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Dealing With Bed Bugs... For Dummies
By Dana Barker Davies
... Or How To Get Rid of Bed Bugs Once and For All
Bed bugs are tiny, little pests that bite you when you sleep. And I am not kidding, they are that
mean! I would've included pictures of what they can cause to your skin, especially if you have a
sensitive one, but that won't let you sleep, so I will just stick to some basic bed bug facts.
The best treatment is always prevention
According to Paul's Upholstery Cleaning Experts one of the best things you can do for your
mattress is think ahead before you jump in your bed in the same clothes you've been wearing all
day, or take a sandwich in your bedroom. These are a big no-no if you want to keep your
mattress clean and healthy. Don't ask their professional mattress cleaners, however, what to buy,
because this is the very American way of dealing with the problem. Keeping a bed bug-free
home means there is a very little you can buy, instead a lot you need to change in terms of
hygiene and habits.
1. If you so much want to buy something that will give you peace of mind, here is what you need:
a mattress cover, pillowcases and sheets that are certified to protect against bed bugs.
2. Don't eat in bed - sounds very predictable, but the food you bring in bed, becomes a food for
mites and bugs as well, and not just for bed bugs, but for all sorts of pests and bugs.
3. Vacuum clean your bed once a week, including your mattress, change your sheets once a
week, especially if a partner, boyfriend, etc. visits. Once a year you can dry steam clean your
mattress - this is how professionals do it and the reason it is so effective is because it puts out
steam at high temperatures that kill bed bugs and their eggs.If you have a history of bed bugs in
your home you might want to do that twice a year.
4. Take off your work/street clothes when you come home and put on your house clothes.
IF you've had problems with bed bugs and your house was exposed to infestation in the past,
professional mattress cleaners advise you to put your clothes in the dryer for half an hour. The
heat will kill anything you could've brought home.
Other unexpected bed bug hangouts.
If you think you can't come across them in the office - you are wrong. Take care of your house
and look out for bed bugs beyond the bedroom. After all you have more than just this one room
and I bet in other rooms you still have plenty of upholstered furniture, carpets, curtains and soft
cushions. Those are not to be neglected!
1. The Gym. Don't worry - you won't get them on the treadmill, they don't like it any more than
you do, but the lockers and mats are a good place for them to start.
2. Department Stores. Bed bugs might get attached from a store's clothes to yours. Don't
mingle your personal belongings and the store's clothes together, don't throw your clothes on the
fitting room's floor and hang them separately.
3. Planes, buses, hotels. Even five star hotels can accommodate bed bugs and you should be
aware of that. Here's how to keep safe from bed bugs when travelling.
As long as you clean and steam clean your home often and follow the prevention tips provided,
you will be safe and there's no reason to panic and freak out now. In case there is a reason to
panic and your home is already infested can call professionals and ask them for advice.
Having your mattress cleaned by professionals every few months is also a good starting point. In
terms of insecticides and other solutions, you should call a professional company because some
might be dangerous to your health if you don't know how to use them properly.
And If we scared you, here is a song that
might help you sleep tonight.
Good night, sleep tight
And don't let the bed bugs bite.
And if they do, than take your shoe
And knock 'em till they're black and blue.
This information was kindly provided by Paul's Carpet and Upholstery cleaning team who offer
expert mattress cleaning and bed bug treatment in Sydney. For more questions, or if you have
concerns about bed bug infestation, or treatment, or you don't know whether you have bed bugs
on the first place, please call 02 9098 1715 and we will assist you.