Even in the cleanest household, an infestation of bed bugs can occur. There are many options for prevention and treatment of this pest as well as advice for treating the painful red bites. This is a guide for getting rid of bed bugs.
I know this is a creepy subject, but bed bugs are becoming rampant. There is a very save chemical called diatamaceous earth you put under all the legs of every bed and couch in your house so they call in it and die. Also, wrap your beds in strong plastic wrap - the box springs as well. Dust your couches everywhere (including underneath and under the cushions). Diatomaceous earth will not hurt you or your pets. I hope this is helpful for some of you that are having the same problem we are having.
By Janet from Houston, TX
I've read about this several times on TF. As soon as I can convince hubby, who does all our pet care, we'll definitely try this!
I live in an apartment for senior citizens and we had a few bedbug incidences. They called in an exterminator and they use heat to get rid of them. I was really scared and went and got plastic covers for my box spring and mattress. The exterminator came and gave us tips on what to look for, etc. He was really helpful. Heat seemed to work for the folks who had the problem. I don't know much the treatment costs.
I believe that when exterminators heat a home for bedbug extermination, the seal the house and heat the interior to 140 degrees for a certain period of time. It is hard to do and is quite costly.
While traveling, I bring fabric softener sheets to put under the four corners of mattress under my sheets. 4 to 8 should do the job.
I've known all my neighbors for 20 years. We live in a "luxury" apartment building. I don't know how to go about bringing up the subject and telling them. I feel I won't be invited or they will not come close to me.
By Bruno S.
How do you know you have bed bugs? Before you say anything, you should have a pest removal company check your apartment and give you a recommendation for treatment.
We recently stayed at a hotel and now I've got bites all over me. Only, I am being bitten out of the house as well. Does this make sense to anyone? Thanks!
Here is some information on these types of things:
How do I get rid of bed bugs?
By Mary M.
Are you absolutely certain you have bed bugs? My husband is an entomologist so I have a very personal and lengthy experience with bugs! If you have bites and itching after sleeping in a bed, you may have bed bugs, cat or dog fleas, tropical rat lice, etc. These and many more bugs are possible culprits. If you believe you have actual bed bugs, it is extremely difficult to rid them from your home. You can search on online for how to remove bed bugs from your home and how difficult it to do on your own, but I refer you to this site for help-note the importance of having a pest control expert's opinion on the actual bug problem and how to try to do this on your own:
citybugs.tamu.edu/factsheets/biting-stinging/others/ent-3012/ - Similar
Bed bugs are one of the most difficult pest problems to eradicate quickly. By far, the best solution for bed bugs is to hire a pest control company with experience successfully controlling bed bugs. Unfortunately, this can be expensive and beyond the means of many people. If you feel you cannot afford to hire a professional, and want to attempt do-it-yourself bed bug control, there are some things you can do. With diligence and patience and some hard work you have a fighting chance of getting rid of bed bugs in your home.
How do I get rid of bed bugs?
By poem300 from NYC
Well, I have been struggling with bed bugs for close to a month, just when I thought I had gotten the upper hand, wham, I wake with bites all over again. It's to the point where I have to circle each bit to keep track if I have more. I have vacuumed, cleaned, laundry, constantly, and now I am doing it all over again. I hear that mineral oil is good to try, but I haven't tried it yet. I have tried baking soda, left that on my couch for 1 week or longer, then I vacuumed the pic-a-dilly out of it. I have tried alcohol rub spraying on anything and everything. I took the week off of work just to get a good week on this situation all of this week. Along with putting silicone, and mineral oil around the base board of the house, and I also bought expanding foam, to use on the bigger projects. I think I am going to go along the base boards with the mineral oil, and the bedding legs, couch legs. I am at my wits end and willing to try anything.
Now the question is: how often do they lay their eggs? Should I be vacuuming and cleaning vigorously? I am at the point of throwing out my couch. Help, anyone please. I am losing my mind. Do they live in your clothes? I have all material washed and bagged, and 2 pairs of clothes that I wear, and my pj's, and bedding, they all get washed on a daily basis.
We have bedbugs in the apartments where I live. They haven't reached my apt yet. How do I get rid of bedbugs or prevent them?
By Dollie from Tucson, AZ
Borax is poisonous to pets and children, so be careful with that. Of course, you have to use something poisonous to kill the bugs, so it is a tradeoff. This should be your landlord's responsibility, to fumigate the building. You should also call an exterminator in your area for advice. Google "bedbug prevention" for many other tips.
How do you get rid of bedbugs from your home? How do you make something like a recipe from household products? What do you put together to kill them? Does anyone know? If so, let me know asap please.
By Whittany from Muncie, IN
I got rid do bed bugs! I feel so victorious because I was on an all out war against them for weeks, but I was bound and determined that they would not prevail! This is what I did. Fortunately I didn't have a lot of fabricky? Clutter, no rugs or curtains, bed skirts etc. The extra things I did have I put in 4 large black trash bags and put them in the back yard.I then bought an allergy mattress cover and sprinkled D- earth all around the floor boards and bottom of bed (mattress is on the floor) I washed and dried every piece of clothing and sprayed the entire room with rubbing alcohol. I also vacuumed every day and mopped. It's been over a week with no sign of the buggers. So I hope they rest in peace!
We don't know were they came from, but they have invaded my leather couch and the store bought sprays are not working very well. Does anyone have a better idea?
Yes, call a professional. There are NO home remedies that work.
Has anybody ever heard of Bed Bug Chasers? Has anybody had any success treating an entire house with heat to get rid of bed bugs? Rather than chemicals I would like to treat the whole house rather a room or two just to be safe.
By Mike from Huntington, NY
Bed bugs can survive for up to a year without feeding on a blood source, so figuring out how to kill bed bugs is a real challenge. These parasites are able to hide in small cracks and crevices, are difficult to find, and even harder to eradicate. Females can lay up to 300 eggs, which hatch within ten days, thus creating an ever-growing population.
Once an infestation has occurred, patience and persistence is the key to ridding the area of bed bugs.
When choosing a professional bed bug exterminator, be careful! Many companies that only specialize in how to kill bedbugs aren't as qualified as full-service pest control companies. Your best bet is to find an established pest control service company that has been in service for at least five years, and you might also ask around and see if anybody you know or look at review sites (like yelp.com) to see if there are recommendations for any specific pest control services.
Make sure the pest control company you choose is certified in your state. Exterminators can be pretty expensive; expect to pay between $250 to $1,000 per room. You'll also want to make sure you choose a pest control company that will make follow-up visits, these are usually necessary for bed bug elimination. Bed bugs are nasty critters and can cause serious illness. There is an apartment complex near me that had to have the tenants throw out ALL of their furniture and rip up the carpeting before the exterminator began his work because they are so difficult to kill.
I would urge you to beg, borrow or steal (well, not steal) the money to hire an experienced exterminator. It will be well worth it.