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Easy Way to Kill Bed Bugs to Make Them Gone for Good

Updated on November 18, 2016
Get Rid of Bed Bugs Fast
Get Rid of Bed Bugs Fast

Fast Ways to Kill Bed Bugs

Yikes! Does your place have bed bugs? If so, you are going to need an immediate solution that will get rid of these nuisance critters.

I had them and let me tell you, it was terrible. The bites were super itchy on me for several days after they bit. And the worse part is I never knew when they were coming back for more.

These annoying creatures live off blood. They do try and feed every 5 to 10 days. Bed bugs can actually live for 18 months without any feeding! So unless you get rid of them, they WILL come back.

You may have noticed the typical bed bug biting pattern on your body, or how itchy your skin feels. Bed bugs cause skin rashes, psychological distress and allergy symptoms. 70% of people will have a reaction to the bites. Talk about wanting to sleep somewhere else.

Since you are looking for fast ways to kill bed bugs, then you are likely dealing with them in your place already.

Bed Bug Hiding Spots
Bed Bug Hiding Spots

Where Do Bed Bugs Hide?

While bed frames, mattresses, and headboards are the most likely location for bed bugs to be, they can and do often hide out in sofas and other soft furniture.

They could also be found in electrical sockets (behind plates), light fixtures, baseboards, floor crevices, and other crevices in the bedroom and living room.

Bed bugs are occasionally found in kitchens and bathrooms. This should not make you panic 'cause in most cases, especially with smaller problems, the bugs are in a concentrated area, usually 10-20 feet from where people sleep (or where they sit for extended periods).

BUT I did see one in the middle of the night on my bathroom floor, so you just never know where they could be and what they are up to.

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Kill Bed Bugs for Good
Kill Bed Bugs for Good

How Do You Kill Bed Bugs?

Non-chemical methods of treating bed bugs that can work (if done properly) are steam, thermal (heating), and freezing.

Keep in mind it is probably not possible for you to kill your own bed bugs by freezing or heating your home. You may live in an area where professionals know how to and can employ this technology.

The temperatures must be changed quickly, and this is why, for example, setting up space heaters in your home is not going to cut it (though you may spread bed bugs around the building, and you may start a fire!)

I cannot stress enough how important it is to do a bed bug treatment correctly right from the onset. The slightest misstep can literally make a solvable problem a nightmare. This is one of those situations where you do not want to wait another minute to take corrective action.

What You Can Do to Banish Bed Bugs
What You Can Do to Banish Bed Bugs

Kill Bed Bugs Yourself

The bad news is that bed bug infestations are difficult to eliminate.

Getting rid of bed bugs frequently requires a combination of pesticide and non-pesticide methods. You will want to contact a pest-control professional.

You will want to thoroughly vacuum your mattress, and scrub it with a stiff brush to dislodge the bed bugs and their eggs.

Ideally, you want to purchase high-quality mattress (and box spring) encasements which seal tightly around your bed, trapping the bed bugs inside. The encasements also prevent new bed bugs from taking shelter.

Also, vacuum and scrub your entire house, as you don't know where bed bugs may be hiding. They prefer fabric and wood.

Wash all bedding, linen, and clothing in hot water and put in the dryer. Dry cleaning works too. Put all items in fresh sealed bags, until the bed bug problem gets resolved.

You could also use a bed bug killing heater unit that will kill all stages of bed bugs in your belongings.

If you were a recent traveller, a bug or more may have joined your luggage so you will want to think about cleaning any of those items.

The Pesky Bed Bug Life Cycle
The Pesky Bed Bug Life Cycle

Along with trying to rid your place of bed bugs yourself, a pest-control professional should also be contacted to help you with your bed bug problem - Contact your landlord if you rent and to cover the costs.


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    • bizgrrl profile image

      bizgrrl 6 years ago from Vancouver, Canada

      @Virginia Allain: Thank you for liking and featuring What To Do For Bed Bugs. I hope you never get the problem either!

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      Oh, this is scary. I keep hearing about the new outbreak of bedbugs. Hope I never need this advice.

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