Bed bugs have been making the news a lot lately. Bed bugs are nocturnal insects that feed on blood. Bed bugs prefer warm temperatures and are common in Florida and other warm climates. The bed bug is typically active at night. They hide during the day in mattresses, clothing, headboards, etc.
Bed bugs can usually be found in hotels, cruise ships, motels and other places that people stay over night. So, when you stay at one of these accommodations, you may end up taking them home with you if they decide to climb into your luggage or clothes.
Getting bed bugs out of your house.
Bed bugs are very hard to get rid of and sometimes only a professional can help. There are some home remedies to try first before calling a professional.
Six steps to naturally combat bed bugs:
Vacuum the mattress, any upholstered furniture, and the drapes. Use the crevice tool on your vacuum to do the bed frames, the baseboards, and any furniture near the bed. Of course, vacuum the carpeting as well.
Wash mattresses, pillows and everything that is washable in hot water. Don’t forget stuffed animals and toys. Anything that can’t be washed or vacuum must be sealed in plastic bags.
Use a natural insecticide.
These are safe for kids and pets, so can be used safely.
If you can’t wash mattresses, you can use a steamer on mattresses and other furniture to kill bugs. This is not as effective, but can help get rid of some bugs.
Put clothing, toys and anything that you can’t wash in dryer for five minutes. Such high temperatures will kill bugs.
Use the sun.
If you live in a very hot climate, put items outside to dry all day to naturally kill them.