Bed bugs are returning at a very aggressive rate. As a result, homeowners are taking whatever measures possible to eliminate them. Prevention is better than treatment when dealing with bed bugs. There are numerous ways that homeowners can prevent bed bugs from entering the home in the first place, such as immediately taking clothes off after returning home from a vacation and laundering the clothes at a high-temperature. If preventative measures fail, homeowners might start notice bites and dark spots found on furniture, all of which are indicators of a bed bug infestation. If bed bugs are discovered, homeowners will need to work hard to eliminate the infestation once and for all.

One method for destroying bed bugs is through bed bug spray, which is a chemical designed to either directly kill the insect or drive them off. Bed bug spray is particularly effective because it can reach cracks and crevices that bed bugs can hide in. Many insecticides are residual insecticides, meaning that they will leave behind a residual that will continue to kill bed bugs as they crawl over it. Homeowners might wish to provide multiple treatments of bed bug sprays, since it can sometimes be difficult to find all the hiding places for bed bugs and the infestation might remain long after the insecticides wear off. In addition to using a commercial bed bug spray product, consumers also can eliminate bed bugs with rubbing alcohol. Be sure to spray both the bed bugs and their eggs. Keep the solution somewhere that is easily accessible so that the bed bugs can be sprayed as soon as they’re spotted.

Bed bugs are difficult to get rid of, so homeowners should consider using as many techniques as possible when trying to exterminate bed bugs. For example, they should take all of their clothes and launder them in a washing machine at a high-temperature, no lower than 120 degrees F. They should also thoroughly vacuum and steam clean the carpets not to only kill bed bugs, but to also remove eggs from the carpet. Areas that need to be vacuumed the most include areas near the mattresses. Bed bugs received their name from how they live in mattresses. Getting rid of the mattress might eliminate some of the bed bugs, but the remaining bed bugs will infest the new mattress. A better approach is to get a mattress encasement to prevent bed bugs from infesting the mattress and to also trap bed bugs in the encasement.

Part of the reason why bed bugs are so hard to eliminate is that there are many places that they can hide. For example, bed bugs can sometimes hide inside electronic devices. Objects that might contain bed bugs should be heated or frozen as long as the object is not damaged in the process. Another place to hunt for bed bugs is in cracks found in plaster. These should be sealed to eliminate potential hiding places. Before objects can be treated, their existence must first be identified.

Bed bugs can be found on mattresses by removing the sheets from the mattress and inspecting for dark spots of bed bug excrement. Dressers and other storage containers should be emptied out to make sure that bed bugs are not hiding in the corners. Homeowners should check under sofa cushions and along the edge of carpets for other bed bug hiding spots. One way to find bed bugs is to use a flashlight, which can startle bed bugs and cause them to scatter. Another approach is to use specially designed flushing agents that can cause bed bugs to scatter, helping to reveal where they are hiding.