Once you’ve found the bug, the first step is to work out what it is. Two of the most common pests are fleas and bed bugs. The process of getting rid of both of these is similar, and for both a combination of cleaning and treatments through chemicals can get rid of mild infestations.
The trick is catching them early. If you’re late to the party a more professional solution may be necessary. For fleas, treating your house and pet can be enough, but bed bugs can be more stubborn.
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To identify fleas, check your pet and see if you have noticed more scratching than is usual. If you haven’t checked your pet for flees recently and they are outside a lot, catching them can be easy. The primary attribute to look for is them jumping. You’ll most likely see black spots on the bed for example, and if you go to touch it, it will jump rather than fly.
Bed bugs sleep through the day and are active at night, so you may not see them while you’re awake. What is likely is that you’ll see the tell-tale signs, which include black spots on your bedding, a sweet scent, and live bugs.
Now you can choose your treatment method. If you have confirmed you have bed bugs, we generally recommend a professional if possible. Bed bugs can be extremely hardy, and often off the shelf treatments are not strong enough.
If you decide to try yourself though, take these steps:
Investigate: Bed bugs usually live around the same are in each bed. These areas should be checked to get an idea of the seriousness of the problem, and where you should focus your efforts. The main places to check are the seams of your mattress, the frame of the bed, the headboard and then chars and other furniture near the bed.
Washing and using heat: The best way to kill pests at home is with your washing machine and dryer. Strip the bed and add in any clothes or toys that will go in the machine and wash them on the hottest setting. This, combined with a cycle in the dryer is your best bet of killing all the bed bugs in your house.
Clean: With the best washed, you should then clean as much as possible. The best tool for this is your vacuum cleaner, which can be used to get into every nook and cranny. Make sure to not only vacuum the bed but also the carpet and furniture in the bedroom to try to get every bug possible.
This process may help, and even get rid of the bugs completely, but it is not a guarantee. If you still have issues, we highly recommend a professional.