One of the most important steps in getting rid of bedbugs is prevention. To prevent the infestation, you should isolate the bed and mattress. This includes pulling the frame away from the walls and other pieces of furniture. This way, bedbugs can’t find their way up the furniture. Another good idea is to place insect interceptors around the legs of the bed. These are plastic pieces coated in talcum powder.
The bedbugs will stay in their dormant state for up to a year. In most home environments, they will survive about half of that time. In conditions as severe as sub-zero temperatures, they would die within days, but that’s not realistic for most housing situations. Because of this, it’s important to learn more about the life cycle of bed bugs before trying to eliminate them. Although you may think that all the bugs have died, you’ll be surprised to find that a small population can come out of dormancy weeks or months later.
You can use pesticides to kill bedbugs, but it’s better to prevent them from entering in the first place. The reason is that the more infestation you have, the more difficult it is to control. The bugs spread from their hiding places, making it difficult to eliminate the problem. It may take multiple treatments before you have 100% control.