Thursday, 8 August 2013
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Anyone who has ever had problems with bed bugs knows that it can be a lengthy process that requires patience and plenty of follow up. One of the reasons that many people have trouble killing bed bugs is because they forget to treat many of the places bed bugs use as secret hiding places.
While it is true that they gravitate towards warmth and blood, there are specific areas of the home that must be pre-treated, treated and followed up on in order to fully get rid of bed bugs. Today we’re covering 10 placed that bed bugs are often found and need to be on your checklist for bed bug treatment plan.
Since you spend 1/3 of the day in bed asleep it is very important to fully inspect and treat any mattresses in your home. Use a magnifying glass to check for bed bugs and eggs on all sides of the mattress, paying careful attention to tufts and folds where bed bugs might go unseen. .
Look carefully at products used to get rid of bed bugs because many sprays and powders are unsafe for direct use on mattresses.
2. Box Springs
When getting rid of bed bugs many people disregard the box spring which is unfortunate because it provides a good hiding place for bed bugs. Because it is hollow there is plenty of room for bed bugs to hide. Hold a light up to the transparent fabric on the box springs to check for eggs and bugs.
Treat all sides of the box springs and if you buy encasements, make sure to get one for box springs.
3. Bed Frame
One of the reasons getting rid of bed bugs is so hard is because they hide everywhere! The nooks and crannies and crevices of bed frames provide a dark and warm place to hide. This is why any bed bug treatment plan you use should entail disassembling your bed frame and treating the entire frame as well as head and foot boards.
This means you will have to completely dismantle your bedroom furniture in order to treat it and encase it, when necessary.
Most of us have drawers in nearly every room of our house including the kitchen, bathroom and even hallways. These are places most people don’t think to inspect and treat for bed bugs, but this is favorite hiding place for bed bugs thanks to its warm dark climate.
Remove all drawers that have signs of bed bugs, eggs, blood or bed bug feces. Treat them particularly in the corners and hard to reach edges where bed bugs are likely to hide. To successfully get rid of bed bugs remember to treat the underside of the drawers as well.
Curtains can easily be laundered in hot water to help get rid of bed bugs. However you may also want to vacuum prior to a heat treatment. If curtains have special cleaning instructions you can use a steamer to kill any bed bugs or eggs that are there or have them dry cleaned.
Before using any bed bug products on curtains, do a spot test so the fabric doesn’t stain or tear.
Drapes, furniture and baseboards are prime bed bug hiding spots.
6. Pictures, Wall Fixtures & Hangings
Any treatment plan for getting rid of bed bugs will require you to consider your walls as potential hiding places. Remove all photos, wall hangings and other fixtures including light fixtures. Walls can provide a great source of heat and a great dark place to hide.
Treat the wall fixtures and photos then seal them up until treatment is over.
Treating baseboards to get rid of bed bugs is a two-step process. First you will need to treat the space underneath baseboards to eliminate a path for bed bugs to travel from one room to the next. Then you will need to seal up any cracks in or under the baseboards to disallow more bed bugs from entering your home.
Once you have inspected your carpets you will need to vacuum all areas thoroughly and treat with steam. When possible you should lift up carpets to treat corners and edges of the floor with a spray, dust or powder to kill bed bugs. Keep carpets (including bathroom and area rugs) vacuumed regularly to permanently get rid of bed bugs.
9. Upholstered Furniture
In addition to bed, box springs and carpets you will need to inspect and treat all upholstered furniture in your home. This means cotton, wool, suede, polyester and any other cloth material. Furniture like leather may seem exempt however the corners and underneath the sofas will still need to be treated. This includes dining room chairs and ottomans.
Furniture legs provide a dark hiding place for bed bugs during the daytime. During treatment of bed bugs you need to inspect all furniture legs, wheels, posts and casters. If possible remove the legs and clean thoroughly before replacing. These are good places to lay eggs because they are rarely disturbed.
Make sure you all 10 of these locations to your bed bugs treatment checklist to get rid of bed bugs permanently!