By the time you finish reading this post, you’ll know three critical things –
- How can there be bed bugs in baby car seat?
- Signs that tell you that there are bed bugs in your baby’s car seat.
- How to get rid of bed bugs in a baby’s car seat?
Plus, in the bonus section, we’ll tell you how to get rid of bed bugs in a car.
Read the post till the end to stop your baby from falling prey to bed bugs.
Let’s jump in.
How Can There Be Bed Bugs In Baby Car Seat?
Do you know that the chances of bed bugs biting your baby on a baby car seat are more than biting you?
If you don’t, then you must know it.
Your baby is an easy victim of bed bugs.
It’s because your baby is likely to be more stable when she is strapped on a baby car seat.
It gives the bed bugs an ample amount of time to bite and suck your baby’s blood.
On top of it, bed bugs find it easy to penetrate your baby’s softer skin than yours.
So, the obvious question is, how bed bugs got into your baby’s car seat?
There are two ways –
First, bed bugs are present in your baby’s clothes. It means that there are bed bugs in your dresser drawers.
Bed bugs in a dresser drawer are a sign of bed bug infestation grown out of control.
And you’d need a professional bed bug exterminator to kill bed bugs in your home.
Second, there are bed bugs in your car.
Yes, bed bugs can be inside a car. They can hide in your car seat (especially in the seat seams), in your car’s carpet, and even in the seat belt.
Your car is warm from the inside and has lots of gaps that make it easy for the bed bugs to hide.
In the bonus section, we’ll expose how bed bugs can get into your car and what you can do to kill bed bugs in your car.
But for now, let’s look at how you can know that there are bed bugs in your baby’s car seat.
In other words, what are signs of bed bug infestation in a baby car seat?
How To Know That Bed Bugs Have Infested Your Baby’s Car Seat?
If bed bugs have infested your baby’s car seat, then there would be three significant signs of infestation.
Bed Bug Bite Marks On Your Baby’s Body
Do you see red lumps in a straightish line on the exposed areas of your baby’s body?
If yes, then those are bed bug bites.
And if you observe bed bug bites after you take your baby off from the baby car seat, then it’s a sure sign that there are bed bugs in your baby’s car seat.
There can be bed bugs in your baby’s crib mattress too.
In your baby’s crib mattress, bed bugs are a severe sign of bed bug infestation gone unchecked in your home.
Blood Marks On The Baby Car Seat’s Seat Pad Or Back Support
These blood marks are from bed bugs squished by your baby’s body weight.
When bed bugs’ belly is full of blood, then, like mosquitoes, they find it hard to move.
Your baby’s body weight will squish the bed bugs causing your baby’s blood to spread out on the car seat.
Bed Bug Skin On Your Baby’s Car Seat
This sign is rare but becomes very evident if the infestation is significantly high.
Bed bugs shed their skin, or they molt.
So, if they’re living on your baby’s car seat for long, then you’ll find pieces of bed bugs skin on it.
But bed bugs are also known to live in an unlikely place, your baby’s diapers.
Can Bed Bugs Live In Diapers?
Yes, bed bugs can live in diapers, especially when it’s dry.
There have been many reports where parents have complained about bed bugs in their baby’s diapers.
It’s unlikely, though, that bed bugs can live in a sealed diaper pack.
But if bed bugs have infested your home, or there are bed bugs in your baby’s car seat, then they can easily creep into your baby’s diapers.
And it occurs when you keep the diapers in drawers or places that have bed bugs.
So, if you observe bed bug bite marks in your baby’s groin area, then it’s a clear signal that there are bed bugs in your baby’s diapers.
Immediately dispose of all the diapers and deep clean the place where you keep the diapers.
Finally, the most crucial question, which is…
How To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs In Your Baby’s Car Seat?
Getting rid of bed bugs in your baby’s car seat isn’t a complicated task.
You can easily do it.
But to make sure the blood-sucking bugs don’t bite your baby again, you need to get rid of them from your car and home.
Bed bugs are tricky and resilient pests to kill.
And unfortunately, DIY ways aren’t effective in killing bed bugs, especially when the infestation has crossed the danger mark.
Bed bugs in the baby car seat are a menacing indication that there are bed bugs in your home.
So, immediately contact a professional bed bug exterminator to treat your home for bed bugs.
But for now, let’s look at the process of getting rid of bed bugs in your baby’s car seat.
Here’s the 9-step guide to kill bed bugs in a baby car seat.
- Take your baby’s car seat out of your home, in your yard or garden, or patio. You don’t want bed bugs to fall off from the car seat during the riddance process and sneak into anywhere else inside your home.
- Loosen the harness straps and remove the harness straps from the splitter plate. Pull the harness straps out from the baby’s car seat. Keep the harness strap aside.
- Remove the plastic flaps from the sides of the seat. Once you remove the plastic flaps, you can pull the seat pad from the baby car seat.
- Pull the seat pad to remove it from the car seat.
- Now remove the canopy from the baby car seat. You can do it by undoing the fastening strips on the canopy’s sides and pushing the release button on the canopy arm.
- Vacuum cleans the parts of the car seat that you took out and the car seat’s skeleton. Vacuuming doesn’t solve the bed bug problem in the car seat, but it’s useful in reducing their numbers. Vacuuming will also remove any bed bug eggs present in the car seat pad and canopy.
- After vacuuming, you can use a home steam cleaner to clean the car seat pad, the canopy, the harness, and the car seat’s skeleton. Bed bugs can’t sustain hot temperatures. Once they’re exposed to heat, they die quite fast. Make sure you cover every corner and gap on the car seat frame during the steam cleaning.
- If you don’t have a home steam cleaner, then you can use food-grade diatomaceous earth. Spread diatomaceous earth on all the car seat parts, including the car seat frame. Diatomaceous earth kills bed bugs, and it’s safe for babies.
- Leave the car seat and its parts for 2-3 hours after applying diatomaceous earth. Vacuum clean the baby car seat parts again before you reassemble them.
Washing the seat pad or the canopy wouldn’t kill the bed bugs because bed bugs can easily survive in the cold water.
Steam cleaning your car and baby’s car seat is another great way to kill bed bugs in both.
Heat kills bed bugs. And a steam cleaner produces heat, make it a quick and easy process to kill bed bugs.
As heat is an excellent weapon against bed bugs, the professional exterminator may do heat treatment if you choose to hire one.
How To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs In Car
This post wouldn’t have been complete if we didn’t tell you how to get rid of bed bugs in the car.
After all, your car can be the source of bed bugs in your baby’s car seat.
But before that, let us answer one very often asked question.
Can Bed Bugs Live In A Car?
Yes, bed bugs can live in a car.
But how do bed bugs enter a car?
Bed bugs don’t enter a car by themselves. Someone brings them inside.
The most common way bed bugs get into a car is through your or someone else’s clothes.
Bed bugs can latch on to the clothes, especially when they’re in drawers.
If someone sits in your car and he or she has a severe bed bug infestation at home, then it’s highly likely that he or she may transfer bed bugs from his or her clothes to your car.
So, if your friend has bed bugs and sat in your car, then he or she can transfer bed bugs in your car!
You can also transfer bed bugs in a car if you put items like wooden furniture, bags, and fabrics with bed bugs.
The worst part is that, unless treated, bed bugs can easily live in your car for a year, even without blood meals.
Bed bugs can live in a car in the winters, too, because the car’s temperature inside is always warmer than outside.
The likelihood of bed bug infestation in your car is relatively high.
But it depends on if the people who have been into your car have bed bugs or not, or if there’s bed bug infestation in your home.
Kill Bed Bugs In Car
Killing bed bugs in a car all begins with confirming if there are bed bugs in the car.
The signs of bed bugs in a car are like the signs of bed bugs in your home.
Here are the four prominent signs of bed bugs in the car –
- Blood spots in your car seat. These blood marks are from the bed bugs that are crushed by your body weight.
- Bed bug skins. Bed bugs shed skins, or they molt. Molted skin of bed bugs looks like tiny whitish translucent specks.
- Live bed bugs. Nothing is more evident of bed bug infestation than physical sightings of bed bugs in your car.
- Eggshells. You might also see bed bugs’ eggshells, which are yellowish inside your car, especially in the tight corners.
If you see all, or any one of the above, signs, then there are bed bugs in your car.
Let’s check out how you can get rid of bed bugs in your car in 5 simple steps.
Step#1 – Clear The Clutter Inside Your Car
Before you begin the killing process, clear the clutter inside your car.
Bed bugs prefer a cluttered car because it gives them enough gaps to hide.
Step#2 – Remove The Seat Covers, Floor Mat And Wash Them
Bed bugs can be present in seat covers and floor mats, too, especially when they’re made of leather.
So, remove them, and wash them in high heat to kill any hidden bed bugs.
If you’ve leather seat covers and a floor mat in your car, give it for dry cleaning as it’s safe for leather.
Step#3 – Sprinkle Diatomaceous Earth To Kill The Bed Bugs In Car
Once you’ve removed the fabric and clutter from your car, sprinkle a generous amount of diatomaceous earth inside your car.
Don’t forget to scatter diatomaceous earth on the window edges, behind the car seat, foot paddles, and in all the tight corners inside your car.
Diatomaceous earth is a natural bed bug cleaner. It penetrates the skeleton of bed bugs, ruptures them, and then kills them.
After scattering diatomaceous earth, let it rest inside the car for an hour or so. Let the diatomaceous earth sink in deep and do its thing.
Step#4 – Vacuum Clean Your Car To Remove Dead Bed Bugs
After an hour from spreading diatomaceous earth, it’s time to vacuum clean your car slowly.
Vacuum clean all the corner edges and tight corners inside your car, including the car seat and upholstery.
Vacuuming will ensure that you remove all the dead and adult baby bed bugs and the diatomaceous earth.
You need to be patient during vacuum cleaning because one round of cleaning might not be enough.
Vacuum clean your car at least twice.
Once you’re done vacuuming, don’t dispose of the dust bag from your vacuum in your home’s or yard’s trash bin.
Dispose of it off far from your home.
There might be a few bed bugs alive inside the dust bag that may again infest your home or car.
Step#5 – Steam Clean Your Car To Kill Not Only Bed Bugs But Also Bed Bug Eggs
Steam cleaning is an optional step, but it guarantees bed bugs removal from your car.
Steam cleaning, with a good quality steam cleaner, is vital to kill bed bugs and their eggs.
Vacuum cleaning may not remove the bed bug eggs. These eggs might hatch in the future and can cause bed bug re-infestation.
Steam cleaner produces heat at temperatures more than 120 degrees F, killing both bed bugs and bed bug eggs.
Steam cleaning your car is more effective in killing bed bugs than vacuum cleaning.
If you do steam cleaning after vacuum cleaning your car, then it’s a double whammy for the bed bugs that they can’t survive.
Caution: – Don’t use pesticides or bug bombs inside your car to remove bed bugs. It’s dangerous for your car and for you too.
If bed bugs are coming back after doing all the five steps mentioned above, then remember that either bed bugs are there inside your home, or someone else has brought them into your car from their home.
Suppose you want to do fumigation for your car, which is the use of a car-specific insecticide.
In that case, it’s always safe to take the help of a professional bed bug exterminator.
Very few people can think that bed bugs can infest the baby car seat. But bed bugs can.
Dismantle the baby car seat and deep clean each of its parts, either by a home steam cleaner or sprinkle diatomaceous earth on them.
Cleaning the baby car seat with normal water and detergent won’t work. Bed bugs can survive both. But they can’t survive heat more than 118 degrees Fahrenheit.
That’s why steam cleaning a baby car seat with a home steam cleaner is the best and the fastest way to kill the bed bugs infesting it.
It’s not normal to have bed bugs on a baby car seat unless they’re present in your baby’s clothes or your car.
So, the primary source of bed bugs in your baby’s car seat is either the drawers where you keep your baby’s clothes or your car.
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