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Getting Rid of Bed Bugs

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.

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March 8, 2015 Flag
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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.
I also have to let the management know. They know there is a problem in the building and have had a dog in my apartment, but everything was good. A month later they started. I'm trying to keep it under control. I vacuum everyday. There a only a few, but a few is to many.
It's also the preparation for an exterminator that freaks me out. I have a disability and from what I have read, everything has to taking out away from the wall and closets emptied.
Thank you for your time.
I am sorry this is so long.

By Bruno S.

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March 8, 20150 found this helpful
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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.

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August 5, 2010 Flag
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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

March 4, 2014 Flag

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.


August 3, 2011 Flag
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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.

September 8, 2013 Flag
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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!

By Kathy

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May 8, 20140 found this helpful

They may have gotten in your traveling bags, pockets, or shoes. I had them once and have since gotten rid of them. I had a very old pair of boots that I only wore around the house; they moved into the old cracked boots and seams and under the inside padding. Try shining your shoes with a professional grade oil based shoe polish from an old fashioned shoe repair store. I threw out my favorite old boots, but now polish my new shoes the old fashioned way. I found this link today as I was looking up baking soda, if I ever get them back.

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December 26, 2014 Flag
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How do I get rid of bed bugs?

By Mary M.

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December 29, 20140 found this helpful

Diatoumaceous Earth, garden grade. Absolutely harmless to humans and animals but death on bugs. My daughter used it on her granddaughter for head lice and her teacher wanted to know how she did it so quickly. See Dave Owens, the Garden Guy website.

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September 14, 2010 Flag
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How do I get rid of bed bugs?

By poem300 from NYC

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March 19, 20160 found this helpful

Yes dear -

apparently they live in your clothes as well as your body. I've been covered with bites this whole past year. I'm no sloppy bum, and had no idea what was making me itch so bad. Over 61, and never had a bug problem. Now, I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy ! I'm thinking a hot water mixture of baking soda, Tide, and possibly ammonia might do the job in the laundry ( whole medium size box of soda ) and hot dryer. Since I've bagged all my clothes this week, - no bites. A dermotoligist said to use bleach bathes - she was nuts ! you still can't tell the difference between my freckles and bite marks.

OH !! I used ( overdosed ) a product called - Hot Shot Bedbug & Flea bombs in my apt. They are small cans, and I say overdose because the cans say they cover large areas ( my aunt Fanny they do ! ) So I did it again, this time I used 6 cans in my small living room with the inside hall door open. Next day I used 4 cans in my bedroom. each time, I pressed large full plastic bags with laundry up against the door so I didn't breath it in overnight. And so far, I think the devils are dead. I sprayed the small coach with " Hotshot" "flea & bed bug spray" heavy. Then, as I fogged the living room, I took the coach seats and tilted them so the fogger got all sides too. Also dear - take your bedspread off and hang it over your door or shower rod so the fogger kills any chance of the devils too.

As far as the mattress is concerned, yes I sprayed heavy around the sides, BUT ! it's a bit old, so I took extra precautions and went to the material store and got a very large, semi thick felt-like material. Then, got the same amount of " stitch-witchery" and ironed it over the top after spraying. Not only should that kill the bugs, but not let them multiply. OK ? Does that help ? I quit the bleach baths, and am going back to using " Soft Soap" that seems to dry out the itching and rash with a scrub brush - then rinse the brush after you're done.

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January 18, 2013 Flag
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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

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January 20, 20130 found this helpful

Diatomacious Earth should do it. (spelling may be wrong). It is available at garden shops, feed stores, etc. It's non-toxic to humans and animals but kills most bugs.

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August 31, 2010 Flag
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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

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December 30, 20100 found this helpful

There are good posts on this ThriftyFun page that explain how you can get rid of them as well.

<a href="/tf678484.tip.html">Getting Rid of Bed Bugs</a><br/>

Tips include:


<li>steam cleaning</li>

<li>washing sheets and blankets in hot water</li>

<li>sealing cracks around plumbing</li>

<li>ground cat litter</li>



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May 13, 2012 Flag

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?

By Karen

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May 28, 20120 found this helpful

Rubbing alcohol kills bed bugs; preferably wintergreen. Could add your own essential oil(s), like frankincense, lavender, cinnamon oil, whatever.

Rubbing alcohol can also stop the itching from a bed bug bite. Do Not Use rubbing alcohol if you are allergic. Most people with allergies can have someone else spray and usually do not have a problem with this method if they wait for the alcohol is evaporate and the odor to dissipate.

Put rubbing alcohol in spray bottle and thoroughly saturate the item; couch, beds, baseboards, shoes ... so that it stays saturated for at least 15 minutes. Repeat every 3 to 4 days until there is no evidence of bites, then weekly thereafter. It can takes several months to completely eradicate the adults and hatching eggs.

It takes a long time to completely rid yourself of this type of infestation, but it can be done. Bed bugs can live for over 18 months without a feeding.

Vacuum floors, sprinkle carpets with Diamtomaeous Earth and leave in as long as you can; repeat several times a week, then weekly, then bi-monthly. DE can take months to work, so you want to use the rubbing alcohol as much as possible to stop with feeding frenzy.

Wash sheets, pillows, blankets, hats, clothing, washcloth's and towels and other items everyday and put in a hot dryer for at least 20 minutes at a temperature above 130 degrees. Things that cannot be washed, dried, steamed - can be put in black plastic bags and placed in the sun for a day or two or three.

Important: Buy and use plastic mattress and pillow covers with zippers that completely enclose the Bed Items, after they have been sprayed and naturally dried.

Shampoo hair everyday with dog flea shampoo with conditioner, they can hide, and lay eggs, in hair. Boil combs, hairbrushes.

If you do get an Exterminator; remember that you want to have the baseboards sprayed thoroughly and ALSO Have Them Use a FOGGER to get into the nooks and crannies.

Being DILIGENT is the Most Important Thing You Can Do.

I am a former nurse and know that this has been used by many people with really good results. Hope this helps you as well.

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September 20, 2014 Flag
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Are bed bugs red? What should I do about it?

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