Bed bugs are pretty much a nightmare situation for each and every homeowner. No one likes the idea of pests crawling all over you while you're sleeping at night. If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of having to deal with bed bugs, here are a few tips to help you take control of the situation.
Time to Declutter
Bed bugs love hiding in dark places. That means that massive pile of laundry that you've left lying on the floor for weeks is not doing you any favors. If you want to get rid of the bed bugs, you have to remove each and every possible hiding spot in your home. Pick your clothes up off of the floor and start hanging your bath towels on a rack instead of just tossing them in a pile somewhere. Wash and heat dry every possible item that may have come into contact with the bugs.
Contact a Professional
For best results, your next step after cleaning up should be to contact a professional to schedule a bed bug treatment. A pest control specialist will be able to treat your mattress and any other problem areas to try and make sure the bugs are killed and removed. These bed bug treatment experts will likely have access to special chemicals that you won't find in your local home improvement store to help you take charge of the situation.
Consider an Encasement
After the bed is professionally treated, you can do one more thing to give yourself some additional peace of mind. It's possible to buy an encasement that goes over your mattress and will prevent any remaining bed bugs from crawling out of the mattress while you are sleeping. Most bed bug specialists can provide you with additional information on these encasements. Ideally, the professional treatment itself will fix the problem entirely, but the encasement can help you sleep at night if your skin is still crawling about the thought of having bugs on you.
Having bed bugs invade your mattress, sofa or laundry room is an awful situation. If you want to take back your home, you can start by removing clutter and washing and drying anything that has touched the floor. Then, contact a professional for assistance. Combining a professional bed bug treatment with a mattress encasement should eradicate your bed bug problem and help you get back into a regular sleeping pattern without having to worry about what's hiding in your mattress.