One of the most alarming things about bed bug infestations is how persistent they can be and how difficult it can be to permanently remove them from the home.
Bed bug eggs are very small, and bed bugs themselves can be difficult to spot with the naked eye throughout many points of their life cycles. This makes it difficult to completely eradicate them from the home.
You'll need to call an exterminator to get rid of a bed bug infestation, but this alone might not be enough to permanently get this pest out of your home. Those with bed bugs should think of the discovery of an infestation more as the beginning of a little war rather than as a simple problem that can be remedied with one quick visit from the exterminator.
As part of your efforts to achieve victory over your bed bug infestation, you'll want to do all of the following after the exterminator's visit to minimize the chances that your bed bug infestation will recur:
Send clothing and bed coverings to the laundry
Bed bugs can continue to live in laundry, bed sheets, window drapery, and more even after they've been exterminated from your mattress or bed area. However, if you take cloth materials to the laundry, wash them in hot water, and machine dry them, any remnants of the infestation in the cloth itself should be killed off.
Thoroughly vacuuming not only the area around your bed, but also your entire room should help remove live bed bugs or bed bug eggs. You also will want to vacuum out any furniture pieces located near your bed for the best possible results.
Get effective mattress covers
An impenetrable mattress cover will prevent bed bugs in your mattress from feeding, and this will eventually starve them out. However, you'll have to leave mattress covers on for a long time for this to be effective.
According to some research, bed bugs can survive up to as long as 400 days without food. Therefore, you'll want to find a mattress cover that's effective at keeping bed bugs in while also being comfortable enough to leave on your bed for a long time.
Put glue boards down
Paper glue boards placed underneath furniture pieces will trap bed bugs and allow you to easily remove them from your room.
Not only will glue boards help you remove bed bugs, but they'll also serve as an indication to you that the infestation is still present. You will be able to see adult bed bugs on glue boards if you still have pests alive in your room, so you'll know if you need another visit from an exterminator like Best Control Pest Control Ltd before the infestation gets out of control.