How to get rid of bed bugs yourself

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With more people experiencing bed bug infestations these days, it's important to learn more about bed bugs. Not only so you learn more about bed bug removal, but also how to prevent a bed bug infestation in the first place. There seems to be a bed bug epidemic these days. Many people think that the bed bug epidemic is because people are travelling more and they aren't careful to check for bed bugs when they're on vacation, and they unknowingly bring them home with them. While bed bugs do not pose a serious threat to our health since they don't carry or spread diseases, they can cause a lot of painful bites on our bodies. Once bed bugs move into your home, they can multiply very quickly too, so it's important to get on top of a bed bug infestation before it gets any worse. As the Environmental Protection Agency or EPA states, it's best to learn how to identify bed bugs, so you know how to control and get rid of them. The thing is, there are other bugs that look similar to bed bugs which can be confusing. That's why they have a photo of bed bugs on their website so you can see what they look like and so you can compare the bugs you've found to the photo.

They also have more photos of beg bugs and other bugs that may look like bed bugs so you can properly identify them. In the photos, you'll see that beg bugs are about the size of an apple seed, and they are brownish red in colour with a flat, oval-shaped body. The redder they look and the more round they are means that they've fed recently. The baby bed bugs are smaller and white or translucent so they will be harder to see and the eggs are white as well so they might be difficult to see as well. If you're looking for bed bugs in a hotel room or in your own home if you suspect there might be some, it can be helpful to use a magnifying glass to examine them more closely. You could even take a photo with your phone and then zoom in to analyze it further. If you're really unsure, your best bet is to call a local exterminator who will be able to identify them right away. If you do end up having bed bugs, you can choose to get rid of them on your own instead of hiring the exterminators. That way you can save money and use natural products if you like.

The EPA has some great tips on bed bug removal on their website, and they teach you how you can deal with a bed bug infestation on your own. First, you'll want to assess the problem and see how widespread it is in your home. If it's just in one room, you will have to close off that room from the rest of the house, so they don't spread. You will then have to make a plan for how you're going to control and remove the bed bugs from your house. Consider using non-chemical treatments like baking soda or diatomaceous earth to kill the bed bugs, or you can use heat or cold to eliminate them. If that doesn't work, then you can also use pesticides. Just be sure to use ones that are approved by the EPA. If you go step by step as the EPA suggests, you will have a much easier time of getting the problem under control. Read through all of the great information on the EPA website and educate yourself on bed bugs to prevent or control them in your own home.***

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