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February 26, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 169

So you think you have bed bugs, or worst yet, you know you have them. These annoying creepy pest don't want your bread crumbs, oh no! They want your blood, and if allowed to do so, they will feast off of you every night until you destroy them. Though you might not know it, some people can have bed bugs and not even know it. However, a select group of people are noticeably allergic to them. If you happen to be one of the unlucky ones, you will be awakened with a terrible itch and small pimpled-sized bites on your body. On the other hand, if you are not allergic to them, and you never see them at night, you could have them for months and not even know it.

Once you learn that you have bed bugs, you can rid yourself of them, with or without an exterminator. Ridding your home of these blood-thirsty insects is a three-step process.

First order of business: Cover your top and bottom mattress with a bed bug cover. Though there are several covers on the market, I recommend Protect-A-Bed Allerzip bed bug cover, which can be purchased at Other brands may not be as effective. To save a little money, I recommend purchasing a box-spring cover for your top and bottom mattress. The box-spring cover retails for roughly $35 whereas the typical top cover will costs $65 and up, and they both do the same thing. Also, please note, you will need to have your pillows covered with bed bug covers as well.

After you have covered your top and bottom mattress (a mandatory step), you will need to clear out the clutter. Once you begin the extermination process, you will want to make sure that there are few places for them to hide. Get rid of unused boxes, papers, bags, etc. Though it is not necessary that you wash every piece of clothing that you own, it is important that you wash everything that was once in contact with your bed or sofa. This includes all sheets, blankets, pillow cases, sleepwear, bathrobe, etc.

Once clutter is dispersed, your linen is washed and mattresses and pillows are covered, it is almost time to begin the actual extermination process. But before getting to that step, there is one last precaution to put in place that will almost guarantee that these blood-thirsty suckers will stay away while you rest at night. Since the only way a bed bug can get to you is to climb the bed, it stands to reason that if they cannot access the bed, they can't access you. It's recommended that (1) You move your bed several inches away from the wall or anything else that might create a bridge to your bed. If you have a headboard, I suggest you remove the headboard for a few weeks until after the extermination process is over. Your bed needs to be an island, for at least a month while you exterminate, (2) Purchase Climbup Insect Interceptors from They sell for roughly $12. Insect interceptors are placed under the legs of the bed and prevent bed bugs from accessing the bed. With your bed not making contact with the wall or furniture, and the insect interceptors in place, your bed is now an island, (3) Exterminate. Exterminate. Exterminate. If you choose to work with an exterminator, make sure he specializes in dealing with bed bugs. It may be necessary for the exterminator to return a week later for a second treatment. If you choose to go at it alone, an excellent product is Sterifab which can be purchased from most hardware stores. Because you will want to exterminate at a minimum of twice, I recommend you purchase a gallon or two.

After you purchase your Sterifab, it's time to get busy. Move every piece of furniture away from the wall and exterminate every corner and crevice. If you have a sofa or living room chair, you must spray every crevice of the sofa and chair, including any pillows. Don't be afraid to turn the sofa and chair over as well. If you have carpet, after you have vacuumed, be sure to spray the carpet as well. If you have hardwood floors, a good sweeping should be fine. Every room of your home should be exterminated with the same precision. If you have pictures on the wall, the backs of the pictures must be exterminated as well. You might want to leave your home for an hour or two after exterminating. If possible, after your first treatment, follow up with a second one, a week or two later.

If you are one of the unfortunate ones who is dealing with bed bug bites and are suffering a terrible itch, a great remedy is a topical antibiotic, Bacitraycin Plus, which actually goes to the root of the problem--the poison causing the itch. And it begins working immediately.

To prevent bed bugs in the future, never remove your bed bug covers unless you plan to wash them. You should be able to reattach your headboard after a month or so when you are for certain that the bed bugs are completely gone.

Good luck, and don't let the bed bugs bite, at least not any more.

Jessie Coleman is a freelance writer and the author of Writing Screenplays, Your Life Is a Movie. She can be reached at

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