Before you call an exterminator, it’s important to know what’s causing the infestation. This way, you can prepare the house to get rid of bed bugs. First, you should make sure to move furniture away from the walls, so that they cannot nest in them. Don’t pile up items on furniture, either. You should also make sure to store food in closed cabinets. If you have pets, it’s best to get them out of the house, too.
Bed bugs are very difficult to see because their eggs are pinhead sized. These eggs are usually present on mattresses, box springs, headboards, and other places where they can hide. In case of an infestation, you can use an exterminator to remove the insects from your home as soon as possible.
Using insecticides can be an effective way to kill bed bugs. Pyrethrins are commonly used and they have low toxicity and are fast-acting. However, some species of bed bugs are resistant to these chemicals. Another option is using desiccants, which destroy the bugs’ protective coating.
If you have a small infestation, it’s more cost-effective to treat yourself with DIY treatments. The key is to prepare before treatment. You should remove any furniture covers and stuffing before the treatment. It’s also best to avoid using secondhand furniture and to thoroughly inspect any items that you bring into your home.