Tips For DIY Bed Bug Extermination

Do you have a bed bug infestation in your home and want to get rid of them? You can either attempt to do it on your own or hire a professional to take care of it for you. Here are some tips for going with the DIY extermination option.

Prep The Space

The first thing you'll want to do is prepare the space where you need to get rid of the bed bugs. You need to remember that everything in the room needs to be treated in order to ensure that the bed bugs are gone. It's a good time to decide what you want to keep and what should be trashed, since it may not be worth cleaning many items that you do not want to keep. Anything that you plan to throw away should be sealed in a bag before it leaves the room, since bed bugs may fall out while the item is being removed. The same steps should be taken for items that you plan to remove from the room to clean since you need a sealed container to remove them.

Wash Items With Heat

Any fabric item that you wash needs to be done in the hottest temperatures possible. This means running it through the washing machine and dryer on the hottest settings available. If you use a cold wash and hang the item out to dry, it may not get rid of the bed bugs living in the item. 

Use Bags To Suffocate Bed Bugs

There are special bags that you can buy to place items in that help seal and suffocate the bed bugs inside. This includes large bags for your mattress, shoes, and even furniture items that are too difficult to clean. If the bed bugs cannot escape, can't get food, and don't have air, they will eventually die.

Use Steam Cleaning To Kill Bed Bugs

If you don't want to sleep on a mattress covered in a plastic bag, consider using a steam heat treatment to get rid of the bed bugs. There are professional steamers that you can use to push heat through your mattress fabric and get rid of any bed bugs that may be hiding in it. This is a great way to kill the eggs left behind from bed bugs that would not normally be killed using an insecticide. 

For more information, contact a bed bug exterminator