It’s generally unnecessary to throw away beds or bedding. It is expensive to replace bedding, chances are that any new mattresses, box springs or beds you bring into the home will quickly become re-infested. The money to replace a bed or mattress might better be spent on hiring a professional.

Create a safe area to sleep:

This is critical because staying in a bed will reduce the risk of bed bugs spreading throughout the home. If you move to another room to sleep, the bed bugs will eventually follow. Then you’ll have bed bugs in multiple rooms.

Make your bed a safe place to sleep by:

Stripping, vacuuming the mattresses, box springs, encasing them. Double bag your bedding wash in hot water  dry for at least 60 minutes . After vacuuming suspected bed bugs from the bed, take your vacuum cleaner outdoors  remove discard the bag. Purchase a good quality set of bed-bug-proof encasement for mattresses  box springs. Bed bug-proof encasements are fabric sacks into which you slide your mattress or box springs. The zippers on bed bug encasements are designed to be tight enough to prevent even the smallest life stages of the bed bugs from escaping. Also, good bed bug-proof encasements are woven to prevent bed bugs from biting the through the encasement. A good encasement will trap all bed bugs in the mattress  box spring inside, will be smooth on the outside, providing few places for bed bugs to hide.

Keep the Bed bug Infestation from Spreading

Anything removed from the room should be placed in a sealed plastic bags then treated.
Items that cannot be treated should be placed in a sealed plastic bag  left for an extended period of time to ensure any active bugs are dead.

Empty the vacuum after each use.

Seal the bag throw it out in an outdoor trash container  bag the vacuum cleaner.
Don’t discard furniture if you can eliminate the bed bugs from it.
If furniture cannot be salvaged, discard it responsibly. Destroy it so someone else won’t be tempted to bring it into their home. For example:
Rip covers remove stuffing from furniture items.
Use spray paint to mark furniture with “Bed Bugs.”
Take steps to have infested items picked up as soon as possible by the garbage collection service.

Prepare to Treatment for Bed bugs

Jumping straight into control is tempting, but won’t work. Preparing for treatment is essential to getting successful control. It will also help by making it easier for monitoring for bed bugs that haven’t been completely eliminated. This preparation should be conducted whether treatmented by a home or business owner or hiring a professional.

Kill the Bed Bugs

Killing all bed bugs on your bed frame, headboard. Normally this would be done by a pest control professional. Approximately 80% of all bed bugs in the typical infestation are located on the mattress, box spring  bed frame. You’ve encased the mattress  box spring taken care of that problem. Make sure the bed frame is bed bug free. Vacuuming alone won’t do this. Vacuuming can remove many bed bug adults  nymphs, but it isn’t very good at removing eggs. For this job insecticide sprays  possibly dusts to treat every crevice  void in the bed. For insecticide spray  dust options. Remember that insecticides can be hazardous Read  follow label directions. Read the whole label before spraying or dusting. The label directions are the law failure to follow the label not only puts the family at risk, it is against the law. Homemade sprays, by the way, are usually less safe than commercial insecticides. Stick with the legal stuff.

Bed bug protected bed after the process of treating the bed

A bed that has been treated, encased  isolated from the rest of the room with Climb up Interceptor cups is a safe place to sleep if they are not carried by the person who is sleeping on the bed.interceptors under all feet of the bed frame to keep bed bugs off. Interceptors are special platforms or cups that are purchased to prevent bed bugs from climbing on to the bed. An interceptor can be as simple as a sticky card placed under a bed post. Better are one of the commercial pitfall traps made specifically for this purpose.

Treat other areas of the home or building

This is perhaps the most challenging part of do-it-yourself bed bug control. If an infestation is early there might not be a need to do anything more than treat  isolate the bed. But if an infestation has spread to other parts of the home, bed isolation may not be good enough. Here is where professional pest control for bed bugs help may be needed.

Still determined to do-it-yourself pest control?

Here are some tips that may improve your chances of success:

Prepare the room by separating treated from untreated furniture. This will involve moving all your furniture to one side of the infested room. The process is important because if you treat half of the items in a room  leave other areas untreated, bed bugs may return to the previously treated areas from untreated sites. Take all clothes from drawers, infested closets, etc. bag them in clear plastic bags are easier to see where things are. Also bag all personal items for example toys, papers, books, electronics, CDs, or anything that could serve as a hiding place for bed bugs  set them aside until they can be carefully treated, cleaned or inspected.

Make sure the method selected is safe, effective  legal.

Consider non-chemical methods of killing bed bugs. Some will be more useful than others.

Heat treatment using a clothes dryer on high heat, black plastic bags in the sun. Pest control professionals have other methods that are not suitable for non-trained individuals to use.

Cold treatment can be successful in the home environment if the freezer is set to 0○ F. You must leave the items in the freezer at that temperature for four days. Reducing the numbers of bugs with these  other non-chemical methods is helpful, but is unlikely to entirely eliminate the infestation.

Systematically treat the room, all cracks  crevices around windows, outlets, blinds, pictures, posters  clocks on walls, baseboards, under edges of carpets any other crevices or void areas in the room. Remember that immature bed bugs are very tiny. Dozens of bed bugs can hide in a recessed screw hole in a bed frame or dresser. Therefore it’s important that no hiding place be overlooked. Treatment can include vacuuming, but should not be limited to vacuuming only. Vacuums do not remove eggs, will likely not remove all bed bugs from deeply infested cracks crevices. Vacuums can remove many bed bugs from mattresses the exterior of box springs. Sticky tape is another method of picking up bed bugs from furniture, walls, etc.

Examine  treat all furniture: beds, bed frames, dressers, chairs, couches, night stands, etc. following the same procedures. As a piece is treated it can be returned to the parts of the room that have been treated. Note that furniture should be taken apart, drawers cushions removed in order to inspect  treat every nook  cranny. When treating upholstered furniture, pay attention to each welt, button  fold. stuffed furniture that is infested  too difficult to treat may be discarded. After spraying, return each article of furniture to the part of the room that has been treated. Do not reintroduce any furniture or other items to the treated room until they have been thoroughly cleaned, inspected or treated.

Treat or isolate bagged items:

For washable items research shows that dry cleaning, washing in hot water for 30 minutes, or tumble drying for 60 minutes on high will kill all stages of bed bugs. Non-washables are a little trickier. Items that aren’t needed for a while can just be stored. It takes 2-5 months to kill bed bugs by isolating them in bags,the warmer the temperature, the shorter the survival time for starving bed bugs. Heating bags by placing in direct sunlight is one of the most effective methods during the warm summer months. Seven pounds of items placed in clear bags in direct sunlight on a 95 degree day will get hot enough to kill all bed bug life stages in one afternoon. Also, placing bagged items in a chest freezer (0 degrees F) for 8-10 hours is lethal for bed bugs their eggs.

Insecticides application treatments:

Select use insecticides safely. There are no magic sprays that kill bed bugs very well. Most commercial insecticides will kill bed bugs if applied carefully directly to the insects their hiding places. An exception is “Bug bombs”, or aerosol foggers. Foggers are mostly ineffective in controlling bed bugs. Because bed bugs hide in crevices voids where aerosols do not penetrate, they are able to avoid contact with these insecticides.