If you get bed bugs, your first urge will be to panic and throw out your bed and everything on it! That’s exactly what you shouldn’t do. Dragging all that stuff through your house on the way to the dumpster will just spread the problem.
The best thing you can do is leave your bed intact and immediately call in the pros. Bed bugs aren’t something you can kill with a can of Raid, but there are some steps you can take that will help get rid of the nasty critters:
- Vacuum infested areas. Immediately double bag the used vacuum bag in plastic and dispose of it outside.
- Wash and dry infested bedding and clothing on HOT settings. A spin in a hot dryer should kill any bugs that live through the wash cycle.
- Use a commercial steamer to steam clean your carpets, sofas and chairs. Richard Cooper, co-author of Bed Bug Handbook, says, “Heat is the single easiest way to destroy bed bugs.” Of course, he wrote his book before Cyronite was introduced in the U.S. Cryonite is an even more effective way to kill bed bugs by freezing them.
- Clean up the clutter to remove potential hiding places and allow professional products to reach and kill all the bugs.
- Invest in specially designed bed bug-proof mattress and box spring encasements.