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How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs Yourself

Updated on December 15, 2015

If you've had problems with bed bugs, you know how horrific it can be dealing with them. They live off human blood and bite you in your sleep and in the day you notice the bites when they turn red, swell up and itch. These pests are difficult to get rid of; they live in creases, cracks and crevices and spawn more bugs to attack you at night.

Needless to say, if you have them, you truly want to get rid of them.

Here are some tips and methods for getting rid of bed bugs permanently.

Treat, Bag and Wash all Bed Linens

The first thing you need to do is remove all the linens from your bed; take off the bed sheet, the comforter and pillow cases. You can then treat them with an insecticide or something poisonous to bed bugs. A good product is Bed Bug Powder which kills the bugs but is not harmful to humans. The stuff drains the insects causing them to dehydrate and die. It contains diatomaceous earth, which kills bugs by cutting into their exoskelotons and spilling their guts. You will need to seal linens in a plastic bag so the bugs stay in there to die.

It is important to wash all of the bedding in hot water and heat dry them on high temperature.

Treat the Mattress and Box Spring

You have to thoroughly vacuum the mattress and room, anywhere the bed bugs could be. Make sure to immediately throw away the vacuum bag outside in a dumpster or trash can so that no bed bugs come back out into your home.

Now you have to use the powder on the mattress and box spring. Make sure you get it into all the folds, creases and crevices where the bugs hide.

Then you will need to have a bed bug proof cover for your mattress that totally traps the bed bugs so they die from the powder and are trapped in the bag too. You don't want them to escape!

Also treat the box spring in all cracks and places where the insects can hide.


How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs

Bed Legs
Treat and bag and wash in hot water and heat dry on high
Vacuum, treat and put bed bug proof cover on it
Use bed bug interceptors and treat area around feet of bed
Diatomaceous earth kills bed bugs.
Diatomaceous earth kills bed bugs. | Source

Treating Legs of Bed

Bed bugs could still crawl up the bed and get to you. So, you have to stop them before they get up or down the bed. You can purchase what are called Bed Bug Interceptors which are placed under the legs/feet of the bed and trap bed bugs as they crawl off the bed and stop them from climbing the bed too. As an added safety measure, also spray powder around the feet of the bed so that any bed bugs that might be left will die in an attempt to return to your bed.

Get rid of those bed bugs so you can sleep sound in your own bed.
Get rid of those bed bugs so you can sleep sound in your own bed. | Source

Treat Other Areas and Furniture of Home

Empty out drawers and closets and treat clothes with powder and bag them and, again, wash them in hot water and heat dry them. Spray all crevices and creases of furniture and closet and you can also use silica gel on the walls and other areas; the gel has the same effect as the powder on the pests. If there are still bed bugs around, you don't want them to have a chance to invade your bed again.

If you think the pests are in other rooms, treat them as well, the same way. Remember to move furniture away from the walls so the insects can't climb up to areas to hide again.

How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs

So, there you have it. Being vigilant and thorough, you will be able to get rid of bed bugs permanently and naturally, using the diatomaceous earth powder which is not harmful to humans but kills bed bugs.

It is also important to keep your home nice and tidy and free of clutter so that bed bugs have no place to hide and to also keep everything clean and vacuumed.

Good luck in your battle against the bed bug pest!


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    • NathaNater profile image

      NathaNater 24 months ago

      Thanks, Ms Dora. Glad you stopped by.

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      Dora Weithers 24 months ago from The Caribbean

      Very thorough. Thanks for all the detailed instructions. I also like that the treatment is harmless to humans.

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      Charles Clayton 2 years ago

      It is the utmost post I have ever read about bed bug control. This post is highly recommended.

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      Regina Peterson 2 years ago

      Bed bugs are the worst. My friend had bed bugs and never told me, and it eventually spread into my house. I woke up one morning to my daughter screaming because she had red dots all over her and she saw bugs on her bed. I will probably just try to get a professional because I don't trust myself.

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      NathaNater 3 years ago

      Oh, I know, Mona, those bed bugs are truly horrible pests. Yes, that's what's good about that diatomaceous earth that is in the bed bug powder, it is totally non-toxic to pets and humans but kills the bed bugs.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      When I saw the cockroach, I knew I hated bed bugs. With these non-toxin solutions, my dogs will be safe and the bedbugs will die, die, die....a part of me wants them to die a slow death...

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      NathaNater 3 years ago

      Thank you, ologsinquito, much appreciated. Yes, a natural and safe solution is always best.

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      ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

      This is excellent advice, as bedbugs are such a problem in many urban areas. it's good that you included non-toxic solutions. Voted up and shared.