The worst thing about bed bugs is that you don't even realize you have a problem with them until they've invaded your home and personal belongings. In fact, the only red flags are the tiny little red bites that you have on your body. These little bugs are nocturnal creatures and are very hard to see with the naked eye. As a general rule, the best strategy is prevention. However, if you have already been struck by bed bugs, and it's your first time dealing with them, here is what you need to do:
Do Your Laundry.
Get all of your bedding, linens and clothing in the room into the washing machine on the hottest possible temperature immediately. When it is time to dry, make sure to use the hottest setting for the longest time period.
Bag and Seal Anything You Can't Wash.
If there is something in the home that you can't wash, such as special teddy bears, toys, etc., then you need to bag them and seal them up. Once sealed, it is a good idea to place them outside on a hot, sunny day so that they are exposed to extreme temperatures. The heat will rise inside of the bag, which will kill the eggs and bed bugs.
Scrub and Vacuum.
Grab a scrub brush and/or a washcloth as well as a disinfectant and start wiping down everything that you can. This should include all hard surfaces, such as desks, headboards, baseboards, etc. Once you're finished scrubbing and cleaning, grab your vacuum and run it underneath your bed, along your bed frame, along the baseboards, around the headboard, across every inch of your mattress, and any other crevices that bed bugs and their eggs could be hiding. Essentially, you want to vacuum every inch of the house. The vacuuming will pick up anything that cleaning left behind.
Make a Lavender Spray.
Bed bugs don't like the smell of lavender. So, it may be worth getting some lavender essential oil and mixing up your own bedbug spray that can be used on your mattress and possibly even your clothes. To create this spray, you will use four ounces of water and four drops of lavender oil. Simply spray it directly onto your mattress to repel bugs. An alternative use for the lavender oil is a few drops in your bath in the evening before bed to help keep the beg bugs from wanting to bite you.
If you would like to learn more about how to repel bed bugs or how to prevent a bed bug infestation in the future, contact a bed bug professional like one from Arab Termite and Pest Control in your area for more information.