by Dylan Bowen April 12, 2022 2 min read
When bed bugs appear there are a few precautions you can take to help protect you and your family from them, bed bugs are small insects that feed on their hosts while they sleep. A bed bug isn’t noticeable immediately it usually takes up to a month or so to notice them. They can come from used furniture, and infested areas and they can latch onto luggage, clothes and purses from outside. They can also travel from room to room.
Some things you can do to prevent bed bugs are, taking off outdoor clothing as soon as you enter your house, do not wear outside clothes to bed. If you already have bed bugs you should think about buying a new mattress, you should also think about throwing away all your used bedsheets, buying new clothing and throwing away anything you think may have been affected.
To treat bed bug bites you should, wash the bites with soap and water this will help prevent any infections from their bites, you should take a hot shower with loads of steam as steam is known for killing bed bugs and if there are any on you, you will be sure to know they have been killed and won’t be lingering on your body. If the bites are too much, you can see your doctors and they can advise you on what to do, you can apply itching ointment that you can purchase from your local chemist.
You can vacuum your mattress weekly to make sure that your mattress is clean and that you and your family are sleeping on a clean surface, you should also inspect your mattress every time you change your sheet or even more often than that. You can make sure your mattress is clean by purchasing from a well-known mattress store such as dreams and DFS instead of a second-hand store.
You should also wash your clothes at a hot temperature for longer than 30 minutes as heat and steam kill bed bugs. This isn’t guaranteed but it is very effective. To be extra cautious you should dry clean your clothes at a hot temperature for longer than 30 minutes or longer. This also goes for bed sheets. You should consider using anti-bacterial detergent.
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