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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.

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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

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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.

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    August 3, 2011 Flag
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    Bed bugs and dust mites are attracted to carbon dioxide that humans emit from our skin. They feed on dead human skin cells. People with "A" type blood tend to emit a bit different smell than "O" blood types which is more attractive to bed bugs. 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. Also, my blood type "A" friend sleeps elsewhere!

    God Bless!

    By Ingrid W. from Tempe, AZ

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    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:

    <ul><li>vacuuming</li>

    <li>steam cleaning</li>

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

    <li>sealing cracks around plumbing</li>

    <li>ground cat litter</li>

    <li>etc.</li>

    </ul>

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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?

    By Deborah from Westland

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    September 29, 20140 found this helpful

    First of All--Don't Panic. But don't delay in spraying to get rid of them. I helped my neighbor rid his apartment of bed bugs by using a spray by J.T. Eaton sold in hardware stores. The one-quart bottle comes with a sprayer. Spray all fabric covered furniture, especially the crevices thoroughly with this product. Put vaseline around the legs of any furniture. Spray wall to wall carpet, especially where it meets the wall, and remove area rugs. Make sure to remove the mattress and box spring and spray thoroughly including the seams. Launder any draperies and bedding in very hot water and dry in a hot dryer. Try to figure out where they came from. In my neighbor's case, a friend that was temporarily staying with him brought the bugs from his old apartment. If you are only seeing a few of them, this may be the case and infestion may not be severe. You must be diligent in continuing to spray periodically afterwards (I cannot stress this enough) to be sure they are all killed, along with eggs and larvae. You may use a 91% isopropyl alcohol spray (sold in drug stores) for maintenance purposes. Be sure to ventilate your rooms well. You can encase your mattress in a bedbug proof cover, but these are expensive the not truly necessary. The bugs prefer to bite women over men, and leave the marks in a triangle pattern. I received a lot of help from the owner of my local small hardware store.

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    September 16, 2014 Flag
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    I'm trying to find out if baking soda kills off bed bugs. Does anyone know? I want to get them before they infest my apartment, I detected them early. They are here due to a neighbor who brought in road side furniture.

    By Chris

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    February 17, 20150 found this helpful

    I think baking soda works. I been using it, and I see less and less. You have keep use it for a long time, can take up to a year, but it will kill them. It dehydrated them.

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    July 10, 2010 Flag
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    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

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    July 17, 20100 found this helpful

    Do a search on Diatomacous Food Grade. According to the reviews it will get rid of about anything and will not harm people or pets. It's sold on the internet or at Home Depot, or Garden shops and is reasonably priced.

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    October 11, 2012 Flag
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    What are the steps to kill bedbugs? How do you clean the sheets with splattered blood and feces from bedbugs?

    By Millie W.

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    October 12, 20120 found this helpful

    I had a tenant who brought bedbugs into an apartment. I had great success using food grade Diatomaceous Earth, which can be purchased at Lowe's or Home Depot.

    It is a white powder. Use a paintbrush to "paint" all your baseboards (where it meets the floor as well as the wall), the "feet" on your bed and where the wood frame meets the wall around the closet, windows and bedroom door. You may also want to "paint" the edges of your mattress.

    The food grade type of Diatomaceous Earth is very safe. It works by dehydrating the bodies of the bedbugs. Works on roaches too!

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    July 23, 2005 Flag
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    How can I rid a large upholstered chair (chaise) of unseen biting insects (bedbugs, mites)?

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    October 28, 20080 found this helpful

    My aunt has bedbugs in her apartment and she tried literally everything and nothing worked.

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    May 7, 2010 Flag
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    Are there any natural remedies for getting rid of bed bugs, that really work?

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