Remove any trash or clutter from the floor near your bed. Remove any nearby possessions for several feet around. If you suspect soft items such as towels, extra blankets, or stuffed animals of being infested, place them in a plastic garbage bag for later treatment.
Vacuum or sweep the floor for several feet around your bed. Cleaning the floor thoroughly will decrease the chance of bed bugs hiding out and re-infesting your bedding.
Inspect the floor near the bed for cracks or holes that bed bugs could come through or hide in. Seal any holes with caulk.
Remove any bedding that can be washed and wash it in hot water. According to Doyourownpestcontrol.com, 120 degrees is the minimum temperature needed to kill bed bugs.
Shine a flashlight at your mattress and box spring and look for tears in the cloth covering it. Look for signs of bed bugs. You may see the actual bugs, but you are more likely to see dead bugs, eggs, shed skins, or bed bug waste. If there is a tear in the box spring, rip the cloth off to access the bed bugs.
Spray an inconspicuous corner of any bedding you intend to treat to make sure it is color safe. If the color does not change, spray the whole bedding. Most fabrics are not damaged by bedding spray, but it is a good idea to double check anyway.
Spray the box spring and mattress with a bed bug bedding spray or other mattress safe insecticide. Be sure to cover any area you suspect bed bugs are hiding in with the spray.
Spray any soft toys and other fabric items that you can't launder.
Wait for the spray to dry completely. The bedding spray should have instructions about how long you need to wait.
Things You Will Need
- Plastic bag
- Bed bug spray
- Many tick and lice sprays will also work on bed bugs and other insects. If this is the case, it will be written on the packaging.