Proven ways to get rid of bed bugs

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Whether you've had them invade your home or not, you've probably at least heard of pesky bed bugs and how they can infest your home. Bed bugs have been around a long time, but they have more recently become a bigger problem infesting homes all over the world. The tiny little bugs feed on human and animal blood leaving behind itchy red bites. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and also the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) deem bed bugs as a public health pest even though they do not transmit or spread disease. The increase in bed bug infestations in the United States is most likely because more people are travelling these days. Also, people don't know how to prevent a bed bug infestation. There are some ways to control bed bugs by preventing them from entering your home, and if you already have a bed bug infestation, there are bed bug removal tips you can try out. The EPA has some great information for us on different bed bugs treatment options.

If you think you have bed bugs, it's important to identify them as such and make sure that they aren't other bugs. Look online for photos of bed bugs and other insects like ticks or fleas to varify what type of bug it is. The EPA has a section for identifying bed bugs, or you can show it to a local exterminator who will know right away. The other thing is to stay calm and work through your bed bug infestation slowly. You don't need to throw everything away either; most items can be treated. Decide what your approach to killing them off will be and create a plan with your family, so you don't get stressed out. The best thing you can do immediately is to reduce the number of hiding places the bed bugs have access to. So get rid of clutter in your home right away. You can also put your items in big plastic bags and seal them up until you can wash them properly in hot water to get rid of the bugs and the eggs. If you have a large freezer or it's very cold where you live you can leave your items in the freezing cold for 24 hours or longer to freeze and kill the bugs, but this may not always work so just be sure to thoroughly check your items before returning them to your home.

If you have them on your mattress, you can treat them with natural cleaners like baking soda or diatomaceous earth which are both powders that will dehydrate the bed bugs and kill them and their eggs. Once you've killed them, vacuum them up and then throw out the vacuumed up dust and bugs away in the garbage and remove it from your home. After you've done one bed bug removal session, you will probably have to do it again. So once you've vacuumed everything up, search the room for more bed bugs and do the treatment once again if you find more. Sometimes you will have to repeat the bed bugs treatment several times for a successful bed bug removal. If you need to use pesticides make sure that they are EPA approved and be sure that they also list bed bugs right on the label. When in doubt, call a professional bed bug removal company to come and clear up the bed bug infestation for you. Read through the great information on the EPA website and educate yourself on bed bug removal and treatment options.***

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