How To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs

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 Eliminating Bed Bugs: How to Get Rid of Them


Bed bugs are the worst. Sure, having an ant problem is a pain, and dealing with roaches in the kitchen can be gross (to say the least). But waking up covered in bed bug bites? That’s on an entirely different plane.

While it can be incredibly difficult to get rid of bed bugs for good, it’s definitely doable. The most important thing is to understand your options beforehand, so that you can be sure you’re taking the right approach. We’ve put together this guide to help you understand the differences between home and professional bed bug treatment, along with some “bed bug do’s and don’ts.” Keep reading to learn more.


At-Home Treatment Options for Bed Bugs

First off, there are a handful of home treatment options available to you when it comes to bed bugs. Each of these options has its advantages and disadvantages. Some are messier than others, and certain treatment approaches can’t be used on everything in your home (for example, you can’t run throw most pillows in the washing machine).

That said, here are 7 treatment options that you can try at home for bed bugs:

  • Herbal remedies: If you’re the natural remedy type, consider mixing a few drops of essential oil into a spray bottle and spraying the affected area. Lemongrass, tea tree, and lavender oil can work well.
  • Baking soda: The idea here is to dry out the bed bugs’ exoskeletons using baking soda. This can be effective, but you have to completely cover the entire affected area with baking soda.
  • Steam cleaning: If you don’t own a steam cleaner, consider renting one for a day. Be sure it’s the dry kind of steam cleaner, and not the wet kind. Go over as much of the affected area as possible, but be sure to check whether the steam cleaner is safe to use on a particular surface or fabric.
  • Mattress protector: After treating your mattress with a vacuum, baking soda, herbal spray, or other remedy, consider covering it with a mattress protector to prevent bed bugs from returning.
  • Vacuuming: Believe it or not, vacuuming up bed bugs is an effective way to eliminate them. Be sure to use a powerful vacuum, and dispose of the contents right away.
  • Double sided tape: Try placing double sided tape around your bed to catch bed bugs before they bite.
  • Diatomaceous earth: This powder is made from tiny ocean organisms known as diatoms. Like baking soda, diatomaceous earth dries out bed bugs and kills them as a result of dehydration. Be sure to use food grade diatomaceous earth.

While all of these options can be effective, none of them are 100% guaranteed to work. If you want to be sure that you’ve gotten rid of your bed bug infestation once and for all, consider working with a home pest control company.


Bed Bugs and Professional Home Pest Control

At the end of the day, a home pest control company is generally the way to go when it comes to bed bugs. While some bugs respond well to home treatment, bed bugs are particularly difficult to eliminate. A professional pest control service will have the experience needed to ensure that the infestation doesn’t return a few weeks (or even months) down the road.

Here are a few of the advantages of working with a home pest control company:

  • Safety: Trying to treat a bed bug infestation on your own can be hazardous. Bringing in a professional will ensure the safety of your family and pets.
  • Reliability: It’s hard to know whether a certain home treatment approach is working. In the meantime, you’ll still be dealing with bed bug bites. When you work with a pest control company, you can be sure that they’re getting the job done.
  • Affordability: Professional home pest control doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, Home Pest Control offers a number of affordable treatment packages.


Bed Bug Do’s & Don’ts

Whether you opt to go with a professional pest control company or take the home treatment approach, there are some do’s and don’ts you should follow:

Bed Bug Do’s
  • DO wash your clothes, sheets, linens, and other fabrics in hot water
  • DO cover your mattress (and box springs, if applicable) with a plastic cover
  • DO examine your mattress closely
  • DO follow precautions and warning labels on pest products
  • DO work with a professional company when needed
  • DO take care to clean your luggage and clothes after traveling
Bed Bug Don’ts
  • DON’T use insecticide on toys or infant cribs
  • DON’T move any items from an infested room into another room in your home
  • DON’T bring secondhand furniture home, as it could carry bed bugs


At the end of the day, a professional home pest control company is the most effective way to get rid of bed bugs for good. Home Pest Control offers affordable, eco-friendly pest services: click below to take a look at our pricing and packages.

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Written By: Home Pest

June 5, 2018

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