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Household Tips: How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs

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According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the country is experiencing an alarming reappearance of the once eradicated bed bugs. Although the agencies cannot pinpoint the exact cause, they suspect one of the reasons is lack of knowledge on how to control bed bugs.

Bed Bugs have been around before, donít panic, learn what they like, where they live and take measures to get rid of them.

[B]What are Bed Bugs?[/B]

Bed bugs are disgusting little insects that feed on human and animal blood. They like their victims asleep, therefore make their homes in places where people sleep, mainly the bed and areas around it. They hide during the day and come out at night to feed.

[B]Getting Rid of Bed Bugs[/B]

Even if you call an exterminator, bed bugs can return, therefore it is important to understand where the bed bugs might be hiding and then conduct a thorough house cleaning.

Among bed bug hiding places are mattresses, box springs, bed frames, headboards, dressers, rugs, behind wallpaper, hampers full of clothes, clutter around and under beds, dog & cat beds.

Start by removing clutter under and around the bed. Dispose of stuff no longer needed or used. Face it, if items are collecting dust they are no longer needed.

Remove and wash sheets, pillowcases, blankets, and comforters in hot water adding 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar to the last rinse. Vinegar will not harm fabric but it will disinfect and remove any type of residue. Another solution for clean sheets is to add Ĺ cup of ARM & HAMMERģ Baking Soda and Ĺ cup of bleach. While at it, wash pajamas or any other bed garments. Dry laundry in clothes drier at the highest setting; make sure the lint filter is clean. Wash and dry window curtains the same way.

Throw bed pillows in the drier at highest temperature to get rid of bugs.

Lift up mattress and vacuum the entire bed frame, headboard, as well as the mattress. Make sure the vacuum bag is empty to start with and empty inside a plastic bag once done. Bugs can make a home in the vacuum, thatís why itís important to have a clean vacuum bag each and every time.

Vacuum carpets well. Steam clean carpets at the beginning of each season to remove dirt, kill bugs and other vermin. Bugs wonít be comfortable on a clean carpet. Freshen and deodorize carpets regularly by sprinkling with ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda.

Clean bed frame, walls, floors and anything not made out of wood with a mixture of 1 cup white distilled vinegar, 1 cup baking soda, and 1/2 cup ammonia in one gallon of hot water using a cloth than can be washed and dried or disposed of. Another solution is to use a steam cleaner.

Dust using a Swiffer or similar product that cleans dirt in grooves and crevices and traps dust. Or use a cloth doused with a furniture spray like Endust. The idea is not to spread dirt and dust around.

If budget allows, invest in a steam cleaner. Steam cleaners might not do a lot of what they advertise but they do kill bugs! Actually dust mites, mold, germs, spores and bacteria, and bed bugs cannot survive a jet of hot steaming water. There is a wide range of steam cleaners on the market available at Home Depot, Amazon, Wal Mart, and many other stores.

By doing all of the above, chances are there wonít be any more bed bugs to deal with. Share this information and learn bed bugs prevention tactics with neighbors to avoid the chance of their bed bugs coming over.