Realistically speaking, bed bug infestation in Singapore and its environs is a common occurrence. Bed bugs are not only disturbing but also embarrassing and disgusting as well. These blood-sucking bugs are found in the least expected places in our surroundings. For instance, you are most likely to encounter them at movie theatres, hotels, and even public offices. It is worth noting that bed bugs are great travellers and are mostly transported through luggage, furniture and even beddings.
Due to the ease at which the bugs can be transported, Singapore has seen their resurgence and increased reports of infestations. However, if you are unlucky and your home happens to be infested with the bugs, then do not panic as below is a list of comprehensive ways of dealing with the bugs.
1. Rid your home of all clutter
Cluttered areas within and around the house is a perfect breeding place for bed bugs. Such places are not only conducive for them to hide, but also a place where they can safely lay their eggs. In fact, these cluttered places are usually dirty as you do not reach them when doing cleaning. The best way to rid your house of bugs naturally is simply organizing your household so that all areas are easily accessible. You can also achieve effective internal organization by throwing away all items that are not needed and thus create less piling.
2. Vacuum your home
Vacuuming is essential as it not only removes bed bugs but also picks objects and dirt which act as shelter for the bugs. In the process of vacuuming, you will get to discover those places in your house which harbor bed bugs the most. Therefore you will have made a step closer to eradication of these bugs. Treat each room with seriousness as if each and every room is infested equally.
All places should be vacuumed. Furniture, bed frames, box springs, curtains, flooring, mattresses, baseboards including any other areas possible for the vacuum nozzle to reach have to be vacuumed. Get assistance if the work is too overwhelming or if you cannot reach some places. Empty the contents into a bag that is capable of securing the vacuumed content safely to prevent spreading the bugs to another location.
3. Ensure your fabrics are clean
This is another surefire way of getting rid of the bed bugs. These bugs are sensitive to temperature change. Where possible, place your clothes and beddings at increased temperature for more than 20 minutes. This will either kill them or make them escape from their hiding spots. After cleaning the clothing, keep the cleaned items separate from the dirty ones. Additionally, hand wash any other cloth that is not possible to be put at high temperature.
4. Steam furniture
Steaming furniture is a crucial part of bed bug removal and should not be skipped under any circumstance. It is effective because the bugs lay their eggs and hide in between the cracks and spaces in the furniture. In light of this, steam will reach all the deep and dark places and eradicate all bugs plus their eggs. When carrying out the steaming exercise, be sure to use a gadget that produces vapor at high temperature. More so, the pressure should be adequate and not excessive so as not to blow the eggs and the bugs out. Instead, it should act in a manner similar to fog.
Opting for steam that dries faster is even a better option as the high temperature vapor will do less damage to surfaces being sprayed. Remember, these are the bugs which have been causing you nightmare and embarrassment. Do not spare them. Spray each and every one of them until you are certain they are dead.
5. Caulk cracks and crevices
This among the final steps that will not only eradicate hiding points but also future infestations. Apply caulk to all visible cracks that the bugs can squeeze and hide inside them. Such cracks could exist on the walls, floors or on the ceiling. Check for any other areas that the bedbugs can hide and seal them properly. Caulk applications may shrink after some time. Re-apply once again and ensure they cover all cracked surfaces.
Living in a bug free environment is your right. Keep in mind that bed bug removal does not have to be a daunting process. Just follow the steps outlined above and you are on your way to enjoy a happy life in Singapore.