Here are some key points about bed bugs. More detail and supporting information is in the main article.
Since they can hide in so many places, they are not easy to eradicate. Unless you have a lot of time at your disposal, and limitless patience, it is advisable to get a professional in pest control. Experts know where to look for them, as well as how to get rid of them.
You can help the pest control professional by removing excess clutter from your house. If your stuff is strewn about rooms the bed bugs will have many extra places to hide, making inspection and eradication that much more difficult.
Some pest control companies may ask you to move furniture away from walls, and mattresses and box springs stood on edge before they come in, while it's much better for everything to be left where it is so that they can check before moving them themselves.
Bedding and garments which are prone to infestation need to be bagged and laundered at 50 C minimum because these items cannot be treated with insecticides.
It is not recommended to send your stuff off to be dry-cleaned - this will kill the bugs, but you may be passing your problem onto the dry-cleaning establishment.
You may find it is best to throw some infested items away. A pest control professional will help advise you. Make sure you bag these items carefully before moving them.
Insecticides are a crucial part of getting rid of bed bugs. Baits can't be used as for ants and cockroaches, as they will not work with bed bugs.
Insecticide applications alone won't control bed bug infestations it must be combined with infestation prevention measures—a program of removing and cleaning infested beds, bedding, and other harborage sites as mentioned above.
Insecticides are applied as liquids directly to cracks, crevices, bed frames, baseboards, and other similar sites, or they may be applied as dust in cracks and crevices, as well as areas bugs tend to like. Pesticides aren't generally applied to mattresses or bedding because of potential risk to people.
Key bedbug harbourage sites
Depending on the level of the infestation, a second or subsequent visit might be required to confirm that there is no bedbug activity remain.