As a professional in the pest control industry, I am going to teach you the quickest and best way to get rid of bed bugs.
What is the quickest way to get rid of bed bugs you ask?
Before you read any further, it is important to get an on-site inspection from a professional. Most companies will offer FREE inspections.
This will confirm if what you are seeing is really bed bugs, as well as let you know the size and scope of the infestation.
Now, please continue to read and I will list out all the proper professional steps and procedures to use.
Now that you have confirmed it is in fact bed bugs, know that it will be okay and it is absolutely not your fault that you have them.
After the inspection, and learning costs associated, as well as reading my article, you can now make an informed decision on whether or not you should hire a professional company or treat the infestation yourself.
Developing an understanding
It is very important for me to get across the fact that you should not panic upon finding out bed bugs have taken up residence in your home.
First I want to let you know that bed bugs do not discriminate. They will not care if you are rich, poor, dirty or clean. Bed bugs are amazing hitchhikers. Anyone and everyone can get them.
It can be helpful if you know where you got them as that will help you in avoiding re-infestation of your home in the future.
However, do not worry if you are unsure as to how you got bed bugs. When you follow my steps laid out on my site, you can be assured that you will know the quickest way to get rid of bed bugs.
I know there is a stigma with saying you have bed bugs. Chances are you probably got them from a friend or family member who didn’t to tell you they had them. This is why it is important to let others know about the infestation.
With all of that said, please continue to read so you can learn how bed bugs are treated using industry proven methods.
On my site, I will list all the important measures you should take when dealing with these little bloodsuckers.
But, first I am going to list all the things you should not do. Some of the things I will list can really add to the length of time it will take to get rid of these pests as well as be potentially dangerous.
You will want to avoid using anything that will act as a repellent for the bed bugs. Repellents push bed bugs further into the cracks and potentially laying eggs there, thus making the infestation harder to destroy because getting treatment in tight spaces might be difficult.
Do not use any rubbing alcohol. This will only repel the insects, not to mention fire hazards associated. Homes have literally been burned down trying to treat them this way. https://nypost.com/2017/12/10/woman-burns-her-house-down-in-attempt-to-kill-bedbugs/
- Do not use anything like dryer sheets between the mattress and the box spring as it is also a repellent and will only make them harder to treat.
- Do not use over the counter products like hotshot bed bug control – they are simply ineffective at killing as well as it is more of a repellent itself.
- Do not hire a pest control “professional” for a 1-time service to get rid of bed bugs, they will just take your money. One treatment will not be enough to get rid of bed bugs. If you do hire someone, make sure you get at least a six month to one year contract with free callbacks.
- Do not sleep in another room as you will transport the problem to more areas of the home.
4 Professional steps that show you how to get rid of bed bugs yourself.
- Inspection and cleaning
- Put on bed bug encasements
- Residual treatments
STEP 1: INSPECTION AND CLEANING
In this step, you will be identifying areas of infestation as well as removing any clutter so you have access to treating all areas of where the bed bugs are harboring.
When first starting your process of getting rid of bed bugs, it is important to systematically locate all the areas of infestation. Bed bugs are attracted to carbon dioxide (our exhaling breath) which is why you tend to find gatherings of these creatures around your headboard, tops of mattresses, and nightstands.
If you want to have a shot at quickly removing the infestation, you will need to remove and bag every loose item. Clear all drawers, bag all laundry and linens in the room.
These bags can then be moved out to be treated or left outside in the sun if it is hot enough.
Thoroughly vacuum the room. Then with the crack and crevice attachments, hit all the corners and crevices around the room to suck up any bed bugs and eggs that you can.
Places that should also be vacuumed are bed slats, drawers, any corners on the headboard. Also be sure to check window curtains.
After you are done with the vacuum, place vacuum outside. Bed bugs can escape out of the vacuum when off.
Wash all linens and dry in the highest heat setting!
***NOTE: Do not take anything out of the infected room unless it has first been bagged to reduce spreading infestation! ***
STEP 2: Use encasements!
One of the most important things you need in the control of a bed bug infestation is to have your box springs and mattresses covered with bed bug encasements. I can’t stress enough that this is an absolute MUST!!!
The reason for getting encasements is because they will do a number of positive things on the control of your infestation.
You can find encasements on Amazon, and they usually have next day shipping. Check prices on Amazon HERE
- Keeps bed bugs out of box springs and mattresses and can reduce harbor areas. If bed bugs have nearby areas to hang out, they will multiply quickly and thus be harder to remove.
- Trapping of bed bugs inside will prevent the spread of infestation elsewhere.
- Easy to spot any future bed bug outbreaks allowing for quick removal.
Cover your mattress and boxsprings with encasements to keep bed bugs from infesting.
I tend to discourage customers from buying encasements at places like Wallmart and Target because I have seen used and compromised encasements re-shelved in the store.
NEVER re-open an encasement once installed – An adult bed bug can live for about 5 months without a meal.
If you find that your encasement is torn, immediately get a new one as patching the holes is ineffective at keeping bedbugs in and out of the mattress or box spring.
STEP 3: RESIDUAL TREATMENTS
The best treatments to use are any products with a long residual. This is because even after the initial kill, you WILL get a re-hatch of eggs. An individual bed bug can lay around 200 to 250 eggs in her lifetime and can take anywhere from 6 – 10 days to hatch.
If you really want to provide yourself with the quickest way to get rid of bed bugs, apply a product that has a residual effect.
Immediately after hatching, bed bug nymphs will seek their first blood meal. If you don’t effectively treat all areas of infestation, you can have eggs hatching weeks, perhaps months after treatment. This is one of the reasons why I do not support using expensive heat treatments as a method for getting rid of bed bugs.
So what do the professionals use to treat bed bugs? Well, you might be surprised, you can find them on Amazon and do not need to be a licensed professional to use the same products they use. I will link to some of them here.
Please be sure to thoroughly read the product label for proper safety and application.
Diatomaceous Earth – You probably have seen this as a form of recommended treatment. This works pretty well in a lot of cases, as it does not break down. In some instances, it may not be effective if you have bed bugs with an evolved thicker carapace. Check current price here
Temprid FX Insecticide – This is a common use pesticide in the industry for a variety of pests Check current price here
More information on Temprid fx
Crossfire bed bug concentrate – This pesticide will be used in harder to treat cases of bed bug infestation. Check current price here
A liquid application is usually applied with a sprayer called a B&G Check current price here
Using these products in combination with the above and below steps will ensure that you are going to get rid of bed bugs in the quickest manner possible.
What is listed here are just a few of the many products that are used in the industry. These are not the only products, but the best products I have used and have had success with.
There is no one magical spray that will kill all bed bugs, it will take a multi-faceted approach to rid your home of the infestation. Most commercial insecticides will kill bed bugs if applied properly and directly to the insects and their hiding places.
Reminder – please read the label for proper usage and safety. Never spray yourself, children or pets with a pesticide. Failure to follow directions on the label is illegal and can result in improper control and possible harm to yourself and family.
If after reading this and you decide to hire a professional company to treat your bed bug infestation. Steps One, two, and four are still valid and highly recommended to follow.
Your pest control technician will appreciate the effort as he/she is not there to clean your home. This will also allow for a more thorough treatment and subsequently faster resolve your pest issue.
STEP 4: POST-TREATMENT.
If you ignore this step, it will not be the quickest way to get rid of bed bugs
This step is probably one of the more important steps, The reason being as it’s ongoing. If you ignore this, you may get a re-hatch that survives on your untreated bed sheets. Allowing possible spreading of infestation to new areas.
I want to set your expectations now. You WILL continue to see bed bugs, especially if you had a heavy infestation. That is okay, as bed bugs will continue to cross the applied pesticides. Over time it should seem like they are reducing in number, as well as size. Plus some of the products used can affect the insects’ ability to feed, which reduces bites on your skin.
You may continue to feel like you have bed bugs crawling on you. More likely there are none at all. It could all just be psychosomatic itching.
HERE ARE THE THINGS YOU NEED TO CONTINUE TO DO POST-TREATMENT.
Wash and dry linens frequently. At first, every few days for the first couple of weeks. At the very least, you can just run them in the dryer at high heat. (This helps destroy any bed bugs and new eggs that might develop)
Vacuum daily around affected areas. (Remember to keep vacuum outside if possible)
Spot treat any visible flair ups of activity.
Make sure to let friends and family know that you have had bed bugs and treated for them. Anyone who frequents your home might have been infested as well. If they have not treated, you can end up getting re-infested again.
When you arrive home after being out, change first in the laundry room if possible. This way you avoid dropping anything down into your furniture.
Place monitor stations, these are sticky adhesive boxes that you can find on Amazon HERE. You should place them against the wall and on either side of the bed. This will allow you to see if there is any activity traveling from elsewhere to your bed.
Tell anyone you know about this site who might have been infested with bed bugs.
It’s important to follow the post-treatment steps to prevent any re-infesting bed bugs.
Frequently asked questions
Do bed bugs carry diseases?
No, according to the CDC, there have been no documented cases of bed bugs transmitting diseases.
Most medical concerns of bed bugs are itching and inflammation related to the biting. Some may have an allergic reaction, which can create itchy welts and rashes.
How do you get bed bugs?
Bed bugs are excellent hitchhikers, you can get them pretty much anywhere. Some example places in which bed bugs are found. Movie theaters, hospital waiting areas, restaurants, even libraries. Bed bugs will usually climb on a host and hide out in the folding of clothes.
Risk of infestation might increase when:
- Staying in hotels
- Entertaining an overnight guest
- Purchasing second-hand furniture
- Riding in Public transportation
Can I use heat to get rid of my bed bug problem?
The answer is yes and no. Yes, heat treatments can kill bed bugs, but it most likely will not kill all the bed bugs. Bed bugs live in tight cracks and spaces. They can enter into hollowed out voids in furniture and walls. Areas that are typically hard to get a uniform heat at. Once the technician turns the heat off, there is no residual and bed bugs are free to roam about. Heat is, however, a great way to kill bedbugs and eggs off of clothing and linens.
When should I buy new furniture?
I would say probably no sooner than 3 months of an all clear/no signs of infestation. When buying furniture, it is usually untreated and can be reinfested.
All it takes it 1 pregnant bed bug to re-infest. An untreated piece of furniture and you have a problem again.
Alternatively, here are the things you should think about when getting new furniture.
- Does the truck that delivers furniture, pick up old used furniture?
- Do they store old furniture in the same warehouse as the new furniture?
- You should ask if the person making the delivery has been in anyone else’s home that day?
- Additionally, you might want to request it being the first stop instead of the end of the day.
Additional resource information:
See my other post showing why bed bugs may come back after treatment.
More on why I know repellents to be bad is explained here
The EPA also has some detailed bed bug information I recommend you should take a look through.
Here is also a great YouTube video explaining 7 things you should know about bed bugs
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