Bedbugs infestation has slowly turned into an epidemic in many urban areas of the USA. It has become extremely important to take deliberate steps to exterminate the bugs from the home and ensure the home is secure from future infestations. Pesticides are considered as one of the most effective ways to deal with bedbugs and indeed many people and exterminator companies are using them with marked success. In the urban setting however, people live next to one another and it can be hard to keep bedbugs away from your home for a long time if your neighbors are offering a conducive environment for their breeding. It therefore becomes imperative to put in place a strategy that will not only eliminate bedbugs from your home but also make it impossible for them to come back. Here are ten things you can do to insulate your home from bedbugs.
1. Spray pets
Pets are easy hiding places for bedbugs as they offer the warmth that a human body offers. Bedbugs hide under the fur and wait for the moment your pet will come in contact with you to crawl out. Not all pesticides can be sprayed on pets and you need to verify the one you choose. Cedar oil is the best alternative to pesticides on pets. Apply cedar oil on the pet and bedbugs will not come near them.
Curtain hems are a common hiding place for bedbugs. Most people spray the house and forget such items as curtains and baseboards that touch the floor. Any fabric or wooden item touching the floor is a hiding place for bedbugs. After spraying, ensure curtains don’t stretch down the floor. They should be at least an inch from the ground.
3. Inside drawers
Wooden drawers provide a perfect atmosphere for bedbugs to hide. When spraying, spray inside and outside so as to ensure the bugs inside are also exterminated and your drawers are safe.
There can be many cracks in a home. These cracks offer the ideal nesting places for bedbugs and even other insects like cockroaches. The ideal solution to avoid bedbugs in cracks is to seal them but this might not always be possible. You can still eliminate the bugs by spraying all the cracks as you spray other parts of the house.
5. Blankets and beddings
Many beds have blankets that fold over to the floor. Bugs crawling on the floor easily use these as climbing pints to come to your bed. Get blankets, bed sheets and bed covers that are smaller to avoid touching the ground.
6. Bed position
Keep your bed at least six inches away from the wall and other wooden surfaces to ensure no bedbugs crawl from the wall or cabinet to the bed. This will ensure that your bed remains secured for a longer time and if there are bedbugs on the walls or on adjacent cabinets, they can be exterminated before they spread further.
7. Discard vacuum bags
There is always a tendency to reuse vacuum bags but this is not advisable during infestation. The vacuum cleaner sucks in many bedbugs and their eggs in the course of cleaning. Discard the bags as securely and if possible spray with pesticide before disposal.
Do spray both sides of your mattresses with cedar oil as this ensures bugs have not place to hide.
Bed legs are a common pathway for bedbugs to your bed. Spray cedar oil on the legs and any other wooden part of furniture touching the ground.
10. Pyrethrum and pyrethrin sprays
Avoid pyrethrum and pyrethrin sprays on mattresses, couches or on pets houses. Pyrethrin has been known to cause pesticide poisoning according to the EPA.
These steps will ensure lasting success in your quest to exterminate bedbugs in your home and guarantee a comfortable living environment.