Did you find itchy, red welts after going for a drive? You may have bed bugs in your car. While it may seem intimidating to take care of, rest assured it is possible to make your car pest-free again. Here’s how:
1. Bring on the Heat.
One way to kill bed bugs is a thorough cleaning with heat. Remove and wash all things that can come out of your car—seat covers, rugs, etc. Put what you can in a dryer for 30-60 minutes. The washing machine together with heat from the dryer will not only kill the bed bugs but also any eggs that might be attached to them.
If you can’t use a washer and dryer, place the affected rugs and seat covers in the hot sun for a few hours. The heat from the suns rays will kill the bed bugs. If possible, place them in black plastic bags and in direct sunlight. The longer you keep the items in the hot sun, the more effective this method will be.
2. Steam cleaning
This is one of the most common options. Steam-cleaning uses steam to kill bed bugs and get them out from their tight hiding places. This method also kills the bugs in all the stages of their life-cycle, which includes the eggs.
3. Chemicals and pesticides
One of the most effective ways of removing bed bugs is by attacking them with chemical insecticides and pesticides. This treatment is best used if the bed bug population is too dense for other methods. Thorough research is required, and it’s not a great option if you often have children or pets in your car.
4. Diatomaceous earth
Diatomaceous earth is natural rock talcum powder that kills bed bugs instantly. This powder is safe for humans and pets. Add it to all cracks and seams in your car’s upholstery and carpet. It will cause the bed bugs to dehydrate and die.
After you have killed the bugs, use a vacuum to remove them. A HEPA filter vacuum or shop vac is helpful. Vacuum all of seats and floors in your car. This will suck up any bed bugs or eggs that have attached themselves to your carpet or seats. Pay extra attention to the inseams of the upholstery and under the seats.
Don’t Deal with Bed Bugs Alone.
If bed bugs are in your car there is a very good chance you have carried them into your home or visa versa. The pest professionals at Green Pest Solutions have dealt with the dreaded bed bug before. If all else fails, or if you want to take some preventative measures to stave off another outbreak, please consider giving us a call to schedule a free consultation. Contact us today at 877-636-9469.
Bed bug bites can lead to skin rashes, allergic reactions, and psychological symptoms, not to mention a sense of uneasiness as you close your eyes at night. Rest easy after you read this handy guide to the most common species of bed bugs and know how to identify and control them.