Bed bugs can be a real pain, literally, and you will want to take steps to get rid of them as quick as possible and keep them from coming back. Odds are you probably don’t even know where they came from in the first place but that doesn’t matter once you’ve woken up with bites.
The most basic and easiest solution is to simply throw your mattress and box spring away, conduct a thorough cleaning of your room with an emphasis on vacuuming and throw all your bedding in the washer and dryer on high heat.
If you don’t want to throw your items out and start fresh let’s try some other steps.
Eliminate Current Bed Bugs
This sounds easier than it is. You will need to create an environment bed bugs don’t like. This means high heat if possible, definitely use non-toxic sprays and remedies that chase them off and use repellents if you have some or can get them quickly. If you live somewhere warm, set your mattress and box spring in the sun and toss a black trash bag over them. If it’s over 90 degrees, under that bag should be extremely hot and kill them or chase them off. This may have to be done a few days in a row and you might want to just leave your stuff outside for a while to be sure. Make sure it’s elevated as well. Sawhorses are a good idea here.
Naturally, once the main problem is outside or handled, it’s time to clean. Clean like you’ve never cleaned before. Every inch of floor needs to be swept and vacuumed a couple times over. You may consider using bug bombs but those usually aren’t necessary for this particular pest. Bed bugs mostly hang out in beds and furniture where bombs won’t reach anyway.
Use home remedies such as alcohol solutions on suspect areas where you see any bugs at all and get some repellent products asap. You can get little satchels of cedar oil and specialized “bed bug away” type products at some stores and they are easily found online.
Keep This Routine
In our busy life, it’s hard to keep up with a cleaning routine and unfortunately this will lead to unwanted guests in our house whether it’s flies, ants, bed bugs or worse. Stick to a good cleaning regimen even if it’s just deep cleaning once a week. This can save you a lot of heartache in the long run.
If you don’t have time to clean or know you don’t have the time to get rid of bed bugs yourself, just have a professional do it for you. They are usually very affordable and you can set up a good time to have them come in, inspect, treat and come back on a regular basis. This is the only 100% effective way to deal with any type of pest really.