Bedbugs: How To Get Rid Of Them?
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How Do I Know If I Have Bed Bugs?
Know how to detect them: adult bed bugs are 5 to 7 mm in size and have the shape of an apple seed. It is often the bites on your body that alert you … but it is also possible not to feel anything.
Examine the angles of mattresses and sofas: the small brown-black dots are the traces of their droppings. You can also find blood stains on your sheets, due to the bites they inflict on you .
How To Treat Bed Bugs?
Start with mechanical measures: scrupulously vacuum (then throw away the bag), or even a steam cleaner, and wash all the laundry at 60 ° C.
Avoid the use of insecticides because, improperly used, they can cause the opposite effect: the bedbugs take refuge in another room and the infestation spreads.
Treatment: When To Call In A Professional Exterminator?
If your actions are ineffective, seek professional help quickly. The union chamber for rat control, insect control, disinfection (CS3D) lists reliable service providers .
You will have to prepare the intervention (dismantling the beds, tidying up, etc.) and plan to vacate the premises for six to twelve hours, including for your animals. Treatments vary from case to case, combining insecticides, diatomaceous earth, dry steam, and require three passes to break the breeding cycles.
In the event of a massive infestation, the technician will use heavier heat treatments . For example, by heating volumes, objects or furniture to 60 ° C for half a day, or by placing them at -18 ° C for seventy-two hours.
Eradication Treatment: How Much Does It Cost?
A standard intervention costs 400 euros on average, and up to several thousand euros in the event of a generalized infestation. But that can save you from throwing away bedding, sofa, armchairs, curtains, rugs … To your calculators!
If several apartments in your condominium are affected, call a detector dog. It will target existing homes and this will avoid costly treatment of the entire condominium.
Bedbugs: How To Prevent Them?
There is no preventive treatment, apart from vigilance. Beware of objects found in the street or bought in second-hand goods (furniture, books, toys).
When traveling, inspect the angles of the mattresses, do not put your suitcase on the bed, armchairs or the floor, but rather in the shower tray for example, and keep it tightly closed. Finally, take clothes that are washable at 60 ° C.