Incidences of bedbugs have increased in recent years.
If you have seen signs of these pests in your home, you need to get rid of bedbugs as soon as possible to avoid an infestation. If you do not like the idea of using harsh and dangerous chemicals in your living quarters, there are several do-it-yourself methods you can put to use that will help you to keep your home free of these nasty, biting creatures.
Our daughter brought home bedbugs several years ago, after staying overnight at a motel during a sporting event. Bedbug bites usually appear in a cluster around your ankles, on your back or arms. The bites are red in color and look like small, liquid filled blisters. See photos of the bites look like and bed bugs in all of their development stages.
The tiny bugs are attracted to blood and will only come out at night, when it is quiet. We were lucky to be able to get rig of our bedbug infestation pretty quickly after using the steps outlined by Karen in the article below.
How do you know if you have bedbugs and how to get rid of bedbugs.
Bed Bugs – Yikes!
There are telltale signs that bedbugs leave behind when they exist in your home.
Rust-colored stains can appear on bedding, and you may also find shed skin, which looks like the shell of a bug. Tiny eggs are hard to see but resemble a grain of salt. If you suspect bedbugs, by using a torch and a magnifying glass, examine your bed linen closely.
Of course, you may also see actual bedbugs, leaving no doubt in your mind that you have a problem. These insects are oval in shape, reddish-brown in color, flat, and about the size of an apple seed. They usually bite at night. If you wake up in the morning with red bumps resembling mosquito bites, you may well have bedbugs. Bites do not always appear immediately. They may take several days to show.
DIY methods to get rid of bedbugs
One of the first things you can do when you fear a bedbug infestation is to perform a thorough vacuuming of the areas where you suspect the bugs are residing. Do not leave any stones unturned in your vacuuming efforts.
Concentrate on mattresses, bed frames, box springs, upholstered furniture, carpets, behind picture frames and inside drawers. In fact, it will be wise to vacuum everywhere just to be certain you are getting every possible bug and their eggs. Dispose of vacuum cleaner bags immediately after you have cleaned or better yet, get a bagless vacuum with handtools and wash out everything after each use .
• Wash bedding in hot water
Take all of your bedding and wash in the hottest water possible. Bedbugs and heat do not get along. You will also want to use the hottest dryer setting possible for the material.
You should use a caulking compound to seal any cracks and crevices in the walls and baseboards of your home.
Bedbugs love to hide in these areas, and you will be eliminating future bedbug homes by filling in such locations. See this caulk buying guide for purchasing options.
• Use cans of soapy water
To ensure that bugs cannot climb the legs of your bed or other furniture, you can place the legs in cans of soapy water or coat them with a product such as Vaseline Petroleum Jelly.
• Diatomaceous earth can help
This non-toxic product can be found in garden centers and hardware stores. Invest in food-grade diatomaceous earth and sprinkle it in areas where bedbugs can be a problem. It must be kept dry in order to be effective.
By following the tips listed above, you will be doing your part to help rid your home of existing bedbugs and keep them from returning. No one wants to have biting insects in the home, and DIY methods of dealing with infestations are the safest forms of protection.
Guest author Karen Barnes writes for a site where you can learn more about avoiding bedbugs.
Have you been able to get rid of bedbugs in a different way? Leave us a comment below, we would love to hear from you.