ed bugs can tough to exterminate once infested. If you have any questions on how bad your particular situation is, it is advised to call in the professionals.
The most effective way to deal with a bed bug infestation is to hire a Professional Exterminator that specializes in bed bugs. If you try and treat bed bugs on your own you are not only likely to fail but may end up spreading the bugs to other parts of your home unknowingly. Because bed bug extermination is a complicated process the cheapest may not be the best option.
Based on the severity of the bed bug infestation you may need to prepare for multiple visits, bad infestations are rarely controlled with only one treatment.
The first order of business is to have an in-home inspection, once a technician has evaluated home they let you know your level of infestation and what steps need to be taken next. In some cases the technician may need to take apart some furniture and will usually use a vacuum to clean up bed bugs as well as eggs. They may also use heat and pesticides to treat the infestation depending on the severity.
NOTE: If you try and vacuum yourself, make sure it is a vacuum with a bag and that you dispose of the bag immediately afterwards to avoid allowing the bed bugs to just crawl back out once you turn off the vacuum because vacuuming alone does not kill bed bugs.
Once you have hired a bed bug exterminator and preparing for them to treat your home, make sure you follow their pre-treatment check list. This includes washing all clothing in hot water and drying on high heat and then keeping out of the bedroom until after it is treated. You should also wash all sheets and blankets prior to treatment. When taking items from the bedroom to the washer make sure to put everything in a plastic bag, not reusable cloth bags or plastic hampers with vents, these types of items help bed bugs spread whereas a plastic bag can be thrown away after use and bed bugs can’t stick to plastic the way they do cloth.
If you have children or pets then you should always call a professional as trying to use chemicals or other treatment on your own could harm your children or pets if not handled properly.
If you have any questions about your particular situation be sure to call a professional for an inspection and complete in-home evaluation.