How Do You Get Rid Of Bed Bugs?

Summer is approaching, so a commonly asked question is, “How do you get rid of bed bugs?”.

Bed bugs are world travelers, notorious for latching on to various household items and stowing away to new places inside the home. There are various ways to get rid of bed bugs from exterminators to natural products. Natural products are safe for both pets and human health, but getting rid of bed bugs is not an easy job. This problem does not go away immediately, so many a time it becomes inevitable to use a chemical spray.

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The following tactics help you in answering “How do you get rid of bed bugs?”

how do you get rid of bed bugs

  • With the help of professionals: There are professionals available to eliminate parasites like bed bugs from your living surroundings. They spray chemicals such as Alpine PT Aerosol, pyganic dust, cyzmic CS, Bedlam insecticide Aerosol and Phantom Aerosol. These chemicals are endowed with insecticidal properties.
  • Follow an integrated pest management (IPM) approach to get rid of bed bugs. This involves sanitation, applying chemicals and sprayingat targeted sites.get rid of bed


  • High powered steam pumps are available on the market. Spray hot steam into the cracks on walls in the most infested area.
  • Diatomaceous Earth and bed bug patrol are natural products to get rid of bed bugs.
  • The visible eggs can be easily killed by rubbing alcohol with the help of dish brush.
  • When you first detect bed bugs, your first action should be to thoroughly vacuum the mattress. Try to pick up all of the bed bugs. Then tightly cover the mattress. This will prevent any remaining ones from moving out and sucking the blood of the members of your household.
  • You can get rid of them by buying a heat fan that directs a temperature of at least 212 degrees Fahrenheit. It can easily kill almost all of the bed bugs.
  • You can also place your mattresses in direct sunlight, as bed bugs can not survive in extreme temperatures.
  • Bed bug traps are also available in your nearby stores. You use them.
  • Fossil shell dust can also eliminate bed bugs. Fossil shell dust is made from marine organism fossils.
  • Steamers are also very effective in killing bed bugs. They are the contact killers.

Some important dos and don’ts to prevent bed bugs

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  • Do change your bed sheets twice a week.
  • Do wash bed sheets in hot water. Insecticides should not be used on bed sheets.
  • Do avoid discarding papers and wrappers on the bed as bed bugs like paper products. Bed bugs can easily chew through all plastics.
  • Do clean your furniture frequently. Closets, carpets, door jambs, wood molding, and picture frames should be regularly inspected.
  • Do repair cracks promptly using plaster, so that they can no longer be bug’s hiding place.
  • Do avoid purchasing second hand furniture, and especially bedding.
  • Do carry out frequent inspection of your household to avoid bed bug infestation.
  • Don’t put luggage on your furniture, irect contact of luggage with the bed should be avoided.
  • Don’t forget to check for signs of bed bugs in frequently used places of your home.

It takes few days to get rid of bed bugs after an exterminator’s visit. Prevention is better than a cure, so “how do you get rid of bed bugs?”  will no longer be a question if we start by preventing the bed bugs in the first place.

41 Responses to “How Do You Get Rid Of Bed Bugs?”

  1. Beverly says:

    what if you’re bitten by a bed bug what kind of side affects if any, and once they bite you do they die or continue to live

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    • Jessica says:

      @Beverly: the side effects would be itchyness in the bitten area and a redish mark. once they bite, they continue to live and grow and produce more which is why you should get rid of them quickly!

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  2. Rachel says:

    Red, itchy bump. And I believe they live, that’s why they bite.

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  3. ShiAnna says:

    they are gross and creeeeepy!

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  4. leslie says:

    they r red itchy bites that can almost look like misquitoe bites and sometimes turn into scabs if u itch it alot. it could also look like hives as well.

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  6. Abbie says:

    Back just started itching & thought it was mosquito bites. Didn’t want to believe they were bed bug bites. Researched & was disgusted!

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  7. Sam says:

    They’re impossibly irritating little creatures that you can barely see. It attaches on to pets, too. If they go outside often, it’s likely that they’ll bring something back inside. I didn’t know what it was that was biting me, thinking it was just mosquitoes.. but then I saw this small little bug on me. I had no idea it was a bed bug. I just need to get rid of them, ASAP. Sleep is going terribly. Now they’re getting everywhere. Ugh…

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  8. Serena says:

    I have a question. Can a female’s menstration attract bed bugs?

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