If you have bed bugs, you have it rough. Often, bud bug removal requires expensive heat treatments, in-depth cleaning and an abandonment of personal property. In general, you have less to worry about if you have less possessions. You can, however, circumnavigate the household destruction. While bed bug removal is expensive, timely and stressful, you needn’t rely on professional help to get it done. You can get rid of bed bugs yourself—and in several quick and easy ways to get rid of bed bugs.
Vacuum Your Home
Bed bugs live in carpets, nooks, crannies and—of course—beds. For this reason, you’ll need to be liberal about your home cleaning. Toss any unneeded items, and get rid of stagnant “stuff” lying about. If you have bed bugs, getting rid of trash will give them less places to survive in. It’ll reduce their “escape route” before you begin the deep clean.
You should vacuum, too. If you have carpet, this rule is doubly as important. Bed bugs frequently flee, fall into and live within carpet. Normal carpet cleaners won’t work to get rid of them, either, as bed bugs have adapted well to household chemicals.
Get Rid of Fabrics
While unfortunate, tossing bed-bug-infected fabrics is one of the best ways to reduce their escape routes. It can’t be stated enough: Exterminate any possible avenues of safety before you clean. Bed bugs are hard to get rid of because they’re natural escape artists.
If you can’t get rid of your fabrics, you’ll need to heat them up. Bed bugs, while seemingly indestructible, are sensitive to heat. Gather your bed sheets, linens, towels, clothes and even curtains—and get them washed with hot water. Then, dry them. If you can, use a laundromat. Laundromat dryers can clean your fabrics in bulk—so you’re guaranteed a comprehensive heat job.
Speaking of cleaning, it isn’t a bad idea to use steam as a weapon. Iron your clothes, and don’t miss collars, pockets and button sidings. Bed bugs are flat, and they’re incredibly good hiders. Steam, however, can eradicate bed bugs from these tight areas.
If you don’t have an iron, there is another way you can kill bed bugs with extensive heating. This tip won’t work for everyone, however, and it can be risky if done incorrectly. Gather your linens, fabrics, clothing and bed sheets. Put them into double-duty garbage bags. Then, double-layer the bags. Place the bulk into your vehicle’s trunk, and let it heat up for a few days. Vehicles get hot, and they’re excellent makeshift ovens. That said, you’ll need to make sure you’re not exposing your car to the infestation. Consider using this workaround after—and only after—you’ve already washed your stuff extensively with heat.
Keep Up the Maintenance
As you can tell: Bed bug eradication is hard. These in-depth methods aren’t overreacting, either. There’s a reason bed bug treatment companies are so popular. They work. More importantly: Home-grown bed bug removal methods don’t work. Not when the homeowner isn’t good about maintenance and upkeep, that is.
While there isn’t much evidence supporting DIY bed bug removal, it’s entirely viable. It works, when it’s done effectively. You’ll need to repeat the above-mentioned steps, however, and keep vacuuming, heating and cleaning your stuff every week for at least a month. Is it costly? Well, it can be. Consider, however, the costs tied to throwing away your possessions, getting a heat treatment, purchasing new stuff and—quite possibly—needing to change your living situation.