Keep all used furniture outside until you have treated it for bed bugs.
Disassemble the furniture as much as possible, removing any drawers or cushions.
Mix dish-washing soap and water in a bucket. Apply soapy water to each piece with a clean sponge. Rinse with water from a garden hose.
Vacuum the furniture using the crevice attachment. Reach between wooden slats and any non-removable cushions. Thoroughly vacuum any holes, crevices or seams to remove bed bugs and their eggs. Remove the vacuum bag, seal it in a black garbage bag, and place it in an outside trash can.
Run any slipcovers, pillows or other washable components through a hot-water cycle in your washing machine and the highest temperature setting in the clothes dryer, for at least 30 minutes.
Seal items that cannot be washed securely in the black garbage bags, and leave them in direct sunlight for 24 hours. Smaller items sealed in a black garbage can be placed in a freezer for 24 hours.
Things You Will Need
- Dish-washing soap
- Garden hose
- Vacuum cleaner with crevice attachment
- Black garbage bags
- The presence of bed bugs does not indicate a location is not clean. Rooms that are properly maintained can still be home to these pests.