Big bed bug shadow on the bedBed bugs, which are small brown oval insects, have been making a comeback in homes across America. These pests are nocturnal and feed on human blood, preferring to stay hidden and then wait until people are asleep before they come out to bite them.

Identify Infested Areas

First, you should check all the areas in your house for signs of bed bugs. These include dark spots on the bed sheets (droppings), shed skins or eggshells in crevices, and creases in furniture, headboards, curtains and other places the insects like to hide. A pest control expert can help you here to make sure you don’t miss any area. Also, remove any items that the bed bugs could hide under, such as newspapers.

Use Heat Treatment

To counter the problem of resistance, you can use non-chemical heat treatment. Pest control experts explain bed bug heat treatment blows super-heated air into the rooms, killing all bugs, whatever their stage of development is. They can’t hide or become immune to it, so you’re assured that there will be no reinfestation. You can use heat treatment on furniture and textiles too. It’s completely safe for the whole family.

Put Down Insecticides

Yes, insecticides are there to kill bed bugs. However, most of these pests are already becoming resistant to chemical treatment. In addition, these chemicals pose a health risk to humans, particularly children, so it’s best to seek the services of professional exterminators who can do it with safety in mind.

Aside from these steps, don’t forget to wash all curtains, bed linens, and clothing with hot water and then tumble dry them. This will kill any bed bugs that might be hiding on them. Any item that you can’t wash should be thrown away.

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