Removing bed bugs from your home can be a difficult task, particularly if an infestation has been ongoing for a little while. Fortunately, with the right tools and experience, it is completely possible to remove bed bugs from your home completely.
Many people will try to remove a bed bug infestation on their own in the first instance. There are a number of insecticides available for public purchase that promise to remove these pests from your home. Unfortunately, they’re typically less potent than the chemicals that professional pest control technicians have access to.
Also, if you have less experience with the removal process, it’s possible that you may miss elements which could lead to your infestation remaining and even growing.
Before you call in a pest control technician to remove bed bugs, there are a few methods you can take to employ to ensure that any treatment will be as effective as possible – we’ve outlined these in this step by step guide.
Cleaning to kill bed bugs
Bed bugs thrive in unclean environments. Unclean environments may not always be the cause of an infestation, but they can definitely make it much more difficult to eradicate one. So, if you notice an infestation:
- Clamp down on clutter and meticulously clean your living space. Make sure that you pay extra care and attention to any cracks or crevices – these can be excellent hiding spots for bed bugs
- Strip your beds and hoover your mattress and any surrounding upholstery. Don’t neglect any seams or edges of your bed frame. Once you’re done, empty your hoover into a bin bag outside of your home
Getting rid of bed bugs through laundering
In the process of decluttering and cleaning, you’ll have some sheets to wash, but there are a few other things to consider:
- Wash both the bedding (including mattress protectors) and any clothing on a high heat – bed bugs shouldn’t be able to survive this
- Dry those items on a high heat too – this should cover you if any bed bugs have survived in layers or seams
We’d recommend paying close attention to bed frames, headboards and mattresses – hoovering these can help with catching any eggs or residual bed bugs. It may also be prudent to give the same treatment to any other furniture.
Treating bed bugs with insecticides
This is where a pest control technician comes in for bed bug control. Find a local pest control company and inform them of the steps you’ve already taken to get rid of bed bugs in your home. They’ll then be able to put together the most effective plan from a fumigation/insecticides/pesticides perspective to ensure that your bed bug infestation is fully eradicated.
Once the technician has finished getting rid of your bed bugs, they will typically give you more information into the treatments that they’ve used and provide you with any further relevant information.
How to get rid of bed bugs permanently
Unfortunately it’s impossible to guarantee that you’d be able to get rid of bed bugs permanently. Unlike other insects, these tiny bloodsuckers can find their way into your home through hitching a ride on luggage or clothes and are often left undetected for periods of time. Therefore, we’d encourage you to be vigilant when looking for signs that could indicate the presence of bed bugs to help you to stop infestations in the early stages. We’ve also put together some tips on prevention below.
Preventing Bed Bugs
Getting rid of bed bugs fixes your immediate problem, but prevention is often more effective than cure. Here are a few ways that you can prevent further bed bug infestations:
- Regularly inspect your living spaces, particularly living rooms and bedrooms. Pay special attention to this after you’ve had guests – bed bugs are well known as excellent hitchikers
- Get into a good routine of washing bedding and hoovering frequently
- Seal cracks and crevices in walls and furniture where possible
- Consider investing in mattress covers to make them less hospitable for bed bugs
What kills bed bugs instantly?
Direct heat treatment, such as using a steam cleaner or applying certain insecticides, kills bed bugs instantly
Can I get rid of bed bugs myself?
It’s unlikely that you’ll be able to get rid of bed bugs yourself.
How do I permanently get rid of bed bugs at home?
To permanently get rid of bed bugs at home, you must adopt a regular routine of cleaning, heat treatments, chemical applications, preventive measures, and speak to a pest control technician to help with regular monitoring for signs of reinfestation.
Can you ever completely get rid of bed bugs?
Yes, it is possible to completely get rid of bed bugs, but it can be challenging due to their hiding capabilities. However, by following effective strategies and taking preventive measures, you can significantly reduce your risk of infestation and stay in control of your home.
What are the signs of bed bugs?
There are a number of different signs of bedbug infestations. For example:
- Bed bug bites (these itchy bites can be quite irritating)
- Shed skin/exoskeletons
- Sighting of bedbugs (adult bed bugs are around the size of an apple seed)
The wrap up
Getting rid of bed bugs is a difficult task, particularly if an infestation has had a chance to develop. In the very early stages of a small infestation it may be possible through DIY methods to remove bed bugs without the help of a professional pest control company, but the window in which to do this will be very small. Realistically, the best chance to fully get rid of a bed bug infestation lies in seeking the help of a professional pest control technician.
However, that’s not to say that there aren’t ways in which you can help a technician to remove bed bugs. As we’ve outlined in this article, there are a number of things that can be done by homeowners to improve the likelihood of a successful removal of an infestation.
Ultimately, when it comes to bed bugs, the best approach is to prioritise prevention as your bed bug control process. If you have an infestation that you’re struggling with, or if you’d like to hear more about how to adopt a preventative approach (with practical guidance) then get in touch with our team – we’re always happy to help.