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And, I'm sorry! I've been there. Not only at my personal home, but, as a property manager, I have unfortunately seen it a couple of times over the years. Having bed bugs does not mean you aren't clean. In fact, it usually just means that you got a hold of some infected furniture. Usually you bought it used or maybe you're renting it. Bed bugs can travel fast, so you want to treat it as soon as possible. There is some preparation work that you need to do before treating, which is covered in this article. I hope to help you identify and get rid of bed bugs for good!
If you wake up with itchy areas you didn't have when you went to sleep, it is possible you have bed bugs, especially if you recently purchased some used furniture around the time the bites started. Other signs that you have bedbugs include:
Bites are usually found on the hands, neck, shoulders, legs, neck and arms. Typically the bites will be grouped together in a small area and may occur in a line or a zigzag pattern or even a triangle. Bites normally look like small, flat or raised areas that may become inflamed, itchy and red. Reactions to the bite can sometimes take a few days.
Bed bugs typically stay within 5 feet of where they would feed and since they feed while their victims sleep, it is most common to have an infestation in the bedroom. Some of the most common places they are found are as follows:
Adult bed bugs will typically look as described:
You can pretty much get bed bugs from anywhere. Some of the more likely places are hotels, used furniture stores and storage places. Be very mindful of the furniture you bring into your home. Especially if it has been in a storage place for a long time or you are buying the furniture used. Always thoroughly inspect each item before moving it in. In the apartment business we tell people that "bedbugs come from Craigslist and furniture rental place". While that is not always the case, you are WAY more likely to get them from there.
Before using any natural remedy or chemical, make sure you do the things on the list first. Getting rid of your problem won't help if you bring items back in that still are infested!
Please make sure that whatever you do to get rid of them is safe and legal. To be on the safe side, you may consider a non-chemical method. To get bed bugs off of specific items such as clothes, towels, stuffed animals, try these ideas.
Some will be more useful than others.
If the natural treatments to do not work and you need to use pesticides, do so carefully according to the directions. You may also want to just hire pest control to come to your home. When dealing with these chemicals, you need to be very careful. When choosing your chemicals:
This product was amazing for my bedbug problem! I had never had an issue before and was stressing about what to do. I searched Home Depot, Walmart & other Amazon products and ended up spending quite a bit of money and didn't get rid of the bugs. After using one bottle I could tell that most of the bed bugs were dead but COMPLETELY gone after two. I would recommend buying two at a time just to attack completely (depending on your house size). I really liked the smell. Definitely did not spell like the normal bug chemicals! I wanted to get rid of them in a natural way and maybe you will be successful doing that but if not, I highly suggest this product.
If you are a person who does not like to use harsh chemicals, here is a list of some natural ways to get rid of Bed Bugs. Probably only the milder cases could be treated this way but it's always worth a shot!
Baking Soda. Spread some baking soda around the crevices and cracks or wherever you find bugs. Don’t forget to vacuum the soda after few days and re-apply it as needed.
You can attach double sided tape around the bottom of your beds. The bed bugs get stuck if they try to sneak up on you. This is really more of a good method to find out if you do have bed bugs.
Take 1 tsp each of cayenne powder, oregano and grated ginger. Boil them in water. Strain and spray the solution around the entering spaces of your room and areas where bed bugs may be hiding. The smell of this solution drives the bugs away and prevents them from spreading.
If you have tried everything and you still are having an issue, it's time to call pest control. They will have you do the same preparation checklist that I listed earlier. The price for them to come treat can be anywhere from $400 to $1,500. Ouch! So I definitely recommend trying the natural remedies or the EcoRaider spray.
© 2017 Sarah Spradlin
Sarah Spradlin (author) from Little Rock, Arkansas on January 28, 2020:
doorstephub502 on January 28, 2020:
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