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pest problems in country living

I knew that living in the country would come with a lot of changes, but I didn't realize how many pests I would have to deal with each day. Even the winter came with its own pest problems. My blog is all about the problematic pests that country living presents. You will find out what you can do to keep your home pest-free and how to eliminate the pests that have already moved into your home. Hopefully, my personal experiences can help you find the solutions to pest problems that you have and take back your home from the insects and rodents causing you troubles.

pest problems in country living

3 Actions To Take To Fight Bed Bugs Before Professional Help Arrives

Andrea Cruz

If you suspect that you have bed bugs in your bedroom at home, there are a few things you can do right away before you call in for professional assistance to deal with the problem. 

#1 Make Sure They Actually Are Bed Bugs

Before you start freaking out, make sure that the insect that actually bit you was a bed bug. There are other bugs that can bite you at night when you are in bed that are not bed bugs. Just because you have a bite on you when you wake up doesn't mean it was caused by a bed bug.

Adult bed bugs are about the size of an apple seed. They have long, flat, brown oval bodies, although they can become more balloon like and reddish when they have recently eaten. If you look at them closely, you will see that their body has three segments, antennas with four segments, wings and little golden hairs on them. 

Baby bed bugs, or nymphs are smaller than adult bed bugs. They are translucent and can be hard to see with the naked eye if they have not fed recently. Bed bug eggs are extremely tiny, as small as the tip of a pin, and have a translucent pearl color. You may not be able to see bed bug eggs without a magnifying glass. 

If you are still not sure, look up some pictures of bed bugs so you can see that is what you actually found in your bed. 

#2 Remove Your Bedding 

After you identify that they are in fact bedbugs, remove your bedding and put it inside of a plastic bag. Then, wash and dry your bedding. Vacuum out your washer and make sure that there are no bed bugs left inside. Use the highest heat setting that your dryer has to kill the bed bugs. 

#3 Vacuum & Close Off The Infected Room

Take a vacuum cleaner that has a vacuum bag and vacuum the top, sides, and underside of your mattress and box spring. If you have a headboard, make sure that you vacuum all sides of it. 

Vacuum your entire room, and then close off the room. Heat can kill bed bugs, but it has to get really hot. Shut the windows, plug in some space heaters, turn them on to the highest setting, and shut the door. This should help kill the bed bugs if your room gets hot enough.

Finally, call a pest professional who specializes in bed bugs. They can bring in equipment and ensure that the bed bugs in your home are completely eradicated without you having to throw away a bunch of clothing and furniture or move out of your home. To learn more, speak with a company like Garrie Pest Control.