What is the absolute best way to get rid of bed bugs?

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  • Hillela G. Hillela G. on Mar 02, 2017
    I've hear that heat does the trick! Check out the helpful advice - http://www.hometalk.com/26587356/q-bed-bugs Good luck!!!!

    How do you get rid of bed bugs?

  • Shoshana Hoffman Shoshana Hoffman on Mar 02, 2017
    Oh no! What an annoying problem to deal with! Personally I would get a professional to get rid of them. But if you do end up going at it alone let us know if this heat trick worked!
  • Patricia L. Edukonis Patricia L. Edukonis on Mar 02, 2017
    We used Diatomatous (?sp) earth. Non-toxic to humans/pets and sees to have taken care of the problem - 2 yrs ago and no recuurance.

  • Launa Elaine Strickland Launa Elaine Strickland on Mar 02, 2017
    I was an executive housekeeper for a multi-unit resort and we discovered a bed bug infestation in one room after a European tour group stayed with us. We tried everything. Non-toxic products to heat to you-name-it. I had professionals out repeatedly and the bugs still migrated to the next room. I ultimately had to throw away the beds and upholstered furniture and professionally treat the rooms a few more times before the bugs were eradicated. It was a nightmare. (FYI: I am not denigrating European travelers. Only mentioning them because they travel from coast to coast and heaven knows where they picked up the bugs.)
    My advice is try to everything and prepare for the worst. I wish you the best of luck.
  • Faye Trent Faye Trent on Mar 02, 2017
    Thanks for the input. I have read of the horrible infestations in hotel rooms - we're afraid to travel. My daughter had a friend staying at her apartment until his new place was ready. He brought the bed bugs to her apartment and I think she brought one home with her when she came for a visit. She had her place professionally exterminated, so I hope she is free of them. We have not found a single one in our house, but I have bites. Neither my husband nor my son have had any indication that we even have them. I have read that about 70% of men have no reaction at all to the bites. We've worked for a whole week putting down powder to kill them, using high heat on all blankets, comforters, encasing the mattress in plastic, etc. We are hoping we got them all, but are afraid to be too complacent.
  • Deanna Nassar Deanna Nassar on Mar 06, 2017
    In most cases HIGH HEAT is beyond what average blankets can do. My BF says 130 degrees is needed. Requires heaters and must monitor the temp. Open all drawers, closets and you might need some small fans to help distribute the heat. Plastic bags are available for mattress/springs. Professional treatment is expensive and you will have to remove all clothing, bedding, etc. Run them through dryer and store until after spray is done. Pets, plants, people stay out for at least 4 hours. Move all furniture to center of room, remove mattress from bed. They want to spray around baseboards and even in corners of ceiling. We actually saw them first near the ceiling. Still recovering after our treatment. Feel like I'll be washing clothes forever. We stored them in plastic bags until we could work through them. Bought some space bags to get some of the clothes until they are needed (after cleaning). Grandson has enough clothes for two or three people.
  • Mary Mary on Mar 06, 2017
    I would try 38.38 made by ortho. Usually sold at farm supplies, this is termite strength. When you try anything for these guys remember the base boards and wall sockets, these must be treated. They don't stay in bed all day. They hide in dark places, the trim on the mattress even.
  • Yom20985858 Yom20985858 on Mar 06, 2017
    WHEN WE HAVE COMPANY OR TRAVEL , WE SPRINKLE GOLD BOND POWDER ALLOVER THE BEDS AND UPHOLSTERED FURNITURE. THEN USED THE STEAM BOTTLE OR A HAIRDRYER . WHEN COMPANY LEFT WE FOUND DEAD ONES AND REPEATED. NO PROBLEMS. TRAVELING TOO. HAD SAME EFFECT. IF ITS SUPER INFESTED, IT MAY NOT HELP. BUT ITS BETTER THEM THAN US.
  • Faye Trent Faye Trent on Mar 07, 2017
    Never heard of using Gold Bond for bed bugs. Sounds like a good idea as it is not dangerous for humans.
  • Nola Nola on Mar 07, 2017
    I used a hot steam cleaner on all nooks and crannies on the furniture next to the bed, and the wall sockets. I GE the area too. Looking for signs like a nest or poop stains. I threw out all wood frames and beds. (I got the boogers from two old beautiful dressers that were super cheap at a yard sale. The two beds were effected that I had them next to.) I took all bedding, carpeting and clothing out and sealed them in black bags in the desert summer, and let them bake in the bags. (I heard that you can do that for a couple of days, but I took no chance and had them there for weeks.) I hear mattresses can be done like that. I didn't take that chance. I replace the wood frames with brass or other medal frames. The couch the a questionable guest sit on, I watch like a hawk, and I DE them and toss them too should I find anything more amiss. They don't travel too far from the bed, because they need the host. They bite at around 3:00 am.
  • Sachiko Browning Sachiko Browning on Nov 10, 2018

    There are several bedbugs treatment options that can be effectively used. The best way to deal with bed bugs is to keep them out in the first place. With regular routine of cleaning and hygiene you can prevent them from coming to your place to a large extent. To get rid of an infestation, it may be necessary to call a professional pest control Long Island New York company, as the bed bug exterminator in long island uses stronger pesticides that are often more effective.

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