Bedbugs are pest animals that survive by sucking blood from warm-blooded animals. Somehow, they manage to make their way to homes and infest people as well as pets. Controlling and killing bedbugs at home is important as it ensures that the problem doesn’t spin out of control. The most effective way to achieve this is by using a Pest Management Professional (PMP). However, PMP’s can be very expensive and as such, here are less costly and effective ways to kill bedbugs.

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Vacuum cleaning
This helps to capture and quickly contain bedbug infestation in your home. Concentrate on every nook and cranny including under your furniture, carpets, electronic devices, baseboards, dressers, beds and any other hiding places. If your vacuum cleaner has a bag, dispose of it immediately. If you are using a canister vacuum, empty the contents into a plastic bag and seal it before disposal. Be sure to check the vacuum for any remaining bedbugs.
Steaming
This is a very effective method of killing bed bugs in your home if done appropriately. Rent a commercial steamer that can hold 1 gallon. Volume control is a bonus. An upholstery or floor attachment allows steam to penetrate drapes or furniture. Effective treatment of bedbugs will be achieved if the surface temperature of the object treated is 160-180 degree Fahrenheit immediately after treatment. To monitor the temperature, use an infrared thermometer.
Dry heat treatment
This treatment can only be administered by a PMP, who will ensure that the affected rooms and items reach the required temperature. Do not attempt this treatment by yourself.
Freezing items
Freezing items that have been infested by bedbugs is a very easy way to get rid of them. All that’s needed is time and a freezer. When freezing infested items, be sure to leave them in the freezer for at least four days at temperatures lower than 00 Fahrenheit. Note that not every item can be treated for bedbugs using this method as it would result in damage.
Use mattress covers
Treating bed bugs that make their way into the mattress can be a difficult task. To prevent that from happening, purchase a mattress cover. The bedbugs will start to die after a fortnight. It’s, however, important to keep the mattress cover for as long as 18 moths. Mattress covers can be easily cleaned in the event of new infestations. Mattress covers designed to stop allergens may not work so go for the ones labeled specifically for bedbugs.