How did I get bedbugs?
Understanding Bedbugs: The Unwanted Guests
Bedbugs are small, oval, brownish insects that feed on the blood of animals or humans. They are a common problem worldwide, infesting homes, hotels, dormitories, and even transportation vehicles. But how do they end up in our spaces? Let's explore.
How Do You Most Likely Get Bedbugs?
Bedbugs are skilled hitchhikers. They move from infested areas to new places through luggage, clothing, used beds and couches, and other items. Their flattened bodies make it possible for them to fit into tiny spaces, about the width of a credit card. They do not have nests like ants or bees, but tend to live in groups in hiding places. Typically, they hide in mattresses, bed frames, headboards, and box springs where they have easy access to people to bite in the night.
Preparing for Bedbug Extermination Services
Once you've identified a bedbug infestation, it's crucial to prepare your home for extermination services. Proper preparation is key to ensuring the treatment is effective and long-lasting.
What Should You Do?
- Remove all bedding and check it carefully for bedbugs or their droppings. Bag and launder at a high temperature.
- Empty wardrobes, nightstands, and dressers. Bedbugs can hide in these places too.
- Thoroughly vacuum your home, paying particular attention to the bedroom and living areas.
- Seal all items that can't be washed in plastic bags and place them in a hot place, such as a direct sunlight area, for at least 48 hours.
Post-Service: Ensuring Bedbugs Don't Return
After the extermination service, it's essential to ensure that bedbugs don't make a comeback. Here are some steps to follow:
- Wait for the instructed time before re-entering the treated area.
- Once you re-enter, air out the room.
- Do not immediately clean the area. The residual insecticide left from the treatment can continue to kill bedbugs.
- Monitor the area for bedbugs to ensure they're gone. If you see more, contact your exterminator.
Bedbugs can be a nuisance, but with the right knowledge, preparation, and professional help, you can get rid of them for good. Remember, the key to preventing bedbug infestations is constant vigilance and quick action at the first sign of an issue.