Getting rid of bed bugs might seem a little scary if you have never done an extermination before. This simple method for pest control breaks bed bug extermination down into three parts. Implemented by experts in professional pest control treatments every day, this three step bed bug treatment technique will help you plan your at home bed bug extermination and keep a cool head. We recommend these techniques for a streamlined, stress-free process with results that will last. See for yourself!
Step 1. Prep: Getting the best results from your DIY bed bug removal starts with an effective preparation. Eliminating hiding places for bed bugs is crucial for long lasting results. If even one bedbug survives, you may be facing a reinfestation in a matter of weeks. Start by packing up all your laundry until your closets and dresser drawers are completely empty. Strip the bed and lean the mattress against the wall. Remove curtains or blinds from the window. Wash laundry safe items with a bedbug detergent and place them in fresh clear plastic bags. Remove anything hanging on the wall, empty all bookshelves, and clear any clutter. Pack everything into sealed, clear plastic bags for the remainder of the bed bug extermination treatment.
Bed bug prep makes it easier to track bedbugs that may be hiding in your personal belongings so you can treat your things and protect them from reinfestation. It also eliminates the places bed bugs can hide while you spray the rest of your home. The most effective bed bug treatment will always include bedbug prep just like the pest control professionals do!
Step 2. Extermination: Bed bug extermination requires a keen attention to detail. Use a bed bug spray to treat every inch of your home. When spraying your mattress, make sure you cover all sides and get inside the seams. Spray the box spring and bed frame, as well as the headboard. Treat inside closets, dressers, shelving units, and cabinets. Baseboards, window sills and frames, and inside of lampshades should also receive bedbug treatment. Other furniture and upholstery such as couches, chairs, or rugs that are water-safe also need bedbug spray. Don’t forget to spray under couch cushions , where bed bugs can easily hide from extermination. If your home has children or pets consider using a non-toxic, natural bed bug spray to avoid needing to relocate during the extermination.
Once you are done spraying for bed bugs it is a good idea to vacuum all treated areas with an industrial vacuum that has a HEPA filter. This type of vacuum will suck up bed bugs and trap them, preventing their escape. This is a great option for removing bedbugs that might be hiding in electrical outlets. For eliminating bed bugs hiding within furniture, you can use an industrial steamer to apply bed bug eradicating levels of heat that will penetrate deep below the surface. Take your time and always make sure everything is accounted for during extermination.
Step 3. Prevention: To increase your chances of avoiding a reinfestation in the future take preventative measures such as performing a bed bug inspection two weeks after the initial extermination. Treat your home again if unwanted pests are found. Do not under any circumstances unpack your belongings until you can confirm that all the bed bugs have been eradicated.
Further action to prevent a future bedbug infestation carrying a bed bug travel spray to use on the go, in hotel rooms or on your luggage, to stop bed bugs from hitching a ride with you back to your home. Never take home furniture or other items found on the street or in the trash no matter how cool they might be. Wash newly bought items before bringing them home, especially if they come from thrift stores. It is easier to maintain than to recover, so don’t skip this step no matter what.