Sleeping with bed bugs is such a dreadful thought. You have to use effective methods to eliminate them out of your bed. If you have no budget to hire a pest control expert at the moment, you can do these practical steps to keep bed bugs away from your sleeping space.
Protect your bed
Keep your bed clean and avoid clutter around the bedroom. Vacuum your mattress and bed springs to eliminate these pests. Place your mattress in zippered vinyl covers to keep bed bugs from creeping into it.
Use duct tape to close any tear on your mattress.
If you have a wooden headboard, make sure to dig into crevices and cracks to check for bugs; use an anti-bug spray and then seal them off with duct tape.
Likewise, maintain a good distance from the wall as these are possible places where the bugs hide.
Make a home remedy solution to protect the bed legs by putting some mineral oil inside a plastic up, and make this for each bed leg. Keep in mind to check every few days so you can refill the oil or change the cup if needed.
Take care of your bedding as well
It is more practical to use cotton bed sheets and blankets. You may need new sets of pillows. Choose the ones with encasements. It would be wise to choose plain white or light-colored bedding to easily identify bug stains.
Wash everything weekly. Use hot water and then dry on maximum heat setting. Pillows must be dried using high heat for at least twenty minutes.
Avoid bedding dropping to the floor as there is always the possibility that bed bugs are present and could quickly stick to them.
Clean up and vacuum your bedroom
If your bedroom is carpeted, you have to vacuum it regularly to prevent bed bugs from staying on the carpet. Vacuum your curtains, furniture such as chairs, sofa and tables. Do not forget to vacuum under your bed. Consider vacuuming your headboard especially if it is an upholstered type.
If you have wooden floor, make sure to clean it well, and then seal off cracks and narrow openings on the floor.
Carefully clean out your vacuum bag or replace it to avoid letting bed bugs to escape. Keep the bag and its contents inside a zipped lock garbage bag and take it outside as soon as possible.
When things get worst, this is what you do
Look for a pest control service that has a good reputation. You can ask from your family and friends for references. You can choose a pest control service provider that uses eco-friendly methods to deal with bed bugs.
Also, it is a good idea to let your pest control operator check on your bedding, mattress, furniture and everything else inside your area. These would help find the best treatment against these pests. Moreover, this is lesser expense on your part if you are renting a place, as your landlord would be the one to pay for the treatment.
Learning about bed bugs is important so you would know what to do about them
These home pets may be inherent in your home or apartment, and they are transferable as well. You may not be conscious that you may be sitting on pest-infested furniture, sleeping in hotels or motels with already infested bed bugs, and who knows where you could have accidentally picked these up in places you frequently go to and bring them home with you.
For your sake, it is best to be prepared to know what to do with these creepy bed bugs.