74 Ways to Get Rid of Bed Bugs

  1. Change your bed linens often.

  2. Know how to identify a bed bug.

  3. Inspect bedding for shed bed bug skins and blood spots. Check your sheets for tell-tale blood spots.

  4. Carry a small flashlight to assist you with quick visual inspections

  5. Inspect hotel rooms before you settle in. Set your luggage away from walls and furniture, including the bed. Remember bed bugs are not just in beds

  6. When you get home from traveling, inspect your suitcase. Store clothes in a sealed plastic bag until they can be washed and dried on high heat.

  7. Don't put your baggage on the bed. Use the suitcase holder if provided, or leave your luggage in the bathtub or outside until you have inspected the room.

  8. Undress on a hard surface floor rather than on carpet if you suspect bed bugs are on your clothing. Bed bugs do not travel on people like lice do. Wipe off the floor to capture any bed bugs that fall off the clothes.

  9. Examine secondhand furniture before bringing it home.

  10. Never bring bed frames, mattresses, box springs or upholstered furniture found on the street into your home

  11. Examine and wash new clothes

  12. Bags off the floor

  13. Declutter, you can more easly detect them

  14. If you suspect you have bed bugs, don’t just sleep in a different room. This just expands their territory.

  15. If it happens to you, dont panic, call licensed pest professional . Bed bugs are not in Do-It-Your self (DIY) project. Doing it yourself can have disaster consequences, like throw away all your furnitures. It is imperative to seek professional pest control to address a bed bug infestation.

  16. You can use your washing machine and dryer to kill bed bugs that may be infesting clothes. Clothes laundered in hot water and/or dried in temperatures hotter than 122° F for 20 minutes will kill all stages of bed bugs.

  17. Cold temperatures can kill bed bugs if they are exposed to it long enough and at temperatures that are cold enough. If you place objects into a freezer, at 0° F all stages of bed bugs will be killed when they are left in it for 7 to 10 days.

  18. An encasement is a fabric covering that completely encloses a mattress or box springs. It creates a barrier to prevent bed bugs from infesting or escaping mattresses or box springs. Although the encasement can become infested themselves, the infestation is easier to detect.

  19. Bed Bug Interceptors, these are small plastic trays with an inner and outer ring. They are intended to be placed under the bed legs. Bed bugs that attempt to climb up from the floor to the bed become trapped in the outer well. Any bed bugs that try to climb down will become trapped in the center well.

  20. Insecticides. Home residents are discouraged from attempting to treat bed bugs themselves. The insecticides available in over-the-counter products are not effective in controlling bed bugs.

  21. Do not send a child home from school if they are known or suspected to have a bed bug infestation at home. Missed school days have a negative impact on children and it can take many weeks to control a bed bug infestation.

  22. If bed bugs are suspected in the school, work with a Pest Management Professional (PMP) to inspect and treat the school. Insecticides that are available over the counter are not effective against bed bugs.

  23. Try to capture a bed bug without squishing it. The bug can be put in a plastic bag or on a piece of clear tape and then given to a professional for identification.

  24. Hard surfaces can be cleaned with hot soapy water to reduce the risk of bed bugs in these areas.

  25. Educate all members of the school community about bed bugs. Vigilance is the key to bed bug prevention.

  26. Keep the facility clean and uncluttered. Bed Bugs are not associated with uncleanliness, but a clean facility makes it easier to detect bed bugs before an infestation gets established.

  27. The first and biggest warning signs are bites. These look like mosquito bites, but usually come in clusters of at least three. If you find suspicious bites, conduct a basic inspection the way you would at a hotel.

  28. While you wait for the exterminator, a few at-home stop gaps include using a steamer on the bed. (Don’t do this unless you’ve really identified a problem.) Vacuum the mattress in the meantime, but still call a professional because the vacuum often won’t pick up all the eggs stuck in the mattress. Remember to empty the vacuum immediately, outside of your home.

  29. Vacuum suitcases after returning from a vacation.

  30. Regularly inspect areas where pets sleep for signs of bed bugs

  31. When trying on clothing, be aware of any stains that seem unusual. These could be telltale blood spots left by feeding bed bugs.

  32. Avoid bed bugs in clothes by hanging your items on hooks, rather than lay them across cushioned seats in dressing rooms or on the carpeted floor. These are safe and popular havens for bed bugs.

  33. Caulk and seal all holes where pipes and wires penetrate walls and floor, and fill cracks around baseboards and molding to further reduce harboring areas.

  34. Thoroughly clean the infested rooms. Scrub infested surfaces with a stiff brush to dislodge eggs.

  35. Consider bed bugs if any member of the household is complaining of being bitten during the night.

  36. A heavily infested house may smell like coriander

  37. The bed bugs appear dead when you see them hiding, but they aren't. They don't move usually until you hit them with the steam. Make sure you steam them until they stop moving.

  38. When you come to a hotel room, watch for traces of white powder, it could be a pesticide used to treat a previous problem. Request that your new room be at least two floors away from the initial room,

  39. While bedbugs mostly hide out during the day, you may be able to spot the actual bug at night (using a flashlight may be helpful). Baby bedbugs are nearly invisible, but their older relatives are brown to red-brown and oval-shaped

  40. If you cannot find a bedbug, but suspect they are present, a “bedbug-sniffing dog” may help sniff-out the culprits.

  41. Do not put infested furniture on the street or in common areas, as that may spread the problem to other homes. If you do move infested furniture out of your house, place in a locked dumpster and label it as bedbug-infested. If you have infested furniture that is useful, you do not need to dispose of it; it can be cleaned and treated.

  42. Use clear tape to attach the bug to a white piece of paper. Show it to a pest control expert to make sure it’s a bed bug.

  43. Don’t try to get rid of bed bugs yourself. You could make the problem worse by spreading them to other rooms in your home.

  44. Consider purchasing a portable heating chamber to treat any items that you believe may have bed bugs.Be sure to read and carefully follow the directions if you use one of these units and be aware that they are not regulated by EPA or other federal agencies

  45. Keep your belongings stowed separately from those of other people. If there is a known problem with bed bugs in the office or school, consider storing your belongings in a plastic bin.

  46. Items that cannot be treated should be placed in a sealed plastic bag and left for an extended period of time to ensure any active bugs are dead (research shows variation in the length of time needed, but it can be as long as a year).

  47. If furniture cannot be salvaged, discard it responsibly. Destroy it so someone else won't be tempted to bring it into their home. For example: Rip covers and remove stuffing from furniture items. Use spray paint to mark furniture with "Bed Bugs."

  48. If your client lives in rental housing, suggest that they tell the landlord they have bed bugs. If the landlord doesn’t do anything about it, you can suggest that your client call the Environmental Public Health office in their area. You can also report the infestation to Environmental Public Health if you find the landlord doesn’t do anything about the infestation. You will have to give the name of your client but their name is not shared with the landlord.

  49. You can buy sticky glue paper at most hardware or garden stores. Place the paper around walls, the legs of the bed, or wherever you think they are. You can also use carpet tape, which is sticky on both sides.

  50. Prevent bed bugs from moving onto furniture by coating the legs of furniture with petroleum jelly (e.g., Vaseline®), or by wrapping the legs with double-sided tape.

  51. Force bed bugs out of cracks and crevices with a putty knife or an old subway or playing card, or with hot air from a blow-dryer on low setting. Catch them with sticky packing tape or crush them in paper towels. The heat from blow-dryers will kill bed bugs after 30 seconds of continuous contact.

  52. Wipe off dead bugs, blood stains, eggs and droppings with hot soapy water.

  53. Encourage everyone to report bed bugs as soon as they know of a problem.

  54. Dirty living conditions do not cause bed bugs but cleaning and removing clutter will help in controlling them.

  55. Do not use pesticide bombs or foggers to control pests. They can make conditions worse.

  56. Whether you use traps or not, beds and bedclothes should not touch walls or furniture, and bed clothes should not contact the floor. In this way the bed is isolated, forcing bed bugs that attempt to access a sleeping person, to enter the traps, be captured and expire.

  57. Inorganic materials such as diatomaceous earth or silica gel may be used in conjunction with other methods to manage a bed bug infestation, provided they are used in a dry environment.

  58. A traditional Balkan method of trapping bed bugs is to spread bean leaves in infested areas. The trichomes (microscopic hooked hairs) on the leaves trap the bugs by piercing the tarsi joints of the bed bug's arthropod legs. As a bug struggles to get free, it impales itself further on the bean leaf's trichomes. The bed bugs and leaves then can be collected and destroyed. Researchers are examining ways to reproduce this capability with artificial materials.

  59. Steam treatment can effectively kill all stages of bed bugs. To be effective, steam treatment must reach 150–170 degrees Fahrenheit (65 - 75 degrees C) for a sustained period. Unfortunately, bed bugs hide in a diversity of places, making steam treatment very tedious, labour-intensive and time consuming.

  60. Clothes dryers can be used for killing bed bugs in clothing and blankets. Infested clothes and bedding is first washed in hot water with laundry detergent then placed in the dryer for at least 20 minutes at high heat

  61. Preliminary research has shown the fungus Beauveria bassiana, which has been used for years as an outdoor organic pesticide, is also highly effective at eliminating bed bugs exposed to cotton fabric sprayed with fungus spores. It is also effective against bed bug colonies due to the spores carried by infected bugs back to their harborages. Unlike typical insecticides, exposure to the fungus does not kill instantly, but all subjects died within 5 days of exposure. Some people, especially those with compromised immune systems, may react negatively to the concentrated presence of the fungus directly following an application


  62. Early research shows that the common drug taken to get rid of parasitic worms, Ivermectin (Stromectol), also kills bed bugs when taken by humans at normal doses. The drug enters the human bloodstream and if the bedbugs bite during that time, the bedbug will die in a few days. Stromectol is also effective against mosquitoes, which can be useful controlling malaria

  63. Replace wood frame beds with metal frame beds to discourage bed bug hiding and egg-laying on beds.

  64. Eliminate head boards completely. Bed bugs hide and thrive in head boards.

  65. Replace all plush furniture with metal and plastic, or items easily cleaned with soap and water

  66. Use only white or light colored sheets.

  67. Use wooden baby cribs, but choose models that are painted white. Paint existing woodcolored cribs white. Fill gaps in the frames with silicone caulk. This will allow for much better inspection and reduce need for treatment. Avoid using pesticides on baby cribs!

  68. Vinyl-covered or seamless mattresses are recommended for adult beds and cribs. If vinyl mattresses have holes, consider repairing them with tape or discarding them

  69. Wooden dressers, wardrobes, tables and other furniture can be painted white for easy inspection. Any crevices where a credit card will fit should first be sealed with silicone caulk to eliminate hiding spots

  70. Discard any wicker furniture. Wicker provides infinite harborage to bed bugs and is impossible to treat effectively.

  71. Residents should not store belongings under the bed when dealing with a bed bug infestation. This provides plenty of hiding spots that are difficult to clean.

  72. Wash and especially DRY on HOT all clothing, shoes, coats, linens, blankets, and plush toys before distribution

  73. Ban all cardboard boxes for donations from your facility. Instead use clear plastic bags

  74. Prefer oak or plane wood type because they are durable. Wicker furnitures

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