Bed bugs have made such a prolific comeback in recent years that they actually took the market by storm. Suddenly there weren’t enough products to satisfy people’s need and what was out there wasn’t guaranteed to be 100% effective for every situation. The exception to this is a professional exterminator of course. They are always effective because they don’t use off the shelf sprays, they use their own tried and true formulas for control.
When you are going to select a treatment, you really need to do some research and try to tailor what you’re doing to your specific situation. Do you have a few suspicious bites but can’t seem to find bed bugs no matter how hard you look? Are you covered in bites and your whole house is covered in bugs? What exactly is going on? Let’s take a look at some treatments for various levels of infestation.
Treatment For Mild Problems
Let’s say you really think you have bed bugs but you aren’t 100% sure. Maybe that was one you found but maybe it was something else. Either way, you’re lucky and it’s time to make sure this problem doesn’t get worse. The basic treatment plan to follow is pretty easy. Wash all your bedding and dry it with high heat. Use a spray from the store or make a solution with bleach, vinegar or alcohol and spray your bed, between your mattress and box spring, under your bed and in any suspicious areas. This could be all you need to turn a potential problem into nothing at all. Inspect your bed every couple days just in case and keep a close eye on your skin to make sure nothing is biting you.
Treatment For Moderate Problems
A handful of bites and definite signs of infestation call for some more drastic measures. You’ll want to repeat the same treatment as above but you’ll want to be very thorough with the spraying and you will want to add in some insect traps and use repellent products as well. Traps are small plastic dish type devices that attach to your bed frame legs or legs of other furniture. Insects can crawl in but they can’t escape so they simply die in there from starvation or dehydration. They can’t reach your bed this way no matter what.
Repellents are either little plastic boxes or cloth satchel type items filled with various types of chemicals or all natural things such as herbs and spices. Certain things keep insects like bed bugs from coming near them. Cedar is a very common all-natural preventative substance. Insects just don’t like it.
Treatment For Severe Problems
If you’re covered in severe bites and your bed or other furniture is so infested it seems to move on its own, you should be ready to take drastic measures. At this stage it’s your best bet to simply throw your bed or furniture away and move on. It’s much easier to treat a room without a bed or couch full of bugs than to try to clean on and around it. You can end up just spreading bed bugs all over the place this way.
This is probably a great sign that you should pass the bug killing torch to a professional also. Let someone who really knows what they’re doing handle this problem so you don’t even have to get your hands dirty at all.