Have you recently brought home a used couch, only to find that it came with some unwanted bed bug guests? Have bed bugs migrated into your apartment from one of your neighbors? Getting rid of an infestation of bed bugs can be a lengthy and tiring process, even with help. However, there are a few things you can do to help get rid of these pests in a more timely manner. While not all of these ideas will help with every infestation, here are some tips to help enhance the effectiveness of the visits of the pest control company that you decide to use:

Seal up hiding places: As you've probably already discovered, bed bugs are nocturnal. During the night, they come out to feed on you and then hide in various nooks and crannies during the day. Bed bug control means eliminating as many of these hiding places as possible. Depending on the bed frame you use, white or school glue may sometimes be applied to fill in cracks or holes in the frame. If you feel that this may damage your bed frame, use generous amounts of masking tape to seal up any potential hiding places. Bed bugs can survive over a year without food, so you may want to write a date on the tape if you suspect that you may have accidentally sealed any live bedbugs inside these crevices. 

Put fabrics in the dryer: Bed bugs may also take to hiding in your bedding and in the folds of the clothes in your closet and dresser. To eliminate them once they've migrated there, the best method of bed bug control for fabrics is heat. Place all of your clothes, bedding, towels and so on, whether they are clean or not, into new and clean plastic garbage bags. This will help keep any bed bug invaders from escaping and hiding elsewhere. As the fabrics are washed and dried, place them inside of different clean plastic garbage bags, to help prevent them from being re-infected. For fabrics that can't be put in the dryer, either dispose of them in the garbage or leave them in a hot car for some time. Bed bugs require a temperature of at least 120 degrees Fahrenheit for at least 20 minutes in order to be killed.

Bag up your mattresses: Since you can't easily bake your mattresses and box springs, you must use a different method of bed bug control if you don't want to be forced to buy completely new beds. Look for large fabric bags, something like giant pillow cases, specially made for this purpose. They will have a zipper on one end, allowing you to seal the bed bugs inside. Each mattress or box spring will need its own bag. If you're having trouble locating these, your pest control company will either have these available for purchase or be able to tell you where to buy them. As previously mentioned, bed bugs can live for months without feeding so make sure you get fabric bags that are durable so that they will last for the 12-18 months needed for all the bed bugs to die off. Visit http://www.craigandsons.com for more information.