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How To Kill Bedbugs In Three Simple Ways

Updated on June 29, 2010

What To Do If You Have Bed Bugs

There are many different ways to kill bedbugs. They are not easy to get rid of however. A bed bug exterminator is a sure fire way but depending on the level of infestation the house may need to be tented gassed and left unoccupied for a long time. It can also be an expensive proposition running in the mid four figures. Being able to kill bed bugs yourself while being a lot cheaper may also be damn near impossible with out total commitment. If you decide to go this route the first rule is to know the enemy.

The bed bug is full grown at 4millimeters measures half that in length is reddish brownish in color and oval shaped. Close inspection is needed to see a bed bug because of there tiny size. Bed bugs come out to bite at the time just before dawn and suck the blood of sleeping victims. They will then retreat back into there hiding spot normally a dark inconspicuous spot. Bedbugs do not feed nightly but rather every few nights and can go unto a half year in a dormant state.

Bed bugs are normally killed by three things extreme heat above 113, extreme cold below freezing for two weeks and by poison usually sold in a spray. To be able to kill bed bugs there a few key ingredients that you will need to get the job done. Plenty of time as this will be a long tiresome job for sure. The equipment you need to get rid of bed bugs is a vacuum, steam cleaner, bed bug spray, a freezer, and large plastic bags.

How to kill bedbugs yourself?

The first way that is recommended to kill bedbugs may not be possible in your area or the season it is. If it is winter time than it is possible to freeze the bedbugs out of your home. Shut the heat off and leave the windows open for minimum two weeks. All the bed bug should be dead after that amount of time,

Just give the house a good vacuuming and you are done. If it is summer time the first step is to move everything that can be out into the sun. Bed bugs do not like heat or light and will die or flee. Make sure to buy a new mattress or a bed bug mattress cover. Clothing should be washed in hot water and kept in plastic bags or frozen for a couple of weeks. Any furniture that can not be put in the sun should be steam cleaned along with the rugs. All heard surfaces should be washed down with the bed bug spray,

Be sure to fill around molding and outlets. Caulking any area where a bedbug can fit is also advised. If this bedbug treatment does not work you will have to call in a professional exterminator to get the job done. Be sure to shop around for the best price and get the job done right since if a single bedbug survives the infestation can return in a matter of weeks.


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