Having little insects sharing your bed every night is not something most people enjoy. While we might be fine with pets on the duvet, insects and other creatures are definitely another matter. Luckily there are lots of ways to deal with this type of problem, and with many fumigation processes taking a few days you can even turn it into a great excuse for a short get-away. Here are our top tips for sorting both the fumigation and that holiday away!
The first issue is finding where bugs might be hiding. This can be more difficult than it sounds, as many live in hard-to reach nooks and crannies. Check for tell tale signs such as eggs and shed outer shells or wing cases on your bed, mattress and nearby furniture. Have a look under the bed frame and in the corners of rooms, areas that often get forgotten.
Once you have identified the problem, it is easy to deal with some of the smaller items yourself. Those that fit into the washing machine can be bagged up to prevent cross-contamination, then laundered at a high temperature to kill off the bugs. You can also try putting items in the freezer as cold temperatures have the same effect. They need to be left inside for at least a few weeks though as this process takes much longer. As with the laundry, remember to fully seal items in plastic beforehand, as you don’t want any escapes.
When you have dealt with the smaller items it is time to call in the experts. For full details on how to get rid of household pests there is a lot of great online advice, like this Cleanipedia article on how to get rid of bed bugs. To find the right fumigation company for you look online for reviews or use a local directory. This is the best way of knowing that your problem will be dealt with once and for all.
Fumigation can take a few days, which is where the fun part comes in. While the professionals are killing those bugs you can leave for some time away. This is a great excuse for a fun trip abroad as it means you do not have to worry about where to stay while your house is being sorted. Even better, you can enjoy your vacation in the knowledge that when you return, relaxed and happy, your house will be clean, with no infestations any more.
Dealing with bed bugs isn’t usually seen as a positive, but with our fumigate-and-take-a-break approach you might even end up wishing you had those little critters more often!