Bed Bugs Help

My Story with Yucky Bed Bugs!

How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs Naturally, Organically, and Chemically

Here’s how I did it…..
bed bugs infestation
In my last post, we discussed where bed bugs come from and how they could get into your home. Once they are in, you have to take action or they will multiply. You know what they look like, how to find them, how they got in, and now it is time to get them out of there! How do you do that? Do like I did and kill them once and for all!

What I did….
I have to admit, I strongly believe in the power of nature. Natural products have been in my home for years now and I truly feel they are effective at keeping my family healthy and safe from the harmful effects of harsh chemicals found in many personal care items and cleaning products.

Therefore, while I will give you some tips that may include chemicals, I would not recommend trying the chemical route first. Of course, hiring an exterminator was something I looked into. While they are very good at what they do and probably worth every penny, I simply could not afford to hire one and was not ready to subject my family to harsh chemicals.

However, if this was the only route to take, I would do it in a heartbeat because obviously bed bugs are not healthy for my family either. Through my research, I was shocked to find that bed bugs are becoming immune to many of the chemicals available on the market today for killing bed bugs. That is a scary realization.

Treatment Options

Before you can treat them, you have to find them. Follow the tips in my first post on how to tell if you have bed bugs. Once you discover their hiding places, you can then begin treatment.

I really found this ebook by Michael Romner invaluable.  You can click here for more information about his great book or continue reading my tips below.

Here are some natural, organic, and chemical methods you can try:

Rubbing Alcohol

It has been said that rubbing alcohol will kill them on the spot. However, this will not take care of an infestation.

Launder Bedding and Garments

This is very important. Gather everything you can and wash them in extremely hot water. The absolute minimum should be 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Bed bugs cannot survive in extreme heat (120 degrees Fahrenheit or higher). Put everything in sealed bags directly after laundering to protect them from being infested again.

Vacuum

Vacuuming is extremely important, as well. It will help to remove bugs and eggs from your mattress, the carpet, the walls, and any other surface. Make sure you vacuum the seams, tufts, and edges of the mattress and box springs, as well as the perimeter edge of walls. Throw away the contents in a sealed trash bag.

Steam/Extreme Heat

Things that cannot be washed must be steamed or heated in some other way. Use a steamer to get into the cracks and crevices of the bed and any surrounding furniture. Steaming your mattress and box spring is another way to kill bed bugs. Steam your carpet to ensure you haven’t missed any when you vacuumed.

The Packtite is something to consider for smaller items, such as books. It is a little bit steep in price; however, if you travel a lot, you might want to consider this as an investment. It works by heating up the items to 120 degrees Fahrenheit in a sealed unit.

Bed Bug Powder

There is a natural/organic powder you can try. According to many reviewers, the Diatomaceuous Earth Food Grade – Nature’s Wisdom works wonders. However, it is important that you purchase the food grade form. Diatomaceous Earthbecause processed (calcined) DE may contain far greater amounts of crystalline silica, the potentially harmful form of silica, than natural DE. Crystalline silica is likely to pose health hazard only if inhaled at high levels for a long time.. This form (Crystalline silica) is toxic and can cause silicosis. The food grade form is considered safe and is used as a food additive. It is also fed to livestock to prevent digestive infestations. See this reference by the State of Oregon Department of Environmental Quality for more health issues about DE.

Diatomaceous Earth Food Grade works by dehydrating the bug when it coats itself by walking through on its way to feast on your blood! Some people have tried flea and tick powder and have had good results, as well. However, they are not generally all natural. Once you make a decision, sprinkle the powder in a perimeter around your room.

Bed Bug Spray

Bed bug sprays used in conjunction with powders will increase the death rate of bed bugs, as well as any other crawling insects you may have. They will also begin to eliminate the breeding cycle. Choosing a bed bug spray is where life can get confusing.

Simply put, there are way too many products available to choose from and it can get overwhelming. I did some research on the “top five” all natural bed bug sprays. I will also introduce you to one that is not entirely all natural, but has been said to be less abrasive for those who would rather go the chemical route.

  • BestYet
  • BugPatrol
  • KleenGreen
  • PuraCleen
  • Diatect

Through independent research, the following information was obtained on the above top five bed bug sprays. They all kill bugs on contact and kill the eggs. They are all 100% natural and non-toxic; however, it appears that BugPatrol is the only one that offers long-term protection. They are all ready to use and have a pleasant odor. They are all safe for children and pets and none of them require vacuuming.

Sterifab is one that is not completely all natural; however, it is considered less abrasive than chemical insecticides because it does not contain any perfume, dyes, or harsh solvents. It is also very popular because it is the only bed bug control product that is a disinfectant, insecticide, fungicide, germicide, sanitizer, deodorant, mildew, and bactericide that is registered with the EPA. Keep in mind that while it less abrasive, it is still not safe for humans or pets.

When you apply the spray, start in the baseboard areas and under the carpets. Start at the end of the room that is opposite of your doorway, so you can end the treatment at the doorway. Make sure you treat every crevice in the room. Treat the windowsills, electrical sockets, and light fixtures. Don’t forget to treat where your curtains hang.

The areas around your bed should be treated heavily. It is important to spray along the wall where your headboard lies. Spray the box spring, including underneath. All other furniture should be treated. Don’t forget the closets and the bathroom.

Mattress Encasement

Once you have steamed and sprayed your mattress, you will want to enclose it with a mattress encasement. This will keep any bed bugs that “got away” inside and away from you to eventually die from not getting their food source. Choose a high quality and strong mattress cover and be careful not to rip when you are putting it on.

I really  do recommend you read the ebook by Michael Romner.  Click here for more information about his great book.

Next Post

I really hope these steps work for you, as well. Please remember, it will take some time to get rid of them, so be patient. Patience is the key to successful treatment. Once you have finally rid yourself of these disgusting bugs, you are not done yet! My next post will tell you what you need to do to keep the bed bugs out for good!

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77 Responses to “How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs Naturally, Organically, and Chemically”

  • judy r hicks says:

    I hope ur advice helps.thanks.

  • ivette v says:

    O wao thank you. im horrified, and cant sleep thinking thier going to bite me again. so ill try this thank you

  • abdul says:

    This is a great article. My problem is that they are coming through the AC ventilator. In this case what to do? Please reply. They are not hiding in carpets or clothes. I could not find where they have their fort.

    • Frances says:

      Buy white duck tape and put vasaline on top of the tape, we re you suspect their hiding, or in my case I put it all around my apartment to catch the nymps, they roll in vasoline and suffocate themselves and clean off every few days, use container under legs if furniture and put vasalinein them, best way to monitor them and catch them

  • Aly says:

    Thanks I really hopes this helps

  • Raza says:

    Hi, I’m in Dubai and such steamers n vacuums r very costly. I found tons of them in one room of my apartment and threw the bed and it’s mattress but still see them on the ceiling. Luckily I just found one in my other room and nothing else, how can I prevent them from coming in other rooms and kill them permanently?
    Please reply

    • steevan says:

      HI, i too stay in abudhabi i have lots of bed bugs, done the pest control 4 to 5 times but still it looks like it doesn’t want to live us, heater are expensive and the heating temperature is maximum 140 ‘ i found which is not enough as it needs above 180′ , i heard boric powder mix with maida powder make a paste and keep where ever you need(any suggestion on this?)
      we don’t get Bugpatrol in uae and we cant ship it also.

  • heaven says:

    we have had bedbugs in our home for almost 6 months now and nothing we do is seeming to help. we have tried everything, the bombing, the sprays, the powders, the bagging things and heating everything up.. and yet they are still here! our ENITRE home is infested, and idk wat to do.. someone brought the bedbugs into our home and we are unable to get rid of them. im pregnent and i fear for my child because of these bugs. i NEED them gone before our baby’s born, and im at a lose at what to do. CAN SOMEONE HELP ME?

    • Dee says:

      The same thing happened at my moms and she keeps my toddler and we have one on the way. Professionals want upwards to $4000. To treat a house

    • amir says:

      the best solution for me was to first get a spray done, change my bed and get an iron made bed, i encased the matrix, bought one from ebay called anti bed bug matrix cover, try to get which is thick, and inhave had no problems. let them be around.
      after the spray was done, at nights i kept a pif paf (the one that also has a small bed bug picture on it) and kept lights closed for half an hour or one hour, entered the room and sprayed on remaining few, in maximum one week time your home will be free from bed bugs.
      it is important to do it in all rooms, they keep moving at nights.

  • kim says:

    I have had bed bugs at 2 different apartment complexes. It is highly embarrassing. We first got them from a neighbor. They did a heat treatment and the bugs spread to us. I have done so many things. For awhile I didn’t have any and was so relieved. I just found out that they are hiding in my second bed room and have started making their way to my room. I m hoping to rid myself of them for good soon. I will be throwing out a lot of things in my home and that will be sad, but to be free of the bugs and embarrassment will be a great weight lifted. I will be vacuuming, steaming, (with my shark steam mop, highly effective) and using a cooling treatment. Thank you for the wonderful info!

  • Regina Saunders says:

    I have bed bugs they were In one room and is now spreading. I threw away all my furniture. I only sleep on the couch in my livingroom and they are in my couch. Inbought homedefense which is a spray but it’s only a temporary fix I Aldo need another inexpensive method please help

  • david mayfield says:

    bleach is also effective, clean your room out and start over.

    • Nikki Hankins says:

      Bleach is very good, I had bed bugs and I tracked them to my baseboards after I threw everything out. I poured bleach around all the baseboards and I haven’t seen them. I do this on a weekly basis.

  • Sean says:

    Well After reading this. I have come to that conclusion that these big itchy painful bumps that look like mosqito bumps are that from a bed bug. Sadly I should blame my girlfriend because ever sense shes been sleeping at my house I have been getting tore up. One reason I blame her is because she has Dread locks and her grandmother has them and shes been over her grand mothers house (me too) quite a few times. I was laying on my couch today and just like that I have to knew itchy painful red bumps on my hand and arm. and 3 more on my leg. It seems as if they bite in 3′s and then stop because I had 3 on my back and 3 on my left arm near my elbow and bicep.

    • PrettyUpset says:

      Bed bugs can come from anywhere. I am still at a loss as to how we got them but from my understanding it’s supposed to get worse because there wasn’t a true winter this past year. At least that is if u are in the south. But clean people get bed bugs. You can bring them home from any where. And they also can migrate from a neighbors home.

  • Anjanet says:

    I just recently bought a new bed and it still has the plastic on it, does this help prevent bed bugs from getting into it????

    • admin says:

      Did you have bed bugs before? If not no need to even consider the plastic. If you did and you are concerned you could keep it for a bit but I wouldn’t do for long as your mattress can not breathe. For a week or 3 it’s fine I am sure but I would call your mattress store and confirm.

  • theresa says:

    thank you so much for your help i wil try these methods you have suggested, it seems to me htere only in one room still, i hope!!! but will treat the whole house anyways. i would take a look at that book and not that im trying to be a cheapstake or anything but spending an extra 25 bucks on this book will take use money i need to use on spray bed mattress and poewders ect ect . Along with the fact im disgusted with these bugs and would rather start cleaning my house up then waiting to read another book, i really really appreciate those who are honestly trying to help ithers out with there free advice. again thank you from the bottom of my heart

  • admin says:

    You are very welcome and I hope the tips help! Come back and do a follow up reply and let me know please? Any other tips you find, reply here so others can be helped from these gross things.

  • sherri says:

    my daughter will be coming home soon from trip on airplane. She knows place she is currently staying has bed bugs. What do I need to do when she gets home to prevent them from moving into my house? thanks.

  • Kemberly says:

    I am horrified this itchy bumps are irritating and emberrasing. The worst thing is that my 18 month baby has got bitten by them n he gets blisters from them. I want to get rid of them asap

  • laura says:

    My elder aunt has bed bugs bad. She will be staying at my house for 3 how is the best way to protect my house so I don’t get them while she is there>? Please help I want to help my aunt without the problem coming to my house

    • admin says:

      Hi Laura, You will need to make sure anything she brings to your house is thoroughly checked. Read my posts on how to check if you have bed bugs. Even with that I would follow our treatment advice for laundering all clothes thats discussed in this post. Good luck!

  • sherri says:

    Thanks for your help. My plan is to put suitcase in big trash bag and close with a twist tie before putting it in the trunk of car at airport. Give her clothes to change into in garage at home before going to bed. It will be very late when we get home. Then the next morning I can check her bag, clothes, etc before bringing them in to house. Any more suggestions are appreciated. Thanks again.

  • Christie says:

    Hi,

    I recently discovered the bedbugs in my flat where I moved in 2 weeks back. I did not have them before. But when I started checking I found at least 15 big ones in 4 places in my couch.

    I immediately pulled my couch in the middle of my living room on a bed sheet and then steamed the whole couch. All I could see is dead bodies. Next day I repeated this and steamed the carpet aroud my couch and vacuumed. I slept for 3 nights near to the couch and was looking for any bytes. So far I found none. I am planning to steam again. I did not see any near my bed but I steamed the mattress anyway. I also washed all pillows and sheets.

    Not sure if I can get rid of them but I will keep posting. My couch is close to entrance of the apartment, may be it came in with someone.

    I have one question : I found all bugs almost transparent may be 5 were little brownish. Is that a huge infestation or mild as I am thinking?

    Thanks,
    Cristis

    • admin says:

      Hi Cristis,

      Here is a description of the life of a bed bug:
      Adult bed bugs are brown, flat and about a 1/4 inch long, with a soft, rounded look. After a blood meal they are dark red, rounded (distended), and about 3/8 inch long.

      These pests usually come out at night or in darkened areas. The pest’s small white eggs hatch into almost transparent nymphs that start feeding at the first opportunity and molt five times before becoming adults. Usually, all stages of bed bugs are present in an infestation. A temperature of 70-80°F is ideal for bed bug development. Bed bugs can live from months to over a year without feeding. At least three generations per year are possible with proper temperature and food supply.

      from the University of maine: http://umaine.edu/ipm/ipddl/publications/5004e/

  • Brad says:

    We just dicovered ONE bedbug on our mattress.. Have not seen anything else as of yet. In the process of washing all linens and clothes in high heat. Cant wait to get next bill. Is it possible that we caught it early? Should we go ahead and treat the entire house?

    • Christie says:

      HI Brad,

      I found one bedbug in my apartment and realized there were about 15-20 in my couch. In my opinion you need to look for the source, may be there is one place where they are breeding look at bed, couch. If you find the hideout, do not rush in disturbing them. What I did is pulled my couch on a plain sheet in the middle of the room and I steamed the whole couch 2-3 times. I repeated this 3 times a week and I have not seen anything for about 10 days. I am still careful I vacume every alternate day. I will steam the couch one more time and yes after the couch I steamed the corners of the carpet in whole house. I steamed the carpet under the couch just to be sure. Lets hope I do not see them again. I called in pest control person and he inspected and told me that there is a possibility that I killed them. I bought a 40 dollar steam machine from Walmart. Take a note of things when you steam:

      1> Let the steam be very hot. Check the steam by spraying some in a mug. If you catch a bedbug alive experiment on it and see that it is killed.
      2> Pull the couch on a light colored sheet. If anything flies then very likely it will fall on sheet.
      3> Vacumme after you steam.
      4> Check the whole house. Steam all furniture, just to be sure.
      5> Look for blood spots or dark spots. These are tiny spots of the feces of these bugs.
      6> Other way of looking is light the whole house nicely or have a flash light and start at 11pm, you will find them.

      And good luck. I was bitten 3 times and I am allergic to these parasites. So I know if they are hiding in my house. Keep looking out for any new bites on your body.

      Hope this helps.

  • steevan says:

    which is the steamer available for bed bugs in UAE

  • cyndi says:

    Yes…I would like to know too what steevan says about the steamer too. Thanks

  • Jessie says:

    Last night, I was laying in my bed with my toddler when I noticed a bug crawling out of my boyfriends pillowcase. At first I thought it was a tick but then the possibility of it being a bed bug crossed my mind and I immediately googled images of bed bugs to try and confirm my suspicion. I’m not positive but I’m fairly convinced what I saw was an unfed adult bed bug. It was small, about the side of an apple seed, had a more roundish oval body that appeared a brownish color. After my discovery, I removed my bed sheets, lifted my mattress, looked along the edges of my baseboards, etc. etc. and found no other signs of these bugs. I have not noticed any bites either. I really don’t know whether or not my bedroom is infested, but I think I am going to buy the Bed Bug Patrol spray and use it along the baseboards and cracks of my room, as I have an old house with lots of little nooks and crannys for these nasty buggers to hide. What do you think??

  • Jeremy says:

    I have bedbugs and i got rid of my bed and baged up my cloths then i found one in the bag im about to wash the cloths and dry it 3 times

    What can i do to keep them out?

  • Fabrice says:

    I’m lying on bed reading the comments on the post and I just get biten by a bedbug but I couldn’t find it. Like many people in there, I’ve tried so many things to get rid of bedbugs but I got to admit it’s been very difficult up to now. Sprays = no result, chemical powders worked pretty fine at first but after a week or two it was clear that the bedbugs were there again! I have already heard of steaming and vacuuming my bed and furniture but I possess none of these and I was thinking of contacting a professional to do the job. Do you think I should do so?? Do you think I could use the iron we use for clothes to steam the bed??

    • Christie says:

      I do not think steaming with iron is a good idea. Get a steamer from walmart, it is only for 40 dollars. If you get a good steamer, you may get rid of them. I steamed 4-5 times and I am free from bugs for a month.

      • so tired says:

        ive been fighting bed bugs for years and i can say nothing works ive called an exterminater ive steamed and bleached eveything ive even used pinesole and vacumed everywhere its like there imuned to everything plz plz help

        • trina t torrijos says:

          Well first of all do not use any home remedys like alcohol, sprays what happens is they build up a tolerance to the stuff, keep going with the exterminators, I need to know a little more of your situation, 1st how many people in your home? Any kids, that go to school, cause they can transport them in there backpacks, or any one in the house, sounds like u could b reinfesting yourself. Another theroy, have your neighbors been checked for BB they travel through the walls, if u live in a apartment or homes close together, homes, apartments, living situations can b re infesting yourself, heat treatments will work without a fought, but is very expensive

  • Latoya says:

    I jus discovered that my sisters bed is infested wit bed bugs
    She doesn’t kno how long she had them but she has been complaining
    About bites for a while… We wrapped the bed in plastic and removed it frm
    The house. We will have an exterminator come out today to try to kill them
    Should o follow up with these tips from the article to Amir sure they are gone
    After the treatment

  • Angel says:

    I’m completely terrified of bugs of all kinds and i have bedbugs.. I got them in January of 2011, ever since then I’ve gotten rid of them 5 or 6 times and they’ve cane back every time. I’ve replaced 3 beds, 2 sets of couches all our dressers and flooring.. We’ve steamed, sprayed, washed, dried and bagged… I don’t know what else to do but i just found at least 10 on my bed…. Killed them but and too scared to check for more so I’m sitting on the other side of the room with a spray bottle full of rubbing alcohol.. How can i get rid of them for good!!!???? My family is suffering and I’m going insane from these little nasty critters..

  • Christie says:

    Hi Angel,

    Try to find the source of the bugs. You should check the whole house furniture floor etc. When you find the source for e.g. a couch pull it on a sheet and steam it 3-4 times. Throwing the furniture does not guarantee that you can get rid them. Likewise steam everything and you will have to repeat the steaming exercise twice a week in beginning and then once a week for few weeks and then biweekly. It is a tedious exercise but this has worked for me. You need to check your floor/ceilings for spots and carpet and steam where ever you find any presence and then vacume.

    Good Luck,
    Christie

  • Anjanet says:

    I just recently discovered that I have bed bugs again after I threw my old mattress, and furniture away. I checked my new mattress and didn’t find that it was infested so I bought a bed bug barrier for my mattress and put it on there. I still have the plastic on my boxspring but its a little torn up thanks to my cat. I just ordered a steamer and i’m waiting for it to come, so I can take the plastic off my boxspring and stream it. Also our dryer is broke, so I was wondering if I can stream ALL of our clothes before bagging them up? Or should I take them to a laundromat? And since I have wood floors, where exactly should I stream since I don’t have carpet like most people. And I have alot of paperwork for school, that I just bought some Ziploc bags for to bag them up nice and tight.

  • Carl says:

    Hello, I just stumbled upon this site when searching about bed bugs and what they look like and what the bites look like. As for myself I’m not sure if what i have on my body are bites from bed bugs but the bites my mom has on her look like the pictures I’ve seen online. The problem with us is it’s overwhelming if this is what it is because we have a house with 3 rooms,4 closets, 2 bathrooms, a basement that is well…not cozy to say the least. And there is so much stuff in our house that could be holding these things or in our garage it’s like you don’t know where to start. She works 3rd shift and I work here and there but my daughter is about to come up for the summer Wednesday and I’m already extremely stressed out about this and if this is what it appears to be. We have low income as well so it’s as if just looking at a steamer for 40$ is rough and we already had an exterminator for another problem which is pricey enough. So I’m desperate for answers and even reading the article I seem to be overwhelmed too because it almost seems impossible to find the time to do all of this or resources.

    What’s to prevent my daughter from taking these things back with her to Florida when she leaves? Or even to the babysitters when she has to go? What do we do just steam everything if we get a steamer? I don’t even know where to start.

    • Christie says:

      Hi Carl,

      First you need to make sure what you have is bedbug problem. Take a flash light at about 11 pm. Put white or off white sheets on your bed just to spot them easily if you have a bug problem, Bedbugs tend to stay where they can get food and they can detect humans only from a distance of 5-6 feet, so I would be very surprised if you have these bugs in storage. Look for them in and around your bed area, headrest, under the mattress and boxspring. Look for small black blood spots on walls. Use flash light.
      If you have bed bugs and then you need to find the source. Sometimes it is possible to have bed bugs in one room and not have in another as these are lazy bugs. As long as they get blood they will not move. Only if you have seen a very large number of them on your bed or room then you need to check everywhere. Steam is a good thing to do, cleanest and effective but you need to be careful while handling it.

  • Shahed Malkawi says:

    I’ve recently noticed bites on my legs, especially 3 encircled around one of my ankles.
    I passed it off as mosquito bites because it looks and feels identical to them. Until recently I’ve noticed that I get very itchy and uncomfortable when I’m sleeping and started to wonder if something was in my sheets. I looked and removed all my linens and can’t find a thing. My mom always cleans my bedroom with bleach and strong chemicals. We live in Saudi Arabia, where it gets extremely hot when ac’s are not on, and you mentioned that they adapt to heat. I looked at my mattress for spots and couldn’t find any at all but noticed two on my bed sheets. I’ve washed my sheets and the spots remain, so I’m assuming they’re just stains of some sort.
    Should I be worried? What’s the next step? Please help, I’m becoming paranoid!

  • michelle says:

    hi, i just found 3 last night and think they came from this pillow my sister brought from storge a couple weeks ago, how fast do they spread? and my daughter has this huge 53” teddy bear can they live in that? and do they live on wood? my daughters bed frame is wood, and i will b trying this method on this website thanx

  • colleen says:

    Hi,

    I have this bug control for a year and still fighting cleaning all the bugs. I did threw all of our beds. but they come back when we moved to another apt. I threw all my kids dolls and put all of our clothes in the wash and dryer in hot temp but still find them in our beds, couch. They are so despressing and i feel bad seeing my daugter have bed bites all over her for a year. My bed bites are getting less. I keep spray and vaccum all of it and now we are moving to another apt, HOw will I make sure they wont come my other new apt? Can they travel in the boxes? I am still going to get rid of our another beds again and couch as well. I am very despressing! it is been over a year! We still can’t get rid of them! I FEEL bad for my kids getting biten! :(

    • Kylee says:

      I found out the bites we were getting were bed bugs, 2 weeks before our initial moved into our new apartment. I went crazy stripping everything, bagging sheets, drying everything, vacuuming ECT. I was worried we would bring these things with us as well. We bought a new couch and threw our old one away, and threw away the mattress in our kids room that was just on the floor. I thoroughly cleaned our bed with the spray until it was soaked and left it and then with a wet cloth scrubbed the whole mattress and did this outside our new place and it stayed outside for a few days. When I brought it in I put a mattress cover on it so of anything did get left it was trapped inside. You can get bed bug encasements, I just got regular white covers with very deep pockets that go way under the mattress. With tight sheets over it, if anything was left it wasn’t getting out and would die. Our kids for a new bed but I also but a mattress cover on their bed. I I had a couple things in boxes but cardboard boxes r truly a mistake because bed bugs can live in there as well. I thoroughly cleaned and inspected everything before packing and threw away severely items I couldn’t be sure about, mostly kids toys. We didn’t have much furniture so I didn’t have to worry about that. Move with plastic bins with lids and make sure all is clean before bringing in your new place. Throw clothes in the dryer for over an hour before putting away. This took us a good week to get everything put away and all is fine and we have been there 5 months

  • Latoya says:

    I recently found out that my sister had bed bugs her beds was infested with them. We hired an exterminator i dried all my clothes and removed them from the house. They exterminator will be coming back tomorrow for another treatment I have clean my while room found out where they were hiding I sprayed it with rubbing alcohol. I order the DE offline. What should I do in the mean time until the dust comes because every day I wake up I have new bites. I killed at least five bed bugs last nite alone crawling across my bed please help me I’m so scared of these creepy crawlers

  • D Ray says:

    Bedbugs can hide ANYWHERE. Do not forget to check your curtains! We had bedbugs when I was a teen, I couldn’t find where they were except a few of them. Lo and behold, I checked the curtains of the window closest to the bed and there was a colony of them…it was shocking to see but explained alot. Drapes, pictures on the wall, cracks of your bedframe, baseboard, bedside nightstand and anything on them can be places for them to hide.

    Some people have tried many things that I read to get rid of them but they still keep coming back. Unfortunately, I think the best solution is to be extremely, rigorously thorough with all furniture, linens, clothing, and also anything hanging on the walls. This means being aware that if you attack one area, you might kill some, but drive the rest to a new hiding area.

    People don’t often wash their pillows, the covers sure, but not the pillows themselves. That’s almost a perfect place for them to hide out, especially the nymphs and eggs which could be very difficult to see.

    Here I am talking about all this, and I am in the process of fighting them yet once more. Good luck everyone, these are stubborn pests to get rid of. I know they can be defeated though, did it once before, and really have no choice other then gritting my teeth and doing it this time around too. I cannot stand bedbugs.

    Also, thanks for the advice in the article, it looks solid, makes sense and hopefully with be just what I need.

  • Upset Mother says:

    Hi
    I just stayed at a Days Inn with my 4 yr old and 2 yr old and sister, brother-in-law and their 18 mos old. My kids slept on the hotel comforter with blankets from home put on top of the comforters. Never thinking about bed bugs….but after 2 nights, my kids bellies and backs are covered in bed bug bites! UGH!! So now we are home and are in the process of washing everything. But how do we make sure we don’t get them in my sisters house? We are airing out the suitcases/bags. What else should we do? Should we spray the car trunk (in this case a mini van) do we spray the suitcases? What measures should we take? We havent seen any bugs thankfully. We just want to make sure we don’t get any! Thoughts? Suggestions?
    Thanks!

  • Muhammed Shabeer says:

    Hello,
    I m living in Dubai. In Previous apartment I did not have such problems. Now I shifted to other apartment, from next day I knew that there are lot of bed bugs. I could not sleep properly.
    sometime i scratch my body all over, there are bites also. I found many bed bugs. I cleaned my apartment with vaccum . One of my friend told me , use the clorex and spray everywhere.
    it will be okay. today I will try. let us see what will happen. please share if you have any good news. Thanks!

  • mel says:

    I just found bed bugs in my house i got rid of my kids beds i looked in my bed n no bugs what do can they be inside my bed too?

  • jenny says:

    Hi June, Where can you buy the bug patrol and other sprays from please?

  • erika serna says:

    Hi, i was wondering what are the laws on bringing begs bugs home from work are they responsible?

    • admin says:

      That is a tough question Erika. I really don’t know and would assume it is different depending on where you live.

  • Nicole kane says:

    I live in MD an the past few weeks my husband has been waking up with bites that we thought were from fleas but today I was cleaning my living room I was vacuuming an found clear bugs filled with blood..it’s been so hot we hav all been sleeping in the lving room ac.is it possible that the bed bugs r only in this one room
    ?

    • admin says:

      If you are lucky it is just in the living room but don’t count it. Go through my posts on how it shows you to look for them and clean up/quarantine. You have to act quick.

  • emily says:

    Hello,
    I just got a phone call today from the property manager of the apartment I am supposed to be moving into here in about a week. They found bedbugs in it!!! She told me they will be doing the heating treatment. Should I be good to move in after the treatment is done or do you think I will just end up getting all of my things infested as well? Maybe get my deposit back? Or move in?

    • admin says:

      If it were me I would hire my own pest control inspector as acceptance of a clean and pest free unit BEFORE I move in!! If you move in and they are there it’s a nightmare.

    • admin says:

      I would even talk to the neighbors above/below/left/right of you and verify they have no bugs!! Those things can get through any tiny cracks.

    • trina t torrijos says:

      Did u actually move in? You should b ok with heat treatments let me know.

  • tris says:

    Dear admin,

    Me and my room mate had already done all the measures mentioned above but still bed bugs are every where in our apartment. We have used powder, spray, pest control , washing clothes , throwing out old mattress,,,,,,,but still they are every where ….. as per size of our apartment itz not possible for us to steam and search for single bug every where……i had gone mad and feeling like zombie as i have to go to office in the morning and i cant sleep at night due to these monsters.Kindly help me by by suggesting some good pest spray or chemical keeping in view that we have to spray it on 4 rooms fully furnished. i also cant throw all the furnitures out as my land lord is a big asshole. plz help me in a way that at least i can sleep for few hours…….
    OR tell me are they immortal…..

    • admin says:

      Hi Tris,

      Have you attempted to hire a professional service? It sounds like you are to the point Do it your self is over and you should hire someone.

  • tris says:

    yes admin , we had hired one, but bugs came back after 1 or 2 weeks. Also clear my doubts about diseases caused by bed bugs as any type of blood contamination or any other problem that will affect me in future.

    • admin says:

      Hi Tris, Read this study by Perdue university: http://extension.entm.purdue.edu/publichealth/insects/bedbug.html . The important quote I got was this:
      “At least 27 agents of human disease have been found in bed bugs, including viruses, bacteria, protozoa, and parasitic worms. None of these agents reproduce or multiply within bed bugs, and very few survive for any length of time inside a bed bug. There is no evidence that bed bugs are involved in the transmission (via bite or infected feces) of any disease agent, including hepatitis B virus and HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. “

  • trina t torrijos says:

    We, also had bed bugs once and it was a nightmarewe had a proffessional exterminators and did the 3 time treatment 7 times and still had them, finally we had to move, got rid of a lot of furniture and bagged in big trash bags, we finally got rid of them but it took a long time.

  • Vanessa says:

    We’ve had bed bugs for awhile now and have tried every thing! From spraying alcohol, washing our clothes, spraying chemicals, vacuum, fogging, and even thrown out our mattress. But we still have them? Can they be hiding somewhere we don’t know? It’s only my bedroom too, no one else’s room has them. I honestly want to break down and cry at times it upsets me when we find them again.

  • ANONIMO says:

    go to you tube… The CO2 Bedbug Trap__making CO2 …


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