Have you been waking up with red welts on your body? Are you worried that you might have picked up fleas outside and brought them into your home? While fleas are quite common, especially if there are a lot of cats or dogs running around outside, this isn't necessarily what you're dealing with. Bed bugs are making a comeback around the world, even though you might only have thought of them as an old-fashioned pest. Unfortunately, they can be very difficult to eliminate once they infest a given area. It's not impossible, however, and there are several things you can do to make the process easier on yourself. Some of the most important things include:
Hire a professional: A lot of people assume that they can deal with any and all infestations on their own but this isn't something that should be considered when it comes to bed bugs. Bed bugs are resistant to most products that you might find in the stores, requiring a specialized bed bug treatment if you hope to get rid of them in a timely manner. A professional is going to be the best person to handle this and to know exactly what needs to be done to get rid of every last bed bug.
Encase your mattress(s): As you might expect from a pest with "bed" in the name, bed bugs like to hide in the folds and creases of a mattress. They can also climb inside of a mattress through small flaws in the exterior covering. Because of this, an essential part of the bed bug treatment process includes purchasing special bed coverings and placing your mattress inside for at least a year. You can't just use any mattress cover or protector that you find, so consult with your professional to find out exactly which type of cover you should purchase.
Protect your clothes: While bed bugs do prefer to live in and around a bed due to the proximity to their meal source - namely, you - they can also be found living in the clothes in your closet. The various folds and dark spaces provide perfect hiding places for this particular pest. Bed bugs in your clothes won't necessarily damage your clothing but they can reinfect your home from this base of operations. In order for your professional bed bug treatment to have the best chances of success, it's important that you wash and dry your clothes to kill any bed bugs within and then immediately put these items into vacuum storage bags to keep them from being infested again by a new colony of these insects.
For more information, contact companies such as Arab Termite and Pest Control.