possible. Bedbugs have easier access to your mattress and carpeting when the mattress is placed on the floor.
Bedbugs are tough to get rid of but with pest control services and the do-it-yourself tricks provided above, you can stop the infestation and keep them away.