Got Bed BuGs?
As bed bug infestations rise so do the number of products on the market that say Bed Bug “KILLER”. Well the odds that the sprays are going to kill all of your bugs is very slim due to the fact that the bugs are becoming more and more resistant to the sprays.
Well whats a person to do if you cant afford to burn all your belongings and nuke the rest of the state to insure your property is bed bug free?
We have worked in hundreds of homes, businesses & hotels that were fighting bedbugs and they were all being treated in different manners (sprays, Heat, Home remedies). The heating of the infected rooms works well as long as the bugs are not hiding in an exterior wall around an outlet so the outside air can keep them cool.
Sprays, no matter what method of treatment is being used, some sort of spray is almost always used to treat some of the areas or the entire area.
And then there are the home remedies, No doubt you have googled, yelped, bing”ed”, or done some other search on how to take care of this issue. Below are a few home remedies I have seen in action and are working very well.
Before we get to the bed itself here are a few things I have seen to help kill the bugs before they reach you.
1. Bug Glue traps placed on the floor under the legs of the bed to catch bugs trying to reach the bed from other areas of the room. For this to work the bed or the blankets can not be touching the wall, floor or other furniture. This will not kill all the bugs but will get the ones trying to reach the bed. Another good things about the glue traps is they give you a better idea of where the bugs are coming from if not on your bed and mattress already. If all the bugs are being caught on one of the glue boards then this is the area of the room that you need to be searching.
2. Powders, Baby Powder placed in lids, the bottoms of plastic containers, bowls and other small items placed under the bed & night stand legs as well as sprinkling powder on the rails around the box springs also seem to work well at drying out the bugs and killing them.
AND THE THE GRANDDADDY OF HOME REMEDIES BEDBUG KILLERS
91% Rubbing Alcohol
Rubbing alcohol put into a spray bottle and then misted onto the effected area kills the little suckers on contact (see warning below).
Lightly misting the box spring & mattress then allow to dry and vacuum off.
The down side to using alcohol is that it can damage wood furniture
” Rubbing alcohol, also called isopropyl alcohol, poses a hazard to most wood furniture finishes. Even in small quantities, such as spatter drops, rubbing alcohol does more than leave a stain on wood. The alcohol acts as a solvent, destroying wood furniture finishes on contact. It’s possible to minimize the damage after a mishap by immediately drying the area and washing the alcohol off .”
No matter if you are treating your own or hiring it out to a professional steaming of the mattress, box springs & carpet should always be done.
STEAMING: Steaming your mattress and box springs can kill the bugs and their eggs that are on them.
Carpeting, Mattresses, Box Springs: If you have a steamer to steam your mattress that great but if not you should hire a Professional Carpet & Upholstery cleaner to come in and steam clean your Mattress, Box Springs & Carpeting after your treatments are in full swing. There is very few things that will kill bedbugs and their eggs faster than HEAT. The death point for the bugs is in the 115 to 125 degree range and the equipment used by a professional carpet cleaner produces heat in the 180 – 240 degree range.
NOTICE: Do not hire dry carpet cleaners for this job as they are not using high temperatures and thus it wont kill the eggs or the bugs. Further more a do it yourself machine you have in the closet or go rent will not produce the temperatures needed to kill the eggs or the bugs.
When you get to the point of needing the carpets and or furniture steamed make sure to ask the company you call if they are using TRUCK MOUNT CARPET CLEANERS. This is what you want as it produces the highest amount of heat and does the best job at killing and removing the bugs and eggs from your carpet & furniture. Carpet cleaning companies that use truckmounts are normally called steam cleaners or Hot water extraction carpet cleaners.
MAKE SURE: To notify the carpet cleaning company that you’re treating for bedbugs so they can take precautions not to track them to another customers house.
Burrell’s Carpet Cleaning www.steamcarpets.com