The bed bug infestations have been rising over the last several years. Those little creatures are appearing everywhere; even in places we’d least expect them. Bed bugs are very small, flat and a reddish-brown color. They compare in size to an apple seed. And no one is invulnerable to their presence. Dirty or clean, rich or poor, young or old. Bed bugs affect all people equally. They are really good at getting into our dwellings, and once they get in it’s very hard to get them out again. They are not disease transmitters so that is good news. And ofcourse house cleaning toronto can be you broblem solver.
Because bed bugs are small and flat, they easily get into places we wouldn’t even think to look. You’ll find them in cracks and crevices, or along mattress seams. They get into sheets and blankets, furniture, behind base boards and wallpaper. Hotels are a breeding ground because the pickings are so plentiful; and since they feed mainly off human blood, hotels offer quite a buffet. While you’re sleeping they’ll get into your luggage, and without even knowing it you’ll take them home with you. Pretty soon your house is infected, and then you carry them to the store, the gym, the movie theatre, etc…
But lest you think hotels are the only ones with the problem, know that bed bugs also live in homes, stores, gyms and any other place where humans live. The female lays one to five eggs per day, so before you know it one bug has become a hundred. These bugs exude a sickly sweet odor, so if there are enough of them in one area you’ll start to smell them.
So, how do you get rid of the little buggers? There are some steps you can take to get rid of them if you are already infested. Additionally, there are steps that can be followed to keep them away. The very first thing is to try to detect their presence in your living areas. Possibly you already know they are there. If you’re not sure, you’ll want to check and clean them up before they overwhelm you. You can investigate starting with your bedding. Check the seams on your sheets and blankets. Then examine the seams along the mattress. Lift up your mattress and check the box spring as well. They love to hang out in these various seams and crevices where they are not easily seen. Also take a look for small rusty-looking spots or blood spots. As they bite they cause minute bleeding. These blood spots usually show up on the bed somewhere. Once you’ve checked the sleeping areas, proceed to the rest of the house.
If you travel a lot, you probably should look at the bedding in your hotel room. Though they regularly change out the sheets, those bugs will hide in the mattress and continue to reproduce. If you find them in your room you should request another room. However, if your room is infested, it is highly likely that the other rooms at the hotel are, too. Astonishingly, there is a bed bug registry online for hotels. Business travelers don’t always have a choice on their hotels. But if you are able to, you should check out before your trip. Just enter the city and hotel and it will provide a lot of information for you. The information that comes out is provided by real people who have experienced problems firsthand. This fact alone makes it fairly reliable.
If you find you have bed bugs there are some things you can do to get rid of them. The three basic processes are heat, ice, and suction. What I mean is that you can heat them up with an iron or a hair dryer. (The heat category also includes washing your bedding in the hottest possible water.) Or you can freeze them with ice. Or you can vacuum them up. Both heat and ice work well, but if you have more than one or two, vacuuming is probably the easiest solution. Don’t forget to immediately empty the vacuum bag when you’re done. It is preferable if you dispose of it as far away from the house as possible.
Travelers should store their luggage on a shelf or desk, or in the bathroom when they arrive at the hotel so that they can check out the bedding area. When it’s time to come home they should get their laundry into the washer immediately and never mix it in with the home laundry. They should also immediately vacuum out their luggage just in case a few bugs found their way in. Keeping travel and home separate will go miles toward reducing an outbreak.
Bed bugs are a problem in America. But they don’t have to be your problem. Getting rid of the infestation using one of the above methods is key. Then doing weekly maintenance to make sure they stay out is the long term solution.