Your kids went to a sleepover and came home with uninvited guests. Now you're dealing with a bedbug infestation. You're going to need to call a pest control company to permanently get the bugs out of your carpeting. However, there are also some things you'll need to do to get the bugs out of rest of your house. Here are three steps you should take to stop the invasion.
Wash the Bedding
The first thing you should do is remove all the bedding from the beds. The bedding will need to be washed in very hot water and then dried in on high. This will ensure that the bugs and their eggs are dead. To prevent bugs from dropping onto the floor as you carry the bedding to the washing machine, you should place everything in plastic bags before leaving the room. Once you're in the laundry room, careful remove the bedding and place it directly into the washing machine. Carefully discard the trash bags in an outside trashcan.
Once you're removed the bedding, you'll need to apply heat to all the affected rooms. You can do this using a portable steamer. Be sure to steam the areas where bedbug activity is likely, including along the baseboards in the room, as well as the mattresses and bedframes. Once you've steamed the room, you'll need to vacuum the carpets to remove dead bugs and eggs. Be sure to empty the dirt canister from your vacuum as soon as you're done. This will prevent any future infestation should a few bugs or eggs survive the heat treatment. For maximum protection, you should steam your home at least once a month to keep bugs away.
Protect the Bed
Now that you've gotten rid of the bugs, you'll need to protect the bed from future infestations. The first thing you should do is elevate the bedframe using protective bed-lifts. These lifts fit under each leg of your bedframe and have a receptacle around the perimeter. Once the bedbugs climb in the receptacle, they get trapped inside and are unable to climb up to your bed. You can clean the receptacle by using a vacuum nozzle. Next, you should seal your mattress in a protective cover. This will keep bedbugs from laying eggs in the cracks and crevices of your mattress.
If bedbugs followed your kids home from a sleepover, send those bugs packing. The tips provided here will help you get rid of the safely and quickly. If bedbugs continue to be a problem in your home, be sure to let your pest control company know. You may need monthly service to help combat the problem. For more information, contact a business such as BUG Busters-Do IT Yourself Pest Control.