If you notice you have unwelcome visitors in your bed, then it is time to do something about it. Bed bugs are a pesky bug that feeds off blood. They are difficult to get rid of, so if you have them you must take the proper steps to get them out of your bed and out of your home forever.
Bed bugs usually come into your home by traveling on luggage, bedding, furniture or other items that may have been in an infested place. Once they make themselves at home they are very hard to get rid of. It takes time and patience to get these bugs out of your home. They are nocturnal and you will most likely never see one during the day. They can also live for a long time, over a year, without food. Contributing to their hard to rid nature, bed bugs lay around 300 eggs and it only takes ten days for them to hatch. They eat blood that they get from biting you. The one indication you may have that you have bed bugs are the bites you will get. You may also notice dead bugs, bloody spots or rusty colored stains caused by excrement.
To get rid of bed bugs you have to follow a step-by-step plan. Any item that can be laundered needs to be bagged and put in the dryer. Other items should be wrapped in plastic and placed in a hot area for a few days or in the freezer for two weeks. Larger items should be vacuumed and the vacuum bag should be thrown out immediately. Steam cleaning the room is also a good idea. There are many regulations on using pesticides as a treatment, so it is best you call a professional to treat the area. If they have infested a mattress then you should throw it out because they can not be treated with any pesticides.
The treatment process to get rid of bed bugs needs to be repeated until the bugs are completely gone. You should vacuum and steam clean on a regular basis, as well as laundering linens and other bedding items.