How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs


Bed bugs have recently made a comeback in the United States. Unlike dust mites, bed bugs are large enough to be seen and appear flat with a redish-brown color. The tiny bugs hide in cracks, crevices, creases, and anywhere else that is small and difficult to reach. At night, the bugs come out and drink the blood of their hosts.

Bed bug infestations are usually identified by long rows of bites appearing on the skin of people living in the household. These rows of welts are caused by the method bed bugs use to feed from their hosts. They travel a few millimetres between bites to puncture a fresh wound. Long rows of bites are usually caused by a single bed bug, not a whole fleet of them. This is why a single bed bug can wreak havoc on their hosts. Infestations, however, can range from a single bug to a gigantic army of blood sucking insects.

Ridding a household of a bed bug infestation can be incredibly difficult. This is due to the fact that the bugs are tiny, hide easily, and are extremely resilient. While exterminating bed bugs can be difficult, it is extremely important. As with all insects, bed bugs can carry diseases into the blood stream of their hosts.

The following guide will help rid a household of a bed bug infestation.

Buy a New Mattress

Mattresses are one of the major hiding places of bed bugs. If possible, households with infestations should throw away old mattresses and purchase new ones. It’s important, however, that the entire house be thoroughly cleaned before introducing the new mattresses. If any bed bugs are hiding in the surrounding areas, the new mattress will quickly become infested.

If purchasing a new mattress is not financially possible, the old mattress should be thoroughly cleaned. This includes vacuuming all sides of the mattress. Afterwards, a mattress cover should be purchased and applied. It’s important to ensure that the cover cannot be permeated by bed bugs. Most cloth covers will not do the trick. The best option is a plastic cover that completely covers the mattress and has a solid seal.

Sticky Tape

Insecticides should never be used on or around a mattress. This is because bug killer contain poison that can seriously harm humans if ingested. Instead of using insecticides, sticky tape can be applied around the edges of the mattress. This can make sleeping a little bit difficult as covers and things may fall over the edge and stick to the tape, but it will be extremely effective at catching any bed bugs that survived the vacuuming and sealing off of the mattress.

Bed Bug Sprays

Some stores and online retailers offer bed bug sprays. These sprays are specifically designed to deal with bed bug infestations. Other forms of pesticide should never be used to treat a bed bug problem as the poison could be far too strong and create health risks for the members of the household.

It’s important to read the label when purchasing and using a bed bug spray. Many of the sprays cannot be safely used on mattresses. Unless the company specifically states that there is no risk in spraying mattresses with the bug spray, do not use the spray anywhere near the sleeping area of family members or pets.


If cleaning the household does not get rid of the infestation, professional exterminators can be called in to address the issue. The exterminator should be experienced in bed bug infestations and should be able to provide a number of helpful tips on ridding the house of bed bugs.

The exterminators may require a complete treatment of the house. This usually requires that the household be empty of all pets and people between a few days or few weeks at a time. This is because ingesting pesticides is extremely dangerous.

Due to the harshness of professional pesticides, exterminators should only be utilised in situations where all other methods have not rid the house of bed bugs.

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jasonjason – who has written posts on Home Tips Plus.
I'm a father of three, married and a home owner since 2006. I've worked in fixing up homes and rental properties.

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