Bed Bugs

How to Get Rid of Bed bugs

DIY Bed Bug Treatment Guide

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Step 1

Prepare Room by Removing Clutter

To perform a proper bed bug treatment yourself you need to prepare the room by removing clutter. Get rid of items that you do not need to keep or do not want to treat. All other items must be treated in some way. Bag all clothes and linens and remove from room.

Reduce clutter off the floor so that all areas can be thoroughly treated. Be careful not to transfer bed bugs from room to room by carrying things throughout the house. If the mattress and box spring are in very bad shape or heavily infested, they should be replaced or covered with a Bed bug proof mattress cover, or a Bed bug mattress encasement. We also carry Bed bug box spring encasements. Infested bed sheets and garments should be washed and dried in a household dryer on high heat (the heat will kill bed bugs), or discarded since these items cannot be treated with insecticides. In really bad infestations, where the bugs may be infesting personal items (stuffed animals, soft toys, blankets, books), you may need to contain the items in an air proof bin and add vapor strips to the bin to eliminate the Bed bugs on these items.

Pro Tip

Use a bed bug steamer to steam the mattress, box spring and other furniture. Take your time and be thorough. A bed bug or bed bug egg must be directly contacted by the steam to be killed. Steaming is a great option in rooms where using pesticides must be limited due to health or other concerns. We do strongly recommend that you still treat with an insecticide labeled for Bed bugs in areas where it is permissible to do. All steaming should be done prior to encasing mattresses and applying insecticides.

Step 2

Thoroughly Treat Cracks, Crevices, Voids, and Fabric Seams and Folds

Using products that are labeled for each area, thoroughly treat as many cracks, crevices, voids and fabric seams and folds as possible. We recommend using our bed bug kits as these offer the best value for your money and include everything you need for an effective bed bug treatment.

We strongly recommend that you use a variety of methods and products to insure bed bugs are eliminated from infested areas. Using only one product or method will usually NOT be enough to completely eliminate a bed bug infestation as bed bugs can become resistant to products and it is also possible for them to avoid areas that have been treated with certain products.


Use a Concentrated Bed bug Insecticide: Measure, Mix, Spray

Measure and mix the bed bug spray concentrate as recommended on the product label and apply around baseboards, doors frames, window frames, around bed frames, and under furniture. Allow the treated area to dry before moving on.

  1. Bed and furniture legs - Inspect wheels, casters, posts, and legs of all furniture as bed bugs may be harboring there.
  2. Wall fixtures, lamps and table-top lamps - remove fixtures from walls and treat behind. Treat under table-top lamps and standing floor lamps.
  3. Wall-to-wall carpets - Inspect and spray along the very edges of carpets and along the wall baseboard.
  4. Door frames, window frames - Inspect and spray around all door frames, window frames and thresholds
Pro Tip

Bed bug traps, like the Climb-Up Insect Inteceptor traps can be used to place the posts or feet of a bed or sofa in to trap bed bugs before they gain access to the furniture and can also help monitor the infestation.


Use a Bed bug Aerosol Spray

Spray Cracks and Crevices with an Aerosol Straw Applicator

Now that the area is dry you can use the aerosol insecticide. Take the time to use the straw applicator on the aerosol and treat the very fine cracks and crevices on and in furniture around the entire room. Don't forget drawers, picture frames, bed frames, and any other crack or crevice you can see. Once again you want to allow this part of the treatment to dry before moving on.

  1. Upholstered furniture - Inspect and treat any furniture in the bedroom in a way very similar to the mattress and box spring. Pay careful attention to underneath the cushions, along the seams, folds, legs and dust liner on the underside of the furniture.
  2. Baseboards - treat any cracks in the baseboard and then treat underneath the baseboard to prevent bed bugs from crawling underneath and accessing adjacent rooms in the house.
  3. Treat the whole bed - Mattress, Box spring and bed frame. Treat along the corners, folds and seams of the mattress. Treat the undersides, corners, seams and under stapled dust cover and even the internal areas of box springs. Also spray the cracks, crevices, voids and screw holes of the bed frame.
  4. Pictures and wall hangings - remove from the wall and treat cracks and crevices of picture frames and behind pictures and wall hangings.
Pro Tip

After spraying the mattress and box spring for Bed bugs, it is highly recommended to encase each piece in a bed bug proof encasement cover. This will prevent the mattress and boxspring from getting re-infested and will also make future inspections and treatments easier


Use a Bed bug Dust

Create a Long-Lasting Barrier in Hidden Areas

Next is the dust insecticide. Bed bug dust can be applied using a hand duster to the underside of baseboards, between mattresses and boxsprings and behind drawers in dressers and under furniture, and behind light switches and electrical outlets. Dusts, while a bit messy, are a great choice for use in places that are less accessible because they last for several months while sprays and aerosols only last for a few days. This means dusts can be applied to areas that are hard to access since you only have to apply them every few months.

  1. Electrical faceplates - Remove faceplates and use a dust to dust inside of wall voids.
  2. Baseboards - treat any cracks in the baseboard and then treat underneath the baseboard to prevent bed bugs from crawling underneath and accessing adjacent rooms in the house.
  3. Headboard - Remove headboards from the wall or dismantle to allow thorough treatment of the cracks, crevices and voids located on or behind them.
  4. Drawers and furniture - Remove drawers and treat the cracks and crevices and inside corners and edges of the interior of the cabinet, as well as the tracks and support of the drawers. Don't forget to treat the undersides of the cabinets and furniture.
  5. Wall fixtures, lamps and table-top lamps - remove fixtures from walls and treat behind each one. Treat under table-top lamps and standing floor lamps.

Products needed for Step 2C


Fast, Contact Kill, Ready-to-Use Spray - Sterifab

We recommend spraying Sterifab in areas where you can actually see live bed bugs. Sterifab acts as a contact kill on bed bugs and other insects using a combination of a synthetic pyrethroid insecticide and isopropyl alcohol. Sterifab also acts as a bactericide, fungicide, sanitizer, virucide, mildewcide, germicide, deodorant, bacteriostatic, and fungistatic. Because Sterifab does not leave any residual, it can be applied virtually anywhere. Simply shake well, then apply to desired treatment areas. Insect mortality is imminent for those contacted with Sterifab spray. Disinfection generally occurs within 10 minutes of spraying.

Step 3

Wash and Dry All Clothing and Linens

Wash and dry all clothing and linens before they are returned to the room after there has been no evidence of bedbugs for 30 days.

Failure to make sure all items being returned to the room are bedbug free may cause a reinfestation.

Pro Tip

Objects that cannot be washed can be put into a bag or bin with a Nuvan Pro Strip to eliminate bedbugs. The items must stay sealed for 4 weeks in the bag or bin. If this treatment will not work for you because of the time it takes to eliminate the bed bugs you also have the option of using bed bug heater like the ZappBug Heater. Place your items inside the unit where they will be heated up to 155 degrees Fahrenheit. Within a few hours, all bed bugs will be killed.

Products needed for Step 3

Step 4


You must repeat step 2 every 7-10 days until no one is getting bitten and there is no further evidence such as live bugs, cast skins or fresh blood spots found. This is absolutely crucial! Depending on the severity of the infestation it can take a minimum of 7-8 weeks, including repeat treatments. Failure to be thorough can prolong the bed bug control process and can make it harder to eliminate them.

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