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How to Eliminate Bed Bugs from Your Home

If you think you may have bed bugs in your home, it’s important to act right away. These pests are not only a nuisance, but they can also cause health problems. Health wise, bed bugs are known to cause skin irritation and allergies. In some cases, this can lead to secondary skin problems including infections. That’s why it’s important to exterminate bed bugs as soon as you suspect you have them. But how do you get rid of bed bugs before you can see an exterminator? We have a few tips.

Identify the Problem

The first step is to identify the problem. Bed bugs are small, oval-shaped insects that are brown or reddish in color. They feed on blood, both human and animal, and are most active at night. If you suspect you have bed bugs, look for signs of them in your bedding, on your furniture, or in other areas with fabrics where they may be hiding. Signs include small bloodstains on your sheets, bites on your skin, or small insects in your bedding.

If you find evidence of bed bugs, it’s important to call an exterminator right away. They will be able to properly identify the problem and develop a treatment plan. At Dominion Pest Control, we know bed bugs. We will work with you to fully evaluate the problem and help you figure out your next steps.

Exterminate Bed Bugs

Once you’ve identified the problem, there are a few immediate steps you can take to get rid of bed bugs. The most effective way to exterminate them is to call an exterminator. However, there are also some things you can do to help relieve some of the problems before an exterminator can see you.

Clean and Vacuum

Start by thoroughly cleaning your home, especially areas where bed bugs may be hiding. This includes vacuuming carpets, floors, furniture, and any other surfaces where they may be present. Be sure to dispose of the vacuum bag immediately after to prevent them from escaping. You should also wash all bedding, clothing, and curtains in hot water.

Reduce clutter

Another way to prevent bed bugs is to reduce clutter in your home. This includes getting rid of any old furniture, clothes, or other items that you no longer use. Bed bugs like to hide in small, dark spaces. The more clutter you have, the more places they have to hide.

Seal Cracks and Holes

Another way to prevent bed bugs from returning is to seal any cracks or holes in your home. This includes cracks in walls, floors, and furniture. By sealing these areas, you make it more difficult for them to find a way into your home.

Apply Heat

Take extra caution when using public laundry machines. Always place your items to be laundered in plastic bags first. If you’re currently suffering from an infestation, use a new bag on the way home so as not to re-infest your living space. A high heat of the dryer will kill any bed bugs present, so it’s an effective way to help get rid of some of the pesky bugs.

Monitor the Bedbug Problem

Monitor the problem and evaluate if more help is needed. At Dominion Pest Control, we know bed bugs. Now that you’re a bit more familiar with the bed bug treatment process, it’s time to take the first step to truly ridding your home of these insects. Schedule a consultation with us so we can see what you’re dealing with and develop a custom treatment plan for you.

Ready to take the first step? Call us today at 717-393-7879 or click here to submit a request on our website.