The first step in getting rid of bedbugs is to identify the sources of infestation. Typically, bedbugs will build their nests in areas with lifting wallpaper or cracks in the plaster. Inspect these areas thoroughly to eliminate the source of infestation. Also, de-clutter the home to reduce clutter, which attracts bedbugs.
Steam is a powerful bedbug killer. Steam is also effective in killing the eggs that bedbugs lay. You can steam mattresses and furniture using a steam mop that comes with built-in steam. You can also use a separate steamer for dressers and sofas.
To treat furniture, strip the coverings and wash in hot water. However, if the infestation is in a bed, you need to throw out the bed and any bedding. This method should be used with caution, especially if you have children in the home. Make sure you follow the directions on the label to ensure complete elimination.
You can also paint furniture to prevent future infestations. However, this method can be tedious and time-consuming. You can also call a professional exterminator to assess the extent of the infestation. If you suspect that you have bedbugs, remove your bed sheets and mattress to test for them. Make sure to check the mattress with a flashlight. It is also important to remember that adult bedbugs are visible with the naked eye.
You can also use EPA-approved chemical sprays to kill bed bugs. Another effective way to kill these bugs is to use a steamer. The extreme heat can kill them.