Bed bugs are getting out of hand in many cities across the United States.
They have invaded cities across the pond and looks like there is no stopping them from spreading to areas close to you.
If you don’t have bed bugs now it could be only a matter of time until you will have to find yourself some bed bug spray that will get rid of bed bugs once and for all.
Don’t worry, you do have some help!
I am going to walk you through the process from start to finish on how to finally rid your home of bed bugs for good.
This step by step guide will go over the basics to bed bug removal including the following:
- How Did I Get Bed Bugs?
- I Don’t See Them But I Keep Getting Bit Up
- How Do I Check For Bed Bugs?
- Getting Prepped For Treatment!
- How To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs For Good!
How Did I Get Bed Bugs?
First things first, bed bugs are not picky. It doesn’t matter what tax bracket you are in or how clean you keep up your home.
They are parasites and they will do whatever it takes to survive. This includes hitchhiking a ride on your clothing and suitcases.
The point is, you must educate yourself on how to avoid bed bugs and learn how easy it is to get bed bugs.
Top Places Bed Bugs Use To Travel
- Taxi Cabs
- Cruise Ships
Remember, all it takes is for one person to be carrying a bed bug in their clothing, purse, or briefcase.
Once they sit down on a seat or even brush up against you, that one bed bug could hitch a ride on you and now you could have a potential bed bugs infestation in the works.
Places Where You Could Of Got Bed Bugs
- Bed & Breakfasts
- Movie Theaters
- Nursing Homes
- Doctors Office
- Thrift Stores
- Garage Sales
- Second Hand Furniture
- Second Hand Clothing
I’ve heard many stories of people getting bed bugs from many different places.
People have told me that they threw out all of their couches and other pieces of furniture and left them in front of their house for bulk pick up to take to the dump.
Before the garbage men came to pick up the items, someone already took the furniture and placed it in their home not knowing that the pieces of furniture were infested with bed bugs.
Try to avoid second hand items as much as possible!
This has become one of the most common reasons why people get bed bugs.
If you still choose to purchase second hand furniture make sure to ask the place where you are buying from how they deal with bed bugs.
If they don’t have an answer then it is a good idea to stay away from it and move on.
I Can’t See Any Bed Bugs But I Keep Getting Bit Up
Does this sound familiar?
If it does don’t worry because you are not the only one asking this question.
Just because you may not see bed bugs at the moment but are experiencing bites or welts on your body, this is a good indication that you could have bed bugs.
Places Bed Bugs Could Be Hiding
- Mattress and Box Springs
- In The Walls
- Behind Electrical Wall Outlets
- Dresser Drawers
- Next Door Neighbor (If In Apartment)
Bed bugs could be so small that you will need a magnifying glass to actually see them.
They could be feeding on you at night then crawling back to their nest which you may not know where that nest is yet.
If this is happening to you please be proactive.
Remember, the longer you wait the bigger the infestation will be in the very near future.
Please also keep this in mind.
Female bed bugs are more slender then the male bed bugs. Refer to the image above to see the difference between a female and a male bed bug.
A Female bed bug will lay about 5 eggs per day up to about 250 total eggs per lifetime.
This is why I stress the longer you wait the worse the infestation will be in the future.
How Do I Check For Bed Bugs?
There are many places that bed bugs can hide.
When first inspecting for bed bugs please keep this in mind.
- They love to hide in warm areas
- They prefer dark places
- They stay close to their food source (Humans)
Bed bugs have been known to travel 20 square feet from the nest in order to find a source of food which is us.
Bed bugs are attracted to:
- Our body heat
- When we exhale a breath of air
When we exhale we give off carbon dioxide. This is like ringing the dinner bell for bed bugs.
These are some of the reasons why you may have bed bugs in one room.
Since you may not be able to sleep in that bed anymore you decide to move out to the living room or another room and sleep there.
After a couple of nights you start to get bit up again.
This is because they actually tracked you down and began to feed on you again.
Salami Slice Your Bed Bug Inspection
What this means is narrow down the room or rooms that you are experiencing the most bed bug activity.
Focus your inspection there.
It’s best to plan your focus on one room at a time because it can be too overwhelming to inspect the whole house at one time.
Start small then work your way around the home.
What Type Of Bed Bug Evidence Am I Looking For?
We’ve already established bed bug bites as the first sign you may have bed bugs now you need to look for even more evidence of bed bugs.
The most common types of evidence of bed bugs activity are:
1. Black stains
2. Red Spots
3. Bed Bug Shells (exoskeletons)
4. Actual Bed Bugs
Black and red stains can be found on sheets, mattresses, box springs, couches, lazy boys, even sheets and clothing.
The black stains are bed bug feces. The red spots are actual blood. When bed bugs feed on you at night you unknowingly roll over and squash them while you are sleeping.
Just like when you squash a mosquito blood comes out. This is why you may have blood stains on your pillow cases and sheets.
Here’s Where To Inspect For Bed Bugs
There are many places that bed bugs can hide and build their nest.
Here are the most common places that you will need to check first.
- Mattress – (How To Inspect Your Mattress)
- Box Springs – (Box Spring Inspection Guide)
- Pillows & Pillowcases
- Sofa & Cushions
- Recliners & Chairs
- Bed Posts & Wooden Frame
- Dresser Drawers
- Base Boards
- Electrical Wall Outlets
- Door Frames
- Window Sills
- Picture Frames
For a complete guide to inspecting these areas please check out our Bed Bug Help Center
Getting Prepped For Bed Bug Treatment
Once your inspection has been completed you will need to start prepping your home for treatment.
Getting your home prepared and ready will save you a lot of time in the future.
Step 1 – Removing Excessive Clutter
Even if you decide to call an exterminator or you decide to treat your home yourself you will need to prep your home.
The first thing you will need to do is remove all the excess clutter from your rooms/home.
If you have personal items that you store in cardboard boxes, my advice to you would be to throw out the cardboard boxes and replace them with plastic totes that have lids on them that you can snap closed.
The only reason why you should throw out these boxes is because they provide more areas that bed bugs can hide which will make the eradication process more difficult.
Step 2 – Removing Clothing
The next step will be removing all of your clothing from dresser drawers and placing them in a large plastic garbage bag.
If you choose you can remove the clothes from the closet areas and place them in garbage bags as well.
Remove all bed sheets, pillow cases, comforters, and mattress pads and place them in garbage bags.
Even if you have bed bug mattress covers take those off and place them in garbage bags. You never know if a bed bug could be in there and it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Once the bags are full, tie them in a knot and place them in your laundry room.
This will keep the bed bugs from spreading to other areas of your house.
Step 3 – Laundering Your Clothing
You will then need to wash your clothing in linens in high heat. I do understand that some clothing will shrink at high temperatures.
There are bed bug detergents that you can wash your clothes in that will eliminate any type of bed bugs and even their eggs.
It would be a good idea to mix this detergent with your every day laundry detergent to wash your clothes and linens to prevent any type of bed bugs or eggs from surviving.
After you have washed your clothing and linens place them in your dryer and dry at high heat for 30 minutes.
Step 4 – Vacuuming The Area
Now that you have removed all the clutter in the first room of choice you will need to start vacuuming everything in the room.
The best vacuum to use is a HEPA vacuum that uses a filter that catches everything and keeps from spreading dust, bed bug eggs to different places of the house.
If you don’t have a HEPA vacuum then a normal vacuum will work fine.
Vacuum everything in the room if possible including:
- Mattress and Box Springs
- Carpeted Areas
- Head Boards
- Dresser Drawers
- Window Sill Areas
- Closet Areas
Once you have finished vacuuming up the areas it is imperative that you get rid of the vacuum bag as soon as possible.
Take the vacuum bag and place it in a garbage bag, tie the bag in a knot and take it to the trash can or dumpster as soon as possible.
If you are using a vacuum that uses canisters then dump out all of the rubbish into a garbage bag, tie it in a knot and take it out to the trash can.
After you have emptied the canister wash it out with hot water. Then for added precaution take some alcohol and wipe the inside of the canister just to keep from any bed bugs or eggs from surviving.
Step 5 – Eradicating Bed Bugs From Your Home
Now that your home is prepped and ready for your first bed bug treatment now you will have the option to call on an exterminator or get rid of bed bugs yourself.
If you think that you have a larger infestation on your hands and it might be a little out of your comfort zone to get rid of bed bugs yourself then call an exterminator.
Many times bed bug infestations are just too exhausting to eradicate by yourself and should be done by a professional.
Other times eradicating bed bugs yourself is very possible and may save you some money in the process.
In order to complete your bed bug treatment you will need a bed bug spray that you can count on.
I do understand that many bed bug killers over promise and under deliver when it comes to getting rid of bed bugs.
Which is Why I Recommend Bed Bug Bully.
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This natural bed bug spray has a 30 day residual which means wherever you spray the product, you will leave an invisible shield around the area which will destroy any bed bugs that come in contact with it and will also repel bed bugs for up to 30 days.
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