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.
Bed bugs are tiny, blood-sucking pests that are known for infesting mattresses, upholstered furniture, and linens. These pests are very hardy and reproduce rapidly, so if you spot a bed bug in your home there is a good chance that you have an infestation. If there are bed bugs in your home, use the following tips:
Immediately Contact a Pest Control Company
Bed bugs are notoriously difficult to get rid of, and you are not likely to be able to eliminate the problem on your own. As soon as you notice any signs of bed bugs in your home, it is in your best interest to contact a pest control company that is experienced in removing bed bugs. A pest control technician who specializes in bed bugs will understand bed bug behavior and know how to apply specific pesticides that are effective in killing bed bugs and their eggs.
Remove Items From Under Your Bed
If you store things under your bed or have a lot of clutter under it, it is important to move the belongings somewhere else. Clutter under the bed gives bed bugs a place to hide and retreat from the chemical pesticides used to kill bed bugs.
Launder All Linens
Bed bugs can't live in high heat, so laundering linens regularly at high temperatures can kill bed bugs and their eggs. It is recommended that you wash items in hot water, and then dry them in the dryer at the highest heat setting. Continue laundering your linens at the hottest temperatures possible while the pest control company is treating your home for bed bugs.
Purchase Encasements for Your Mattress and Box Spring
While professional bed bug treatment is very effective at killing and removing bed bugs, if even one is left behind and lays eggs, you can face another infestation. The solution to this problem is to purchase encasements for your bed and box spring. Encasements surround the entire mattress and box spring tightly and zip closed. This will prevent any remaining bed bugs from being able to escape, and they will die. When purchasing encasements for your mattress and box spring, make sure you buy ones that are specifically designed for bed bug control.
Even if your bed bug infestation was only in one room of your house, it is a good idea to protect other beds after your house is treated for bed bugs. Place encasements on all mattresses and box springs, and make sure no mattresses are sitting on the floor-- they should all be elevated by a bed frame.