Bed bugs can be a big problem. They are easily spreadable and can be carried from one place to another very easily. Even though they are named bed bugs, they aren't limited to your bed. The bugs can be found in stuffed animals, couches, and even backpacks. Once they get a foothold in your house, they can be really hard to get rid of. If you have them, there are things that you can do to help get them under control before the exterminator gets to your house.
One thing that you can do is to get protective covers that you can put over your mattress and pillows. These covers should have zippers so that the pillows and the mattress are completely covered. Some of the covers will actually even have special tabs that can be placed over the zipper pull when the cover is closed. That can help to keep the bed bugs inside the cover and not out where they can feast on you.
Another thing that you can do is to apply a lot of heat. This doesn't mean that you should turn the heat up in your house because you can't get your house hot enough. What you can do is to put everything possible in your dryer and run it on the highest heat setting for two or three cycles. That should help kill off the bed bugs. Once you have done that, you should put new covers on your pillows, and then put anything else in bags so that bed bugs can't get into any of your clean items before you can get everything else cleaned. You can also rent a steam cleaner and turn it up high and run it over everything.
Clear Out Infested Items
If there are things that you can't clean out, then you might want to get them out of your house until you can get an exterminator to your house. If you can't get them out of your house, seal them into plastic bags so that any bed bugs in those items can't get out and reinfest your house. Even if you just put the things into large garbage bags and tie off the bags, that could help.
A relatively mild bed bug infestation can become a severe bed bug infestation before you even know it. If you even just think that you have bed bugs, you should start doing what you can to make sure that they don't spread any further and try to get them under control. That includes calling an exterminator to treat the problem.
For more information on bed bug control, contact a company like Integrity Pest Solutions.