Unfortunately, bed bugs are everywhere. They can travel with you in your bag, your clothes or even on your body, making these little pests hard to deal with and get rid of. They are incredibly resilient, able to withstand extreme variations in temperatures and can survive for over a year without feeding. They only ever emerge at night, too, so how do you kill bed bugs?
You need a great deal of patience and perseverance to kill bed bugs. They can hide in the tiniest of wall cracks and can breed extremely quickly, with female bed bugs laying 300 eggs in their lifetime which take only 10 days to hatch. As you can imagine, getting rid of these little critters is not easy and very hard to do without enlisting the help of professionals.
Pest Control Services, or ‘exterminators’ will have plenty of ways and means to kill bed bugs, but there is some preparation you will need to do before they arrive. You will probably need to make space for them to work by piling up furniture and moving it away from walls and other places where bed bugs like to hide. Use a carpet cleaner such as a steam cleaner to thoroughly wash all your carpets and any rugs you might have. Exterminators will probably recommend throwing away any infested mattresses, pillows and cushions as the materials used in them are very dense and therefore hard to rid of bed bugs.
Exterminators will have a veritable battery of sprays, chemicals and insecticidal dusts designed specifically to kill bed bugs and will treat every surface in your home that they feel may harbour them, particularly wall cracks, under the skirting boards, and around the frame of beds and tables. They will also give you tips on how to prevent further infestation, how to control infestation if it does occur, and how to kill bed bugs, although if you do become overrun again it’s probably best to call in the professionals.
Prevention is better than cure, so how can you prevent further infestations? Make yourself aware of the signs of bed bugs, the first of which is unfortunately going to be bites. At maturity a bed bug is around 5mm in length and a brown/gold colour, turning darker after they have fed so easier to spot but not nice to know that it’s your blood they have feasted upon. You will also notice in the crevices in and around your bed that there may be tiny bloodstains, which is the bed bug’s faecal matter. The earlier you spot these signs, the better.
You should also move your bed away from the wall as bed bugs can fall onto your bed after climbing up the wall. Put the bottom of each of the legs of your bed into a tiny pot of oil, this will stop bed bugs climbing up the legs into your bed. When travelling, check all bedding for signs of bed bugs. When you learn to avoid them, you are half way to avoiding having to pay a fortune to kill bed bugs.