Did the Bed Bugs Bite? How to Get Back to Sleeping Tight

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It’s all fun and games until the bed bugs really do start to bite.

If you haven’t had the displeasure of dealing with bed bugs, count yourself lucky. Just the thought of these little critters is probably making you itch all over. Imagine how it would feel if you actually had them in your home. Luckily, when it comes to killing bed bugs, there are a few different solutions you can try out.

Start fresh

Most people would hate the thought of going back to sleep in the same bed that was once filled with bed bugs. If your Beautyrest mattress is currently under attack by these pesky critters, then maybe it’s time to hit the reset button. Throw out the old mattress and head to a mattress store to pick up a new Tempurpedic mattress, Serta mattress, or stick with your current brand and get another Beautyrest mattress. However, with this method, you might have to throw out your clothes and a lot of other things as well.

Turn up the heat

If your bed bugs are more like luggage bugs or favorite sweater bugs, then you have a different removal option. Before you bring them into your home and end up with a full-on invasion, grab a black garbage bag and pack up the infested items. Leave the bag out in the baking sun for as long as possible to raise the internal temperature and kill the bugs. Your unpleasant hitchhikers will die once their body temperature reaches 113 degrees Fahrenheit.

Keep ‘em clean

One of the best ways to get rid of bed bugs is to regularly wash your sheets, comforters, blankets, pillow cases, and any clothes that have been on the floor. You’ll want to wash them thoroughly and then dry them on high heat to kill any bed bugs and their eggs. Do this regularly to limit the number of bed bugs each time and compound the effects with other extermination methods.

It’s also important to regularly check your children’s bedding and clothing for bed bugs, particularly since children spend roughly 40% of their childhood asleep. Being proactive about bed bugs is the best defense you can have, but a good exterminator is the next best thing.

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