TOP 5 BED BUG MYTHS BUSTED
Bed bugs strike fear into us by infesting our personal spaces. They are comfortable in our homes and grow and spread rapidly. But one thing that spreads as rapidly is misinformation about bed bugs. That misinformation not only makes it difficult to deal with bed bugs but increases the chance of attracting more.
Our infographic debunks bed bug myths. Now it’s time for some important tips to help eliminate them and prevent them from thriving in your bed.
How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs and Prevent Them from Thriving in Your Bed
A cluttered home means more places for bed bugs to hide. They’re attracted to warmth, blood, carbon dioxide and dark crevices, so the best way to eliminate them is to eliminate their hiding spots. For instance, replace cardboard storage boxes with plastic ones as they’re less likely to foster infestation. Donate items you no longer need and throw away useless items to take care of clutter.
2) Inspect for Infestation
Thoroughly inspect your bed, mattress, bedding, clothing, and furniture for signs of infestation. Clean your furniture, baseboards, switch covers, outlets, and other possible hiding places. If you find an infestation, call an exterminator immediately.
3) Make Your Bed an Island
Move your bed at least six inches away from the wall so bed bugs don’t migrate to it. Wash and dry all linens, including mattress pads, comforters, pillowcases, sheets, and duvets, at the highest settings allowed by the manufacturer. Also, use bedbug-proof covers for your mattress and box spring.
4) Vacuum and Apply Rubbing Alcohol
Although vacuuming won’t kill bed bugs, it will remove some from your bed or other infested areas. Make sure you empty the vacuum thoroughly and change the bag. Then, apply rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol or ethanol-based solutions) on the bug-infested area to dry them up and kill them upon contact.
Don’t wait for your bed bug problem to get out of hand. To keep them at bay, follow these preventive steps. If you’re already struggling with an infestation, use rubbing alcohol, acetone, and diatomaceous earth to kill them. If the problem escalates, contact an exterminator.