Bed Bug Extermination Do It Yourself

This past year, there has been a lot reported on bed bugs. Bed bug extermination is now more important than ever before. This means that it’s also more important than ever before to know how to do it yourself so you can save some money and do what’s best for your family. This article will explore the issues you face when dealing with bed bugs, give you some great advice on how to start your own extermination efforts, and how to complete them successfully. As the author of and , I’ve put together the following comprehensive guide to bed bug extermination, especially for those people that are concerned about getting rid of bed bugs themselves. I want to make the information in this website as easy as possible to understand so people don’t have to sift through good and bad advice.

Bed Bug Extermination Do It Yourself

Identify the Problem

Bed bugs are small, flat, wingless insects that feed on human blood. They can be easily identified by their oval bodies and brownish red coloration. When they feed, they tend to leave behind a blood-filled fecal stain that looks similar to black or brown dots on the mattress or walls near the bed. If you suspect you have bed bugs in your home, there are a few things you can inspect for signs of infestation:

  • Inspect the sheets on both beds for dark spots (blood stains). These stains will be about 1/4 inch wide and may look like black dots or splotches of dried blood.
  • Look under furniture around the edges of beds where it meets wall frames to see if any live or dead bed bugs are located here as well; this area is where they usually hide during daylight hours when they’re not feeding on humans because it is away from light exposure (which makes them vulnerable) but also close enough so that they could quickly run back up onto an unknowing person’s body should one roll over onto them while sleeping at night time hours when most people would be sleeping soundly without knowing what was happening around them because their vision would not yet be working properly due to being asleep!

Remove Items from Room

The next step is to remove all items from your bedroom and place them in plastic bags. Once you have done this, seal the bags with tape and label them clearly so that you can identify which bag belongs to which room. If there are multiple bedrooms, use a different color of tape for each description.

Once you have labeled everything and placed it in your car, take care of other areas that may be infested by bed bugs (such as drawers or closets) by vacuuming these items thoroughly before removing them as well.

Bag and Seal Items for Heat Treatment

  • Seal items in a plastic bag. The bag should be large enough to fit all of the items, with a little extra room for air circulation.
  • Heat seal the bag tightly and then store it in an oven or microwave for about 90 minutes at 130F, until you feel that you can comfortably place your hand on the outside of the bag without feeling any heat from it (you may need to use a hair dryer to get rid of excess moisture).
  • If there is still any moisture present when checking this temperature, put your wet items back into the freezer until they are completely dry before heating them up again.

Vacuum Room

  • Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter.
  • Vacuum the entire room and make sure to get all edges, corners, and crevices.
  • Vacuum your mattress, box spring and frame thoroughly.
  • Vacuum upholstered furniture including seams and tufts.

Launder Everything That Can Be Washed

  • Always check the label before washing.
  • Use hot water and the hottest setting on a dryer.
  • Clean your washing machine after you’re done.
  • Don’t forget to clean curtains, bedding and even pets’ toys if applicable!

Steam Clean Your Mattress and Furniture

If you’re steam cleaning your mattress and furniture, make sure that you are familiar with how to use the steam cleaner safely. Read all of the operating instructions and warnings before using your machine. Do not get water in or near electrical components, such as wires or outlets, because this could cause an electric shock or fire hazard. Steam cleaners can be dangerous if used improperly; always wear protective gloves when handling any part of the machine that may become hot during operation.

The effectiveness of steam cleaning depends on several factors:

Clean Your Carpet with a Steam Cleaner

  • Use a steam cleaner with a hot water extraction method. A low-moisture method or dry extraction is also acceptable for this step, but you will need to use an extra step before vacuuming the area thoroughly.
  • Vacuum the area thoroughly before steam cleaning. This will remove any loose bed bug fecal matter and eggs that were not killed by your insecticide treatment.
  • Use a detergent or cleaning agent on the carpeted surface of your car (rather than plain water). This helps get rid of stains caused by blood and pus from bites, which are ideal breeding grounds for bacteria that can lead to mold growth if left untreated.
  • Steam clean at least twice: once right after applying disinfectant, then again after it has dried fully without applying too much pressure so as not to disturb any dead bed bugs hiding inside cracks in the carpet fibers (which might cause them to become airborne again). If using chemical sprays instead of steam cleaners, wash down all surfaces thoroughly afterward with warm water mixed with dishwashing liquid soap; rinse well before drying completely..

Use Silica Gel or Diatomaceous Earth Powders

Silica gel is a natural way to control bed bugs. It’s also called diatomaceous earth (DE) and can be found in the garden section of your local home improvement store. You’ll want to make sure that you’re only using food grade DE, otherwise it could cause health problems for your family or pets.

Diatomaceous earth is a respiratory irritant and has been known to cause skin irritation as well. If you have any of these symptoms after using this product please contact your doctor immediately. In addition, it’s important not to use this product around pets because it may harm them if ingested by accident or on purpose!

Buy Bed Bug Traps or Insect Growth Regulator (IGR) Products

  • Insect Growth Regulators (IGR’s) are insect pheromones that disrupt the bed bug’s reproductive cycle. IGR’s do not kill adult bed bugs, but they can prevent them from reproducing and thus reduce the population over a period of time.
  • IGRs are safe for humans and pets, making them an ideal option for treating your home without worrying about toxic chemicals or pesticides.
  • While IGR’s will not completely eradicate your infestation, they work well as part of an integrated pest management program since they cope with all life stages of this elusive pest: eggs, nymph and adults.

There are many ways to treat for bed bugs and when you follow these methods it will help you eliminate a bed bug problem in your home

The information provided in this article is a good, general overview of how to get rid of bed bugs in your home. It is recommended that you hire a professional extermination service if you are dealing with an infestation.

It does not mention specific products or brands of products that may be used for bed bug control.

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