how to get rid of bed bugs

How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs

Whether you’re the manager of a hotel, apartment complex, or simply a tenant or homeowner, the discovery of bed bugs in the dwelling can feel like a catastrophe. Bedbugs can endanger your health, livelihood, reputation and even your bank account while you undergo the arduous task of getting rid of them. When this major disaster strikes, contact the bed bug lawyers of The Elan Law Firm in New York, Washington, D.C, and Virginia. In the meantime, here are some tips to get rid of bedbugs.

How to Locate Bed Bugs

The first step in getting rid of bed bugs is locating them. To do that, you need to know where bed bugs live and reproduce. Bed bugs can’t fly, so they crawl to areas where they can eat and reproduce. They are most commonly found in beds, on the sheets, mattresses, and pillowcases. It’s important to note that bed bugs are so tiny that you might find them under the mattress and on top of the box spring. They may also be on the bed rails since they congregate in crevices. They may also be found in curtains and draperies, especially around the vertical seams and lower hems.

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Dogs can actually sniff out bed bugs!

Bed bugs aren’t only attracted to textiles, however. Once the infestation takes hold, you might find bed bugs on picture frames, where the frame meets the glass, in or around wall outlets, in or on electronics like TVs and A/C units, under wallpaper seams, and more.

To locate bed bugs, you can use an ordinary flashlight. As bed bugs crawl, they leave behind telltale rust-colored lines. To the eye, the trail may appear dark brown or black.

What is the Quickest Way to Get Rid of Bed Bugs?

The quickest and most sure-fire way to get rid of bed bugs is to get rid of anything that the bed bugs are currently living on. Of course, that may not be practical if you have bed bugs on large furniture or expensive electronics. But you do need to remove items that the bed bugs have infiltrated. This means laundering all your clothing and room textiles (pillows, blankets, sheets, curtains) in as hot a water temperature as possible. Bed bugs die at temperatures above 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

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If you have a mattress infested with bed bugs, throw it away! But make sure it fits in the dumpster.

If there are area rugs or carpets in the room, you’ll need to have the area rugs steam cleaned as well as the carpeting. For high pile carpet, the best thing to do is to pull up the carpet and replace it. For better odds, some prefer to steam clean the carpet and then replace it. Even though that seems illogical, this will kill the existing bed bugs first so that you won’t bring live bed bugs into other rooms in the dwelling. Mattresses will need to be treated in the same manner. A deep steam cleaning is warranted, followed by replacement with a new mattress.

If you or a loved one discover bed bugs in your dwelling or while visiting a hotel, contact the bed bug lawyers of The Elan Law Firm. We’re here to help with a free consultation to ensure your rights are protected.