How to get rid of bed bugs completely by yourself

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Bed bugs have been infesting homes for thousands of years. However, in the 20th century, they dwindled in numbers because of the new advancements in insecticides. Over the years, bed bugs have evolved to have a resistance to common insecticides which has led us into a worldwide bed bug epidemic. Bed bugs travel the world by getting into people's luggage and on their clothing. Then, once they're in your home and they've started to multiply, you might find yourself with a bad bed bug infestation. It doesn't take them long either and having just one female bed bug means continuous eggs and bed bug offspring. If you have found yourself with a bed bug infestation, the best thing to do in extreme cases is call a professional bed bug removal service to eradicate them. The best line of defence is to prevent bringing bed bugs into your home in the first place. When you go travelling try to find out if the place you're staying has ever had bed bugs, and if so, find another place to stay. When you get somewhere, you can also check for bed bugs on the mattress and other furniture and leave your personal items in the bathroom, so you don't pick any bugs up.

If you've already discovered some of the little critters in your home, you need to act fast. Even one bed bug will lead to more, and there are usually always more if you see even just one. When it comes to bed bug removal one of the best methods is to bag and launder your items in water that is 122°F or 50ºC at minimum. The hot water will kill the bugs on your affected items. For other items, simply wrap them in plastic and put them in a hot, sunny place for a few days, again at a minimum temperature of 122°F or 50ºC. If you have cold temperatures that are below freezing, this can also work, but the duration you leave your items out in the cold must increase to two weeks. You can also use a natural product called diatomaceous earth to kill bed bugs. Just sprinkle it over all items you've found bed bugs on. When they are covered in the powder, it will suffocate them and dehydrate them which will kill them. You can also use a steam machine that you can get from your local hardware store to kill all of the bugs and their eggs. Also, use your vacuum to vacuum your entire home and remove the bed bugs and eggs from all items. Really get into the seams and edges of mattresses and box springs as well as the baseboards in your home. When you're done, make sure that you dispose of the vacuum bag or contents in a sealed bag and leave it outside. Steam clean your carpets as well to kill any bugs or eggs left behind.

You can use insecticides like residual insecticides which are usually pyrethroids and are put onto the places where bed bugs hide. Repeating treatments is key to getting rid of the bed bugs, so keep on doing multiple treatments every week until you know they are gone. You want to keep repeating the treatments and cleaning routines for bed bug removal because the eggs can be very well hidden and you might not catch them before they hatch. This way, you'll kill and remove all of the new bed bugs soon after they hatch. Check out more bed bug removal tips from Hot Cleaning Tips and get on top of your bed bug infestation right away.***

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