Wondering how to get rid of bed bugs completely? Despite the name ‘bed’ bugs, these little suckers can get EVERYWHERE. Once they’ve infested your home, they can be a huge pain to get rid of – but it can be done, we promise! You’ll have to attack them from all angles, but with a steamer in one hand and an aerosol spray in the other, you’ll be able to free yourself of bed bugs at long last.
Get out anything you don’t need, and remember that everything remaining will need to be treated. Take linens and clothes and bag these up. Be sure you’re not transporting the bed bugs through your house, spreading the infestation. Wrap everything tightly and take it straight to the washer, running it on a high heat in order to exterminate the bugs.
Personal items like stuffed toys can be put into air tight bags with velour strips. Remember to remove any wall fixings to allow you to access the space behind and around these.
Find the right products for each area of the house and spray, spray, spray. Leave no nook untouched, no mattress unturned. Bed bug kits are often the most economical way of purchasing all the things you’ll need, and be prepared to try various different methods. One will often not be enough – you’ll need to attack the bed bugs from all angles.
Bed bug traps are great for the feet of beds and sofas. This will stop them in their tracks, leaving them unable to infect the fabric. When going around the room, don’t forget lamps, table tops, the edges of carpets, the wall to the skirting board, and door and window frames. A bed bug steamer is a great product to use. Take your time with this, as it must be directly in contact with the bed bug to work. This is a great option if you can’t or don’t want to use pesticides.
Go back in with a strong insecticide once your first round of bed bug spray is totally dry. A straw applicator will allow you to reach into the nooks and crannies – being sure to hit bed frames, picture frames, walls and cracks.
Upholstered furniture should be sprayed, with extra attention to the seams. Spraying skirting boards and the space underneath will help prevent the infestation spreading. When treating the mattress, remember to be treating it in its entirety: box springs, mattress, the frame, folds, corners, screw holds and even the internal areas of the box springs. It’s an idea to encase each part in a bed bug proof encasement cover, to prevent re-infestation.
Bed bug powder
Bed bug powder can be applied to skirting boards, between mattresses and box springs, headboards, wall fixtures, under furniture, behind light switches and behind drawers. The great thing about powder is it will last for a much longer time than an aerosol spray.
As well as the powder, you may want to keep a live bed bug spray with you. That way you can whip it out and spray down any live bugs that dare to cross your path.
Washing your linens and clothes before they return to the room is a must, but it’s also highly advisable to keep washing them regularly on a high heat. For things that can’t be washed, there are special bags that you can contain them in for a while until the bugs die, or you can opt for heaters.
And now to repeat!! Never underestimate the sneakiness of bed bugs. You’ll need to repeat the above steps every week to ten days, until there’s no evidence of the bugs, and no fresh blood. This can take a minimum of 7-8 weeks.
We hope this helps you kick out those unwanted guests. Having a problem with spiders too? Luckily, we have a guide for how to oust those too. Sick of reading about pests and want to get out of the house? Build yourself a simple hammock and take a well earned relax