Bed bugs can be difficult to detect because they prefer to hide during the day and only come out to feed at night. Their bites are red and itchy and are often in a line. The excrement they leave behind is pale yellow or reddish brown. They also leave behind a sweet musty smell. You can usually detect the presence of bed bugs by looking for red stains on your bed, linens, or carpeting.
If bedbugs are present on your furniture, you should treat each piece with an insecticide dust. Pay special attention to legs, casters, and posts. Treat these areas with insecticide dust or place traps underneath them. Inspect furniture periodically to see if there are any signs of bedbugs.
You can also use chemical sprays to kill bed bugs. Another method is to use bleach, a common household chemical. It can kill bedbugs quickly. Steaming your bed can also be a good way to get rid of bed bugs. If you don’t have a steamer, you can place infested items in a black plastic bag and freeze them in the freezer for four days.
Washing clothes is another inexpensive and easy way to kill bed bugs. Washing clothes on a high temperature will kill them, and the heat of the dryer will kill any remaining bed bugs. Washing clothes also removes potential hiding spots for bed bugs. After washing and drying, store clean clothes in plastic bags until you return to your apartment.