Bed bugs as their name suggests don’t always remain hidden away in the beds or other furniture. They are tiny, opportunistic creates that can migrate from one place to other and transport themselves in your luggage, purses, etc
If at any time you suspect that your couch or your beds have these tiny so-called hidden secrets make sure you take immediate action. These tiny insects can cause several issues and the sooner you get rid of them the better it is for you. If you do find them be prepared to repeat the extinguishing steps several times.
How would you know if you have these tiny creatures in your bed?!
The first signs of itchy welts on your skin, especially in areas like your back or the back of your legs or even small specks of blood on the bed sheet, clothes, etc then you probably have a giant bedbug infestation. In order to be 100% sure you will need to do a thorough investigation. Some tools you will need are as follows
● Rubber gloves
● A piece of sturdy plastic or an old credit card.
● Magnifying glass or even a lense
Now that you have all the things you need, the next step is to reach into the tight spaces and look for the evidence.
Make sure spots like every seam, edge, and zippers are checked. The frame of the couch or chair. Remember bed bugs tend to hide in dark spaces and only come out when the food is present and in this care it is YOU.
If you do see signs like bed bug eggs, insect skin, dried blood, etc then you have an infestation problem at hand.
Here are some eradication steps that will aid you
1. Wash, Suction, and Steam
Washing, simple yet effective method. Toss all the washable into the washer. Use warm/hot water- this will kill all stages of bedbug development. If there are items that can’t be washed, then you can use a vacuum cleaner on high suction mode. After this is done, the next step is to place the cushions and other upholstery directly under the sun. Frames of the furniture cannot be washed or vacuumed so for this part you will need to use the steamer. Make sure the steam is kept at 120 degrees F and have a large water container to sustain steam for a longer period.
2. Chemical Treatment
The problem with bedbugs is that they can linger in carpets, curtains, sometimes even wallpaper seams, etc. With this method, chemical treatment is almost always needed to get rid of an infestation. The best choice is a residual spray that will help in several weeks of protection. This can be done again in intervals because unfortunately, bed bugs can live up to a year without feeding on humans.
It’s a good idea to make sure all your upholstery, cushions, mattresses are cleaned and dried in the sunlight at regular intervals. Taking these simple precautions can help you in keeping all your favourite household furniture infestation free and keep your home healthier for your loved ones.