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 chemical or heat treatment that is cost effective.
If you are going to do treatment yourself, lets get started…
Go on Amazon and order these 5 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)
- MGK 1852 Crossfire Concentrate 13oz Insecticide, Clear (much positive feedback from friends of a friend) or Harris Bed Bug Killer, Liquid Spray (odorless/non staining). Keep in mind, spraying the bug directly on their bug v.s from a distance may determine how much da bug is affected, if any. Squirt’m a hottub, lettem soak & drown.
- HOSPITOLOGY Sleep Defense System – PREMIUM Zippered Mattress Encasement (also order a Zippered Box Spring Encasement, or use thick (3-6 mil) plastic and duct tape)
- Bedbug Climb Up Interceptors. Storage caps can be used instead & can be found at any Big Box store i.e Menards, Home Depot. Although I don’t recommend these as being the best, use wat works until you have the dough to upgrade. If they get bumped or spill, refill.
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 2 week. If you see evidence of bedbugs (bed 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)
- Step 9… If your lazy and have aLOT of MONEY, screw steps 1-8 and Burn the buggers to a crispy crisp. DUN! And remember when you were a kid “Goodnight, don’t let da bed bugs bite, if dey do, call on Sue and she will knock dem black and blue.” Not surprisingly the Law of Attraction had WilKill to my bed bug inspection, although his name was not Sue, it was close… Steve. Hah 🙂 Be careful what you say, even as a child. Parents pay close attention to dis. Correct your kids, keepem on track.
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+.
After you do your treatment, it can take up to 72 hours for the critters to die. So if you get bit a day or 3 after, that’s pretty normal. But anytime after that if you are getting bit, I would go over anything that could have gotten missed and beef up your attack… more plastic (and sheets/blankets over the plastic for comfort, that don’t touch the floor/wall), more drying, more powder, more spray… until you win. Remember they can lay eggs in your clothes, so send everything through the dryer.
This was recommended by our Day Care Provider, Jean. She say prevention is da best medicine. So she keeps her luggage in the bathtub & inspects mattress and box spring of every hotel room she stays in for da last few years. Too many horror stories of how quickly these bugs can cause an infestation, how miserable it is to have them and how hard dey are to get rid of.
Lucky number everybody loves… pay close attention, you will love this! How to get rid of bed bugs in 24 hours FLAT! GUARRANTEEED!! This guy infests his own bedroom with approximately 50 BED BUGS on purpose! Literally he infests his bed w/a jar brimming full of da dreaded bed bugs…ooooo, like he’s scared, NOT. Brings in a K9 to detect that they are still alive, thrive and well [PROOF] & then proceeds to Mc Fry the friggin critters, a Dun deal.(dats it…. period). Sleeps like a baby in his bed the very next night, BUG & BITE FREE. Weeeheeooow. Success!!! Now for a heavy infestation, may not be dat EASY, being a sleazy bed bud infestation gettin’ rid of wannabe.
I hope these tips & application process work for you. Good luck my friend.