If you want to get rid of bed bugs you need to have the right tools. Bed bugs are attracted to your warmth and your blood so simply getting away “until the bed bugs are gone” will only give them time to get bigger and lay more eggs. Having the right tools is the most important way to get rid of bed bugs at home.
You might be surprised to find that many tools to help you get rid of bed bugs are household items or easy to purchase chemical products. By doing a little bit of research you can arm yourself with the tools you’ll need keep your bed, sofa and carpet free of bed bugs.
Instead of rushing out to get expensive equipment to get rid of bed bugs in your home, make a beeline for your cleaning storage area. The vacuum cleaner is one of the first steps to take in eliminating a bed bug infestation. Use the vacuum with an attachment but not the brush attachment because eggs or bugs may get stuck in the bristles.
Use the vacuum cleaner on carpets, furniture, mattresses, curtains and box springs. This will help you get rid of bed bugs and eggs quickly as one of the early stages in bed bug removal. Make sure you discard the vacuum bag after you finish. Close it up in a sealed bag and trash it immediately.
Rubbing alcohol is a great home remedy to get rid of bed bugs. If you can find rubbing alcohol in spray form that works best since you can spray the bugs directly, which will kill them instantly. If you can’t find an aerosol spray, pour rubbing alcohol into an empty spray bottle.
Combine the rubbing alcohol with a medium to hard bristled brush; spray the eggs and bugs and brush them. This will help get rid of eggs unseen by the naked eye as well as younger bed bugs that may be more difficult to see.
This is a great first step if your bed bug treatment plan includes an exterminator. Once you’ve used the alcohol, call the exterminator immediately.
If your bed bug infestation is severe your first instinct will be to run out to the nearest home store to get a giant can of bug spray. That’s fine however, you need to make sure that you get a spray that is intended to kill bed bugs. Keep in mind however that insecticides are not effective as fail-proof method of getting rid of bed bugs at your home. Spray insecticides are best used for cracks and crevices and other entry points for bed bugs.
You can also try dust or powder insecticides that can provide better spot protection. Again however these insecticides can simply force the bed bugs to scatter into other areas of the home. Insecticides should only be used as a stop-gap measure or in conjunction with other bed bug treatment plans.
Heavy duty encasements are a necessary tools to get rid of bed bugs at home. They will help you remove bed bugs from big items that cannot be placed in a washing machine, such as sofas, chairs, mattresses and box springs. Once you have vacuumed, steamed and brushed the items clean, seal them up in large encasements.
These encasements should have zippers with tiny teeth so that any remaining bed bugs do not get out and lay more eggs. If you’re unable to find encasements with zippers, then rely on double-sided tape. The tape must be industrial strength so bed bugs do not escape as the adhesive on the tape begins to wear off.
Sticky tape is one of the most useful home tools to get rid of bed bugs at home. Sticky tape can be used to seal encasements but they can also help you quickly get rid of bed bugs from upholstered furniture if you have no other tools on hand.
Use tape in crevices and corners, curtains and other fabric. You can wrap the tape around your hand—adhesive side facing out—and pick up the bed bugs this way. It is a quick yet effective method of killing bed bugs.
These tools can help you in the early stages of getting rid of bed bugs but you will want to utilize a multi-step treatment plan to kill current bed bugs and get rid of eggs.