How can I properly vacuum with a bagless vacuum cleaner?(4 posts)
I'm convinced that I have bed bugs and I'm determined to get rid of them before they take over. I haven't officially seen them yet. But for the passed week I've been getting bit through the night. 1-2 bites per night. I did see one blood stain on my sheet near my pillow. I have been researching all day today on the internet. I know they are here. I don't know how they got in but maybe it's from the rodents that run around outside along the house trying to get in while their hitch hikers actually succeeded.
My question is...How do I successfully vacuum with a bagless vacuum cleaner? I have an idea by putting two moth balls in the tank to hopefully slow them down from trying to get out to give me time to dump them out. I don't have much money and it's the main reason I opted for the bagless kind with the hepa filter. I will be scrubbing my mattresses and vacuuming them and the floor every day until I save enough money to buy the mattress covers. I was able to order some bed bug sprays for the time being as well and I will be washing our bedding every three days (I'm paranoid and am already suffering from insomnia). Besides the vacuuming what else can I use to keep the little infestation that I have at bay until I can hire a professional?
I feel so alone and helpless. I'm a single mom of three and two of my children are disabled. I already know it's going to be a tough journey.
I bought a bagless vacuum this year to deal with pet hair. I empty the cannister about twice each time I vacuum my suite, and then rinse the filter and cannister in HOT water in my tub before I put the vacuum away (with the washed components left out to dry). I sometimes wonder if I should spray the mechanisms underneath, like the vacuum brush, for instance. I'll be interested to hear what others suggest.
I asked our PCO this question, and he said to wipe the vacuum and the canister with a solution of one part alcohol to two parts water. It's what we're using to wipe everything down before we put stuff in plastic bags to prepare for spraying our apartment.
If you have a steam cleaner, maybe you can also try steaming the canister? The heat will kill any bed bugs and eggs. Good luck!
Thanks. I think I can handle that. Watering the tank with hot water sounds simple enough.
Thanks to you as well. I will be putting this solution mix into a spray bottle and I will spray the hard to reach spaces including the brush.
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