Bed bugs are becoming much more common in the New York City area than they used to be. Since bed bugs were largely eradicated for decades, many people are not prepared to combat them, so they have no idea what to do when confronted with an outbreak in their Staten Island, NY house. These simple techniques will slowly remove the bug infestation from your home.
The only way to eradicate bed bugs from your home in Staten Island, NY is to physically remove them from the area. The best way to do this is to use a powerful vacuum that has a sealed bag inside, and vacuum your floors, your curtains, your blankets, and your mattress itself on a weekly basis.
Vacuuming removes the larva, the eggs, and the adult bugs from around your home, and you can discard the vacuum bag outside as soon as you are finished.
Seal Them In
Although a Staten Island exterminator is not going to have time to destroy bed bugs by sealing them in, you can take this approach to remove the last remaining bugs from your home.
Purchase a vinyl bed cover and install it on your mattress using duct tape to seal all the seams so it is air-tight. Over the course of a year all of the bed bugs will die out, as long as that mattress remains sealed.
Wash Bedding in Hot Water
Since many bed bugs will hide in your blankets, it is important to wash your bedding on a heat setting above 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This will kill off all the bugs and eggs that are on your blankets.
Spot Kill Them
If you spot any bed bugs you can kill them by spraying them with rubbing alcohol or with steam. You can purchase a steamer and use that to clear out any crevices the bugs may be hiding in. Doing this on a regular basis should dramatically reduce the number of bugs.
Barricade Your Furniture
Taking steps to keep bed bugs off your bed is an excellent way to separate them from their food source, as long as you keep your pets out of reach as well. The required steps to remove any pathways that bed bugs will use to access your bed are as follows:
- Move your bed away from the walls.
- Remove blankets or sheets that hang down to the floor.
- Place leg traps under the legs of the beds in your home as well as any couches.
If you have tried these methods and you aren’t able to remove all of the bed bugs you may want to call in a Staten Island exterminator. Any good Staten Island pest control expert will be able to remove bed bugs quickly. Give our representatives a call today and get a fast, free estimate for solving your bed bug problem.