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Identify, Locate and Eliminate bed bugs from your home

On 2 June 2021

Bed bugs are insects and parasitic organisms that feed on human blood, usually at night; They are secretive, they usually hide in in quiet and places that are not easily seen in the apartment or residential areas, furniture, beddings, luggage, cracks in walls kitchen facilities; they crevices during the day, and coming out at night to feed. Their bites can result in a number of health implications including skin rashes, psychological effects, and allergic symptoms. Bed bug bites may lead to skin changes ranging from small areas of redness to prominent blisters. Bed bugs are occasionally introduced into an apartment via luggage that has become infested from a hotel, hostel warehouses or places where they are initially kept. In apartment complexes, it is probably more common for bed bugs to enter a home from a nearby infested apartment or residential areas, during moving, or through picking up used or recycled furniture or mattresses. Once introduced into an apartment building, bed bugs can readily spread from one infested unit to another. Bed bugs readily move from apartment to apartment, with many people unaware that they have a problem, so chances are that one may not eliminate a bed bug problem by himself/herself.  If one apartment is infested, nearby adjoining units across sides should be assumed to be infested unless shown otherwise through inspection or monitoring

How to identify bed bugs in your residential apartment

Bedbugs often leave droppings and eggs on the seams and tufts of mattresses, furniture, luggage and places that are not easily seen in the residential apartments. You also may see small blood stains on the sheets. You may actually see the bugs themselves. Newly hatched bugs are about the size of a poppy seed.

You may have marks on your body minutes or days after sleeping in the area. Not everyone has these marks.

Bedbugs also reportedly like books, baseboards, window frames, pictures/frames, and insulation, including spaces around outlets. Check your library school bags, stores, ware houses and places that contain household properties that are not properly tidied.

Things you can do to eliminate bed bugs

Bed bug treatment consists of a thorough inspection followed by vacuuming and treatment of all detected bug hiding spots. Treatment is labor intensive and may take several hours per apartment. It will also probably require several visits and treatments to permanently get rid of a bed bug problem. Below are some of the most effective actions to be taken to prevent and totally eliminate bedbugs.

1.   Reduce Hiding Spots and Cut Down on Clutter, keep your apartment spacious and well ventilated

residential kitchen cleaning

De-clutter rooms of your house or apartment. Consider getting rid of anything unneeded such as old magazines, newspapers, books, old wooden materials. It’s difficult to inspect a cluttered home, and the more items you can eliminate, the less places bed bugs can hide. If you’re wondering what bed bugs are attracted to, other than warmth, blood and carbon dioxide, dark crevices also get their attention. Pick clothing and accessories off the floor. If possible, throw away or donate items you no longer need, taking care to ensure it’s all free of bed bugs.

2. Carry out Deep Cleaning and Spray Disinfect your apartment

Clean and spray disinfect furniture, baseboards, behind outlets, switch covers and other items to give them a head start. Wash and dry clothing and bedding at the highest heat as allowed by the manufacturer. Place items in sealed plastic bags for transport between rooms, and then seal clean items again in new plastic bags.

Wash, vacuum and conduct floor cleaning thoroughly and at regular intervals; Vacuum multiple times each week as you fend off the pests. Vacuum everything (like frames, floors, and furniture). Dispose of the vacuum bag outside of the home. Take out all of the drawers of your dressers and furniture to see if bedbugs lurk there. Encase your mattress and box spring in covers that are labeled with “for bedbugs.”

Seal cracks, tighten switch covers, and try to limit overall the access to the outside world. Launder infested linens with hot water (at least 120 degrees Fahrenheit) or heat the linens in the dryer, and then keep them away from the infected area. Safely use a blow-dryer to force out bedbugs from places like your mattress and then crush them with paper towels. Wipe down stains with hot, soapy water. Scrub with a stiff brush to dislodge eggs.

Get a self-empty base robot vacuum cleaner, a bagless, self-emptying base holds up to 30 days of dirt and debris here

3. Dispose trash neatly, without Harming the Environment

When finished with any kind of cleaning, deep, move in/out spray disinfecting etc. ; double-bag the vacuum bag in a trash bag and place in outdoor bin. There are some household items that just can’t be recycled or reused. These items have to be thrown out with the trash or disposed of at a hazardous waste facility. Try to reduce your consumption of the items like paint light bulbs and batteries; and when you do use them, dispose of them according to your city’s laws.

4.    Contact Rainbow Cleaning NY for professional cleaning services.

What kills bed bugs fast? Residential and Commercial cleaning professionals like Rainbow Cleaning NY. Give us your full cooperation and make sure we have access to closets, walls and areas around furniture. Don’t wait for the problem to get out of hand. To get rid of bed bugs fast, you need a trained professional to identify the pests and find signs of infestation quickly. Contact Rainbow Cleaning NY for powerful, customized treatments that can help eliminate bed bugs where they live and breed.

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