Nobody wants to think about sharing their bed with bugs. Unfortunately, many of us have to deal with pests than invade our bedding and keep us awake at night. If you’re sick of tossing and turning and waking up covered in bites, here’s how to rid your bed of bugs.
Spotting the signs of infestation
The most common bed invaders are bed bugs and fleas. Both of these creatures are so tiny that it’s virtually impossible to spot them on your covers. However, they often leave tracks. Both bed bugs and fleas bite humans, and you may notice tiny bites when you wake up. Bites tend to very itchy, and they’re usually found on exposed areas of skin. Sometimes, bites can flare up. This may happen if you have a reaction to the anaesthetic bed bugs inject into your skin. You may also find that your skin becomes irritated and swollen if you’ve been scratching. If you use a powerful torch, you may be able to spot bed bugs.
If you think you may have fleas, look out for tiny black specks on your bedding. This is flea feces. The fragments are hard, and they turn color from black to brown when you put them under water. You may be able to see fleas if you have a pet with white fur.
Tackling the problem
When you have bed bugs or fleas, your vacuum should become your best friend. Vacuum the house from top to bottom. Fleas and bed bugs can get into the tiniest cracks, so don’t forget to cover skirting boards, walls, and the gaps between floors and doors. Wash clothing, bedding, and towels on a hot wash.
If you have pets, and you think they have fleas, use a fine-toothed comb to groom them. Part the fur, and have a cup of warm water and soap to hand. Place any fleas you find into the water immediately, and then flush it down the toilet. Treating fleas can be difficult. They multiply quickly, and it’s worth paying more for a treatment that works. Contact your vet and ask for recommendations.
If you’re finding dead bed bugs, you know that washing and cleaning have been successful. In some cases, however, you may need to use more intensive techniques. You can buy repellent, or you could consider getting in touch with a pest control company. This may be the best option if the problem has got out of hand, or if you have young children. Bed bug bites can irritate sensitive skin, and there is a risk of impetigo.
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When you climb into bed at the end of a long day, the last thing you want to think about is bed bugs. However, sadly, they’re very common. If you think you may have bed bugs or fleas, it’s best to take action as quickly as possible. These creatures reproduce rapidly, and a small problem can soon spiral out of control. Vacuum your home frequently, and use a hot wash for bedding and towels. Put down repellant and seek advice from the vet for your pets. If problems persist, call in the professionals.