Before you go and buy out the entire bug spray section at the local store – let’s talk about this for a minute. Spraying every poison known to man is not necessarily the best way to get rid of bed bugs and (cough, cough) is a little dangerous.
Are you just seeing a few bed bugs on the mattress? This is not a time to panic. There are many methods to get rid of bed bugs in your home. Some are more complex & effective than others. Spraying a can of pesticide is a quick fix to kill a few bugs on contact. But to get rid of bed bugs for good, and protect your family from harmful chemicals, you need a plan.
How Much Does it Cost to Get Rid of Bed Bugs?
The cost of professional bed bug removal will depend on the severity of the infestation and the size of the residence.
Most pest control companies will come out and inspect your place first and then provide you with a quote on the spot. Reputable exterminators will provide the pest inspection free of charge and with no obligation on your part so it’s something you certainly want to consider.
Can You Get Rid of Bed Bugs Yourself?
The quick answer is yes, but these little suckers are notorious for being difficult to completely eradicate without a comprehensive treatment plan. Most store-bought bed bug products are only good for temporary results.
The most common complaint is that they don’t get rid of them permanently. The most effective way to get rid of bed bugs is to hire a professional bed bug exterminator that uses heat to treat bed bugs. A good one will provide repeat treatments until they are gone entirely.
The best pest control companies will do unlimited treatments at no additional cost until you are 100% satisfied that they are gone.
Seven DIY Ways to Get Rid of Bed Bugs
If you’d prefer to take a stab at getting rid of bed bugs yourself, there are a number of methods that can work.
- Wash Everything in Hot Water – The first thing you always want to do is to gather all of your bedding, and any clothing you think is infected, in a large plastic bag. Do this for each room you are concerned that might have a presence of bed bugs. Next, take the bags straight to the washing machine and dump the contents inside. It is important to make sure that you are not dropping bed bugs from blankets as you walk through the house. Pour in the soap and use the highest heat setting possible. You can add bleach but there is no evidence that chlorine itself kills bedbugs – the heat is the killer.
- Dry Everything on High Heat – After you wash your bedding on high heat, dry it all on high heat as well. Bed bugs cannot survive in temperatures over 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Once that is done, gather any shoes, stuffed animals, small rugs, or any other small items that may be exposed to bed bugs and throw them into the dryer on high heat. This should get rid of bed bugs that are nesting in the small things that come into contact with the bed and floor. Basically, anything that will not be destroyed by a really high temperature can be de-bugged in a hot dryer.
- Vacuum – Pull off the mattress and box spring and vacuum around the bed frame. Run the vacuum all over both sides of the box spring and mattress before placing them back in the frame. It is best to have a helper with this task. Pay attention to the corners of walls, behind furniture and wall hangings, under furniture and pillows. Use the vacuum to get rid of bed bugs on upholstered chairs, decorative pillows, and curtains. Once finished, remove the vacuum bag, seal it in a plastic bag and throw it in the trash outside.
- Steam Clean – For mattresses, curtains, carpets, sofas, futons, and other cloth covered items that cannot be washed in a machine, steam-cleaning works just as well after you have vacuumed. Using the highest heat setting, steam every inch of the curtains or furniture. Pay special attention to seams and other little crevices where bed bugs like to nest. Try adding a few drops of lavender and eucalyptus essential oil to the steamer as a natural disinfectant.
- Treat – Now that the mattresses have been steam cleaned it is time to treat them with something to help repel any future occurrences of bed bugs. Read more about home remedies for bed bugs. One of the most popular treatments is boric acid. Using protective gloves, sprinkle a little boric acid (Borax, a salt of boric acid works really well and you can use it in the laundry, too) on the mattress, again, paying close attention to seams and corners.
- Seal – Rather than put sheets directly on top of your bed bug home remedy, cover the mattress in a waterproof and/or airtight cover. You can also buy large mattress bags to completely seal the mattress and box spring. If one or two bed bugs resisted all of your cleaning and treating, depriving them of air and food (they feed on you, remember) will do the trick. Keep mattresses in the bags on for at least 18 months to ensure the little suckers are dead. The same method works well for pillows.
- Prevent – This last step is an ongoing process. Maintain a home that bed bugs are not attracted to by keeping the floors picked up, the bedding washed consistently, and pets washed on a regular basis. Most importantly, keep an eye out in areas we all know bed bugs like to hide and monitor these places every now and then. Treat areas of concern with a commercial bed bug spray, rubbing alcohol, lavender sachets, or other natural bed bug repellants.
Still Seeing Bed Bugs?
If the DIY methods don’t seem to be cutting it and the bed bugs keep coming back, it’s time to call a professional and get a free inspection and quote. When it comes to your home, it pays to care for it in the best way possible. To get a Free Quote right now with a bed bug exterminator in your area today, call 877-239-9640.