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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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By 4 found this helpful
August 5, 2010

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

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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By 3 found this helpful
January 13, 2010

If you have a bed bug problem, put down cat litter where the bugs are. Cat litter will kill bed bugs.

By Rai from Toronto, Ontario

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By 0 found this helpful
October 1, 2017

What are the best ways and best products to use to get rid of bed bugs fast? Please be specific. Thank you.

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October 1, 20170 found this helpful
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The first thing you have to do is get all your sheets, blankets,and pillows,including any stuffed animals or anything that may be on the floor such as clothes and you need to wash everything in hot water and dry at a high heat. Make sure you vaccum really good around and under your sleeping area or if you have hardwood floors sweep and mop with soapy hot water. If you have any nightstands or tables near your bed they will need to be thouroughly cleaned and any items on them should be cleaned as well. This includes the drawers and items inside as well. After you have isolated all the bedding and all clothing or stuffed animals that could of possibly come in contact with the bedbugs be sure to get it out of the room but be cautious not to mix it in with other laundry until it has been laundered. If it is going to take several loads to wash it all, put it all in a big plastic bag while you are waiting to wash it so you do not spread them to any other areas of your home. After you have gotten all "contaminated" laundry out of your room and thoroughly cleaned the floors and furniture around your bed then you can spray.

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The best pesticide I found was Raid bed bug killer its about $10.00 it is the one with the purple cap.That is the only one I've found that worked well. Be sure to spray everywhere you cleaned including your mattress thoroughly. You are probably going to have to repeat this cycle 3-4 times to completely get rid of them so dont get discouraged if you do all this and you still see some. They are super good hiders and the eggs they lay are so tiny you probably wont see them until they are hatched and start moving with is around 10 days or so. Also, after vacuuming you need to change the vacuum bag and be sure to throw the old one away outside of your house not in the kitchen trash. I've read that once you clean and spray you can get a mattress cover that zips up around your mattress but that will only work if your sure they are nowhere else. It takes time, but if your diligent they will eventually go away. Im sorry your going through this, but you should be able to get ahead of them with the steps I've listed, thats what we did.

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March 8, 20150 found this helpful

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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September 8, 20131 found this helpful

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!

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By Kathy

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September 9, 20130 found this helpful

Here is some information on these types of things:
http://www.eart … infestation.html

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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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March 30, 2017

A month ago we found bed bugs in our new sofa. We continued to search and found a couple more in our bedroom. Needless to say we threw everything out of our house that was not nailed down. We bought all new bedding and furniture and had an exterminator come in twice just to be safe. Since the first extermination we have seen a total of five bugs. I'm pretty sure I saw an adult bed bug the other day while vacuuming our new sofa, but I smashed it so fast with a bobby pin it wasn't recognizable anymore and the only parts left of it were black. We have placed double sided tape around our bedroom and new matress.

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I keep getting little red hive looking things on me, but usually only one at a time. My two year old gets them around his outer diaper region. My husband is trying to convinve me I'm crazy because I am always searching for these god awful bugs. I don't sleep lol. Since I'm not able to find any proof of any more bugs do I still have these things? The exterminator is not of much help either since we can't find any alive bugs. I'm constantly itching like crazy. Is this all in my head?

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By 0 found this helpful
September 14, 2010

How do I get rid of bed bugs?

By poem300 from NYC

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July 20, 20050 found this helpful

My question is how to rid my home of bed bugs. Bugs in the chairs, carpet and outside home.

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Michelle

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July 23, 20050 found this helpful

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

Sherelle

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By Linda (Guest Post)
July 24, 20050 found this helpful

Raid kills bed bugs to a certain degree, however we had an exterminator several times and ended up tossing all furniture at the end because it was getting to difficult to keep up. If you know for a fact its only in that chair raid also apparently if you live ina very cold winter climate leaving it outside in at least minus 13 celius can kill them.

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July 24, 20050 found this helpful

This is how I did a chair one time.
You will have to find a bag or plastic large enuff to contain it. Its a hassle but it works. I bought a chair at the thrift store and I wanted to make sure i didnt bring any unwanted visitors into the house. So I used a plastic tarp I got from Walmart and put the chair in the middle. I placed a fogger in there under the chair.(Do this outside) I made sure the top was sealed really well and can set the fogger off thru the plastic. It worked. I did later the next day give it a good cleaning with upholstery cleaner and let it air dry for a few days outside in the garage in an open ventilated area. There were dead fleas and a few other mysterious bugs all over inside the bag, so I am so glad i did this before i took it inside my house.

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By SNIGDIBBLY (Guest Post)
July 26, 20050 found this helpful

Burn it! This is a health hazard.

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By Ann (Guest Post)
July 27, 20050 found this helpful

I would give it a good soaking spray with vinegar, probably more than once

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May 11, 20080 found this helpful

I had the same problem/infestation (BAD!) and was told foggers nor cold/hot temperatures kill the Mites because they can endure extreme temps (both hot and cold)...(I tried the fogger first, only to come down the next morning to seeing Mites in the living room looking like they were having a picnic!). I got rid of the furniture & mattresses; vacuumed very thoroughly, very regularly. That was in November '07 and since then, slowly the problem has subsided. About a month ago, we saw ONE Mite on a wall, but nothing since then. It used to be we'd see them a lot, and even wake up with break outs from them.

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By Manal (Guest Post)
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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By 5 found this helpful
August 31, 2010

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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August 31, 20100 found this helpful

There are home bedbug extermination kits. Look for bedbug extermination in a net search. The are really hard to get id of, so use these kits or call in a professional. They do not go away easily!

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By 0 found this helpful
July 10, 2010

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 10, 20100 found this helpful

I don't know if there is a remedy that you can do yourself for bed bugs. From every thing I have heard it takes an exerminator and more than one treatment.

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July 13, 20100 found this helpful

I read that tea tree oil will get rid of them. Maybe spraying it on the floors will help.

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July 13, 20100 found this helpful

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.

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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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By 0 found this helpful
January 18, 2013

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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May 13, 2012

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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By 0 found this helpful
May 7, 2010

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

By IsadoraD from Boston, MA

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May 8, 20100 found this helpful

Bedbugs are difficult to get rid of on your own.Best to hire an exterminator to do it correctly. No natual remedies or cheap way to get rid of them.

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May 11, 20100 found this helpful

Hi,
you can keep bed bugs at bay using tansy. Its an herb with many uses, one of which is repelling bugs. I have used it on mission trips various places to keep various creepy crawlys at bay, including bed bugs. I would suggest filling socks with tansy and putting them in your bed.

Sprinkle tansy leaves around the perimeters of all the rooms in your house, under all the cushions on couches and chairs, on your mattress etc. Then you must seal all the cracks, corners etc. This is how people dealt with them a hundred years ago before the discovery of DDT, bad as that was it did get rid of them. Then wash all your bedding, clothes in Hot water, I would boil anything that you could like sheets etc.

You can find a recipe for vinegar of the four thieves (an extremely effective all natural herbal insect repellent) at www.bulkherbstore.com, you can purchase tansy there as well. I am not affiliated with them in any way they are just a source for herbs for me. Spray this everywhere, including a diluted version on you, spray on bed posts, mattresses etc! Doing this will help, but you might still want to consider an exterminator as bed bugs are extremely hard to get rid of but it can be done.

Try this first and see what happens replacing tansy as often as necessary. I also recommend putting diatemaceous earth around all perimeters this kills all insects good and bad by cutting into their bodies bed bugs hide in walls and mattresses anywhere it is dark so using a mixture of tansy and the diatemaceous earth might be best in all the places named above. You can buy it for the the bulk herb store too. It is completely non toxic and harmless to humans. Hope this helps and good luck.

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December 26, 20140 found this helpful

How do I get rid of bed bugs?

By Mary M.

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By 0 found this helpful
October 11, 2012

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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By 0 found this helpful
June 23, 2009

When traveling how do you prevent bed bugs from coming home with you?

By audrey vanwyk from Bedford, PA

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June 24, 20090 found this helpful

Use the luggage rack or the desk to put your luggage on. Hang up your clothes. Don't put your clothes on the floor or on the bed for bedbugs to hide in and for you to accidentally pack them home with you.

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June 24, 20090 found this helpful

Don't set your luggage on the floor. Put it on a chair, table or luggage rack if there is one, anything but floor and bed.

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September 20, 20140 found this helpful

Are bed bugs red? What should I do about it?

By Deborah from Westland

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September 16, 2014

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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October 5, 2013

How do I get rid of bed bugs?

By Irmi

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March 28, 2013

What do bed bug bites look like and how to I get rid of bedbugs?

By Kay B.

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September 16, 2014

How do I get rid of bed bugs myself? I'm not infested yet, I think my neighbor down stairs brought them here. I saw him bring in used furniture and now I'm suffering for it.

By Chris S

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