What to do if you can’t afford a bed bug exterminator?
Here are a few things you can do to help control or even eliminate the bed bugs yourself. please let us start this article by being honest most of our clients have tried a ray of things before calling us. We want to set the expectations that these are the best suggestions for controlling or eliminating a bed bug infestation without using a professional.
A pest control company can offer a level of comfort and efficiency to a bed bug infestation. Not using a professional can cause frustration, energy, and time wasted as well as anxiety. We do understand that sometimes everybody can’t afford a professional so here are a few suggestions.
Perform an inspection
Performing an inspection can give you the ability to know how bad the infestation is and how much it’s spread through the home. Remember be careful doing an inspection you do not want to excite the bedbugs too much as well as giving them the confidence to move to other furniture out of fear. There’s an article and video on how to perform a proper inspection.
So removing any items that you don’t want near and around bed bug infestation is wise. Make sure you gently move items that you want to throw away in a sealed trash bag. Any items in or around your bed couches or chairs are great places to start. For any items that you would like to keep you also would want to seal them up in an airtight bag we would suggest keeping them outside or in a storage unit or a garage in an airtight trash bag. When you have time open the bag and look through every item one by one very carefully placing them in another trash bag and back in the area once an infestation is completely exterminated.
Launder all your clothes and bedding
Gently remove any bedding pillows blankets and bed skirts from your bed and place in an airtight trash bag. Depending on the level of infestation you may want to check your dressers. Pull the dresser drawers out and check under the drawer and in the corners of the dresser, you may need a flashlight. If you don’t find any bed bugs in these areas you may be okay without washing and drying clothes in the dresser if the dresser is close to the bed or an infested chair 2 to 3 ft you may still want to wash and dry these clothes as well.
We suggest trying all clothes and bedding with and minimum of 30 -45 minutes per load this will kill any eggs or bed bugs. After each load place in another room or area uninfested. The minimum requirement is to dry the bedding or the clothes if you prefer you can wash and dry them as well.
As far as treatment goes there’s a lot of products to choose from. We recommend staying away from bed bugs and flea foggers. We would suggest using diatomaceous earth with a bulb duster.
Diatomaceous earth works as a desiccant drawing out the bed bugs and killing them. Make sure you follow label instructions on any products used remember more does not equal better over-applying and overusing products can cause the bed bugs to stay dormant or find an alternate host, pathway, and hiding areas. We hope this helps we can’t guarantee these suggestions will get rid of the infestation but we found that these are the best possible ways to eliminate bed bugs yourself. For professional help in the Tulsa area give Tulsa bed bug specialists I call.