The BEST way to get rid of bed bugs from your house

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Bed bugs have long been a pest, feeding on blood, and causing itchy bites. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) all consider bed bugs to be a public health pest. However, unlike most public health pests, bed bugs are not known to transmit or to spread disease. Bed bugs can, however, cause other public health issues, so it’s important to pay close attention to knowing how to prevent and control bed bugs. Experts believe that the recent increase in bed bugs in the United States may be because of more travel, a lack of knowledge about preventing infestations, ineffective pest control practices and increased resistance of bed bugs to pesticides. The good news is that there are house cleaning tips and bed bug removal tips to control bed bugs. It is important to get solid information as the first step in both prevention and control of bed bugs. While there is no quick chemical fix to bed bug removal, there are effective strategies to help control bed bugs which involves both non-chemical and chemical methods. Bed bugs can be hard to find and to identify, because of their small size and their habit of staying hidden. It helps to know what bed bugs look like since the various life stages have different forms.

Bed bugs are challenging to very get rid of, since the bugs hide so well and can reproduce so quickly. Also, the bed bug egg stage is resistant to many forms of treatment, so a single treatment at bed bug removal may not be enough to complete the job. Treating bed bugs is tricky. Your likelihood of bed bug removal success depends on many factors, to include the person who is inspecting the furniture for pest infestation, the extent of the bed bug infestation, the site specific challenges and clutter. The following steps can help with bed bug removal. First, you want to identify the bed bug problem, develop a strategy, keep the bed bug infestation from expanding, prepare for treatment, kill the bed bugs, and evaluate and prevent.

You want to be sure and keep the bed bug infestation from spreading. Anything that is removed from the room should be placed in a sealed plastic bag and then treated. Items that cannot be treated for bed bugs should be placed in a sealed plastic bag and then left for an extended period of time to ensure any active bed bugs are dead, with research showing a variation in the length of time needed, but it can be as long as a year. Empty the vacuum you use after each use. Seal the vacuum bag and throw it out in an outdoor trash container. You don't want to discard furniture if you can eliminate the bed bugs from it. If furniture cannot be salvaged, then be sure to discard it responsibly. Destroy the furniture so someone else won't be tempted to bring it into their home. For example, you want to rip the overs and remove any stuffing from furniture items. Use spray paint to mark the furniture with bed bugs. Take the proper steps to have bed bug infestation items picked up as soon as possible by the trash collection agency.

You will find these bed bug removal house cleaning tips on the EPA site. On the site, you will find a variety of environmental topics to include bed bug removal for bed bug infestation, health, air, green living, environmental information by location, water, mold, pesticides, chemicals, toxic and so much more. **

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