No homeowner wants to deal with a bed bug infestation. Unfortunately, bed bugs are quite common and also incredibly hearty and hard to kill, so they can spread easily. In the event that you find evidence of bed bugs in your home, it is important to act promptly. A bed bug infestation will not resolve on its own. Many people have little to no experience dealing with a bed bug infestation, so it is not surprising that errors are made. When you have a bed bug infestation in your home, avoid these common mistakes:
Attempting to Control the Problem Yourself
One of the biggest mistakes that you can make when there are bed bugs in your home is trying to take care of the problem yourself. The fact of the matter is that DIY bed bug control methods are not effective, and you're not going to find products that completely eliminate a bed bug infestation. For a bed bug infestation, it is essential to hire a pest control company that specializes in bed bug extermination. Professionals will use proven methods, such as high heat treatments, to help ensure that all of the bed bugs in the affected room are killed.
Improperly Moving Belongings Around Your House
Once you find bed bugs in one room, it is extremely important to be very careful when removing items from the room and taking them to other areas of the house. Bed bugs are very small in size, so simply taking out sheets or blankets from the infested room to wash them can spread the bed bugs to other areas of your home. In the event that you have to launder linens from a room that has bed bugs, place the items in a heavy-duty trash bag and tie it tightly. You can then transport the linens to your laundry room — make sure you immediately place the linens in the washer and run a cycle on the hottest setting possible.
Sleeping in Another Room
The thought of sleeping on a mattress in a bedroom that has a bed bug infestation is a big turn-off for most people. However, until you can have a pest control company come to your house and treat the infestation, the last thing you should do is start sleeping on the couch or in another bedroom. While small in size, bed bugs are quite quick, and they are attracted to the carbon dioxide that humans exhale, so they will likely find you if you're sleeping somewhere else in the home. This can lead to an even more widespread infestation. Your best bet is to put tight covers on your mattress and box spring until you have the room treated.
Contact a local bed bug exterminator to learn more.