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Help I Have Bed Bugs!

You’ve heard the adage, ‘Good night, don’t let the bed bugs bite’ all your life, but now you actually have them in your home, and you’re realizing that bed bugs bite whether you allow them to or not. Bed bugs are horrible little creatures; tiny, plentiful and painful, and people who find them between their sheets are prone to panic. However, if you have bed bugs, there are steps you can take to get rid of them before they cause too much harm. Here is what you should do if you have bed bugs, and equally important, what you should not do.

What You Should Not Do

First, let’s look at what you should not do if you have bed bugs. For starters, do not sleep in a different part of your house. It may be your immediate reaction to get as far away from them as possible; however, bed bugs are surprisingly adept at tracking food sources, namely yourself. If you move, they will hunt you down wherever you choose to sleep, and even if they don’t find you, they will spread themselves throughout your house, making exterminating them much more difficult.

Don’t sleep at a friend’s house or in a hotel either. First of all, you risk spreading bed bugs to other places, and second of all, it’s not a long-term solution, and your bed bugs will still be in your bed when you return, hungry for a good meal. Something else you should resist doing is tossing away all of your belongings at the first sign of bed bugs. Not only will you be destroying your valuables, but this will not get to the root of your bed bug problem. All that will happen is that some bed bugs will spread to other parts of the house while the rest of them will just get riled up.

What You Should Do

Now, here’s what you should do if you find bed bugs in your house. One great way of ridding bed bugs from your life is by getting a bed bug encasement for your mattress. Encasements wrap around mattresses and prevent bed bugs from coming in or out. The ones stuck inside will not be able to feed and will eventually die while the ones on the outside will be easy to spot and remove.

Also, put your clothes and sheets in the dryer at a temperature of 120 degrees Fahrenheit for twenty minutes to kill any bed bugs and their eggs. Eliminate the clutter around your room as well; don’t give bed bugs a place to hide, and finally, vacuum your floor, making sure that your vacuum cleaner doesn't become infested by cleaning the bag or filter thoroughly afterward. Do all of this, and your bed bug problem should be over sooner than you can imagine.

Bed bugs are stubborn, but you can show them that the place where you sleep is not their dinner plate. Take back control of your bed. For more information, or to receive quality pest control services, contact Proven Pest Management today.

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