Bed bugs are parasitic insects that live entirely by drinking the blood of, primarily, humans. Bedbugs are mostly only active at night and can usually bite you and feed without you awakening.
They were almost completely eradicated as pests in the early 1940s, but have, in the last decade or so, come back in nearly epidemic numbers in the United States and Europe. If their recent coming back party has caused you consternation through the infestation of your home sweet home and the consequent nocturnal biting and
|blood-sucking you’re on the receiving end of, I’m here to help. I’m going to show you how to properly clean your home (the first step) and then how to properly get rid of them for good so they don’t come back (which is a VERY common problem because people|
don’t really get rid of them the first time). Here we go:
Cleaning the bed bugs out of your bed, sheets, carpet, etc.
First you’ll need to do a very thorough cleaning, and probably the most important item in your arsenal is a good quality vacuum cleaner: if you don’t have one, or it’s not very good, beg, borrow, or steal one. Everything that could possibly be infested, including stuffed animals, laptop bags, etc. needs to be clean. Here’s what to do:
How to properly apply insecticide
This is awesome, I love these sorts of videos: instead of something put together by people who have likely not even done it, you’ve got an average person who had the problem you’ve got and here’s how he solved it (I recommend you use this instead of the powder as it’s got better reviews: Pronto Kill Bedbugs And Dust Mites Spray):
Additional Resources and Further Reading
To seal up your bed as recommended in the first video you’ll need bed bug proof box spring encasement such as this, and if you really want to make sure you do things right they actually make devices specifically designed to intercept beg bugs before they climb up your bed to bite you (they do what the bed bug powder does in the second video, but they’re specifically designed to do it) called bed bug traps, and if you want something all-natural Kleen Free has got you covered.
BedBugger.com is a site entirely dedicated to dealing with bed bugs and has got tons and tons of great information including an active forum (that really tells you just how bad the problem has gotten, doesn’t it?).
DoYourOwnPestControl.com has got an excellent article on how to get rid of bed bugs, definitely worth a look.