How to Get Rid of a Bad Infestation of Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are an irritating insect that can fester in your bed, furniture or carpets and leave you with bites and marks on your skin. Once you have bed bugs, getting rid of them can be a challenge and infestations can get quite bad. Learning how to get rid of a bad bed bug infestation can help you reclaim your home from these little invaders.

Vacuum every area of your home well.
  1. Collect any fabric covers including bed sheets, couch covers, curtains, comforters, [duvet covers](https://society6.com/duvet-covers?utm_source=SFGHG&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=3056) and pillow cases. Place in plastic garbage bags and secure bags closed. Take items to the laundry room, throw in the washer and wash at the hottest temperature. If your washer has a temperature setting set it for 102 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Wash two more times on the hottest setting. For the final wash add a cup of white vinegar. The white vinegar will not only freshen fabrics and help with stain removal, but it also will help eliminate any eggs that may be left on fabrics.
  3. Throw fabrics into the dryer immediately after washes are complete and dry on the highest temperature setting. Remove promptly and put in new plastic bags. Seal bags and keep them far away from bed bug infestations.
  4. Look over walls and surfaces of your home for any cracks that should be sealed up. Cracks are one way bed bugs can make their way into your home, so once you've located any cracks or gaps under doors, seal them with spackle or rubber door liners.
  5. Spray down hard surfaces such as your bed frame, dressers, inside cabinets and drawers with white vinegar. Scrub surfaces well with a heavy bristled brush if permissible with that surface. The goal is to eliminate even the smallest trace of these tiny bugs.
  6. Vacuum floors, upholstery, furniture, mattresses and all other surfaces in your home and change out vacuum bags outside your house. Dispose of the vacuum bags immediately.
  7. Use a steam cleaner to steam furniture and beds in the home. Also steam clean carpets. Steam clean twice to ensure you've penetrated deep into fabrics and upholstery.
  8. Put a sealable plastic cover over mattresses. Any bed bugs that are still in mattresses will die over time being trapped in the plastic cover. For extra protection, cover furniture as well. You can remove covers after six months if you choose.
  9. Pour a thin line of diatomaceous earth soil around the frame of your bed and furniture pieces in your home. This soil will help kill any bugs that may still be left that try to get onto furniture. Sweep or vacuum up the soil after two weeks.

Things You Will Need

  • Plastic garbage bags
  • Washer and dryer
  • White vinegar
  • Scrubber brush
  • Spackle or rubber door liners
  • Spray bottle
  • Vacuum
  • Steam cleaner
  • Plastic covers (for furniture)
  • Diatomaceous earth soil

About the Author

Amy Davidson is a graduate from the University of Florida in Gainesville, with a bachelor's degree in journalism. She also writes for local papers around Gainesville doing articles on local events and news.

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