These days, it’s possible to pick up bed bugs from almost anywhere — they’ve infested offices, retail stores, hotels, airplanes, and countless other places you may not have imagined. They can get transferred onto your clothes, hide in your luggage, or even make their way into your car, from where they will hitchhike with you back to your home. Once they’re inside, these tenacious little pests can be extremely difficult to get rid of. If you have an infestation of bed bugs, then the following tips will help you get rid of them once and for all.

Call pest control

The most common method of getting rid of bed bugs is to call in a professional exterminator to fumigate the inside of your home and all your furniture. This method works the best because professionals are quite familiar with the hiding habits of bed bugs, and the chemicals they use are very effective. However, if fumigation is out of your budget, or you don’t want all the chemicals in your home, then you may have to try another way.

 

Bag and launder affected fabrics

Direct heat can help to kill off the bugs, so if you have items that can be contained and heated up, then you will be able to get rid of some of them. For example, you can launder some items, or simply place them in bags and put them in a sunny location for a few days. The ideal temperature you will want to achieve is between 45 and 50°C, as that is sufficient for killing the bugs. Of course, you will need to take extra steps to clear out the bugs that are still inside your mattress and other bedroom furniture.

Vacuum your house

Vacuuming is highly effective at removing bugs and their eggs from mattresses, carpet, walls and other surfaces. When you are vacuuming, pay particular attention to seams, edges of mattresses and box springs, and the perimeter where the wall meets the carpet. Steam cleaning is even more effective than just regular vacuuming as well. Once you’ve vacuumed, be sure to kill all of the bugs and eggs you have captured by containing them and heating them up for a few days.

Throw away infested items

If you’re serious about your eradication effort, then you will have to throw away the items that you know to be infested, such as mattresses, lounges, armchairs and so forth. This is the best way to ensure they don’t spread to other rooms in your home, or to other apartments in your building.

Use diatomaceous earth

Diatomaceous earth is a natural and effective way to control bed bugs and other pests. It is basically soft, chalk-like rock that is crumbled into a fine white powder and can be purchased at your local garden centre. When you spread it around your home — on your bed, between the mattresses, over the carpet and in any other cracks or crevices — the hairy legs of the bed bugs pick it up. Once picked up, it scratches away at their protective layers and begins to rapidly dehydrate them. After a while, you can simply vacuum it up and apply more if it’s necessary.