How Do I Know If I Have Bedbugs?
If you have any thoughts that you may have bedbugs in your home, you’ll want to figure it out as quickly as possible. The sooner you begin working on eradicating them, the less severe your problems will be and the sooner you can go back to enjoying your life the way it was pre-bedbugs. The good news is, you can use heat as your secret weapon if you do determine there are bedbugs in your home. Bedbugs can be 100% killed when exposed to heat. Also, carpet cleaners work by putting out a hot steam. This means they can be used to help put an end to the reign of terror bedbugs may be bringing into your home. Keep in mind, carpet cleaners can also be used as mattress cleaners, which can come in handy for removing bedbugs from your mattresses and other pieces of furniture, such as couches and chairs. Get carpet and mattress cleaning quotes for Jacksonville here. The carpet cleaners will eliminate the bedbugs for you.
Spotting the signs of bedbugs
The first thing you want to do if you think you may have bedbugs in your home is to inspect everyone who lives in the home, visits often and anyone who has recently spent the night or a lot of time over. Check their bodies for little bug bites. The bites from a bedbug will look like little red dots, or almost like small pimples without heads on them. Keep in mind, not everyone will react the same way to bites, so some people may have bites that are more irritated and larger in size, while others may have very small marks.
Look on the furniture, in the carpet and anywhere else where you suspect bedbugs. Look for the bugs themselves, or signs that they have been there. You may find the live bugs, bodies of dead bugs or small flecks of what looks like dirt, but is really excrement from the bedbugs. Bedbugs themselves are very small, so you want to be sure you have a flashlight with you and are wearing your prescription glasses if you need them. Otherwise, you’ll have a hard time seeing them. You may even want to grab a magnifying glass when you go on your bedbug search. If you find even one bedbug, then you should just assume you have an infestation, and treat it as such.
How to get rid of bedbugs once you determine you have them in your home
Once you determine there is a problem with bedbugs in your home, you’ll want to get rid of them as quickly as you can. This isn’t going to be easy and you should ask for help from everyone in the home. The more people you can get to assist you, the faster the process will go. Figure out which rooms have bedbugs and close off all the others, so you can focus on the ones you need to put your attention to.
The first thing you want to do is to strip all the bedding off the beds. Also, take the cushions off the furniture and take them to a cleaning area, such as outside or in the garage. Remove stuffed animals and area rugs from the rooms and put them in the cleaning area as well. Once you have all materials that the bedbugs can hide in out of the rooms, you will want to work on removing the bedbugs out of the carpet. The best way for you to do this is by using a vacuum to completely vacuum the carpet a couple times. Then, you’ll want to use the steam cleaner on the carpet to kill any bedbugs still in the carpet. Once again, you may want to go over the carpet twice with the steam cleaner as well.
Take all the bedding, stuffed animals and other material items and wash them in hot water. Once they are finished washing, dry them in the drier on the hottest heat. Use the steam cleaner on the area rugs in the cleaning area. Go over them each two times, just as you did the carpet. Once you have gone through each room and removed the bedbugs from all the items, you want to continue vacuuming and steam cleaning your carpet regularly.
Keep in mind, the heat from the steam cleaner will kill bedbugs in the carpet, on rugs and also on the furniture. You can also use the steam cleaner to keep your carpet looking good, as well as to remove allergens and dust mites from the carpet. This can help you to fend off allergies during allergy season. Plus, continuing to clean the carpet well can help prevent more outbreaks of bedbugs in the future. It’s a good idea to have a professional carpet cleaner come out at least once a year to do your carpet with their professional equipment.