How to Get Rid of Bedbugs in an Apartment Building

How to Get Rid of Bedbugs in an Apartment Building

Are you looking for the best tip on how to get rid of bedbugs in an apartment building? If yes, then this article has got you covered.

In this article, we shall be looking at the most effective methods on how to get rid of bedbugs in an apartment building.

Bedbugs are blood-sucking insects that require blood to breed and survive.

Bedbugs feed on live animals and human bodies.

They are quite different from the mosquitoes and ticks.

Unlike the mosquitoes, Bedbugs can not fly to get to their food.

When compared with ticks, they do not have the convenience of living on a host. 

To get the food they need, then they must find a way to get it. 

So, what action do they take?

They hide near their food source and wait until it is safe to come out and feed.

At first, it is quite challenging to spot a bed bug. – They are incredibly tiny and possess a transparent skin. 

However, once they get to the adult stage and are mature, then it becomes easy to spot these bed bugs. – Except, the environment in which they have chosen is well-packed enough to conceal them. 

Bed bugs are not attracted by clutter, but clutter will help them avoid being easily caught or spotted. 

Due to this fact, a lot of people believe that bed bugs are attracted to filthy and dirty places, but filth, dirt, and clutters are not the cause of bed bugs in the home. 

Bedbugs can live and breed even in the cleanest and neatest of homes and environments. 

They can be sen/found anywhere, whether a home, an office or a hotel.

Causes of Bedbugs 

The possible cause of bed bugs is a lack of experience, information, and awareness. 

The more you know about bed bugs, and the factors that bring about the presence of bed bugs, the higher success you get in keeping them out of your home.

Female bedbugs can lay hundreds of eggs during their lifetime. Each of these eggs can be compared to the size of a small dust particle and cannot be easy to see with a naked eye. 

Regardless of their small size, it is essential to correctly detect whether your house is infested with bedbugs or not. 

Based on the level of infestation, the treatments to get rid of bugs can be selected.

How do Bedbugs Feed on Humans?

These disturbing insects called Bedbugs are usually very active during and throughout the night – while you sleep. 

They draw blood from the body of their victims with a sharp and elongated beak. 

Each feed(extracting of blood from the victim) last from a minimum of 3 minutes to 10 minutes. 

Once they are done feeding, they immediately crawl back to their hiding place. 

Bedbug bites are usually not painful initially, but later, they turn into itchy shin irritants. 

Their bites are similar to that of a mosquito bite, – This makes it difficult to suspect that a bedbug bit you.

You need to check yourself thoroughly to confirm the presence of bedbugs in your home.

Signs of Bedbug infestation in your Bed

Bedbugs leave signs on the mattress or the area around them. 

Below are some of the signs you should look out for.

  • Check out for black dots. – which are most likely bug excrement,
  • Eggshells: They are pale yellow and only 1 mm in size. 
  • Rusty stains 
  • Living bugs. 

I shall be listing out how to get rid of bedbugs in an apartment building – Using home remedies.

How do you get rid of bed bugs in an apartment building

To begin the process and step on how to get rid of bedbugs in an apartment building, you must ensure that the rooms are very neat and clean.

A less crowded and less-packed room helps in reducing and eliminating possible hideout of bedbugs.

Check out for bedbug infestations on your garments. 

If the signs of a bedbug infestation are positive, ensure that you soak the possibly with hot water and detergent for a wash.

Look out for the labels of your garments, pockets, and other possible hideouts of bedbugs – if they need to be dry cleaned, then give them out to a dry cleaner. 

Inform them of the presence of bedbugs in them so that they can get them cleaned up properly.

Check for holes and cracks on the ground and walls. – Ensure that you get them cleaned up. 

Also, get these holes filled up as soon as possible to eliminate the possibility of bedbug hiding there again.

The following, are simple home remedies you can use to get rid of bedbugs immediately:

Vinegar

Yes. We use this in our kitchen. The truth is, aside from using it to do any of the following;

  • Clean your cooler. … 
  • Clean your waste disposal. … 
  • Clean your oven. … 
  • Clean your stove. … 
  • Clean the mineral stores from spigots.  

Vinegar kills bedbugs too. 

Note: It can kill bedbugs by destroying their nervous system, but not their eggs. 

First, apply white distilled vinegar on the edges of hideouts with signs of bedbugs and then spray vinegar on the bedbugs. 

This makes them unable to run away and escape from the vinegar sprays.

Diatomaceous Earth

The Diatomaceous Earth is said to be most effective in treating bedbug infestations. 

Are you looking out for an easy, economical, and very effective means of getting rid of bedbug in your home? If yes, then the diatomaceous earth is your best bet. 

Although the diatomaceous earth takes quite a while to begin working, it can kill about 90% of the bedbugs.

Baking Soda

This is recognized as one of the best home remedies for getting rid of bedbugs. 

Baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, is spread on the infected area to get rid of the bed bugs. 

The peculiar feature about the use of baking soda in eradicating bedbug is that it dehydrates the skin of bedbugs, thereby killing them instantly. 

Note: It would take a lot of time to give results.

Also, it can be expensive also, as you would need loads of powder for sprinkling. 

Ensure you clean up the room after sprinkling to remove dead bedbugs.

Rubbing Alcohol

Rubbing alcohol is a solvent with versatile uses in our homes.

Apart from using it to clean the following;

  • blinds  
  • dry erase board
  • surface disinfectant 
  • makeup brushes
  • sinks and chrome
  • shoes
  •  jewelry
  •  stainless steel, etc.

It can also be used to kill insects such as ticks and bedbugs. It kills by dissolving their cells.

When it touches the skin of a bedbug, it causes their skin to dry up, thereby causing them to die.

Borax

Sprinkling borax powder on your mattress or furniture or the cracks in the walls can eradicate bedbugs found in them.

Essential Oils

Essential oils are good at keeping bugs away from places where they are found.

Essential oils are easy to prepare and can also be kept in very small containers, which can be taken wherever you wish to go. Even when traveling. 

some very effective oils include;

  • Lavender
  • Thyme
  • Peppermint
  • Eucalyptus, and 
  • Tea tree, etc.

Are some of the oils that can be used to keep bedbugs away from biting you. 

When sprayed regularly, they can help to kill the bedbugs. 

They also help your bed smell fine!

Other Home Remedies to get rid of Bedbugs Permanently

Here, I will be listing out some other options that you can use to get rid of bedbugs. 

Vacuum Your Bed 

First,

Get some ziplock packs. Vacuum your sleeping pad altogether. 

Next, Ziploc your sleeping cushion and leave the sacks for seven days. 

None will be able to come in or go out. This will make them starve and die.

Sleeping pad safe Encasement 

You can get different sorts of sleeping pad encasements in the market that accompany a snare to trap bedbugs already in the bedding. They are generally bug certified. 

Having these encasements on for a year can actually aid you with getting rid of these bloodsuckers from your sleeping mattress proficiently.

Stickers

These can be used to trap bedbugs and make them immobile and unable to move.

When filled, they can be burnt.

Insecticidal Sprays

Insecticides are a very effective tool by which bedbugs can be eradicated from our homes.

Ensure that you read the instructions on the insecticide to know how they can be applied and their functions.

Steaming

Many homeowners prefer the steaming method in getting rid of the bedbugs.

Steaming is a non-toxic means of eradicating bedbugs. 

They are also a healthy alternative to chemical treatments, which can be dangerous to humans. Chemical treatments are very precarious, especially when you have kids and pets at home. 

Steaming also aids in eliminating deadly viruses, germs, microscopic organisms, and bacteria.

Bedbugs do not transmit diseases. – Unlike Mosquitoes.

However, their bites are often itchy and can get infected if they are overly scratched. 

Many of us think bedbugs appear when the house is unclean.

Now, let me clear things. 

How do bedbug get in your house 

A dirty and filthy house is not the cause of bedbugs. 

They can come from different sources such as;

  • Travels
  • They can be found in cardboard boxes
  • They can be found in used furnishings.
  • They can also travel between apartments, rooms, complexes, and hotels. – especially, in multi-unit structures/buildings.

How to prevent bed bugs in an apartment building

  • Always endeavor to keep your home free from clusters as bedbugs take advantage of clusters and make them their hideout and breeding ground.
  • If you need to buy used(fairly used or whatever) upholstery or furniture, ensure that you check them out thoroughly. – While checking them out, watch out for signs of bedbugs. 
  • If bedbugs are already seen in the furniture, you risk taking them to your house, and they can spread, thereby causing an infestation.
  • Also, ensure that you clean up cracks and fill them up immediately as bedbugs can also make them their hideouts and breeding ground.
  • If you are about getting into a new apartment, make sure you fumigate the house before moving in.
  • If you have been out of your home for a period of time, ensure that your house is free from bedbugs before you come back.
  • If your furniture or mattress has been tremendously infected, then it’ll be wise to get rid of it and replace them with a new one.

 

Now you have it; the most effective methods on how to get rid of bedbugs in an apartment building.

Have you got any questions?

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I’m Lilian Lopez, the Editor + Hostess in Chief of AllHomeDIY. I love sharing home decor tips, DIY projects & ideas to make your life & home beautiful. I am slightly obsessed with the following: decorations, traditional molding, vintage rugs, flipping through design magazines & of course my family. AllHomeDIY was founded in the Summer of 1194. Created to inspire readers on hunting for their own style & how to accomplish it on any budget. Having years of experience as an International Hotel, Home, and Office Designer, I know the importance of creating a luxurious space & making every dollar count. Whether incorporating a high-end statement piece or the addition of a vintage find, I believe that it is not what you spend that gives your home style it is how you layer your space together. AllHomeDIY strives to continue to provide original content to my followers through room makeovers, office ideas, client projects, Product recommendations, DIY decor ideas & exciting brand collaborations. If you are looking to collaborate, or simply have a question… please contact me at allhomediy@gmail.com.
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