Winter travel season is coming to a close, but if you brought bedbugs back to Aurora with you, their holiday is just beginning. Bedbugs often hitchhike into homes undetected inside of luggage, clothing, or other items. Because they feed on the blood of animals or humans, they often burrow into mattresses, headboards, or other nearby crevices for convenient proximity to your body. If you think your home has a bedbug infestation, there are a few measures you should take right away.
Here are four things you can do to start ridding your home of bedbugs:
1. Find their hiding places.
If you think bedbugs have made their way into your mattress, you may need to dismantle your bed and lift up the items stored underneath it. Other common hiding places include nightstands, upholstered furniture, carpeting behind beds, and cracks in wood. Look for the bugs themselves, their brown molted skin, or their eggs, which look like minuscule grains of rice.
2. Clean infested items.
Items that can be washed in a washing machine should go through a hot water cycle and dried on the highest setting. Dry cleaning is also a good option for any lingering odors. Items that can’t be washed, like mattresses and furniture, should be brushed vigorously with a stiff brush, then vacuumed. Immediately bag and discard the vacuum bag when you’ve finished.
3. Discard infested items.
Items like box springs and mattresses are especially difficult to treat successfully. If bedbugs remain lodged in your bed or furniture after your best attempts, it may be time to replace these items in your home. Make sure to bag them and tie them before dumping so the problem doesn’t spread.
4. Enlist the help of a professional.
Bedbugs reproduce quickly and can live for up to 18 months without feeding. If your home is infested, you’ll need the help and tools of a highly-trained professional to rid your home completely of bedbugs. Pointe Pest Control uses effective, state-of-the-art methods that are customized to your home’s needs and your specific bedbug problem. Our bedbug experts will give you a free quote and help you sleep at ease again.