Get Rid of Bed Bugs
No one likes pests in their home. There’s no question, though: of all the potential bugs that you might have to deal with, bed bugs are amongst the worst.
Even determining whether or not you have bed bugs in the first place can be a challenge. They’re incredibly small, hard to see, and generally only come out at night to feed. On top of this, they tend to hide in places during the day where they’re hard to spot, including your mattress, chest of drawers, and baseboards. Plus, bringing bed bugs home from a hotel, friend’s house, or even a city bus is easier than you might think.
One of the most concerning things when it comes to bed bugs is their potential to spread disease. While bed bugs aren’t known to transmit diseases to humans, there’s some evidence that their feces can contain a parasite which causes Chagas disease, a serious illness in Central and South America.
On top of this, bed bug bites are incredibly itchy and uncomfortable. While you won’t feel a sting at the time you’re bitten, most people suffer from intense itching later on. Severe allergic reactions are possible, too. If you think you might be suffering from bed bug bites, you’ll want to check for common signs of an infestation in your home to be sure.
While there are some tricks you can use to try to eliminate bed bugs on your own, seeking out a bed bug treatment professional is the only way to be certain that you’ve rid your home of them once and for all. That’s because bed bug treatment isn’t easy: you might think that you’ve successfully treated your home, only to experience another infestation down the road.
Pre-Bed Bug Treatment
Once you’ve scheduled an appointment for bed bug treatment, there are a few things you’ll want to do beforehand. Taking these steps is an important part of ensuring that bed bugs are eliminated once and for all. Here’s what you’ll need to do:
- Remove all linens, mattress covers, and pillows from your home. Take these outside (along with your mattresses) and expose them to direct sunlight for several hours.
- Wash all contaminated fabrics, including linens, sheets, pillowcases, and duvet covers.
- Dry clean all fabrics which can’t be washed, including furniture, curtains, and comforters.
- Remove clothes from closets and dressers and wash them (preferably with warm water wherever possible).
- Using a powerful vacuum cleaner, thoroughly vacuum your entire home. Be sure to pay particular attention to hard-to-reach places such as baseboards, the backs of drawers, and corners.
Post-Bed Bug Treatment
Bed bugs are an incredibly stubborn pest, and total elimination may not be possible with a single treatment. It’s important to follow all of the recommendations provided by your Home Pest Control professional. Depending on the degree of infestation, we may schedule a follow-up visit to determine whether further bed bug treatments are needed.
Here in South Carolina, the #1 choice for bed bug treatment is Home Pest Control. We offer safe, effective, environmentally-friendly pest control services in Columbia, Greenville, Charleston, and surrounding areas. If you have bed bugs in your home, don’t wait, contact us today!
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