Have you recently realized that bed bugs have somehow become introduced to your home? Are you looking for discrete ways to get rid of your unwanted pests? Contrary to what some people might think, having bed bugs is not a reflection of how "dirty" or "clean" your home is. It simply means that one or more of the bugs hitched a ride on a piece of furniture, clothing, or something else in order to enter your home. Getting rid of the creatures typically requires professional bed bug treatment, but there are still a few things that you can do to help eliminate the bed bugs from your home:
Mattress covers: One of the first steps to a successful bed bug treatment is getting enough mattress covers to protect all mattresses and box springs in your home. The type of cover you want to get is going to be similar in appearance to a giant pillowcase. One end should have a zipper that fully seals off the mattress from everything else. The reason for these types of covers is because bed bugs will sometimes hide in the cracks and crevices of a regular mattress, such as underneath the piping that runs along the seams.
Use the clothes dryer: Most animals, including insects, cannot tolerate high temperatures for very long. Bed bugs are no exception. Your bed bug treatment program should include putting your clothes, bedding, and pillows into a dryer approximately once a week. New bed bugs hatch in approximately 6-10 days so heating your clothes in this manner will help to kill off the ones that have newly hatched. If you can keep any of your clothing in a vacuum sealed bag, you do not have to keep treating these clothes. Only clothes that have been left in a closet, drawer, or hamper need to be put through a dryer cycle in order to kill possible bedbugs.
LIsten to your pest control professional: A professional exterminator is going to know which bed bug treatment is going to be most likely to work in your area and which ones will not work. For instance, if you live in the southern US, interior car temperatures in the summer may be more than sufficient to kill any bed bugs that try to hitch a ride. On the other hand, residents who live in the rest of the US may need to have their vehicles treated so as to prevent possible reinfestation from the vehicle.