Bed Bug Extermination Process

Bed bugs have become a growing problem in the last decade. In today’s world, anyone can get bed bugs. If you think you might have bed bugs, you probably don’t. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t a real problem for some who are unlucky enough to experience them. Here is an overview of the extermination process and what it takes to remove bed bugs from your home and from your life. As you know, bed bugs are tough little critters to exterminate. They breed and multiply quickly — especially when living inside of your home. You need to know what to expect during the bed bug extermination process. We’ll show you how it’s done and then let you know exactly how long it will take for all the bed bugs to be gone from your life (maybe forever). When bed bugs are found in your home, it is best to call for a professional bed bug exterminator. Bed bugs can be extremely difficult to eliminate and the sooner you start treatment, the better the outcome. A professional pest control company will normally perform 3 separate treatments over several weeks, with a follow-up inspection required after each one.

Bed Bug Extermination Process

1. Inspect your home for bed bugs.

You can inspect your home for bed bugs by looking in the following areas:

  • Check all the seams of your mattress and box spring.
  • Look for bed bugs in any cracks or crevices in the headboard or frame of the bed.
  • Inspect curtains, sheets, and baseboards for signs of infestation.

2. Remove all clutter from your home.

  • Remove all clutter from your home. When your house is cluttered, it can be difficult to properly clean and inspect for bed bugs. You don’t want to sweep or vacuum up any of the bed bugs you find as they can crawl back into hiding places after being disturbed.
  • Use a flashlight to inspect every area of your home that has been affected by bedbugs, including crevices and cracks in furniture, behind outlets and picture frames, baseboards and molding where they may be hiding out. Look for signs like eggs (small brown dots), dead insects or smears of blood on sheets or mattresses that indicate the presence of an infestation.
  • Get rid of anything that contains fabric or upholstered furniture if you know it was exposed to an infestation (beds/mattresses are an obvious example). If possible hire someone else with experience handling this type of situation so you don’t accidentally bring live bugs into your life again!

3. Wash all clothing and linens in hot water and dry them on high heat.

  • Wash all clothing and linens in hot water:
  • Wash all clothing, bedding, and towels at the highest temperature permitted for the fabric. Dry these items on high heat (130° F or higher) for a minimum of 20 minutes to kill scabies mites that may remain on fabric after washing. If you do not have a dryer, use a clothesline or other means to hang your items outside until they are completely dry.
  • You can also use the following methods to kill scabies mites on fabric:
  • Clothes steamer — This device allows you to steam-treat clothes while they are still on hangers in your closet. It is best used as an alternative method if you do not have access to a washing machine or dryer because it takes longer than either method does but can potentially be more effective at killing off live scabies mites hiding in fabrics since steam does not require drying at such high temperatures. However, this could take up some space if you don’t already have one lying around!
  • Mechanical ironing — This involves using an iron set on maximum heat with no steam function while ironing against the grain of material being treated until it reaches 130°F (54°C). Keep in mind that mechanical irons will likely damage some fabrics over time so keep this in mind when deciding what type of material needs treatment!

4. Contact a professional exterminator to spray your home with insecticides, or hire an exterminator who uses heat treatment to kill the bugs, as well as their eggs.

If you’ve tried the DIY approach and it didn’t work, or if your home is too big for you to do safely, consider contacting a professional exterminator. This person will spray your home with insecticides that target bed bugs’ lifecycle stages.

They’ll also likely use heat treatment to kill the eggs, which can hatch after just 20 days. The good news is that these babies are even more susceptible than their adult counterparts to insecticide; many people report great success with this method of extermination when used in conjunction with other methods like vacuuming and steaming.

Bed bug resistance to traditional pesticides has become an increasingly common problem since the spread of bed bugs began in the 1950s and ’60s, so most professionals now use combination therapies like heat treatment along with insecticides formulated specifically for killing bed bugs (and nothing else).

5. Use mattress encasements to stop bed bugs from hiding or breeding in your bedding.

  • Use mattress encasements to stop bed bugs from hiding or breeding in your bedding.
  • If you are having a bed bug problem, buy a new mattress cover as soon as possible. You can also use an old sheet or other fabric that you don’t mind throwing away after 1 year.
  • Place the plastic bag over your mattress and then zip it shut by rolling the excess fabric over itself so there are no openings for the bugs to crawl through. It’s important that the entire inside surface of the bag is sealed off from air flow so it can work properly—this will keep any eggs from hatching into adults within 12 months of putting them on.

Bed bugs are hard to kill, you may have to call a professional if they are not gone by the third time you try to eradicate them with insecticide sprays

Bed bugs are hard to kill and you may have to call a professional if they are not gone by the third time you try to eradicate them with insecticide sprays. The smaller infestations can be handled by homeowners, but larger infestations need the help of professionals.

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