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How to prevent bed bugs

Updated on August 28, 2012

Do you have bed bugs?

Bed Bugs have made a huge comeback in the United States in the last year, it has been reaching epidemic proportions and there is now a higher probability that your home could become infested with bedbugs. If you do find an infestation, you need to know how to kill bed bugs and how to prevent another infestation.

When you kill bed bugs, you will need to do a few things, bed bugs live up to one year and can also live for that year without feeding. You will need to kill bed bugs in each of the stages of their life cycle or risk being reinfested. Bedbugs have six life stages, and they shed their skin each time they enter a new life stage.

Bed bugs can live in your bed, your sofa, your tv and even your clothes. They can hide anywhere in the home,

When you detect an infestation, it will help if you have the following tools to help you.

A Vacuum cleaner

Plastic Mattress covers

Steam Cleaner

Bed bug Killer

Diamateous earth

These will be invaluable in your fight against the bed bug!

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How to get rid of bed bugs

You are in for a big fight and you can win, but it will take a lot of work.

First you have to clean your home, from top to bottom, and clean everthing in each room. Bed Bugs are not restricted to your bed, they can get absolutely everywhere in your home. Clean thoroughly and remove clutter. Clutter just gives the bugs extra places to hide, and you need to expose and clean every potential hiding place for the bed bug.

Use your steam cleaner that will produce a dry vapour at a high temperature, around 50 Celsius. Use the brush attachment that will collect eggs and larva as you use it, don't use the nozzle as it will blow the eggs away and further distribute the bugs around the home.

Buy a bed bug killer product that can be used on mattresses, check that it can be used on your bed before using it as you don't want to damage the mattress. Once you have put the product on the mattress, wrap it and seal it in the plastic mattress covers. This will give the product plenty of time to work. If you keep in mind that it takes a year for a bed bug to die, you need to be patient and leave the mattresses covered.

Check your bug killer, you may need to use more than one as you need to kill the bed bug and the larvae. You may need an individual product for each stage of the bed bug life cycle.

Use Diatomaceous earth around the home. Dust it around the home, it will be absorbed into the bed bugs bodies and they will die of dehydration. Diatomaceous earth works on a number of bugs and pet infestations and is a great way to prevent a recurrance of bed bugs. Keep replacing it every few days, dust it around then leave it for 2-4 days and then vacuum up and then redust.

How to get rid of bed bugs

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