Easy Steps to Get Rid of Bed Bugs Permanently

Summary: How to get rid of bed bugs? Treating bed bugs involves a number of important steps, starting with proper identification! Finding out what works before attempting any treatments is also critical and there are a number of home remedies for bed bugs that you can use at minimal cost, such as steam and Silica. Lastly, this article will guide you through the prevention process to ensure that they stay away for good!

Bed bugs are a fairly large problem and are a common sight in many parts of the world! If you have dealt with your own bed bug infestation, you would probably agree that they are rather difficult to get rid them effectively, even with the help from exterminators and your public health officers. In addition to finding them in your sheets and under your pillows, you may find them in your bags or even in your clothing, which can often be rather embarrassing. Bed bugs are also annoying and since they can pose a potentially serious health risk, it’s very important to learn how to get rid of bed bugs as quickly as possible. In this article we will explore effective methods that are proven to kill them in your home!

Do You Have Bed Bugs? – How to Check for a Bed Bug Infestation

Firstly, you need to use your basic observation skills! This will be covered in more detail in this article. Look in your bed, under your sheets, on your curtains, under furniture, behind picture frames and even in cracks and electrical plugs in your walls. See the bed bug picture in this post for a close up view of this pest. Secondly, you need to check for any bite marks on your body. They are usually red in appearance but some people do not react as badly as others. For additional information, visit my article about treating bed bug bites correctly. Thirdly, check your bed for any dark marks as this is often a tell-tale sign that you have bed bugs. I hope you haven’t just finished eaten before reading this because this is fairly gross. These marks are often the after effects of their shed skin, blood and excrement. Make sure that you chuck your linen in the washing machine if you find this!

Bed Bugs – Proper Identification and Facts

  1. Females can lay eggs as soon as they find a suitable place, at a rate of a single egg per day. In their lifespan, they can lay around 200 to 500 eggs. Bedbugs have to crawl their way to their next meal or nesting place as despite having wings, they are unable to fly.
  2. If you are infested, it’s possible to have over a couple million bed bugs in your home within a year! It would only take a week for 380 000 of these pests to suck a human completely dry! Imagine the amount of pest control that would be needed in a situation like that!
  3. Bed bugs are usually found in the dark. Much like the vampires from Twilight, it seems that they don’t do so well in the sun. They also don’t need much food. They can survive without blood for well over a year! But bed bugs will actively search for blood, which means that they will find you or your pets if you cannot find them!
  4. There are over 90 species of bed bugs. Some of the more common ones include the “Leptocimex boueti“, “Cimex pilosellus“, “Cimex hemipterus” and the “Cimex lectularius” (which is often referred to as “the common bedbug”). Bedbugs are also sometimes called red coats, chinches or mahogany flats, depending on which part of the world you are from. A big shout-out to Lou Sorkin from Flickr for some clarification on these. :)
  5. You won’t find any insecticides that combat bed bugs for your bedding as they are poisonous to humans and animals. Exterminators are known to implement a few natural sprays for effective pest control. However, my weapon of choice is simply steam and we will discuss this!
  6. Many wonder how long it takes to get rid of bed bugs. Research shows that it can take anything from a couple days to a few months, depending on your removal strategy. If you want to ensure that it goes as quickly as possible, make sure that you follow all the steps in this article!

Bed Bugs – Find Them Before They Impact Your Life!

How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs The easiest way to locate bed bugs is to use an ordinary flashlight. Professional exterminators often use a small device known as a “pyrethrum” flushing unit that is used to reveal the hiding places of these pests but don’t worry, your plain old torch is perfectly fine, provided it’s bright enough. The most common place that bed bugs usually lurk is in your bedding so its recommend that you take your bed apart (if this is possible). But what do they look like? You are looking for a light-brown insect (sometimes a red brown if they have fed on blood) that has a rather flattish appearance (very much like the appearance of an apple seed) and about 5mm in size.

Ways That Bed Bugs Get Into Your Home

  1. Inside your bed, behind your baseboards, in your pillows or under your linen (sheets, etc.)
  2. Inside cracks and crevices in your walls and ceilings.
  3. Inside or around your furniture, such as couches and cushioned chairs (this may require you to take these items apart if possible, but trust me, it will be worth the effort).
  4. Behind picture frames, electrical plugs and other wall sockets.
  5. In your clothing, your cupboards or dressers.
  6. Inside or around your couches and cushioned chairs.
  7. On your curtains or hiding in the darkest corners of your rooms, especially under furniture.
  8. Within any close proximity of common living areas, usually as close as a couple meters in any direction.
  9. I have even found a few hiding in the darker corners of the room, often underneath various items that hardly ever get moved. While you are looking for these pests, keep an eye out for any signs of bed bug eggs. They are small and white and although they are hard to see, they also need to be removed as they will be the source of your next infestation!

How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs – Five Simple Steps for Quick Results

  1. If you are a tenant, it’s always a good idea to let your landlord know about the infestation as he may offer to help with the costs involved in the removal process. After he or she knows about it, make sure that you vacuum ou entire house as this will ensure that you suck up most of the bugs and their unhatched offspring. It’s also recommended that you also vacuum the ends of your curtains. Due to the physical structure of the bed bug legs, they are often difficult to remove from different types of fabrics. You may be required to use a stiff brush to dislodge them from their resting place.
Picture of steam that can kill bed bugs fairly easily

Steam Kills Bed Bugs

  1. If you can afford it, consider getting your carpets steamed as bed bugs cannot survive in temperatures above 50 degrees (120 Fahrenheit). If you want to really want to get rid of them fast, can also pick up a fairly cheap hand held steam blower at your nearest hardware store or supermarket. I have had a few people recommend using rubbing alcohol as this apparently is lethal to these pests. However, after some research, it seems that you have to dab each one which seems like way to much effort for me. I would rather just suck them up with my vacuum :)
Picture of a heated dryer that can be used to kill bed bugs

Wash Your Clothes

  1. It’s extremely important to wash all your clothes (even stuff that is unused) and use a dryer to kill the bed bugs on them. This also includes your sheets and other bedding. Remember to set it to the hottest possible and for longer than 30 minutes otherwise it’s possible the bed bugs will not be eliminated. It’s also recommended that you repeat your entire wash load twice. While this may take some time (especially if you have a ton of clothes), it will ensure that you get rid of these bed bugs properly without any chance of any surviving. While your clothing and other material is spinning around in your dryer, spend a little time fixing up any cracks in your furniture, ceilings and walls. As previously mentioned, they are often come from these type of places so it’s a good idea to fix them up. Plus I am sure it will improve the overall appearance of your home and perhaps score you a few brownie points with your significant other!
Silica or Diatomaceous Earth can be a very effective bed bug removal method

DE Kills Bed BugsPublic Domain

  1. Purchase some food grade Diatomaceous Earth and spread a small amount around your house, focusing on areas you feel that bed bugs may be hiding. The food grade variation of DE is completely non-toxic and this means that you can use it anywhere in your home. Just keep in mind that it makes a bit of a dust cloud during application but once its down, its very effective for bed bugs and diatomaceous earth can even kill fleas. Diatomaceous earth works by dehydrating the bed bugs and has been used by many to get rid of small bed bug infestations. WARNING: Please make sure its food grade and not pool grade as the latter is dangerous to your health and should not be used indoors!
  1. If you are still struggling to get rid of these bugs, I recommend that you call an experienced pest control professional. Just make sure that they are certified to perform the job otherwise they could just end up making it worse. Also keep in mind that return visits may be necessary, especially with larger bed bug infestations so weigh up the cost factor carefully.

As an alternative, you can also purchase an bed bug spray that contains an IGR (Insect Growth Regulator) which will effectively kill bed bugs and stop their life cycle if you have a small infestation. [UPDATE: I have been told by a number of sources that a natural bug spray called Bug Patrol and KleenGreen are fairly effective, however I cannot vouch for them myself as I have not personally used them] As previously mentioned, Diatomaceous is a very useful for bed bug treatment.]

Preventative Measures That Really Work for Bed Bug Control

When it comes to things, like beds and pillows, try your very best to purchase them new, instead of second hand as research shows that this is a common way of getting bed bugs, even if you have a clean, well-kept home. If you borrow or buy something of this nature from a friend or a family member, make sure that you check it for things like bed bugs and other nasty insects that could make your life miserable, not to mention potentially painful.

Picture of using tape to prevent bed bugs from biting you in bed

Bed Bug Prevention

After I had a fairly bad infestation of these insects, I simply opted to throw away my mattress and start over. While this may be a bit of a shotgun approach, it’s sometimes the quickest and cheapest way of doing it, especially if you are thinking of hiring an exterminator. Even if you are not a frequent traveler, it’s highly likely that you have encountered bed bugs in hotels and other places when you were on holiday or business. Unfortunately, you cannot personally control these sort of situations and thus, here are a few quick tips to prevent yourself:

  1. Consider attaching double sided tape around the bottom of your bed as shown in the picture. While this is not a permanent solution, if you thoroughly check your bed for bed bugs and use this method, you can rest easy knowing that if those pests try and sneak up on you during the night, they will get stuck and have to spend the night looking rather foolish as they try to escape without success.
  2. Alternatively, you can also cover your beds with plastic, zip locked bed cover to ensure that don’t donate any blood to hotel bed bugs.
  3. Lastly, when you get home from your trip, it’s a good idea to immediately put your clothing and other material items in the washing machine and into a hot dryer as this will ensure that you do not bring any into your clean house.

In conclusion, dealing with a bed bug infestation is really not that bad if you take the necessary pest control steps outlined in this article. And once you have got rid of these bugs, simply take proactive measures to ensure that they do not return with a vengeance. Always remember that’s it’s a good idea to first try natural methods that you can perfect yourself before going the paid or chemical route. However, if you do have a bed bug problem that you feel is out of control, The Bug Squad recommends that you consult a professional exterminator as your health and well-being is worth the relief it will bring. If you enjoyed the information presented, please consider sharing this post on FB, Twitter or your social media platform of choice. Thanks! :)

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Natasha Anderson

Natasha Anderson

Hi there! My name is Natasha and I would like to thank you for reading this guide. If you have any concerns or would like to ask a question about this article, I encourage you to leave a comment below and I will provide a reliable answer within about 24 hours. Remember, all this information is provided at absolutely no cost and if you have enjoyed what you have read, please show your appreciation by sharing this post on your favorite social network below. I look forward to helping you!
Natasha Anderson
Natasha Anderson
Please note that the contents of this guide is for informational purposes only. If you would like to receive professional advice to diagnose a pest control related problem, please contact your local exterminator immediately.

Comments

  1. Sandy says:

    Hi Natasha! Thanks for the guide, just a quick question. I have quite a few bites that I found on my back a couple days ago. At first I didn’t notice because they wernt itchy or anything but after awhile they started to burn a bit, not too sure if it was just my imagination though LOL! Whats the best treatment for these bites? Anyways, after looking at the bed and stuff I didn’t see any bed bugs, from what I read they are rather small but surely I should still be able see them? Could they be something else?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Sandy! Sorry for the late response. If those bites are still itchy or hurting, try applying an Aloe Vera gel on the area as this will give you relief. Are all the bites in the same area? While its not a guarantee, these type of bites are usually from bed bugs. Bed bugs are very small but you usually can see them, just remove all your linen, take your mattress outside in the sun and investigate properly. Hope that helps :)

  2. dustin gaspay says:

    This thing is all over my room! thanks for the tip! I hope I can terminate each and one of them because they are annoying and while they bite it gives me nightmares.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Dustin! Its a pleasure and I am glad that this information has been of some use. If you have any other questions about bed bug removal, please feel free to post another comment and I will get back to you as soon as possible :)

  3. LaurenS says:

    Hey, at night my husband and I both find that we are very itchy in our bed. Could this be bed bugs or could this be from our clothing? We do not get any red marks, we are just very itchy. Also if they are bed bugs are we able to see them?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Lauran! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment! Its possible that its from your clothing but if it hasn’t caused you irritation before, its unlikely that its the cause. However, since you are not getting any bite marks, its unlikely that you have bed bugs (or fleas for that matter) in your bed. It may be dust mites. I recommend getting your bed steam cleaned and giving your linen a good hot wash nevertheless to both rule out the possibility of an allergic reaction to dust (or something like that) and to kill any insects that may be hiding. Enjoy!

  4. Mike says:

    Hi, I know I might be a little late but I think I have a relatively bad bed bug infestation. I threw away the old bedprobably containing a 100 or more small black dots with about 20 of them crawling. There were about 5 on the mattress with very few small dots. I decided to wrap the mattres with the encasement. I cleaned out the room and the next night I’ve killed about 8 of them. A few days later (today) I’ve killed only 1 per night. I haven’t had any bites (will they come later?) and what are the chances I will get rid of all if them?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Mike! Yeah, the best way to combat a potentially bad infestation is to deal with it quickly. Wrapping them is a great way to prevent them from biting you but its kind of only a temporary solution, you need to get to get rid of them as well. Since you have already wrapped them, I suggest pouring some natural grade Diatomaceous Earth inside them and this will kill them off. Alternatively you could get them steamed or washed. If you dont see any red marks in a day or two, its unlikely that you have been bitten and can count yourself lucky.

    • Sibongile Manjaze says:

      Hi Natasha I live in a very small house with my family,this bugs are giving us trouble.We are a black community so we don’t have those steam machines nd vacuum cleaner but your idea its seems helpful.Here @ home they are bad because they were normal now its seems they hatched again,can u tell me any method that won’t cost me,I’m afraid this things will end up @ my work place.I will really appreciate your help thanks.

  5. LeftHook says:

    Hello, may I know the reasons why they exist on some people’s bedding. Are they attracted to the food? Or are they the same about fleas? Who sucks the blood out of you? I really don’t have bed bugs or any pests problem. I’m doing this for a project i’m working on. I really need to surprise my professor because we’re not getting along that well lol. Anyway is it okay to use some of the information in your website and print them out? Thanks! Your website is extremely cool, got me hooked!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Lefthook! I am sure that your professor will be impressed if you compile a list of all the reasons why people get bed bugs in their home and provide a number of natural and product based solutions that have proven results :) Yes, one of the major reasons why bed bugs find their way onto beds is because of the availabilty of food. In addition, they are attacted to the warmth and the fibres in your matresses, etc. provide a great place to lay their eggs safely. That should be fine, just list my blog in your references and you are more then welcome to use it for your project, provided its paper based and wont be used on another website. Good luck and feel free to keep in touch for any other questions you may have. :)

  6. JacobSizzler says:

    These pests are really annoying! They’re also very hard to deal with! I am currently reading this page while a bed bug is hanging on our curtain! =(((

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Jacob! That sounds pretty bad lol, sorry to hear that. Glad you are going through this information though, it will definitely help you get rid of these horrible bugs. If you have any questions on any of the steps, feel free to ask me anything and I will make time to help you. :)

  7. scottrocket3 says:

    You can get them from simply sleeping over someones house cause they are travelers it is insane vacuum clean everything steam clean everything wash all your clothes twice then bomb the place if you get bit after that call an exterminator

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Thats very true Scott, thanks for your input. Bed bugs are nasty pests and they can easily use you to get into your home. After you have tried the suggestions in this article and have had limited success, calling an exterminator is definitely an option. :)

  8. Ian says:

    Natasha,

    I currently live in Hawaii and am unsure if I have bed bugs or not. I’ve never dealt with such an issue or even heard of them being prevalent since I moved here. In this house, I have been conciously debating whether I am itchy because of fleas or bed bugs.

    I cannot seem to find any bed bugs
    I get red bumps around my neck and can swear I feel my hair being moved in certain spots.
    I see dark spots on the metal frame of my bed, however all the research on things to look for suggests blood smears, darker spots, and dead bugs; which I haven’t really seen.

    When I moved in I had a couch I bought from the previous owner-bad idea. I believe that was the source of the unknown infestation as I found many silverfish and other things and it seems to have gotten a bit better now.

    I’ve bombed my house twice, cleaned the house fairly well and use natural products.

    I just cannot tell if I have them or not.

    I mostly noticing itching around my ankles and neck and head.

    My main concern is only this: I can deal with them for now, however when I move to seattle I will want to bring my belongings. I’ve heard they can’t survive colder temperatures, as I’ve heard the northwest is a lot less bug friendly then my native florida or here in hawaii, I’d like to know what would happen.

    Oh, also I have covers on my mattress and both pillows.

    Thanks!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Ian! From your description, it seems that they are bed bugs. By blood smears, remember that you are not looking for anything red, in fact, its usually dark brown as it gets dried up. Keep in mind that bed bugs are rather small so its going to take careful investigation (take your mattress out into the sunshine) to find them if they are there. Bed bugs need a host to survive and will die if they cannot get one fairly quickly. Fleas on the other hand can lay dormant for months! However, since you are unsure, you can use a steam cleaner for your bed, clothes and carpets (as well as couches) as the heat will kill fleas and bed bugs.

      As for your second question, yes bed bugs cannot deal with the cold but it literally needs to be below zero to affect them properly so don’t count on being bed bug free because you live in a cold area. Yes there will probably be less chances of you getting them but they wont be completely absent from houses. Before you bring any of your belongings, just get them hot washed and I recommend doing your bedding as well. Once that is complete, keep them wrapped up (or out the house) to make sure that you can carry them over to your new place. I hope that helps, let me know if you need more info :)

      • Annie C says:

        Ian, I also heard that bombs instead of helping will only push them deeper into hiding. Making it even harder to exterminate. Diatomaceous Earth Food Grade is one of the best bed bug killers I have seen so far. Try that.

        • Natasha Anderson says:

          Thanks for your contribution Annie, really appreciate it!

  9. ImReallyAnElf says:

    Hi … I’m wondering if I’ve got bed bugs since I’ve had lots of small itchy lumps appear all over my body this last week. We definitely don’t have fleas. The only thing is, I haven’t slept away from home for over a month, and I can’t see how bed bugs could just “appear” in my home – how would they discover their way, where do they actually come from? I’m really upset about this as you can imagine!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey! Bed bugs can be carried from places like couches and other places like that. As a result, even though you may not have slept anywhere else for awhile, its possible that you brought them in from those sources. I definitely understand your position, bed bugs are a horrible pest to deal with. I highly recommend following this guide to help you get rid of them. Let me know if you need any further assistance :)

  10. Connie says:

    Natasha,

    I am considering hiring an exterminator that uses heat to kill bedbugs; this exterminator claims that bedbugs (all ages/stages) die in heat over 120 degrees F, and they heat your structure to 150 degrees to ensure a solid result with one treatment.

    Is it true that heat kills them off? And if it is true, why does this (and other) site(s) not mention it? I am allergic to their bites (palm size welts) and need to get rid of them. I am simply overwhelmed by the idea of a complete overhaul of my household, and this would be a wonderfully simple fix.

    If it works.

    Please advise. Thanks.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Connie! That’s an interesting proposition, I have actually never heard of treating the entire house with an elevated temperature to provide a “one time” fix for pests like bed bugs. I do know the lethal temperature for bed bugs is 115 F so if the exterminator could get the entire house to that temperature, it would definitely work. I usually just use a steamer to treat the beds, etc but if you have a pest problem everywhere, this would definitely work. Let me know how it goes, if it is successful, I would like to add it to this blog :) Also, sorry about the late response, your comment slipped past my notice.

      • Annie C says:

        I’ve heard of using heat to treat a whole entire house. It’s very expensive though.

  11. Angela Marie Johnson says:

    I seriously have a bed bug problem! Then I looked over your steps and it mentioned curtains and I told my boyfriend, “I bet you its the curtains and sure enough that’s where the nest was. Somebody must have given me these bedbugs so now im going to steam and really clean my whole apartment. Btw, can bedbugs jump like fleas? Please help im tried of getting eaten up

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Angela! Hope you didn’t say “I told you so” ;) Steam will kill those bed bugs and after giving your linen a good wash and making sure they are not anywhere else, that should be all that you need to do. Bed bugs cannot jump so you don’t have to worry about that :)

      • Lisa says:

        According to an episode of Dr. OZ, yes bedbugs can jump! They can also come from human contact such as a hug or just standing next to another person. They can come from trying on ” NEW CLOTHING” if someone with bedbugs tries the item on & can hide in the seams of the new article of clothing; that was a real shocker for me! I’ve watched many videos recently due to an outbreak of bedbugs in my apartment complex. Each adult can produce 500 eggs in a yr. & each of those can produce 500 a yr. Getting an outbreak is easy! Getting rid of them is difficult!

        • Natasha Anderson says:

          Hey Lisa! Please be assured that despite what you have seen or heard, bed bugs cannot jump. They physically do not have the ability to do so and if you see a bed bug move from your bed to the ground (as an example), its because it has fallen and gravity has taken over ;) They are rather good at crawling though and this is their only way of moving themselves. I could list a number of reliable sources that back up this statement but instead I invite you to do a little research on Google, just search for “can bed bugs jump” and look for authority sites that are known for their accurate information, not personal opinions. Getting rid of an infestation is very difficult but if you follow the steps in this article carefully, you should find some immediate relief. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment :)

  12. Matt says:

    Hi Natasha, what kind of steamer do you recommend? Those standing ones with a handle for clothes and things that can’t be washed or are these bigger things that you rent somewhere? We don’t see any grown bugs on the couch but it is a dark chocolate color and we get bites the next day. I can’t find any info on how to treat a couch, should we do steam and the silica gel? How long do you hold the steamer on for? And someone mentioned a nest, what does that look like and where are they usually located? We haven’t come across a nest or cluster of them, we find a few at a time.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Matt! I use the one that can be used for clothes. Obviously a larger one would work better but I have had good success with the one that I own so if you have one, use it instead of going out to rent a steamer. As for your couch, I actually recommend a powder that can also be used to kill fleas as well as bed bugs. Its called “food grade Diatomaceous Earth” and is completely natural. After steaming the couch (do it for a good couple minutes, they die in extreme heat) and waiting for it to be very dry, use this powder on it every couple days and fleas wont bother you anymore :)

  13. Angela says:

    My story is last night my husband found a bed bug on our bed crawling on top of our sheet. He killed it we looked for more but did not find any. We laid down and he saw one crawl up the wall. So we pulled everything off the bed, washed, dryed it and everything. We did not have any sprays to spray at the time. Today we stripped our beds and washed everything in hot water and dryed it again. We got this bug spray from a local store that was specifically for bed bugs, fleas and we sprayed all the beds, couches and baseboards in the house. We left the house for about 4 hours, then came home, cleaned, vacuumed, washed and dried everything. We all looked for signs we have not seen any bugs as of yet. My first question is could we have caught it before any infestation happened? My second question is do I need to redo it all again? My final question is how long do I need to wait before redoing it, if I need to. I am more itchy tonight than normal but I have no bites. My husband has 2 bites. Plz help. I HATE any kind of bugs. Thank u!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Angela! Sounds like you have had quite the adventure with your insect problem hey ;) The good news is that the steps you took are 100% and you definitely seemed to have prevented the infestation, which could have been rather nasty. Besides just regular hygenic reasons, you dont have to keep redoing that process in the near future. Those bites could be unrelated to the problem you had in the bed, are you sure they were from bed bugs? If you sent me a picture I can get a better idea. Looking forward to helping you further :)

      • Angela says:

        My in laws had them severely & said the bites if u look at them with a magnifying glass they have a triangle in the middle. They looked at the bites my husband had & said they were from that. The bites are gone now & they are not getting any new ones. I still lay in bed & itch but we have not seen anything else. I don’t know what to do. Plz help

        • Natasha Anderson says:

          Hey Angela! When you say that you are itching, are you sure that its because of actual insect bites. The reason why I am asking is because I had a client that was getting red marks and thought she was being bitten at night and it actually ended up just being a bit of a skin problem due to an allergic reaction to her new sheets. (they were not 100% cotton). Please get back to me because I would love to give you some relief from this situation :)

  14. bettycrawford says:

    My mother inlaw got bedbugs in her apartment. They treated her apartment 3 times. We know another relative brought them in. He has not been in the apartment since the treatments. I was in the apartment one week after the last treatment. She said she had not seen any bugs. Thought I got a bite that night. Washed linen, hot drier, etc. Did not see any bugs. One week later, thought I had 2 bites together on my shoulder. Vacumed, covered mattress and box springs with bed bug covers, sprayed a little aerosol flea spray around edge of wall by bed, washed and dried all linens again. Have not seen a bug. Am I paranoid, or should I be?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Betty! When it comes to potential bed bug infestations, I always stay true to the “better safe then sorry” philosophy. In other words, I dont think you are being paranoid and its good to take a proactive stance against potentially large problems that could arise if your bites were indeed from bed bugs. However, if it happens again, take a few moments to look for signs of bed bugs because the bites could also be from fleas, which are fairly easily treatable and dont require constant washing of linen if caught early. Hope that helps :)

  15. Jandi says:

    We have bed bugs in our bedroom on the main floor. Do I need to was all of the clothes in the closet & dressers? Also, is it necessary to treat the bedrooms upstairs as well?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Jandi! No, you won’t need to wash them unless they came in contact with your linen or your bed. If there is nobody staying in those rooms and you haven’t slept or spent much time in them either, you wont need to treat them. Thanks for leaving a comment and I invite you to ask any other questions and I will help you out where I can.

  16. Paula says:

    I am the other end of the spectrum. I think we have 1-2 bugs as we only get bites every 9-12 months. Unfortunately, they live a long time in between feelings. We have stripped out best, sheets, etc… I think they are in the walls. Don’t know where else they could be. This has been going on for a few years. A few bites every year. Totally annoying. I am going to try some home remedies and hope for the best.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Paula! Its possible that they are in your walls like you suggested. Let me know how the home remedies go and if you need any advice along the way, just let me know and I will be happy to help you.

  17. sara says:

    hello natasha. I moved into a new place and had no idea that it had bed bugs. Now i have them and im getting ready to move again cause im unable to pay for some one to remove them. I have a lil girl who has her dolls and her fav chair that she loves. How would i go about taking care of her toys and her chair without having to get rid of them all. ive wash every thing we have and bag them all up and put it all out in my garage but i just dont know what to do with her toys. I don’t want to start buying my things all over again, dont have the money for all that. Is there any thing else i can do to save what we have left without hurting my kids? I am lost on what to do.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Sara! First of all, you dont need to get rid of any furniture, the only thing that I have sometimes recommended is tossing the bed if there is a major bed bug problem that cannot be easily resolved. If possible, get her toys steam cleaned, this will kill any bed bugs that my be lurking on them. Also, when you move your stuff to the new place, just give everything a good wipe with a cleaning agent and its highly unlikely that you will have any sort of bed bug problem.

  18. Veronica says:

    Hi Natasha,
    I do have bed bugs problem. My Landlord brought exterminator and they came and spray 4 time. But it seems like bed bugs are stilla round. I also brought this other exterminator who came two times. I bought PHANTOM last week and sprayed around. I picked up like 6 dead bugs after i sprayed PHANTOM. Also I just bought DE and applied around the house this week. I have been vacuuming on weekly basis. Also i steam cleaned my carpet. Now i’m frustrated and don’t know what do next. My lease expired 4 month ago and im moving out at the end of this month. I’m not going to take my bed, But i really like my leather sofas. Should i leave my sofas behind or? Please let me know if you have any other techniques.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Veronica! Firstly, a decent exterminating company shouldnt need more then two treatments to get rid of a bed bug problem in your house. Granted, you may have a few things that are also your responsibility (cleaning the linen, etc.) but if your landlord is paying, I recommended trying another exterminating service. If you can email me your location I will try and find a reputable one nearby. You can definitely take your leather couches, just give them a good wipe with a cleaner and you should be good to go. Other then that, just make sure all your clothes that may have come into contact with bed bugs is washed and kept in plastic bags until you are out the house. Good luck!

  19. Jo Ann says:

    Hi Natasha

    I’ve lived in a boutique apartment for 2 yrs soon to be 3 . Before I moved I bought a new queen mattress with a built in pillow top. Had foot surgery during the winter so I was laid up for 2 months cared for all my linens in advance. I put new sheets on after my cast came off with new sheets . Fast forward – Changing my mattress set I pulled my mattress cover off I never really take it off every time wash . It has been on since winter and I saw dark reddish brown dots with smear marks at the edge of the mattress and I thought the smear marks were threads from nylon clothing getting caught in the fabric. I took a toothbrush and some soft scrub it usually is my way of spot cleaning and the spots would not come up. I went to our good old friend Google and key in mattress spots I really thought it was mildu or something I was up all night stripping my bed taking the mattress and box spring off pulling the bed away from the wall it is a 4 poster with 4 removable cap knobs it is 7 1/2 ft tall. I wiped the back of the headboard hardly any dust I saw nothing. I read about mattress covers and bought one did not have enough money for a box spring cover just pillow and mattress. While taking the bedding off . Again new sheets I saw this skinny ugly thing of a bug standing up like a damn rat on the other side of the mattress. I took some tape to get it and I covered the mattress after spraying it with alcohol an d10 % water. I took the sheets shook them hard and put them back on the bed I pray I did ok with this they are new . Well I just found a teeny bug under my thigh and got it! The building is old and I am freaking out because there are old windows uneven baseboards with gaps at the corner. I pulled everything out last night plastic containers as I swap out seasonal wardrobe in sealed containers. I saved a few bugs I found one in a box as I ran out of containers under the bed on my thermal killed it last night and saved it.Called the landlord I have to wait till 1PM Wednesdays.I remember during the winter seeing a bug on the bedroom curtain I killed it and I am scared to check.I have a large piece of art work in the kitchen and I peeked behind and I see something on the wall in clusters . I’m so scared to move it . Seems the vents here is where I have been seeing bugs.Cannot fall to sleep I’m so upset and Googled out I found you here is there something else I need to do while I wait ? Laundry is in plastic bags in the SUV for dry cleaning tomorrow

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Jo Ann! Not to scary you any further but since you live in an old house that seems to be accommodating a number of different insect residents, I recommend that you use a multipurpose insect bomb (check my article on this specific subject) that will get rid of them for you. Usually you will place one in each room and after clearing away your personal belongings (and unplugging electric appliances), you let them off and leave the house for the day. Give that a try and follow it up with some DE treatment and it should solve your insect problems. Let me know if you need more help or have any questions. :)

  20. Anna says:

    hi Natasha, I’ve been dealing with a severe infestation of bed bugs since (knowingly) January, though likely for much longer than that. I’ve lived in this house for almost a year, and I suspect they were here already when I moved in. my mom and I are very poor, and haven’t been able to do much to try and combat the bugs. I did many things wrong, such as moving into other rooms as they became infested, and not getting rid of infested furniture. we plan to move this summer, but each day is harder than the last as I see more evidence of the bugs. I have several questions: how do you move without taking bugs with you? they are everywhere, in everything. I recently woke up from sleeping against my kitchen counter and saw a full grown bug near my face, right near the kitchen sink! it bit me on the arm. I am going insane. I can’t afford an exterminator before we move but I am currently trying to save up for one so that when we move we can exterminate there. we plan to not take any major furniture such as couches, beds, chairs, or tables. how can I cope in the next month or so before we move? I get around ten bites a night, and that’s with wearing many layers of Clothing, even socks over my hands. I have become very depressed and obsessive, and as the kicker my mother doesn’t take the bug situation seriously always and gets very angry at me for talking about it. one last thing; I’m supposed to visit my uncle and his family in a few weeks, but I’m concerned about transferring them to him even if I take many preventative measures such as washing and drying my clothes and bags several times on high heat, and even staying over at someone’s house a few days before I leave so I will have had limited contact with the bugs. should I cancel the trip, do I run too high a risk of transferring bugs to him?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Anna! Sorry to hear about the bed bug problem that you have had to deal with for so long, I know how frustrating it can be :( Here is my recommendations, not in any specific order:

      1) Before you move, hot wash all your clothes and after they have air dried (outside), place them in plastic bags, ready for the move.
      2) Any furniture that isn’t fabric based, take to a secure area (anywhere but inside your house, as there are bed bugs here) and use a basic cleaning spray and cloth and wipe down them all completely. Make sure you do this properly.
      3) Fabric based furniture you can send in for cleaning, this may be much cheaper then hiring an exterminator (besides you are moving)
      4) You may send the bed in to be cleaned as well, but sometimes you need to toss the mattress if its bad. (my recommendation)

      As for visiting your uncle, just make sure that you clean the clothes you want to take and put them in your bags immediately and into your car. Give yourself a good shower and after changing into some clean clothes, jump right into the car and leave. Just avoid any potential encounter with these pests and you wont need to cancel your trip as I am sure you are looking forward to it :)

  21. Maia says:

    Hi I’m Maia my friend has them at her house and I spent the night a couple nights and she comes over here to hang out she has also spent a night maybe once or twice in comes over quite often to hang out I came home last night from her house and got in my bed I woke up this morning with several bites and I killed a bed bug it was only one that I saw a mediately got everything and start putting it in the washer I also vacuumed does this mean I have bed bugs in my house now or is it possible that it was just that one?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Maia! Since you seem to have caught it early you should be fine. However, I recommend hot washing your linen (you seem to be doing this already which is good) and using some DE powder on your mattress, just to be completely safe :) If I can help in any way, please feel free to ask any further questions, would love to help keep those bed bugs away ;)

  22. John says:

    Hey, read your article. I think it might help. However, I don’t think we could do every room. My sister’s room is in a REALLY big mess, and the entire family is on a tight schedule with everything, so we don’t have the time to bomb the place. Any suggestions to bypass this?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey John, thanks for visiting my blog! If you are on a tight schedule, it may be easier to just get an exterminator in and they can deal with it for you. Besides that, I know that Diatomaceous Earth and borax works very well so you can place this powder on your mattress (and other places) to remedy the situation. Good luck and hope that helps!

  23. savitha says:

    HI Natasha!!, yesterday we had been to relatives house thru cab… while returning back i got itching sensation.. when i reached home i noticed bed bugs in my dress, also I had got bite marks at 4 – 5 places. I think cab had so many bugs. I was not sure what was that. So i didn’t take any precautions.. Plssss advise what should i do now to be safe.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Savitha! Sorry this is a bit late, been having internet connectivity issues recently :( Anyways, just make sure that you give the clothes that came into contact with the bed bugs a good, hot wash. Heat kills bed bugs so that will keep you and your home free of these pests. Just keep an eye on the situation, if you wake up with any bite marks give me a shout and we can work though a solution for you :)

  24. houston says:

    Hi Natasha, we have an apartment building – we have a unit where the tenants were not well kept – it was infested with bugs / bedbugs – here’s my question. these people have moved out; we have cleaned, gotten rid of the carpet, put down tile, we’ve used chemical powders. we have treated this empty unit that was infested. we have not seen any bedbugs or any other bugs – however we know that they can lay dormate for long period of time. what else do you recommend we do to make sure they’re all gone. remember the unit is empty – so no bed, no furniture, no carpet, so we have the opportunitiy to clean it throughly – bleach? bombs? can you recommend a fogger? or use DE all over. We haven’t seen any but that doesn’t mean they’re not laying in wait………………..PLEASE ADVISE your thoughts………

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Houston! Personally I think what you have done so far would be sufficient. However, as an added precaution (and to get rid of any other pests that may be around), use a Raid Bug Fogger in the home. Make sure you follow the instructions carefully and when you set it off, don’t hover above it as it usually deploys upwards (you definitely don’t want a mouth full of poison lol). If Raid isnt available, just use any other bomber that has an IGR and this will ensure that it stops the insect life cycle.

      • houston says:

        Thank you Natasha, I was looking at foggers yesterday and was having a hard time finding one that says IGR.
        Where would it be listed? for the IGR. Please advise.

        • Natasha Anderson says:

          Hey Houston! It will be called “insect growth regulator” or will mention something about stopping the insect life cycle. Sorry for the late response, your comment somehow slipped past my notice. Have a good one!

  25. savitha says:

    Thanks for your kind reply Natasha :) ya as u said i got bite from bed bug 2 days before at night :( now i m at moms place. Don’t know what to do… even have no idea whether it has been spreaded over or not. Please advise on the same. So that it will be really helpful for me.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Savitha! Its a pleasure! If you want a natural solution, get your beds (and anything that has come into contact with bed bugs) steam cleaned and use DE under your sheets for a couple days and you will be fine. I hope you get things sorted, let me know if I can help further!

  26. Miranda says:

    Hi Natasha,

    I slept over a friend’s house and woke up with about 10 bites in a line starting from my lower hip to my upper rib cage. I know that she has had a bed bug problem in the past (about 2 years back), but I thought the situation had been taken care of or I wouldn’t have stayed! I now have my clothes in a garbage bag sitting in my car trunk-hopefully roasting in the summer heat. I will wash everything in the morning on the hottest setting. I have to clean my bag (a plastic carry-on luggage) with a garment steamer as it will not fit inside a dryer. You have mentioned that the steam works to kill them but will you please elaborate? How long should I steam the bag for? Are there any areas that I should focus on? Also, I am in ultra paranoid mode, so I would like to steam my mattress as well-and it’s helpful to get rid of carpet beetles and dust mites anyway. How should I go about that (and for how long)? I also bought a mattress encasement even though I was extremely careful about the whole situation, but I figure I’d rather be safe than sorry. I have read so many sites about using steam to kill the bugs but I have yet to find a solid protocol i.e. a step-by-step that explains the timing and motions. I have researched that 120 degree F heat kills them after at least 30 minutes. I know that my steamer reaches 140 degrees F so I wonder if steaming for only a few minutes is satisfactory. Also should I worry about cleaning my shoes (a pair of sandals and high heels-not sure if this is necessary)? That might be a bit excessive, but I just want to make sure that I don’t end up with a serious problem.

    Thank you so much in advance! I appreciate the advice that you offer on your site.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Miranda! Sounds like bed bug bites alright, sorry you had to go through that, they really suck. Direct steam applications works because bed bugs are sensitive to heat. At a high temperature, they fizzle up and die. You don’t need to steam them in the bag, just take them outside and steam clean each one (if you have a steamer, else just get it done by a service). Steaming the mattress is a good idea as well and to sweeten the deal, use DE under the sheets to make sure that they will all be killed. A couple minutes at that temperature is fine, just don’t burn yourself. I recommend using it on anything that may have come into contact with bed bugs, better safe then sorry ;) Good luck and its a pleasure, I enjoy helping people with pest control :)

  27. Shari says:

    Hi Natasha, I found your website very helpful. My husband starting getting bites about less than a month ago. On June 30th we found black spots on the seam of our mattress I sprayed bug spray and alcohol, we left it for an hour went back and found 7 bed bugs. I was horrified, I through out the bedding including pillows. Wrapped the mattress and box spring in this plastic cases, vacuumed everything, that night my husband killed just one the next day I put DE everywhere in the house. I checked all the other rooms saw nothing. And we through out are mattress and box spring. 2 days later I vacuumed and put more DE everywhere. My husband and I have been sleeping on the couch, neither one of us have been getting bites. I check the beds, couch, our now bed less room lol, haven’t seen anything. Finally my question is it possible that I have gotten rid of them? Thank you please help I’m going crazy lol

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Shari! Sounds like you have but to be safe, leave the DE on the mattress itself and then place your newly washed linen ontop of it. I actually recommend using two sheets over it for a couple days. Also, make sure you hot wash any clothes that may have come into contact with the bed bugs and you should be bed bug free :)

      • Shari says:

        Thank you, we will be steaming our room tomorrow and then painting it on Saturday. Buying new mattress and bed frame Sunday with of course a mattress encasement. Putting DE down again and putting 2 sheets like you suggested. But I have another question, I don’t think my clothes in the closet came in contact but should I wash them anyways. Oh and my dresser is in the closet too. Thank you

        • Natasha Anderson says:

          Its a pleasure, sounds like you have a good plan and if you put it in action, you will definitely get rid of those bed bugs :)

  28. Deasia says:

    Hi Natasha i was wondering what is DE im actually up now going crazy finding bed bugs after being bitten a bunch of times and flushing then i had an exterminator and i havnt had a problem but now there coming back im going to try the silica but i want to use everything possibly i have small baby’s and i don’t want them getting bit either

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Deasia! DE stands for diatomaceous earth and it is incredible powerful and effective for bed bug removal. Place it under your sheets and around your pet and vacuum it up daily and you will see positive results. Cheers!

  29. Houston says:

    Thank you Natasha, I was looking at foggers yesterday and was having a hard time finding one that says IGR.
    Where would it be listed? for the IGR. Please advise.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Houston! It will say something along the lines of “regulates or stops the insect growth cycle”. Any product that mentions something about preventing the eggs from hatching contains an insect growth regulator (IGR). Hope that helps!

  30. yum says:

    Hi Natasha, I read ur article n while reading it I was biten by a large bed bug. Ofcourse I killed it. Honestly I had gone through a pest controller n it was f9 for a month n then right after I started to notice these pests again. I don’t know what to do. I have sprayed myself too but it affects only for a little while. I never used to have ugly marks on my legs or hands now they r there. I m afraid if I m ever going to get rid of these marks or not. What else is there to get rid of them? Plz help me out.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Heya! The marks will disappear if you resist the urge to scratch them, if you don’t they could end up leaving a scar so please be careful. From the sounds of it, you seem to have a fairly bad infestation, I recommend purchasing a fogger for bed bugs (that contains an IGR) and to use DE under your sheets. In addition, give your bedding and other linen a good, hot wash. I know that this may seem like quite a mission but its worth it and I am sure that you are looking to get rid of these pests as soon as possible. :)

  31. Ann says:

    i tried lavender shampoo, prickly heat powder, dettol, mentholated oil, baking soda, mixed them well and bottled then in a spray-bottle, and sprayed on blankets, mattresses and areas where i doubted even slightly that they would be present and placed these in the sun where the temperature is 44 degrees Celcius. got rid of them. i regularly spray some insecticide of a known brand.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Ann! Thanks for sharing your experience, I really appreciate it. While I havn’t followed those exact steps before, I am glad it works and I am positive that others will benefit from this information. Thanks again for contributing to the community!

  32. Sandra-Longfellow says:

    Hi Natasha!
    I am unsure about how bad my infestation is. I hear people say they have hundreds in their bed, we don’t have that at all. We have been getting bites sporadically for the past month. So about two weeks ago we “bombed” the house with hotshot bed bug. No bites then two nights again my boyfriend got 7 bites and I got I one. They affect him way worse than myself. We stripped the bed and boom we found ONE hiding in a pillow case. Immediately killed that one, and took all our bedding to laundromat. My question is how do you know if you are badly infested or just a few bugs? We moved our bed into another room and put a protector and threw away the box spring. We bombed the house again today and now going to use alcohol and DE to take off that room. Are they all over or just in the room? We are sleeping on the floor in our living room terrified we are going to be eaten alive. Please help us.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Sandra! It sounds like you just have a couple bugs, nothing to worry about right now but you need to definitely get rid of them before it becomes a problem in the future. Bed bugs can relocate to other areas of the home (poorly maintained hotel rooms is a frequent reason why people end up with bed bugs in their home) but there is no need to get stressed about it, you seem to have a good process for getting rid of them so just stick to it. After using the fogger and applying DE under the sheet (and after washing everything, etc.), you can return to your bedroom, there is no need to sleep in the lounge. Hope that brings some relief to your family :)

      • Sandra says:

        Thank you so much!we are still in the living room because we put that DE stuff everywhere in our bedroom. It feels like it is not ready for us to go back because there is still white dust everywhere on the room. We are waiting for the dust to disappear. We haven’t gotten anymore bites as of yet but honestly I am still so paranoid that they are everywhere. It’s a very scary process getting them and then having to get rid of them. I am going to keep you guys posted. I know it is a terrifying experience and I hope that if I can get rid of them to share some tips that I might have. I will say that I haven’t seen any bugs at all since we put down the DE so I don’t know if that means they died or are still hiding I am not sure. If you should have any other tips please let me know. I am going to spend all da weekend cleaning and organizing my whole house.

        • Natasha Anderson says:

          Hey Sandra! Sorry this is a bit late, still having net issues on my side. Anyways, I am glad that you havn’t received any further bites, definitely good news! Its been a little while since your comment, how are things at the moment? Looking forward to hearing from you :)

  33. Kay says:

    I am trying to deal with these buggers using diatemaceous earth. Worked great until they discovered that if they crawled into my sink drain, it would wash off. They nested there. I have a habit of dumping a little bleach down all my drains before I go anywhere for a while. The bleach in my sink corroded the pipe fitting black and I noticed when I returned home that I had little trails of black stuff leading away from my sink. Found the buggers in my shower screen (hollow metal frame and glass). I hit the area regularily with a new product called Clorox Gel. It sticks to them, although they know to climb up to get away from it. They also know to stay where they match the color of the shower frame. I found that interesting (light sensitive I imagine).

    I use the CO2 trap to lure the bugs away and then kill them. It actually works best under my bed! the bed is a CA King and hard to clean under so I lure them away. Along with 140 F washings and lots of time in the dryer, clothes packed in platic bags 2.5 gallon size works great, rubbing alcohol (I spray the whole bottle of top of my mattress encloser in case I missed any with the vacuum cleaner). Yeah go all out for these guys and don’t invite guests over for at least 6 months. Any ideas on shower drains? I am using lots of bleach, thinking about duct taping the drain at night? I have tape on the emergency drain (top hole) in my sinks.

    Oh I haven’t finished with the diatemaceous earth praise; ” Use saucer sized containers under your 4 bed legs, lots of earth in them as they will not die immediately and will go a little crazy after contact. I bought cheap plastic plant saucers which they can’t climb out of. Deep enough for lots of earth, I have seen many many dead bodies in mine. A turkey baster works great to squirt earth into wall spaces behind electrical outlets, cracks etc. I also had to seal my new floor base lining, used glue to seal the edges after working earth into the crevices as some bugs took up residence inside. There is no end to the hide and seek games. Think that you must first create a safe sleeping space and then go after them in their hiding places. Make sure they cannot reach you when you are vunerable (asleep). Hubby and i have not been bit in a while, still not taking chances for several months. Unfortunately we travel often and are exposed elsewhere. Believe it or not, we did not find evidence of many bugs, just spent the time investigating their little hovels, they do travel; however I think I have gotten most of them, will be sealing the shower frame holes today, let them die a slow death inside!

    Thank you for listening, hope some of this helps others.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Kay! Thanks for the great suggestions, let me see if I can contribute further. For your showers, you can try a Enzyme cleansing gel. I have actually given these products a try fairly recently and have been pleased with the results. They are not only for bed bugs but basically they contain enzymes and cultures that break down organic matter that often contains the eggs of pests. This of course will also kill adult bugs that are lurking in these places.

      I completely agree with the point you made about clearing out your sleeping areas first otherwise a bed bug infestation can and will be a nightmare (literally :P). I really appreciate your comment, it will be of great use to the community and I have even picked up a few tips from it :) Hope to see you back again soon, have a good one!

  34. Valerie says:

    I was waking up with bed bug bites every day for a month, thinking i was having an allergic reaction. Our apartment complex hired an exterminator, and made us pay for it. He came twice, and the night after he came I woke up with 11 new bites the next morning. We had washed everything, even bought a new box spring (and found 4 bugs on the box spring the morning after extermination). We have now sealed up the outlets, and are using bed bug spray. I found a live bed bug however crawling on my cat’s tower last night. I am wondering if there is anything else we can do, as I have a cat and don’t want to pay another 500 dollars for an exterminator who clearly didn’t do anything to help the problem. I am extremely allergic to the bites, and they turn into giant welts. We can’t move because in our lease the management company will charge us a lot of money. Any suggestions would be helpful.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Val! Sorry to hear about your poor experience with the exterminator, you would expect for that kind of money he would do the job correctly. Anyways, since I presume you are looking for an affordable DIY solution after spending that amount of cash, I highly recommend the use of DE. I mention it in this article and the 40 mule variation is pure (look for food grade on the label) and it works extremely well. Rub it into your carpets and put it under your sheets (and around your pet) for a couple nights and vacuum it up each morning. You will see fairly instantaneous results :)

      • Valerie says:

        Natasha,
        We used the DE and I was bite free for a few days. We vacuumed it up after a week and today I have 8 bites. Do you think it’s possible an egg was remaining and hatched after the DE was vacuumed up? Should we put more down? I have a friend who says the bugs can live anywhere, even between book pages, etc. Is this true? Any advice is appreciated.

  35. shelly north says:

    where do you get DE? The only kind I could find, is safe for pets and people but is for gardening? and what is the best way to apply the powder? (comes in a big bag)

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Shelly! DE can actually be used for gardening and is even found at those outdoor plant shops (probably where you saw it). In addition, some people even use it for drying out flowers. However, in a addition, it makes a great (and safe) bed bug control method and provided its doesn’t contain insecticides (some do), its great for using in your home if you have bed bugs. Also check outline for the same product, might be cheaper depending on where you live. Cheers!

  36. Pam says:

    Hi Natasha! About a year ago our house was broken into and ever since then we’ve had bed bugs. The insurance paid for an exterminator and we didn’t see any for the whole winter season up until now since last summer from the break in. I am going so crazy I can’t sleep and its effecting my life drastically, very depressing. We see one every day or every couple of days always flat never inflatted, and I don’t think I have been bitten but the two i have recently seen are hanging out outside my little brothers room. Does the DE work for sure? What can I do to attempt to find where they are coming from, do the have nests? Please help me, I want to be stressfree again. it seems like this will never go away

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Pam! Yes, DE works great and I can personally assure you that based on feedback, it has worked for hundreds of my readers :) They are commonly found on the rims of mattresses and the bed (hence their name) and I recommended putting the DE in these and all around the room (especially if its carpeted). Leave it for a couple hours and vacuum it up, repeat daily for a week or so and you will see results!

  37. shelly north says:

    I would like to know how to use the Diatomaceous earth? What is the best way to apply it? What I found was a large bag in the garden section, intended for gardening. It does say safe for use around pets and children. Where does one find food grade DE?
    Thank You

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Shelly! That DE sounds fine for safe flea control, just avoid the “pool grade” variation. I usually fill a plastic icecream container with the powder and use it like a salt shaker around the house, making sure I cover all the necessary areas properly. I highly recommend that you do the same to ensure an even spread. Good luck!

  38. Jeannie says:

    Hello, I also recently discovered bed bugs in my house. We just moved in this house in February. I noticed I was itching and had red marks on my body. I would occasionally see a bug crawling ank kill it. I didnt know at the time what the bug was. I described it to my husband and he said it wsd nothing to worry about. He never ssw them only I saw them. He never got bit either only I wsd getting bit. I thought I was going nuts. One night I caught one out of the corner of my eye and caught it. I didnt kill it, so I could show my husband. I did however look up bed bugs online. I was speechless when I saw the picture of one. It was exactly what I had been seeing. I freakef out. The next day my husband bought a spray that said it kills bed bugs and fleas. We sprayed our couches and after about 10 minutes noticed them all coming out of the couch. Most of them were dead. The rest were slowly dying. We actually threw our couch outside on the deck. I had no intention of bringing it back in. We had a couch in another room that we brought in our family room to use. We thoroughly cleaned our carpets with the steam cleaner. I thought we did a pretty good job and conquered the problem. Just yesterday I saw one for the first time crawling on my sons mattres. I freaked out. Got rid of that mattress. Does this mean that they are back and that I didnt really get rid of all of them back a few months ago? We are moving because of this. I can’t stand the thought of these nasty bugs. Can you tell me more about the DE powder? How you use it etc… I want to make sure we dont bring the bed bugs with us to our new house. I loved reading your article. I look forward to your response. Thank you in advance.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Jeannie! Absolutely, DE is a natural substance that basically dehydrates pests like bed bugs. In fact, the microscopic edges of the powder is razor sharp and actually cuts the exoskeleton of these insects, essentially killing them. Even if they only briefly come into contact with it, they will perish in a couple hours. Before you make the final decision to move, I highly recommend taking a moment to try it out. I have an article that outlines the steps and although the guide is specifically talking about fleas, you can follow the same steps. Let me know how it goes :)

  39. jasper says:

    Hi natasha, i have a few questions. So back in april i was waking up with bites, and at first i thought i might be having an allergic reaction to something because even though bed bugs were my first thought, i stripped my bed and i found nothing. However after About 2 weeks the marks disappeared all together and everthing stopped. Last night i couldnt fall asleep because i felt itchy, and so i got up, turned on the lights, and sure enough i saw a bug running across the bed and so i killed it. A moment later another much smaller one was also running across the same area, just beneath the sheets and i caught that one. At that point i threw out my pillows, cases and all, threw the sheets into the dryer, than the washer, and finally back into the dryer for a few hours. I did the same with the comforter, and with my clothes. I than vacuumed and sprayed the entire bed frame with a pesticide. Is that time gap normal? How bad does the situation sound? Thanks!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Jasper! To be honest, I think that the situation is under control, good job on taking quick action! I recommend just keeping an eye on the situation and if anyone comes up in the future, drop me a message and I will help you personally to get it sorted out. Good luck!

  40. Falak Naz says:

    Hi Natasha,
    my name is farah and i belong to Pakistan, please help me getting rid of bed bugs in easy way, things which i can get easily from my country please, i am single parent and working mother as well my kids are always complayning they are not able to sleep whole night, have done lots of spary’s but no use, please please.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Falak! Regardless of your country, you can follow the steps in this article to get rid of them quickly. I recommend giving the Diatomaceous Earth a try as its cheap, safe and effective. After you have used it, please let me know and I can help you if you are still battling :)

  41. Jessica says:

    Hi Natasha. My S/O and I just moved into our first house in May. We left our apt because of bed bugs at the complex. Well, we thought getting rid of the bed and getting a new one would work but they followed. A week ago we found some, a very small infestation. But an infestation none the less. My question is really just wanting to make sure I am doing everything right. We cant afford an pest control guy to come (said its $350 for on room) so I have been doing it myself. I have washed and dryed EVERYTHING multiple when in comes to bedding and clothes. I am currently in the process of moving the bed and box spring outside to lay in the sun. I got the powder and sprinkled it all along the baseboards through our house and our our bed and box spring. I spray alcohol on everything. I got a bed bug fogger and set it off in our room (we emptied the room out completely) and now Im just trying to let the sun do its work on the bed. Any other things I can do? I know Im going over board, but you cant overkill these things…so why not go all out. I don’t want to repeat this in a month. :/ Thanks for your help.
    -Jessica

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Jessica! Your methods sound perfect, glad to see that you followed the steps in this article. You may need to use the DE a couple times (I presume this is the powder that you purchased?) but those bed bugs are definitely in for a nasty surprise and shouldn’t bother you in the future. Just keep an eye on the situation and if you have any problems after treatment, let me know :)

  42. Erin says:

    Hello Natasha: I’m itching just reading this post! Here’s my story: I stayed in a house in montana that had dead bedbugs all over the bed and one live one on the bed frame. They were black and approx 1/4 inch long. I tried to be very careful and did not leave my suitcase or clothes on the floor or bed. I washed all clothes when I got home 2 1/2 weeks ago. I have had 1 bite just about every day since. Last weekend I washed all bedding, moved and took apart furniture, vacuumed everywhere even the furniture. I’ve had 2 bites this week. I have never seen any bugs. I keep a white sheet over my bed to protect from cat dirt. I cannot tell if the crud on the sheet is from the cat or the bugs. I’ll try the DE. Should I put it under the mattress pad and the sheet and all over the floor and cat trees? Oh, and my suitcase is in the closet. Should I treat the suitcase and the entire closet? And one more thing – how long does it take for a room/apartment to get infested? Thanks so much!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Erin! Sounds like bed bugs alright, sorry that you have to deal with them, they are horrible pests. I highly recommend the DE, I have personally used it (as well as hundreds of my blog visitors) and enjoyed excellent results. You can place it wherever you think bed bugs may be hiding, even if its just a hunch as its completely safe and won’t cause any problems. As for the time period, it really depends on their environment, availability of food and shelter. If those requirements are met, they can start multiplying on a weekly basis.

  43. Korey says:

    Ughhhh I feel dirty, gross and alone!! I am freaking out, not a wink of sleep last night! I found like three in my and I have been itching for a few weeks! I guess first step is to get rid of mattresses and couches! Ughh I am a single mom with two kids! This is devastating and I am not happy. I almost want to just run away and hide

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Korey! You dont need to get rid of your furniture if there is only a few bed bugs, its highly unlikely that there is a major infestation. I recommend using something like DE or a simple bed bug spray (will be writing an article on this in the next week or so) to kill them. If you are still having this problem, please drop me a message and I will assist you further :)

  44. SarahE says:

    Can bed bugs get in your head like lice?? I just discovered I have bed bugs(have an exterminator coming today) but my 3 year old daughter has been scratching her head like crazy! Thanks!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Sarah! No that will not happen so you don’t need to worry about that. Its possible that she has something else thats making her head itchy, might even be food allergies but its definitely not bed bugs. Hope that helps!

  45. Nicole says:

    Hi Natasha, Im actually in the process of what I think is the last of my infestation. I havent seen signs in quite a while, I used DE everywhere for a few months with lots of vaccuming and cleaning. This weekend I rippped all the carpets out of my house and am having hardwood installed. Any suggestions on this? Do you think they will come back with the presence of the new wood? Is there anything I can do right now, while the wood isnt yet installed? Im using DE under the wallboards of my home and in cracks while the molding is torn off… for my bed, I wound up investing in really expensive covers and whatever might be in there is trapped for the duration. Its a really expensive king sized TemerPedic bed- couldnt afford to throw it out. Any suggestions are appreciated.
    Nicole

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Nicole! Replacing them with wood floors cannot guarantee that you will be free of them forever but since they are significantly easier to handle when you don’t have carpets, it will definitely improve the situation. I recommend that you keep up the DE treatments, that’s all you really need at the moment. As for your bed, I recommend that you get it steam cleaned as this will kill most pests (bed bugs, fleas, mites, etc.). Let me know if you need anything else!

  46. teresa says:

    Hello Natasha! Wow I have been battling with these critters for 2 years now there almost all over my house. I have burned carpet and mattresses vacuumed the entire house washed and dried all pillows and bedding after pulling up all my carpet in my house I painted the floors before putting down new carpet . I have used pesticides like seven dust under my carpet and bed and couch and chairs . I even bought these expensive little hotel thing s that Dr. Oz suggested was very effective . Needless to say I’m throwing my bedding in the dryer 30 min every night before I lay down. I’m so exhausted trying to rid these critters. I even tried bombing the house which did not phase them. I’m trying to get rid of stuff I don’t use anymore to cut down on the spaces for them to live . I don’t know what else to do I could just scream!!!!!!!!!!!!! I cant afford an exterminator the one I talked to was going to charge me 1,200.00 per room . No way can I afford this. I just feel like Im at the end of my rope. Don’t know what to do anymore. I have a cat and dog which is hard to use harsh chemicals and them in the house. I’m pulling up carpet once again and burning my mattress and boxsprings again. This is getting very expensive.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Teresa! Sorry for the late response. My recommendation is that you take a look at Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth. You may have heard of this before but trust me, it has worked for me in the past and I literally have hundreds of readers that have shared similar good results. Its completely non-toxic and it can be rubbed into your carpets (just “dust” them”) and even placed under your sheets, especially in the rim of the bed. I am almost certain you will start to see results after a short amount of time. I have an article on DE and although its for fleas, you can follow the same steps so check it out if you get a chance. Let me know how it goes :)

  47. Krish says:

    Hi Natasha,

    Just 2 days back I shifted to New apartment at NJ and picked up a foldable used couch covered with cotton bed cover. I kept in the balcony for a day and surprisingly noticed that it had many bed-bugs on bed cover. I just threw the cover from Balcony and trashed it, wheras I kept the bed still at balcony(when I looked at the edges and corners of the bed no bugs were noticed), under sun light(typically in India this is the practice to keep away bed bug :-)
    Now I am wondering if any bed bug fell down while shifting this couch ( I just crossed living room and kept in Balcony). Is there any possibility a single bug crawl to other side lie bed room, living room and expand its population? Or should I do a round of vacuum, or spray a herbal insecticide? Please suggest. If one or two bugs cause infestation then anytime we go to out to resturent, theatre, public transport may cause similar infestation likely then I should worry equally. Please clarify. Thanks.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Krish! While it is possible, its highly unlikely and there shouldn’t be anything that you need to worry about :) I recommend that you hot wash your clothes after being in an area where they might have been a bed bug problem and you will be fine. Cheers!

  48. Susan says:

    Hi, Natasha,
    I noticed one of the bloggers asked if they needed to wash clothing in the closets and/or dressers in adjacent closets, but you didn’t address this question in your response.
    Also, I have found evidence of bed bugs on my mattress after being bitten multiple times over the last week. I plan to do everything you suggest–DE, steaming, etc. Do I need to do this throughout my house? Most of the floor space in the house is carpeted. Thanks!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Susan! My apologies, didn’t mean to miss that :) While it may not be necessary, its a small price to pay to ensure that these pests are killed. My recommendation, do it. Since you have lots of carpets, use DE everywhere (dust the floor) and rub it in with a broom. Let me know how it goes, if you have any more questions feel free to ask :)

  49. Christine says:

    Hi Natasha, I been treating my apt for the last 3 months for bedbugs I take everything and wash twice and dry for about 2 hours at high heat spray rooms and bed, vacuum everything. we r good for about 2 weeks then I will start getting bite all over again landlord will do nothing. I have seen a couple this last time come through an outlet in the wall between mine and the apt next door could they be coming from next door through the wall? and any idea how I can keep them gone from my apt?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Christine! Based on your description, it seems that either not all these pests where hit by the heat treatment or alternatively there were eggs that were not destroyed, hence your current bed bug problem. Its unlikely that they would be coming from there but since they do actively seek warmth and food sources, its in your bed interest to caulk that area up. I recommend that you use a bed bug spray (you can get a few natural ones) or alternatively use DE under your sheets. Let me know how it goes :)

  50. Damodar Mahadevan says:

    Hi Natasha,

    Thanks for your article, it was very informative. I found a bug on my bed couple of weeks back, I could not say if it was a bed bug/cockroach. I found an another today afternoon and I was confirmed by a relative that it is a bed bug. I was worried and immediately purchased an aerosol pesticide from a nearby pharmacy and sprayed it all over my room, I have also washed the window curtains, bed sheets and blankets. Now I have become very conscience and have a crawling sensation on my body and itches here and there. Should I immediately opt for a professional pest control service? My bed is pretty expensive, I purchased it just couple of months back. Would the pesticide used be harmful or make the bed unusable. Also since my job demands more of my time, I wont be able to do things myself, hence I prefer a professional pest control service that will help me get rid of bed bugs quickly.

    Thanks and regards,
    Damodar

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Damodar! Thanks for your kind words and I am glad you found the information useful :) On those nights when you feel that itchy sensation, are you waking up with bed bug bites (check out my article on this and compare the photos with what you may have) ? If you are receiving actual bite marks, you can either use some of the natural methods (steam, DE, etc) or alternatively, call in expert services. Since your time is limited and this is affecting your quality of life, the second one would probably be the best option :)

  51. Katherine says:

    Hello Natasha, I’m quite aggrivated and disgusted. My fiance has been getting bitten. The only one getting bitten myself and my roomate has been bite free. So I went on Vacation for a week and my fiance stayed at his place, he came to stay with me last night (my first night back) and he woke up with 6 more bites! So I asked him to check the beds dressers ect and found nothing but one bug. He even checked my roomates bed and nothing. How bad can this be? I’m buying the powder tonight. Hes washing the bedding now. I’m throwing the mattresses and box srping out. Clothes are going to take forever I have tones and curtins. I don’t know how to make sure this problem is rid. I have an exterminator coming to check this out on tuesday but fear it will be too expensive. I live in a 2 bd 2 ba apt and think they may charge a lot for every room just be sure the problem is gone. I have never gone through this before. Never had issues. I’m really disgusted. Please what do I do??

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Katherine! Sorry to hear about your pest issue. Firstly, are you certain they are bed bug bites? I have an article on both flea bites and these so I recommend that you check them to make sure you know what you are dealing with. Secondly, since you are on a budget, I highly recommend trying something called diatomaceous earth (food grade). You can use it under your sheets and rub it into your carpet. A combination of this powder and a vigorous wash of your linen and clothes should get rid of these bugs. Let me know how it goes :)

  52. denise says:

    Hi Natasha, I just had my house exterminated for bed bugs, they are all dead. Now I have to wait 6 months before I can get a contract with them…just found out that neighbor have them, they can afford a professionals come in to treat the bed bugs I’m worried that I’ll get them back can I use diatomaceous earth until I buy a contract in the mean time? is it safe for my dog?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Denise! Most definitely, in fact, you may find that DE is all you need and you wont even have to hire a professional service. The food grade variation is completely safe and it can be used around your dog without worry. Hope that helps!

  53. curry says:

    Hi natasha I wanted to know how do I get rid of bed bug out my hair because I wake up with bites on my arms and I lay my head on my arms at night and I trash my old mattress four months ago and still have bites

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Curry! If there are bed bugs in your hair, a simple hot wash with some decent shampoo will get rid of them. However, its more likely that they have found shelter (and unfortunately food) in your room. Don’t panic, just give your bed a close inspection and look for signs of these pests (as described in this article) and then we can work something else to give you some relief. Looking forward to hearing from you here or via social media. Cheers! :)

  54. Kay says:

    Natasha, Thank you for your reply. I am still fighting a few bugs as of this time. I thought I had them licked. I am getting the newborns at night and they seem to like my face best. Question; “How long is the incubation stage for eggs?” and “Do female bugs continue to feed after they are laying their eggs?” How much what quantity? ( think ticks stop feeding after they begin laying). I am going to daily washing sheets in very hot water along with the blankets, I have my mattress protector on, my DE in saucers (DE pits) at each bed pole. I don’t don’t how they are getting to me. I do try to keep stuff off the bed and actually do put my pjs in a plastic bag daily so I don’t cross contaminate.

    What would be the enzyme cleansing gel? I love the DE, but it does effect my husband’s breathing, so I have lightened up on it a bit. OH! After writing to you before, I also found a bunch of bugs bedding down under the rim of my toilet. They were getting a free wash with every flush. Gone now! Do you think it is possible that a bug would move between the bed and a water source, even though they had to enter the DE pit before getting into bed with me? Very irritating, also a husband who doesn’t ever get bit. Oh, another question; “Can we mask the Co2 offput from our bodies at night?” I am thinking of playing with powders to disguise my smell, any help with that?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Kay! The incubation stage is dependent on the surrounding temperature and a number of other factors. On average, its been 5 and 21 days. Yes, females will continue to operate as normal and based on a little research, it seems that they can lay a maximum of about 12 per day, depending on the availability of food. I haven’t personally used enzymes for bed bugs but if you can find a product that is specifically used for this purpose, give it a try and let me know as I would love to share it with the Bug Squad community. Its unlikely that they will survive a journey through DE, are you using a high quality brand? It needs to be as close to 100% pure as possible. Masking that wouldn’t really make any difference, lets rather focus on getting rid of them instead of trying to hide ;) Looking forward to your response!

  55. Monique says:

    My story is much like the others. family members had bed bugs, my kids went over and brought them back. We’ve had them now for almost a year. Im exhausted. Its 530 am and I can’t sleep because I have 2 sons sleeping on our couch which is is fabric because we threw there beds away. Im constantly checking on them. As I am typing I am closely watching my 8 yr old daughter as she sleeps because she is getting bitten more than the others. I have 5 kids. All of which are now sleeping on the floors and couches or me. My husband has tried a a shop vac, some peppermint spray stuff and alcohol. Needless to say that isn’t working. For my sanity I’ve decided to take over. I am planning on moving but they don’t have a place for a month. Thanks to your site I have 1.handheld steamer, 2. Vacuum 3. DE (where do I get this) 4. Mattress covers 5. Bed bug defogger. My question is what are the actual steps. What do I do first? Can you provide me chronological or sequential steps to help me. without help I will have to send my kids to live with relatives and that would be unbearable.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Monique! Sorry that you have had to deal with this problem for so long, you deserve a happy home and I am sure that these pests are robbing you of some of that joy. Here is my recommendation:

      1) Steam clean your beds, hot wash your linen and all the clothes that may have come into contact with bed bugs.

      2) Once everything is dry, place DE (you can get the food grade at a outdoor shop (or simply online) under your mattress cover. Focus your attention to the rims of the mattress and make sure you cover all your bases. You can also place this powder (and rub it in) on your carpets and around your house. Leave for a day and then vacuum it up. Repeat twice.

      3) Since you already have it, you can let off that bed bug fogger about 2 days after using the DE (two full treatments should have been done).

      I can’t promise anything but I am almost 100% sure that this will send those bed bugs packing. Good luck and I hope this helps, don’t forget to share this with your friends ;)

  56. Kay says:

    Hi Natasha,
    I have looked into the enzyme wash and will be purchasing those brands, they are the ‘fancier” brand names, a little more expensive. enzyme detergents got a bad rap back in the 80′s; I cannot remember why. They do not loudly proclaim the benefits; however there are many cleaning benefits to them, as enzymes tend to break down organic substances such as bugs, eggs etc. I wanted to remind your viewers of the need to purchase “food grade” diatamaceous earth. The other kind contains silica which causes lung and respiratory problems (big time) when breathed in. The silica type is generally used for swimming pool filters. Food grade is inexpensive, I found mine on line and love using it. Has many other uses besides killing bugs.

    My bug problem is over. I will continue to be diligent as we travel and use hotels too often for comfort now. I have developed a strategy for dealing with hotel rooms as well. Lots of plastic bags and extra sheets. Thank you for your help Natasha.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Kay, I am glad that you brought that subject up! There are some great and affordable enzyme liquids that work wonders for pests that inhabit drains and I have often recommended it to my readers. DE must always be food grade for safe pest control as you mentioned and I am glad that you found it beneficial. Thanks for sharing your experiences with the community and hope to see you back here soon ;)

  57. Amarpreet Kaur says:

    This is really good advice and I have just ordered my DE today. However, in my house we got the infected rooms (which are upstairs) sprayed twice and they came back in one of the rooms and spread to the living room in the couches. We’re trying baking powder at the moment but I just want to get rid of these bed bugs until they spread to other rooms. We’re washing the sheets at 60/90 degrees and spraying insectrol all over the place frequently, what else can we do to kill them/prevent spread in the house? Also, would you recommend not sleeping in the infected bed at all?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Amarpreet! Glad that you have found the information in this guide useful :) Washing your linen is a great start! Before you put your sheets down, try placing a little DE on the rims on your bed, this is all you really need to be honest (unless its a massive infestation of course). I recommend staying away from the bed for two nights and applying the DE twice, leaving it for 24 hours each time. Good luck!

  58. JD says:

    Hey all, most of the info here I have been using with good results as long as we do continuous, but if we slack off for a month we start to see a cpl on one wall. We got them 2 years ago from a sister in-law did not know what they where at first. After daughters started getting bit they brought one to me I found them on the internet. Well to late as spread all over house including bathroom kitchen.

    Had house treated professionally twice in which we washed removed all linen, clothing, coats, ext. We blew dryed all books other iteams till all that was left in home was furniture. They sprayed all walls, furniture, floors, ext. Did not sweep floors for 3 weeks to keep poison intact for newly hatched bugs. Well they came back each time we have burned every piece of furniture including beds. All things replaced we started using DE alcohol treatments with good success. But, if we stop using dust alcohol treatments we find a cpl on same wall suspect they hibernating in that wall. So about ready to tear wall out not sure what to do.

    Only treatment I know of that removes them completely is whole home heat treatment, but cost several thousand dollars. Any ideas as really don’t wish to forever be powdering de alcohol after each vacumming keeping others from coming over or stopping family from going to their friends homes, for fear of spreading this nightmare to others

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi JD! From the sounds of it, you have spent enough time trying to kill these pests yourself and since you are not getting any long term results (even with all your efforts), I recommend hiring an exterminator to help you out. I prefer to stay neutral when it comes to specific companies so I recommend you just do a little research (check reviews, ratings, etc.) and find a reputable company. Sorry that I can’t help you further, if I could jump through my computer screen and give you a hand I would :)

  59. Libby says:

    Hello Natasha,

    About 7 months ago, I inherited 4 children from a family member that lived in rather poor conditions. About a month after they arrived, my son began complaining he couldn’t sleep at night because he was getting bitten. After completely searching his room, we found absolutely nothing. This went on for about 2 weeks before the child sharing a room with my son informed me, they had no bed at home because it was infested with bed bugs. A second more thorough sweep, found the corner of the box framed situated in the frame infested with bed bugs. Now having 5 children, we are on a pretty tight budget, I cried for a few minutes, then decided what had to be done, had to be done. We immediately wrapped the beds, box springs, and frames and disposed of them. After vacuuming his entire room, bombing, and praying, it seemed they were gone….WRONGO! A week later they were along the seams of the Air mattress’s we gave the boys. After cleaning the room again and bombing again….we thought we got lucky.

    About 2 weeks ago, literally all hell broke loose. The Couch, The Bedrooms, all had bugs. I followed your directions step by step, so far the couch is fine, the kids rooms are fine, my room not so much. So I have been steaming every other day for now, but there is something I wanted to add to your process that I think people may be able to use.We removed all the netting from the couch, box springs so on, and it seems they really love that netting. I kept a spray bottle of rubbing alcohol handy wanting to test that theory, and amazingly, it works. as we found patches, I sprayed them with 91% and they died instantly, 50% works as well, it just takes a bit more time. After spraying, vacuuming, steaming, vacuuming, using the DE the couch is fine, it seems my bedroom is the most stubborn since we can’t actually use the DE there because I’m highly allergic to it. I just wanted to thank you really, this article has helped me tremendously, I’m actually able to relax now and I don’t fly into a panic anymore, and it was you that made that possible. So TY, TY, TY, and for the next person that reads this post, panicked, disgusted, or frustrated, there is hope, You just have to take a breath shove away the horror, and get to work!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Libby! Thanks for your fantastic feedback (and tips, will be adding them to the original article shortly). I also really appreciate your kind words and the time you have taken to respond in such a lovely manner. Your personal experience is definitely encouraging and I am super happy that you have found the success you deserve. I also hope that others will gain courage from the detailed information you have provided and not give up the fight against these pests. :)

  60. Sonya says:

    I haven’t slept in four days. Maybe 2 or 3 in the morning. I have a bad reaction to the bites..I killed one that had just bit me..I fear that every room has them…everyone complaining of bites. Just started having bites for me in july…for the rest of family last week or two……HELP HELP…I can not afford professional help or to throw out all furniture..Im on a fixed income..(disability)

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Sonya! You can use some lemon juice on the bites to ease the itchiness, it burns a little but it will give you some relief. My suggestion is to use DE in your home, especially under your sheets as its a natural, affordable way to combat these pests. If you look over the points in this guide there are also a number of other things you can try. Let me know how they go :)

  61. Amanda says:

    I started itching about a month and half ago. at first I was thinking my dog had fleas and they were bitting me. but as time went on I started seeing little red tick sized bugs so I took the sheets off the bed washed those and turned the mattress over and these bugs were every where! I don’t understand where they came from my bed isn’t but a year old and I paid a lot of money for it so I really don’t wanna throw it away. I live in a apartment and I had someone new move in under me around 2 months ago is it possible they came in throw the wall? please help I’m so grossed out and itchy!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Amanda! You don’t need to throw your bed away. Either get your bed/carpets steamed (you can do this yourself if you hire a steamer) or use DE, its really that simple. Its possible but after you use DE, it wont really matter as they will all die. I have a guide on how to use it for fleas but the steps are the same for bed bugs, check it out (its under the flea category). Good luck!

  62. Donna says:

    Hi there, I came home last night to my apartment and I found a big bed bug on the floor crawling near my dogs bed. I put it in a plastic ziplock bag and searched the whole apartment with a flashlight under the heaters and in the corners under the bed, I checked every where and I couldn’t find anything. I woke up this morning and cleaned the whole apartment and the wiped it with chloride and powerful cleaning stuff. I used a lint roller and used that on my bed and I couldn’t see anything other then lint and hair.
    Do I have to worry about my clothes? Should I wash every piece of clothing I have with hot water? I’m so paranoid, I don’t have any bites or have seen the bedbugs anywhere else other than that one I found on the floor.
    I’ve moved all my furniture and cleaned near the windows and curtains and checked everything, I’m not sure where else to look, I’m waiting for my manager to bring the exterminator and see if they can find something.
    I just recently turned on the heaters yesterday during the day and I put the temperature very very high and that might be what caused it to come out. Do you think that maybe it was hiding there for the past year? because it is a very big bed bug.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Donna! It sounds like you took the necessary precautions (nice and quickly as well) so I personally think you should be fine. To be safe, wash your clothes (just the ones that may have come into contact with the insect), your linen and keep an eye out for any dark spots on your sheets in the near future. As for your heaters, its just co-incidence, it requires a massively high temperature to start making the bed bugs worry. Hope that helps :)

  63. Zach says:

    I recently discovered I had BB and had an exterminator come in and spray. Haven’t seen any in three days but they are coming back two more times just in case. I put vasoline on my beds legs and DE around the room. Considering tearing up carpet and throwing out the couch where I originally found them. Being extra cautious and keeping room empty until after third treatment. Mattrsss is wrapped and taped. Bed is only two months old so considering calling company and blaming on them. Hopefully they will pay for all of it. Thanks for your help!!!!!!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Zach! Its a pleasure, its good to see that you are taking drastic steps to get rid of them but just keep in mind that you shouldn’t need to throw anything away, especially since you are receiving professional assistance for the removal process. Anyways, I hope it all goes well :)

  64. Fred says:

    Hey Natasha

    Thanks so much for this article. Is it safe to use DE with my wife 5 months pregnant?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Fred! Yes it should be fine, just let it lay on the ground for about a day and vacuum it up afterwards. Also keep in mind that you should apply it carefully as it can sometimes create a bit of a “dust cloud”. Good luck!

  65. Mona says:

    Dear natasha
    I have a serious phobia of bedbugs we moved into a brand new aprtmnt building a couple of months ago in munich germany ,havent seen a single bedbug but in my sons room who is 5 behind the wall its well painted but at the bottom its covered with a wood panel just yesterday i saw extremely tiny white insects coming out of there i turned the lighton n off after a while but no sign of bed bugs except those tiny white super tiny whitish gray bugs from under the wall im worried are those bed bugs they r v difficult t b visible with a naked unless u get a vv close look ,i checked the beds etc fr brown insects or bugs bedbugs lookalike butnothing at all……. Please tell me what are they andno signs of them in bed . No bites on anyone i have irchy skin at times but no marks.
    Mona

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Mona! It doesnt sound like bed bugs. If you send me an image of one of them I can try and identify it a little better for you. My recommendation is to use DE around the affected area as this is a natural way to kill most of those types of insects at an extremely affordable price. Just make sure you get the food grade version. I have written an article about it and although it was for fleas, you can follow the same steps so go check it out :) Good luck!

  66. Mona says:

    Dear Natasha, sorry for the late reply… I checked the bed crevices daily and didnt find anything like bedbugs yet. But since 2 nights the moment my son wakes up, he had one red pink pimple like thing on his right cheek and today one on his left…not sure if something bit him but i check inspected the mattress and didnt find any discoloration or insects.do u think it cud be bed bugs still? Thanks Mona

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Mona! Based on your description, I don’t think its bed bugs. However, I would like to take a look at those insects a little closer. If you get a chance, please send me a photo and I will investigate. In the meantime, you can just use DE as I suggested as this will kill most of these types of insects on contact.

  67. Penny says:

    Also how good are heat bags and are there any that are are better than others? What about foggers? Any natural sprays that you like? What about in wash bug killing additive?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Penny! I haven’t used heat bags before, I usually just use a steamer and it gets the job done. Foggers work well if those pests have infested an entire room. As for natural sprays, I have found that mixing a little bit of pure alcohol and water really works, provided you spray it directly onto the bed bugs themselves. I am not too sure what that last option is. I recommend using a steamer to start with, it really works well. Hope that helps :)

  68. James R says:

    I recently found out I had bed bug upon waking up one morning and see one crawling on me in the mirror while getting ready for work. I recognized it from pictures and quickly examined my bed sheets to see if I could find anymore. I found around 5 on my bed and started to freak out quite a bit. I have always been the type of person who cleans non stop vacuums everyday , I have a bit OCD about cleaning and can’t believe what I’m find. I had many boxes from stuff I ordered under my bed and see multiple tiny and semi large bed bugs crawling between the wood. I wrapped most of my belongings in plastic bags and put them in our garage and threw the bed away and mattress. We got a spray for bedbugs / fleas and I sprayed the hell out of my room and trim on the wall and threw away a lot of stuff. Its this going to be a permanent problem? I check every corner and cervices of my room and can’t find any. I’m afraid to sleep in my room and don’t know how I go them.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey James! Based on the steps you have taken so far, it should be sufficient and you wont have any further problems with bed bugs, provided you always keep a watchful eye on the situation (for things like spots on the mattress, etc.). I suggest that you rest easy and just let me know if any further signs appear. Good luck!

  69. Christy says:

    Hi there, I was wondering how long do I need to leave silica all over the house?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Christy! I recommend that you leave it down for about a day or two (the longer the better). Also remember that you can vacuum it up and repeat the process as many times as you need. Good luck, please drop me another message if you have any further questions :)

  70. johnnie jones says:

    hello…iv been fighting bed bugs for over 3 months ..did the hot shot spray and the alcohol and powder…I kept seeing them .. I got rid of my couch and bed and sprayed alcohol in them areas but im still seeing them crawling up the wall ..not everyday but every few days and only in them areas what can I do to to get rid of the ones left behind

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Johnnie! I recommend using Diatomaceous Earth (make sure its the food grade one) under your sheet and anywhere where bed bugs may be hiding. This will kill any of these pests that are left behind. Good luck :)

      • johnnie says:

        ok will do….i don’t have a bed at the moment but i did get a futon whats best for me to keep them off of it …and i have hard wood floors that are old and got cracks inbetween the boards what will be best for me to use . im so close to getting rid of them i just need to do something to two small rooms

        • Natasha Anderson says:

          Awesome Johnnie! Well keep me updated and let me know if you have any further questions :)

  71. Susan says:

    About two months ago, I woke up with bite marks on my arm. Did a thorough search on bed and found no signs of bedbugs. I have been getting bites here and there and was blaming it on fleas. Two weeks ago, my niece and a friend slept on my couch and he next day, my niece had pink marks all over her arms, and waistline. Doctor said it was insect bite but not sure what kind. Treated my bed and couch and floor with lice and bedbug spray. Last night, my daughter killed a bedbug that crawled across the table from the couch at 9 pm at night. I panicked and we threw out the couch.

    Is there a chance that I have bedbugs all over my house and in all the rooms or could the bed bugs been contained in the couch? I am the only one getting bit. My daughters are both fine? I am freaked out and want to start fixing this now and treating the problem. My house is huge and carpeted. Do I need to treat all 9 rooms? Can you give me step by step instruction on what I should do? Thank you for your time.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Susan! Based on your description, its unlikely that you have a full blown infestation. However, I do recommend giving it your attention immediately so you can get rid of this problem quickly. I feel that the best solution would be to use food grade diatomaceous earth on all your carpets and to wash all your linen. You can check out my article on this product (its was written for fleas but the same steps apply for bed bugs) as it will give you exact application steps. Good luck!

  72. Sylvia says:

    Hi ! Ok big problem here ! With Christmas coming my children are planning on being here for the feast but my oldest child has a bed bug issue at her home. Some in the family who are aware of this issue do not want them over afraid they may get bed bugs ! Help !!!! I can not tell them not to come and hurt their feelings. I’m trying to help them and now after reading this hoping and praying this will help ! So what do I do regarding Christmas ? Book at a restraurant ??? Yikes !!!! Any advice from all greatful !

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Sylvia! I recommend that you actually help your oldest child get rid of the bed bugs using the tips in this article. You could book into a restaurant but that’s only a short term solution. If you would like, I can help you with this process, just let me know :)

  73. wendi cloud says:

    Everyone says these things stay hidden, but we have not found this not true.. when you start taking their hiding spots , they start crawling the walls! we found some pearched in a corner ABOVE our bed on the wall…I have found LICE (RID) spray is effective for direct contact killing. If you spray it in a crevice with bedbugs and leave it there, they die within a few minutes. There is also a non toxic spray you can get at CVS.. another contact spray.. Its kinda gross though.. some of the bugs kinda explode..not my favorite.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Wendi! When disturbed, bed bugs will definitely start moving about. Thanks for sharing your experience on this (and that product) as it will definitely help other people that visit this page in future. Hope to see you back again soon :)

  74. Nicole says:

    Hello, i have an infestation with bed bugs and i have been trying to get rid of them for months now. I have tried the foggers washing my linen and clothes. Well nothing is working. I cant afford to go to the store to buy anymore products. I was told that dryer sheets will work is that true? I do have rubbing alcohol here. I would just like to get rid of them cuz i have 3 young children and they are also getting bit.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Nicole! For starters, I recommend that you get all your linen hot washed. While this happens, use that rubbing alcohol and mix it with a little water to kill those bed bugs, focusing on the rim of the bed (or wherever they may be hiding). This may be enough to get rid of them, let me know when you have completed these steps. Cheers!

  75. april salcedo says:

    Since bed bugs can.detect your breathing can you wear a hospital mask while you sleep to stop them from detecting your breathing? Or of i buy a sleepingbag and zip up myself insode it will they detect me or can.tthey get in? Or how about all the above and slerp in a zip up tent?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey April. I suppose you can but if they are in your bed already, this is not going to stop them biting you. My recommendation is that you just get the situation sorted by actually getting rid of them instead of trying to hide. If you are waiting for the exterminator or want to find a little relief in a very short term manner, you could use a tent. But definitely take steps to kill them asap. Hope that helps!

  76. Brenda says:

    I found one crawling.I know it is a bedbug. I need help fast. I bought some diatomaceous earth food grade and I don t know what to do next. What steps do I take one by one to make sure I rid myself of these pests. Please don t use my e mail for anybody to see. I can not afford to hire an exterminater to come in. I live on a modest income and can not hire a professional to spray. Now that I have the DE what do I do first, I am freaking out and a nervous wreck because I live in a large apartment building and the management will not do anything unless they see them crawling and they have not seen them but I have seen one. I will do my own apartment myself. I have the bedbug covers for the mattress and box springs. Help I am going nuts. Thanks alot. Brenda (goin Nuts)

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Brenda! Good job on getting the DE, its really useful for bed bug control. My recommendation is that you use it around the bedrooms, basically putting it wherever you think those bed bugs are hiding for frequent. I find it rather useful to place it under the sheets (or under the covers that you purchased), focusing on the outer rims of the mattress as its common location for bedbugs. Let me know how that goes. :)

  77. Kassey says:

    I am a single mom of 5, I work and go to school so as you can see I am a very busy single mom! The other day my daughter was itching i went into her room and looked in her bed and found just what I was most scared of in life! bedbugs!! i immediately ran my kids to their grandmothers stripped them threw their clothes in the wash and went back to slice the furniture and put it to the road i went back a day later and me and my friend inspected the last bed which was my brand new bed we found 3 on it so it also went to the curb i have not really been back to my apt since ut my mother has went and got clothes for us and washed them before bringing them to her house i am now planning to go back and get my pictures and clothes and walk away from the rest as this is my biggest fear and i dont have the time , patience or want to deal with this problem. i didnt tell my landlords whom live in the other half as they hate me already!! what can i do with hardwood floors and getting the rest of the place cleaned so i can be sure not to bring them with me and im also wondering an approximation of how long i couldve had them i havent found them anywhere but the couch and a couple in my daughters bed and my own

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Kassey! It is a bit difficult to determine how long they have been there but since there are only a few, it couldn’t have been very long. I recommend that you use some Diatomaceous Earth on your floors and vacuum it up after a couple days. Its completely natural and will kill them, provided you apply it properly. However, since you didn’t actually bring them into your place, its actually the land lords responsibility so keep that in mind before you spend any money on bed bug products. Hope that helps!

  78. Jibran says:

    Dear Natasha

    I thank you very much for that useful guide. on my part of world it is not easy to find a steamer kind of thing or professional exterminators. But some of tips are still can be applied where i live. Still really appreciate your work.

    Regards Jibran

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Jibran! Its a pleasure, glad that you found it useful! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me anytime :)

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