To eliminate bed bugs, you first need to know where the infestation is located and how severe it is. A recent infestation will be confined to the area surrounding the bed, while a serious infestation may have spread to other rooms and even the living room. To locate the bugs, use a flashlight to look under the bed frame and box spring. Also, check baseboards and the headboard.
To treat a bed bug infestation, you can use a variety of pesticides, including insecticides. The EPA allows certain pesticides to be used on sleeping areas, including mattresses, box springs, and bedroom furniture. You should also follow the instructions on the label carefully and apply the insecticide only to the appropriate areas. Do not apply the insecticide to electrical outlets or the walls, as this could endanger children.
After you have identified the bed bugs, make sure to wash the furniture and floors thoroughly. If the infestation has spread to the carpet, you can use a vacuum to remove the bugs. If you have a vacuum, be sure to empty it often. If you vacuum, be sure to place the bags outside to avoid the spread of bedbugs. In addition, it is important to wash bedding in hot water and dry on a high heat.
When examining the infestation, you need to look for eggs, immatures, and shed skin. These are the first signs of bed bugs and can help you determine the extent of the infestation.