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Easy Methods for Keeping Your Home Free From Bedbugs

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 them 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.

How do you know if you have bedbugs and how to get rid of bedbugs:

Learn about bed bugs and how to get rid of them

A Bed Bug – 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

• Vacuum

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.

• 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.

• Caulk

You should use a caulking compound to seal any cracks and crevices in the walls and baseboards of your home. Bugs love to hide in these areas, and you will be eliminating future bedbug homes by filling in such locations.

• 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.

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2 Responses to Easy Methods for Keeping Your Home Free From Bedbugs

  • I really appreciated your tip on using diatomaceous earth to get rid of bed bugs. We recently had an infestation and we’re looking all over for things to get rid of them. They just seemed to keep spreading no matter what we did. Thank you so much for the pest control tip, we’ll be sure to use it next time the little critters come back!

    • Hi Jack, Thank you for your comment. Bed bugs are extremely difficult to get rid of, especially if you don’t catch them right away. It takes a lot of hard work cleaning surfaces and washing all your clothes, the bedding, window hangings, toys, couch pillows, etc. Sprinkling Diatomaceous Earth around baseboards and furniture definitely helps as it dries out the little critters as they walk through the stuff, but this dry and very fine powder is also very messy. Sometimes, if the bed bug infestation is really bad, its better to just call an exterminator and let the professionals deal with it.

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