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How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs

So you want to get rid of bed bugs fast. Okay, I got you.

I will share my real-life experience of how my mother used to remove those bed bugs from our house in a few days, and the most interesting part is that they never came back.

Like you, I was also afraid and irritated by those crawlers that roam around my bed and sofa, and sometimes they bite. Yes, they are not that harmful, but it hurts.

How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs in the House
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My Personal Experience with Bed Bugs

The first thing we did in this process was clean the mattress and the bed and let it soak in sunlight for a few days. Here are the steps.

  • We cleaned the whole house.
  • Sealed every wall crack there is.
  • Then, soak the mattress in the sunlight.
  • Washed the bed cover with hot water and
  • Reset everything as before.

That almost removed all the bed bugs from our house. But still, a few of them live.

My Personal Experience with Bed Bugs

Do not worry, I will share with you the whole process and how we got rid of the last of them by following the steps below. So here we go.

Also, read: How to Get Rid of Mosquitoes in the House.

How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs

First, let me tell you that those promises are completely fake and say we can help you get rid of bed bugs overnight. Know it will take time, as we have experienced it. So do not trust them and follow the steps patiently. Okay.

1. Identify their Nest

Identify their Nest to repel bed bugs

Your first job is to identify their nest. The mattress is the hunting ground for them. But they may be living in different places.

Here is a list that you should look for. 

  • Search for any bed frame cracks.
  • Search in the baseboards.
  • Look at the mattress tags of the box spring.
  • Look at the couch or sofa.
  • They are hiding in the furniture joints.
  • Check your electrical outlets.
  • Take a look at those wallpapers, paintings, and posters if they got loose.

Now, turn off your lights, use a flashlight, and try to identify them as they go out in the dark. And one more thing, do not sleep on the bed if you know they will bite. 

2. Limit the Bed Bug Infestation

Limit the Bed Bug Infestation

Your next step here is to limit the infestation and not let them settle in different places.

Remember, your goal here is to remove all of them. Not a single bug will remain in your house.

Do not move anything to a different place for cleaning purposes.

That way, they will move with them and create an infestation in that area, and you will never be able to get rid of those bed bugs completely.

3. Vacuum them Out

Vacuum bed bugs Out

Now get a vacuum cleaner and use it in all the places where they are hiding. For your reference, vacuum in these places. 

  • The bed and under the bed.
  • Couch or sofa. 
  • All the carpets.
  • Your dresser.
  • All the possible cracks.
  • Loose wall painting and art.
  • Back of the furniture.
  • TV and other electrical equipment’s backs.
  • Bookshelves and old clothes.
  • All the mats in your house.

Sack them out completely. So that you can move on to the next step and remove those bugs for life.

4. Seal All the Cracks

Seal All the Cracks to repel bed bugs

Now seal all the cracks with glue or cement in your house, from basement wall cracks to wall art cracks. Here is the list for you.

  • All the furniture cracks, including bed cracks.
  • All the door and window cracks.
  • The wall cracks.
  • Seal the floor cracks, if any.
  • Clean and cover up your electrical outlets.

Then it is time for washing and sunbathing. Then you will completely get rid of bed bugs from your house.

5. Use Homemade Bed Bug Repellent DIY

Use Homemade Bed Bug Repellent DIY

The best homemade idea for killing all those bed bugs is to let them experience immense heat at about 50 degrees Celsius or 130 Fahrenheit, or freezing cold at zero degrees Celsius or 32 Fahrenheit.

As I told you earlier, we used to lay the mattress in the sunlight to soak heat and kill those bugs. So here is the full process.

  • First, remove all of your bed, pillow, and blanket covers.
  • Submerge them in hot water with detergent and leave them there for about an hour.
  • Then wash it with fresh water and hang it in direct sunlight.
  • On the next day, again leave them in the sunlight no matter how dry they are.
  • Then, with them, lay your mattress, pillow, and blanket in the sun and let it be there for at least three days to kill all those bugs.
  • Do a little flip in the middle of the day to have the best effect.
  • And also, hit it with a big stick a few times a day to force those bugs to come out.
  • In the meantime, clean all your house professionally.
  • Use a chemical cleaner on the floor that repels insects. 
  • Finally, move your bed at least 6 inches away from the wall so bugs cannot climb it.

Now probably, the problem is solved. If not, then follow the next step for permanent removal.

6. Use Bed Bug Pest Control

Use Bed Bug Pest Control

Buy a pest control product and spray all over your house. Lay whole cloves in the bed and use an air freshener. Open all the windows and doors for fresh air to come.

If you have trees outside that block sunlight in your house, then reduce their numbers to have some sunlight to heat up the place. Bed bugs survive in a chilled place, not too hot or cold.

7. Heat up Your Room

Het up your room either by allowing direct sunlight to enter the room or getting a heater. Do not give them the moisture they love so much or they will not leave.

Just heat up so they die or leave.

Bed bug How to Get Rid of

8. Use Glue Traps

On your bed legs, attach some glue traps. When they climb or come down they will get stuck. Then throw it away.

Continue this for among and the bed bug problem will be solved.

9. Burn Citronella Candles

Citronella is a powerful bug-repellent. So get a few candles and burn them in the house for a few days and you will see the number of those bed bugs are reduced exceptionally.

10. Prevent Future Bed Bug Infestation

Prevent Future Bed Bug Infestation

Clean your house with that liquid daily for about a week, and soak your mattress, pillows, and blankets in the sun twice a week for about a month.

Then you will never have bed bugs in your house.

Last Words

So this is how to get rid of bed bugs in the house permanently. Again clean your house regularly so that your effort does not fade away after you have followed them.

I wish you the best of luck.

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Nazim Ali is an engineer who loves fixing things at home. He loves to try new things and share the knowledge with the world.