I kill bedbugs in customer’s homes every day. I am a licensed certified pesticide applicator in the state of Alabama. With over 100 successful bedbug treatments under my belt I am an expert at getting rid of bedbugs. Pest control companies charge hundreds or even thousands of dollars to treat for bedbugs. The question I am asked most often by customers is “How do you kill and get rid of bedbugs in your home?” I am not going to lie to you. Getting rid of bedbugs is hard work. That is why most people pay pest control professionals to do it for them. That being said, if you are a do it yourself kind of guy or gal, you can get rid of bedbugs in your home yourself. I have developed a six step process to get rid of bed bugs that works every time. You must follow the steps strictly, but you can kill all of the bedbugs in your home.
STEP ONE ON HOW TO KILL AND GET RID OF BEDBUGS IN YOUR HOME IS IDENTIFICATION
Of course you must first identify that you have bedbugs and not some other kind of parasitic insect or mite. Bedbugs look different at various stages of their life. So you need to print out pictures of Bedbugs at all stages of metamorphosis so you know what they look like. You most likely know you have bedbugs because of the bites you wake up with each morning. These bedbug bites look similar to a mosquito bite and many times they will be in a straight line near a vein. You need to search your home for bedbugs with a fine toothed comb so to speak. A good LED flashlight will be a lot of help. Start by inspecting the tufts and folds of mattresses. Also check inside box springs and other furniture such as couches and chairs. In severe bedbug infestations you may find them out in the open on walls and baseboards or in curtains. You also want to inspect behind picture frames and wall plugs. A quick search at www.google.com will offer you all the pictures and inspection info you need on a bedbug infestation.
STEP TWO ON HOW TO KILL AND GET RID OF BEDBUGS IN YOUR HOME IS PREPARATION AND CLEANING
Once you are sure that you have bedbugs in your home, the next step to get rid of them is to prep and clean. You will need to remove all linens, sheets, pillow cases, curtains, clothes from closets and drawers, towels, curtains, and any other fabric from the home. Tie these items up in a trash bag and take them to a Laundromat to wash in hot water.. You also want to remove pillows and stuffed animals making sure to inspect them for bedbugs. Do not return these items until after you kill or get rid of all bedbugs in your home. Next you need to vacuum, sweep, and mop all floors to remove clutter and debris from carpet, tile, and wood. Make sure to stand all mattresses and box springs up on their sides. Also take cushions off of couches and chairs to prepare for the bedbug treatment.
STEP THREE ON HOW TO KILL AND GET RID OF BEDBUGS IN YOUR HOME IS TREATMENT
Pest control companies have better chemicals than you and that is just something you must accept. However, a quick look at your local farmers cooperative or hardware store should provide several choices in chemicals with bedbugs on the label. You can also check out sites like www.doyourownpestcontrol.com or www.pestproductsonline.com if you are willing to buy some stronger bedbug chemicals. You are looking for a good residual liquid pesticide that is labeled for bedbugs. You also need to find a liquid Insect Growth Regulator to mix with the pesticide. The Insect Growth Regulator is very important because it will stop bedbug eggs from hatching and stop the development of adult bedbugs that are resistant to pesticides. You cannot get rid of bedbugs in your home without an Insect Growth Regulator. You also need to buy several can foggers and pesticide dust with bedbugs on the label. You may also need to buy a pump up sprayer to mix and apply the bedbug pesticides if you do not already own one. Make sure you follow label directions on all pesticides you use.
After selecting and mixing your desired pesticides, it is time to begin the process of killing and getting rid of bedbugs in your home. Start your bedbug treatment by applying your liquid pesticide and Insect Growth Regulator to baseboards, seams in carpets, and corners of ceilings and walls. After doing this you want to treat every square inch of mattresses, box springs, couches, chairs, and other furniture for bedbugs. Be sure to treat behind picture frames and in drawers, nightstands, window sills, and closets as well as any other areas where you noticed activity during your inspection. A little elbow grease is needed in this step. Do not leave any nook or cranny untreated. Bedbugs can hide in places that are almost too small to see. Next you want to take off all wall plugs and apply dust to the voids behind them where bedbugs often hide. Make sure you do not get any dust on electrical wires. Take several of your can foggers and set them off inside the box springs and under couches and chairs by removing a corner of the felt backing. Finish off your bedbug treatment by setting off a can fogger in each room and closing the door. Be sure to wear a respirator or dust mask when doing this. The foggers will force the bedbugs to move out of their hiding places and come into contact with the chemicals you applied.
STEP FOUR ON HOW TO KILL AND GET RID OF BEDBUGS IN YOUR HOME IS QUARANTINE
After treating your home for bedbugs you need to leave the premises and stay out for 24 hours. This gives the bedbugs time to die without risking more bites to you and your family. This also allows the chemicals you used to treat the bedbugs in your home time to dry and weaken. After 24 hours you may reenter and finish the final two steps of getting rid of bedbugs in your home.
STEP FIVE ON HOW TO KILL AND GET RID OF BEDBUGS IN YOUR HOME IS REINSPECTION
When you reenter your home you need to do another thorough inspection of all the locations mentioned in step one. If you find areas of bedbug activity more treatments may be needed.
STEP SIX ON HOW TO KILL AND GET RID OF BEDBUGS IN YOUR HOME IS TO CLEAN YOUR HOUSE
Now that you have treated your home for bedbugs, it is time to clean up the mess. Be very thorough and make sure you wipe down and vacuum up every dead bedbug and their droppings and debris. Vacuum out furniture, box springs, and mattresses and wipe down walls, counters, and floors. You want your home to have no signs that a bedbug ever lived there. This also helps by removing the bedbug eggs that are very small and hard to see. This will make sure that more bedbugs do not hatch later. Cleaning is the most important of all the steps in how to kill and get rid of bedbugs in your home.
I told you that getting rid of bedbugs in your home was going to be hard. You now see why most people just pay professional pest control companies to kill their bedbugs. If you follow these steps you will kill and get rid of every bedbug in your home. This is the same way I have done my treatments for years and I rarely have had to go back to a house I treated for bedbugs ever again. Good Luck, and remember “don’t let the bed bugs bite.”
All of this information comes from over six years of personal experience in the pest control industry. I am licensed in the state of Alabama to apply pesticides in the categories of Structural Pest Control, Ground Equipment, and Public Health Pest