How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs Permanently
Laying down in bed at night should be a peaceful retreat. As a homeowner, the last thing you want to worry about is parasitic Bed Bugs taking residence where you rest.
Of course, there is no completely permanent way to rid your home of bed bugs. Infestations can always reoccur or develop over time, but this guide will help you solve your bed bug problem and will help prevent future infestations.
Unfortunately, bed bugs are a common occurrence in Canada and all of North America. These wingless insects make their homes in tiny cracks and crevices of just about any fabric surface. This means your bed, couch, clothes, luggage, and more are all at risk. In 2021, Vancouver ranked as the #4 city in Canada for bed bug presence.
If you’ve got bed bugs in Vancouver, you certainly aren’t alone. Here’s What You Should Know About Bed Bugs:
- Bed bugs are small, wingless insects that feed on blood
- Despite their stigma, they’re remarkably common in North America
- Some signs that bed bugs are present are small yellow eggs and reddish brown droppings found in clusters in bed sheets and pillowcases
- While commonly associated with travel, bed bugs can be picked up and brought home from anywhere that has publicly accessible fabric surfaces
- DIY treatments include heat, steam, cleaning, and chemicals, but Vancouver pest control companies can often get them out with one visit.
How Did I Get Bed Bugs?
If you’re asking yourself how you got bed bugs, the answer might surprise you.
Many people associate bed bugs with poor living conditions, but bed bugs actually live and survive in just about any environment. Because they need blood for meals, bed bugs take residence in places where meals will come to them. Restaurant booths, publicly accessible furniture, carpets, rugs, and even on-rack clothing in stores can harbor these flightless insects.
You certainly don’t need to stay in a cheap motel to bring home unwanted insects.
It’s also important to consider and monitor your pets, especially if you frequently take them out in public. We all love our furry friends, but they can come in contact with all kinds of environments, including those that are most likely to harbor bed bugs. It’s always a good idea to thoroughly inspect and bathe your pet after boarding or extended veterinary care.
How Do I Get Rid of Bed Bugs?
The challenge with getting rid of bed bugs isn’t killing them… it’s killing all of them.
Bed bugs spread quickly once these pests have taken hold of your home or apartment. The best advice for getting rid of bed bugs is to contact a professional pest control company. All Green has provided Vancouver bed bug removal services for years, giving residents peace of mind when they lay down at night.
A pest control company will often remove bed bugs with one treatment. All Green Pest Control utilizes biopesticide treatments that kill off bed bugs and keep your family safe.
If you want to get rid of bed bugs yourself, there are a few things you can do:
- Locate Infestations – Thoroughly check your mattresses, pillows, and furniture, including all cracks and crevices, for the signs of bed bug infestation. If you find bugs, carcasses, eggs, or blood spots on your sheets, you know you’ve got a bed bug problem.
- Remove living bed bugs – Preventing a major infestation starts with preventing spread. Vacuum up living bedbugs and seal them in a plastic container or bag. Keep in mind that eggs are much harder to see and vacuum, so simply removing living bugs does not mean you’ve prevented an infestation.
- Treat affected areas – Using household pesticides can be effective, but many people are hesitant about spraying chemicals where they sleep. All Green employs biopesticides that ensure your long-term health and safety.
- Clean thoroughly – Once you’ve treated infested areas, you should wash all bed linens and exposed fabric on high-heat wash cycles, utilizing steam cleaning where possible. Handheld steam cleaners can be a strong tool for mattress infestation removal.
- Call an exterminator – Yes, calling an exterminator makes our list of DIY remedies. We understand the desire to handle your bed bug problem yourself, but we also feel it’s important to trust your health, safety, and peace of mind to professionals who have helped thousands of families.
If you think you may have a bed bug problem, contact All Green Pest Control today to schedule your initial inspection. If bed bugs are present, we will get them out!