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removing-bed-bugs-bedGood night.  Don’t let the bed bugs bite.”

 

 

This is sound advice, but many people have forgotten (or never experienced) how big of a problem bed bugs once were.  Before they were largely destroyed, there was nearly a full-blown epidemic of bed bugs.  As time went on, the above adage remained but the fear of bed bugs quickly waned.

 

But now they’re back.  In the past couple of decades, the number of bed bugs have been on the rise.  They’re not exactly back with a vengeance but close enough.  Even if you’ve never been plagued by these blood-suckers, you should consider these top tips for removing bed bugs.

 

Remedy #1:  Use specialized bed bug control products.

 

This should be obvious.  There are a number of products on the market to help you get rid of bed bugs.  Keep in mind that bed bugs can be difficult to get rid of because they can be basically anywhere and are difficult to locate much of the time.

 

This means that you must be diligent in your efforts to rid your house of the creatures.  You must be extremely thorough and practically blanket every concerned room with whatever product you choose.  If necessary, make a detailed list of each area you need to cover.  Yes, this can be time consuming, but when it comes to bed bug remedies, diligence is key.

 

Remedy #2:  Utilize non-chemical methods for added control.

 

There are several old school ways to rid your house of bed bugs that don’t involve chemicals.  You can start with a simple vacuum.  Give those blood-suckers a taste of their own medicine.  Just don’t use a brush attachment, where eggs can get caught in the bristles and move the infestation elsewhere.

 

A more effective method that even professionals are utilizing is steam cleaning.  In fact, there are bed bug steamers on the market, designed with bed bug eradication in mind.  These cleaners don’t use harmful chemicals, which means treatment is safe everywhere, which is especially great if you have young children who might be affected.

 

Remedy #3:  Hire a professional.

 

Sometimes, getting rid of bed bugs can be quite an ordeal.  They can be in every crack and crevice, and locating them can be quite difficult at times.  If you miss even one collection of eggs, they will eventually come back.  If you’ve attempted a few different bed bug remedies and nothing seems to be working, you should consider hiring an expert.  A professional will evaluate your specific needs, possibly employing location techniques such as a bed bug dog and provide you with his or her recommendations.  The drawback, of course, is the cost associated, but hiring an expert might be your only option.

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