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Got Bed Bugs? 3 Cleaning Strategies That Will Get Rid Of Them And Their Funk

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Bed bugs are everywhere! They have been found on city buses, in hotel rooms, in commercial buildings and in homes all over the country.What's more, there are more bed bug infestations now than there were 10 to 15 years ago. And they're very easy to pick up and take home since they like to hitch rides in clothing and luggage.

If you have bed bugs, don't blame yourself. There are countless people living in cities all over the country dealing with the same problem. They are fighting them and you can too. Following are three strategies for getting rid of them and their funk.

How to Get Rid of Eggs

Each adult female bed bug can lay up to 5 eggs per day. The eggs, which look like small grains of salt, are extremely difficult to spot as they blend in with most backgrounds. And females like to lay their eggs in cracks and crevices where they can't be found, which makes them even harder to clean up.

To rid your hard surfaces of eggs, wipe everything down with warm, soapy water. Rinse your rag often since you don't want to simply transfer eggs from one place to another. You should also take measures to remove eggs from crevices and soft surfaces. You can do so with a strong vacuum with a crevice attachment. You can also kill eggs by laundering everything that will fit into your washing machine. 

How to Get Rid of Bugs and Fecal Matter

Bed bugs love to hide in curtains, cracks, baseboards, mattress seams and anywhere else they can squeeze their flat bodies, and you will find their fecal matter wherever they reside. Fecal matter can be very difficult to remove, especially from soft surfaces, such as mattresses. You can try scrubbing surfaces with disinfectant and a scrub brush, but you might have to get rid of heavily soiled items.   

The best way to tackle fecal matter is to prevent it by keeping the bug population down. Since spraying bugs with over-the-counter products will likely force them into hiding, it's best to leave that part to the professionals. You can, however, suck up any bugs you can see and a few you can't with your vacuum. Be sure to empty your vacuum after each use. 

How to get Rid of Their Smell

Bed bugs have an extremely recognizable odor, especially if you kill them. This is because they possess scent glands that attract other bed bugs or warn them—scientists aren't sure which. Although bed bug odor has not been studied extensively, you don't have to be a scientist to know that they stink and to want them out of your house. The best way to get rid of them is to clean thoroughly with a high-powered vacuum complete with crevice tools. Doing so will help contain the smell. You should also never smash or crush a bed bug since the smell will intensify.

You see, there are several cleaning strategies that will get rid of bed bugs and their funk. While your pest control company (such as Desert Pest Control) will do most of the work, it's your responsibility to maintain a strict cleaning schedule while dealing with bed bugs.