A Complete Guide on How To Get Rid of Bed Bugs

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Bed bugs are a serious problem in today’s society.

They can be found anywhere from hotels to homes, offices and apartment buildings.

If you wake up with bed bug bites, do not panic!

There are ways to get rid of them and this article will explore some of those methods.

Bed bugs feed primarily on human blood and they prefer to stay close to where their food source is located.

This makes it easier for an infestation to spread quickly because the bugs can travel from room to room without any issue at all.

The most important thing that you need in order to prevent or control a bed bug infestation is knowledge about these pests as well as what products work best against them.

In order for these bugs to spread, they often crawl from room to room and you can find them most often in nearby areas such as beds, couches, and sofas.

It’s important to cover your mattresses with a bedbug-proof cover whenever you are not using it.

This will prevent bugs from crawling into or out of the mattress easily and prevent an infestation from forming.

Step 1: Inspect and Identify

After a bed bug infestation has been detected, the first thing that you need to do is inspect and identify.

This way you can detect where in your home they are hiding so you know exactly where to place traps, spray pesticides, etc. in order to get rid of them for good.

Step 2: Remove Furniture

The next thing that should be done in order to remove these bugs efficiently is to remove all furniture from the affected area.

The reason for this is because it will be easier to spray down when it’s not covered by bulky pieces of furniture or other items that would normally be placed on top of it during daily use.

Step 3: Wash Clothing and Linens

Before anything else, clothing and linens that are known to have been infected should be washed in hot water.

This is because cold water will not kill these bugs and you do not want them spreading to other areas of your clothing or linens.

It’s recommended to use a front-loading washing machine since it can accommodate large items such as bedding, for instance.

Step 4: Vacuum the Affected Areas

It’s advised that surfaces affected by the pests are vacuumed thoroughly before anything else.

Once again, this is essential because it will make it easier for pesticides, sprays, etc., which you’ll need to purchase from hardware stores or online retailers, to spread all over the affected area once they are applied on top of the bag.

Step 5: Apply Pesticide

Once the affected areas have been vacuumed, it’s time to wash them using pesticides.

Pesticides are known for killing bed bugs quickly so you can put an end to an infestation problem once and for all.

However, never mix up your own pesticide because this is one of the most common mistakes that people make which causes their problems with these pests to get even worse than before.

For example, mixing bleach with pesticides will produce toxic fumes which can harm you and others around you!

“If you are wanting to try a natural method, you can try mixing essential oils such as lavender, eucalyptus, orange, etc., with oil.”

Place this mixture near the affected areas and the bugs will be drawn to it due to its sweet smell.

However, once they are drawn in they won’t be able to escape so you’ll need to constantly check for dead bugs that could have accidentally drowned or suffocated inside of it.

Step 6: Seal All Open Spaces

Once you’ve made sure that all of the affected areas are now bug-free, you’ll need to seal any open spaces by using caulk or expanding foam in order to prevent these bugs from getting into your home again.

Expanding foam is great because it can fill up huge gaps which makes it highly effective against bed bugs and other pests as well.

Step 7: Monitor for Re-Infestation

Now that everything has been removed and your house is clean, you should monitor the area for re-infestation.

This is very important because if one single egg ends up hatching then it will start the process over again.

So make sure to keep inspection up periodically in order to stop another infestation from forming after you’ve worked so hard at getting rid of these pests!


Bed bug infestation can be an embarrassing and stressful occurrence, however, with the proper knowledge, the right precautions, and a good plan of attack you can easily get rid of bed bugs from your home!

Damian Hooper

Damian Hooper

Damian has been a professional pest controller since 2009, and it is his wealth of experience which enables him to deal with pest problems, where others have failed.