So you found out you got Bed Bugs aka “night flees”, so now what? Don’t panic, I will show you how to get rid of these pesky critters.
Here is how I chose to get rid of them, hopefully saving you time, effort, frustration and money.
The following steps are for a Chemical treatment, which was recommended by the TOP company in my area, Orkin Pest Control in Eau Claire, WI. It is the cheapest and yet effective bed bug elimination process.
I actually believe heat to be the better, but unfortunately, can be a more costly option. If you are going to hire a professional, price around and maybe you can find a heat treatment that is cost effective.
If you are going to do treatment yourself, lets get started…
Go on Amazon and order these 4 items.
- Harris Bed Bug Killer, Diatomaceous Earth Powder 64oz
- Harris HDE-8 Bed Bug Powder Diatomaceous Earth, 8oz (optional but recommended for speed of application)
- Harris Bed Bug Killer, Liquid Spray (odorless/non staining)
- HOSPITOLOGY Sleep Defense System – PREMIUM Zippered Mattress Encasement (also consider Zippered Box Spring Encasement, or use thick (3-6 mil) plastic and duct tape)
Go on YouTube and watch a good tutorial on how to get rid of bed bugs. Here’s a few good vids to help you out…
This first video (below) is what to do when you first discover you have bed bugs i.e how to get a good nights sleep without getting eaten alive. A temporary fix until your treatment materials arrive from Amazon, which is the purpose of the second & third video.
In the video he will say you have to hire a professional to get rid of bed bugs. Well, yes and no. If you can afford a professional, that may be best option. However if you are on a tight budget, you may wanna DOI, which you will learn how to do in the second and third video.
In the video above… Do as this guy says & then, if you still are getting bit, etc… take it a step further and powder all baseboards, outlets. Basically this powder kills on contact as he has already shown you how with the coasters for under the bed legs. One reason to dust baseboards is to prevent the critters from climbing through the walls which could contaminate adjoining rooms. Another reason to do more dusting is if any thing has contact with the bed…such as a wall or if blanket is touching wall/floor then potentially they could crawl onto the bed and bite you. Oh and I would also recommend along with the bed leg coasters to also powder bed rails/frame. Just another step in stopping them dead in their tracks.
Step #3 ACTION STEPS
- You MUST bag up & wash All bedding, pillows and pillow cases, furniture covers, clothes and other washables in HOT water and dry on HIGH heat for minimum of 20-30 minutes. While clothes are drying, move on to step 2…
- Vacuum floor and anything else you want i.e mattress, curtains, furniture.
- Make your bed like an island, center it in the room as best possible. Do not allow the bed or bedding (blanket, pillow, etc) to touch the floor, wall, dresser, curtain, etc… Any way for the bugs to climb onto the bed.
- [Read step 7 first] Sprinkle ‘Diatomaceous Earth Powder’ around the parameter of the room (watch video two, the ace hardware guy for demo): baseboards, adjoining carpet and bottom of door frames (basically all trim that is adjoining floor) and entry ways. Puff a couple quirts in receptacle boxes (take cover plate off), on bed rails/frame & in coasters/soap dish (under all bed legs). You can even put some on top of box spring, making a ‘killer sandvich’ for da yiddle varsgaments. Finally wash your hands before eating any food, etc.
- Spray liquid (shake well before use) (8-10 inches away until damp) (do not allow children, pets or other people in the area until dry) on mattress top, sides and bottom (flip it against the wall to spray the bottom). Spray box spring (same as mattress), behind headboard, upholstered furniture including legs and under cushions, under furniture, picture frames, luggage, and any cracks/crevices/hard to reach areas that you couldn’t powder, i.e under wall a.c unit. Do NOT treat toys and stuffed animals. Allow up to 1 hour (or more depending on how heavy you spray) to dry. Turn spray gun to off position when not using, or it will Sisyphean out.
- Put the mattress cover on and zip it up. It’s recommended to be left on for a Minimum of 1 Year+, you could leave it on there for life if you like. (For sure leave it on for 24 HOURS for spray to suffocate bugs.)
- Reinspect every week for 30 days. If you see evidence of bedbugs (live bugs, bites), rinse and repeat the process starting with Step 1. Hopefully you get it done with a 1 off, but it is possible it could take up to 3 or 4 treatments. If you have any questions or need help ordering any products, you can reach us at 715-575-9353.
- Treat adjoining rooms as the bugs like to travel through the walls. This step could be skipped if your inspection finds no trace that these rooms are infested. What we did in our house was to dust the lower perimeter, and outlets. (do this before doing step 3)
After you spray the treatment… don’t come back to the house/room for about 1-4 hours or until spray is completely dry.
Every room that you think might be infected, will need to be treated. For us this will be the whole main floor of our house. And I will treat the carpeted play-room in the basement as well.
If you find after 72 hours to 90 days, that you still have bed bug trouble, you may wanna review this post/videos again and retreat the house or any areas you may have missed or not treated properly.
When purchasing used blankets, etc., before bringing them into your home, put them in either a garbage bag or plastic bin (smooth), so the bugs can’t crawl out. Take clothes immediately to the dryer for 30 minutes. Doing so will help insure your house stays bed-bug free.
If spray ain’t workin’… for whatever area (especially your bed! their feeding area), switch over to Diatomaceous Earth Powder… this powder dehydrates them on contact and also lasts longer than the spray.
Your furniture i.e couch, lazy boy chairs… are more or less just like your bed. Bedbugs will come at you during the day. Anywhere you spend hours.. they will come for you. So treat your furniture similar to your bed. Maybe you don’t do zipper encasement, but maybe you wrap your chair with thick mil plastic and throw a sheet over it. You have to block their food source. And remember they don’t starve until 1 year+.
I hope these tips & application process work for you. Good luck my friend.