Bed bugs are attracted to body heat and carbon dioxide that is produced in places where people sleep. This usually means that they are found in the bedroom, but bed bugs can also migrate to other common sleeping places, like couches. If you think you might have bed bugs in your couch, here are a few steps you can take to get rid of them.
Step 1: Perform an Inspection
To check for bed bugs, you will need a few essential items: a flashlight, some gloves, a magnifying glass, and a credit card. Remove the cushions from the couch and slowly check every crack, crevice, seam, zipper, or tuft of the couch. Use the credit card to help you get deep into the folds of the fabric to check. Signs of bed bugs to look for include: feces that looks like small black dots, shed yellow skins, spots of dried reddish-brown blood, translucent eggs, or actual bugs. If you find any of these signs, it is time to start treatment.
Step 2: Vacuum the Area Well
After finding signs of bed bugs, the next step is to vacuum the couch and surrounding area very well. This includes using a crevice tool to get into the seams, cracks, and underneath areas of the couch. You will want to remove the dust cover so that you can clean the inside of the couch as well. Vacuuming will not pick up all the bugs or take care of the eggs, but it is a quick way to get rid of a lot of them. It is recommended that you use a vacuum with a HEPA filter. When you are done, you should make sure to seal the bag and dispose of it properly so that you do not spread the infestation.
Step 3: Wash or Dry Any Washables
Your washer and dryer are excellent tools against bed bugs because hot temperatures will kill all stages. If your couch has a slip cover or you can fit your cushions in a large dryer, you should do it. Set the washer and dryer for the hottest heat possible. When the temperature reaches approximately 118 degrees fahrenheit for 90 minutes, you can be confident that all the bed bugs and eggs are dead. On hot, sunny days, cushions can also be placed in a bag and put in direct sunlight. If the bag heats up enough, it will kill the bed bugs.
Step 4: Steam Clean the Couch
Most couches do not have parts that will fit in a washer or dryer, so you must heat them up in other ways. Steam cleaning in a great way to get them hot enough to kill the bed bugs. Commercial steam cleaners can reach 180 degrees, which will definitely kill any bugs it touches. Use the steam to go over all surfaces of the couch and cushions. Slowly go over the arm rests the back, the legs, and then turn it over and get the entire underside, making sure to get deep into cracks.
Step 5: Use a Residual Spray
After steam cleaning, let the couch dry completely, and then use a residual spray to kill any bugs that might be remaining and protect the couch from being infested again. Harris makes many bed bug products, so you can be sure to find the perfect one for your situation. Harris 5-minute bed bug killer is a great option to kill all remaining stages of bed bugs on contact.
Step 6: Prevent Future Infestations
After you have vanquished the bed bugs, take steps to prevent future infestations. You can use interceptors on your bed or couch. These devices can be placed under the legs to catch any bed bugs that might be around. They do not completely control bed bugs, but can help you monitor any potential problems. You might also need to change some of your habits. Never bring used furniture into your home without inspecting it first, and be careful with your suitcases and clothes when returning home from vacations.
By following these steps, you will be able to get rid of any bed bugs that are in your couch and prevent them from coming back. You can trust Harris for all of your do it yourself pest control needs.
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