I am about to move and I just discovered I have bed bugs!! Yikes!! We at Interior for Seniors hope you never have to go through this experience. However, it can happen so here are a few tips and tricks to help you before you move. You certainly don’t want to bring those nuisance’s to your new home!!
First, a little information about what a bed bug is. According to WebMD, “Bedbugs are small, oval, brownish insects that live on the blood of animals or humans. Adult bedbugs have flat bodies about the size of an apple seed. After feeding, however, their bodies swell and are a reddish color. Bedbugs do not fly, but they can move quickly over floors, walls, and ceilings.” Gross right?
According to a fellow Senior Move Manager, Charna, “ bedbugs live in cracks wallpaper, various electrical, phone and TV outlets, all sorts of furniture and more. They are attracted to carbon dioxide which we produce in great quantities. They feed at night and are attracted to the CO2 - which is why the bites are around the head and neck. They can go for very long periods of time and not feed.”
Now lets talk about how to get rid of them.
Pesticides do not work on this insect. Once they are established it is very hard to eradicate.
The washer is not an option, only very high heat from the dryer will work!
All clothing and bedding, linens, stuffed animals…anything that can go in the dryer should at the highest heat for at least 30 minutes. Put the clothes in the dryer first (not wet!!). Then run through a hot wash, then back to the dryer again for at least 30 minutes.
Use a stiff brush to scrub down mattresses and furniture that won’t be marred by such an application.
Vacuum thoroughly….and often.
Use Clorox type wipes to go over all surfaces.
A bad infestation will require an exterminator that is qualified to handle the problem.
In an extreme infestation, you may need to throw away your mattress and bedding.
Encase mattress and box springs with a tightly woven, zippered cover to keep bedbugs from entering or escaping. Bedbugs may live up to a year without feeding, so keep the cover on your mattress for at least a year to make sure all bugs in the mattress are dead.
Repair cracks in plaster and glue down peeling wallpaper to get rid of places bedbugs can hide.
Get rid of clutter around the bed.
While this is a nuisance pest it can be dealt with. Remember you want to do this BEFORE you move. We at Interiors for Seniors wish you best of luck if you have this problem visited on you.
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