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A Comprehensive Guide to Protect Your Home from Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are a nightmare to get rid of. You are aware of the suffering they bring if you have had the misfortune of dealing with their unwanted presence. But don't worry! We will explore practical methods to get rid of bed bugs.


Let's get to know them before we start the fight. Bed bugs are tiny, reddish-brown insects with the scientific name Cimex lectularius that feed on human and animal blood. Contrary to their name, these pests can hide in various locations outside of beds, making it difficult to eradicate them.


It would be best first to recognise bed bugs to eradicate them. Look for tiny, moulted, reddish-brown bugs.





The first step towards regaining your space is understanding your opponent.


1. DEEP CLEANING and DECLUTTERING:

Start your fight by purging your home of clutter. Wash all clothing and bedding in hot water at 60 degrees, as advised by the NHS. You will need to wash or dry clean your curtains. Please check the care label of your clothing and curtains to ensure they can be washed at 60 degrees or dry clean. Dry cleaning will also kill bed bugs. To ensure that any hidden pests perish, you should also tumble dry them for at least 30 minutes at high heat. One safe option is placing the clothing/curtains in a plastic bag and freezing them for three to four days. Farthings can help with the freezing. Freezing will eradicate bed bugs. Thoroughly hoover your mattress, and have your carpets and upholstered furniture professionally clean. Always discard the Hoover bag right away.


2. SEAL CREVICES AND CRACKS:

Bed bugs hide in crevices and cracks. Caulk should be used to fill in all potential hiding places, including wall cracks and spaces around baseboards. You interfere with their reproduction by taking away their haven.


3. NATURAL REMEDIES: Mother Nature also has remedies. Bed bugs' worst adversary may be diatomaceous earth, a fine powder from fossilised algae. It is safe for people and animals but deadly to bed bugs, so liberally sprinkle it around the problem areas. Before vacuuming it up, let it sit for a few days so that the pests can dehydrate and die.


4. CHEMICAL TREATMENTS: Expert assistance may be required if the infestation continues. Consult a pest control specialist who can advise you on the best insecticides. Consider using mattress encasements to trap any surviving bed bugs.


5. PREVENTIVE MEASURES: Now that you've prevailed, it's time to protect your house from further invasions. These troublesome pests can be kept out of your life by performing routine cleanings, paying close attention to second-hand furniture, and exercising caution when travelling.


Although bed bugs may be tricky, with the appropriate information and techniques, you may permanently banish them from your life. Remember, these unwanted visitors can be successfully expelled with a thorough combination of intensive cleaning, natural therapies, and, if necessary, professional help. You'll soon be able to sleep soundly and bed bug-free again if you remain watchful and take quick action. Expect sweet dreams!



If you need any advice, come and see us at 143 Milton Cambridge CB4 1XE or 1 Anstey Way Trumpington with your garments. We can help you. Feel free to call us on 01223 755180 or 01223 625310; we will advise as much as possible.

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