Complete Bed Bug Removal Instructions

How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs and Do-It-Yourself


The following step-by-step instructions are devised by our team of experts who have dealt with these types of infestations on a daily basis.

1. Look For The Bugs
The first step to getting rid of bed bugs is to do some extensive investigative work. Pay close attention to where people sit or have slept for long periods of time. Bed Bugs are visible to the eye. The adult bed bug is brown to reddish-brown to translucent, depending on if they have fed or not, oval-shaped, flattened, and about 1/16 to 5/8 inch long.

Be prepared to inspect all areas of the room using a bright flashlight and a pocket microscope or magnifying glass if you have one available. Bed Bugs can leave reddish- brown spots on mattresses and have a distinct smell. Remember that the bed bug's flat shape and small body enable it to hide easily in cracks and crevices. Bed bugs, eggs, larvae, and fecal deposits will go unnoticed with just a casual inspection.

You should leave nothing unturned when doing your inspection for bed bugs and no site should be ignored that may be a bed bug hiding place... they hide anywhere! Examples: wall sconces, behind electrical switch plates, behind wall posters, between books and magazines on shelves and in racks. Inspect all the places near sleeping areas, which may mean taking the bed frames apart! Bed bugs can migrate to other rooms and even travel with you! Keep in mind if you live in an apartment, they can migrate to and from a neighbors apartment, and you may need their cooperation to stop the infestation.

Bed Bugs (eggs, larvae, nymphs, and adults in seam on mattress)

2. Prepare The Area
A thorough cleaning of the premises will make bed bug control efforts much more effective. Strip all beds down to the bare sleeping surface. Bedding, sheets, blankets, comforters, covers, and shams should be washed in very hot water. Very hot water (120+degrees) will kill the bed bugs. Personal items (stuffed animals, soft toys, blankets) should be removed, cleaned with a vacuum cleaner, and bagged in plastic for several weeks or more. Clutter should be removed from furniture tops and bed stands. Open up the clock radio and phone (that's right, Bed Bugs may be hiding in there too!). Tap the open ends into a bag or on sticky tape so the bed bugs can’t jump and hide. VACUUM EVERY SURFACE IN AFFECTED BEDROOMS INCLUDING THE INSIDE OF DRESSER DRAWERS, DRESSER CAVITIES, WALLS, CLOSETS, AND EVEN WALL RECEPTACLES AND OUTLETS.

In severe infestations, clothing should be removed from dressers and chests. Utilize a crack & crevice vacuum tool to remove bed bugs from deep harborage such as: under baseboards; under carpet edges (pull up along the tack strip); around switch plates (you may have to remove the plate first); from the bed frame; inside box springs; inside furniture; and from floor cracks.

Use a hand-brush attachment to vacuum up most of the bed bugs. Vacuum mattresses and box springs (especially along seams and folds); upholstered furniture; and behind drapes. Also vacuum the floor completely. After vacuuming, remove the bag from the vacuum, tie it tightly, and remove it from the premises ASAP. Remember, really infested bedding may have to be completely discarded. IMMEDIATELY THROW AWAY VACUUM BAG.

3. Attack the Bed Bugs Where They're Hiding
Hot Steam from an electric steamer is the next step in fighting bed bugs. After vacuuming, use a steam machine to get in all of the cracks, crevices, carpet and even on the bedroom furniture and mattresses. Anywhere you think they may be hiding. This will ensure that you got most of them prior to final treatment

To get rid of bed bugs effectively, you've got to hit them hard where they're
hiding--in cracks and crevices of the beds as well as around your rooms. Spray Bug Patrol® and apply Fossil Shell Dust® on wall voids and under baseboards and in cracks and crevices, soak the areas thoroughly.

Concentrate most of your efforts on vacuuming, steaming, and final bed bug killer & fossil shell dust to crack and crevices. These are the areas where bed bugs hide.

4. Treat the Bed
The bed area needs to be treated next. Look carefully at the folds and seams of the
mattress, the headboard, foot board (if present), box spring/support platform, frame, etc. You will be able to see the bed bugs with the visible eye or the aid of a pocket microscope or small magnifying glass. Use the electric steamer to hit these areas hard. All cracks and crevices of the bed structure should be treated for bed bugs with a light application of Bed Bug Patrol. Apply the spray on the tufts, folds and seams of the mattress. The underside of the box spring may be sprayed as well.

An electric steamer is a great way to reach cracks and crevices quickly and easily to kill the bed bugs.

TIP: Cover the mattress  AND box spring with a mattress cover(s) being careful not to make any tear holes in the new cover. Also spray a perimeter with Bed Bug Patrol around the bed floor as a repellant.

5. Treat the Furniture (Night Stand, Chests, Dressers, Couches and Chairs)
The last step in bed bug elimination is to do a very thorough crack and crevice treatment of the furniture in the room. For wooden furniture pieces, you cannot miss any cracks. Apply Bed Bug Patrol and Fossil Shell Dust to upholstered furniture, use a similar treatment as the mattress and box spring. Always turn bed bug infested furniture over and treat from the bottom. Look carefully underneath all the legs of the furniture! Bed Bugs love to hide in the most unlikely places! Some furniture may have hollow metal framing (children’s bunk beds are an example). Treat inside the metal tubing with dusts, aerosols or liquids as discussed in the bedding paragraph above.

6. Trapping Bed Bugs a very good way to get detection and it is good to trap bed bugs before they have the chance to bite. Most bed bug traps on the market are CO2 operated and cost upwards of $600 or more. Our bed bug traps are are pesticide-free and sell for just $19.95, they are easily installed underneath bed posts, chairs, dresser drawers, couches, love seats, anywhere feet of furniture touch the ground. Be careful to make sure that you pick up comforters, linens, blankets, and sheets, so they do not touch the traps and allow the bed  bugs to climb up them and not into the traps. Our bed bug traps are also much more economical and very easy to use. Bugs approaching the bed (or other furniture) from the floor or bed to the floor will be captured easily and permanently by the trap. This adds an additional item to your arsenal of bed bug trapping/killing products and insures a successful extermiantion.

7. Follow-up in 2 weeks!
Getting rid of bed bugs is not easy. Inspect the treated room again in two weeks. Do a thorough inspection (especially cracks and crevices) and continually treat any area where bed bugs are persisting or where they have moved.

Pest Control Pesticides

There are multiple methods for bed bug removal. You can hire a pest control service to inspect, spray and repeat treatment to kill the bed bugs using carcinogen-based pesticides. This is not always a good choice for households where children, pets or the elderly reside.   

Heat Treatment

You can also try the newest bed bug removal method, which uses heat to kill bed bugs. There are now companies who use a propane heat system of air ducts that they place in the infested building heating the air to 150 F for 2 hours. This does kill the bed bugs, but is labor intensive, which brings the cost to 1,200 for a small apartment. The bed bugs have also been seen to run from the high temperatures and invade adjacent properties creating new infestations.

 Natural Alternatives

You can also choose all natural treatments made form natural plant extracts. These 100% natural products use extracts from plants that penetrate the waxy coating of the bed bug killing them quickly. There are all natural sprays as well as fossil shell dust also known as Diatomaceous earth. This is a safe alternative, which can be sprinkled in areas where bed bugs congregate, especially hidden areas.  Harmless to people, the tiny particles cut the waxy exoskeleton and kills the insect within 48 hours. These treatments can be applied without the assistance of a pest control professional saving you money.

 You can eliminate a bed bug infestation. It takes time and effort to inspect, treat and possibly retreat and infested area. For the determined individual, bed bugs can be killed and a home, office or other infested location can be reclaimed by its true resident, human beings.

TIP: Heavy bed bug infestations may need more than a second treatment. Be persistent!
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