How to get rid of Bedbugs
Encountering bedbugs can be problematic and painful as they leave behind small red bites, resulting in swelling and itching. It doesn't take long in realising the severity of the situation for those who have been bitten by these unpleasant, little pests as they can instantly multiply and colonise.
Bedbugs are flat insects that are slightly reddish-brown, resembling a beetle. The more blood they suck on, the fatter they get. They can attack any part of the body that is exposed and are attracted to breathing and body heat.
How to avoid bedbugs
You can not fully protect yourself nor prevent the probability of bedbugs. You are most likely to get bedbugs from a hotel stay, be it a cheap hotel or expensive. So having some knowledge about bedbugs will ensure a better chance of avoiding them.
Getting rid of bedbugs is easier whilst on holiday than it making way into your home through used furniture, clothes and suitcases. So, you must get rid of them before entering your house.
We would strongly advise that you unpack your belongings outside rather than inside your house and vacuum your suitcase before putting it away. Make sure to wash everything and freeze the remaining for 2 days at least. This is because bedbugs cannot survive in temperatures under -18 degrees or above 50 degrees Celsius.
How to get rid of bedbugs at home
Though it may be a challenge to get rid of bedbugs as they can survive poisonous substances and can live for an entire year at room temperature without feeding on blood, it is not impossible. It is difficult to determine whether you have completely gotten rid of them or they're simply taking a break. Also, they leave a smell behind which helps lead their friends right to them, therefore seeking professional help would be ideal to exterminate them.
How to identify the problem yourself
Bedbugs are not a result of bad hygiene, but ensuring regular and thorough cleaning can reduce the chances of getting bedbugs. So, it is essential that you either take apart and throw away any old furniture. You should wash or freeze clothing, curtains, bedding, rugs/carpets and so on...