Bed Bug Control DIY

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Finding out you have bed bugs in your home is devastating. But did you know you can do some bed bug removal on your own? You can tackle your bed bug infestation by using some simple steps and being very persistent about bed bug removal. There is a bed bug epidemic happening all over the world right now, and it's never been this bad before. Some people blame it on the increased numbers of people travelling which can spread bed bugs like wildfire if we're not careful. To get some control on the bed bug epidemic, each one of us has to be very aware of how bed bugs spread and how to prevent them from spreading but also how to remove them from our homes if we happen to have a bed bug infestation. Bed bugs are quite challenging to eliminate which is why you'll need patience and persistence to remove them completely. These pests tend to hide extremely well, and they also reproduce very fast and what may work to get rid of the bugs may not work to get rid of the eggs. Even if just a few eggs are left behind, the bed bugs from those eggs can quickly multiply in a matter of days or weeks.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says that complete bed bug removal can take just a week or two, but sometimes months depending on how severe the bed bug infestation is. They suggest that when you find out you have a bed bug infestation that you get out your calender and plan out the steps of the removal process. You'll have to identify how bad the problem is and then come up with a plan for the removal process. If you find that your bed bug infestation is pretty severe, you should probably contact a professional exterminator to take care of the problem properly. Just be aware that you will still be part of the process if you hire on professionals. You still have to check for the bed bugs and report them to the company sometimes doing multiple treatments. If you live in an apartment or a shared living arrangement where you share walls with another person, always let your landlord know that you have an infestation. The units surrounding yours could also get infested, or maybe they are already infested and need to be treated. It's usually part of the tenancy agreement that the landlord is required to take care of any infestations.

While you're in the bed bug removal process, you will need to remove everything from the affected room and treat it. Just put the items in a plastic bag and seal them up. Take them outside into a storage unit or a garage until you can treat them. If you have a piece of furniture that has bed bugs on it and you can't get the bed bugs off completely, you will probably need to throw the item away. Make sure that you cut it up or damage it in some way so that no one else tries to use it or bring it into their home. You could also put a note on it if you want. You can also find natural DIY methods for bed bug removal as well. Many times using heat will kill the bed bugs, but it must be extreme heat like the heat from a steam cleaner or from the hottest setting on your washing machine and dryer. The EPA recommends to put certain items into plastic bags and then put them out in the hot sun to kill the bugs. You can also do the same type of treatment but with cold. Read through all of the suggestions on the EPA website.***

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