How do I kill and prevent bed bugs in my home?

If you wake up with painful dark red marks, chances are that your bed has been invaded by bed bugs. Discovering the presence of bed bugs in your home can be troubling and disconcerting, but fret not, as it is entirely possible to kill bed bugs by yourself without having to spend the money for an exterminator.

To remove bed bugs from your home, you have to be diligent and persistent to prevent bed bugs from coming back.

Termite bites on a person's arm.
Bed bug bites on a person’s arm. Nasty, isn’t it?

First, find out where they are hiding.

To remove bed bugs, you have to find out where they are hiding. Bed bugs are attracted to warmth, so it’s highly likely that they’ve taken up residence in your beanbags and beds. If you frequently use a piece of furniture that gets warm and damp, leave no stone unturned and check it for bed bugs.

Also, be sure to check your bedsheets and blankets for blood spots that bed bugs may have left behind from biting you. Check seams, tufts, and folds, including any corners or crevices. It may be helpful to use a flashlight or a stiff, flat object like your credit card, so you can scrape every inch of the furniture.

Bed bugs also love to linger where people sit idle for a long time like couches, recliners, and even office chairs. Do not forget to remove bed bugs from underneath the furniture, drapes, door frames, and the like. Killing bed bugs also includes checking floor boards, carpets, cracks, and crevices.

At times, these pesky critters crossover to pillows and your children’s’ stuffed toys in your room, so do not discount these items and inspect them as well. Your bed bug treatment will only work to completely kill bed bugs and prevent bed bugs if none is left behind. These annoying insects can multiply fast, so it is crucial to eradicate them all.

A modern villa double bed themed in yellow and white.
Beds, and in turn bedrooms are often perfect breeding grounds for bed bugs.

  What do I do after finding bed bugs in the above-mentioned areas?

Before you begin to kill bed bugs, you have to prepare the room or rooms where the bed bugs have been found. You also need to include walls that share or act as a barrier between the infested rooms.

Remove any items that you cannot treat or have been treated already. Place these items in plastic bags and make sure they remain sealed – this is a critical step in the bed bug-killing procedure to prevent other rooms from being infected by the bed bugs.

Be sure to remove any artworks or painting hanging on the walls, but be sure to check them to ensure that they have not been infested with bed bugs.

Do the same for all stuffed toys and clothes in the room. Bag up the stuffed toys and clothes in the room, and then place them in your washing machine set to a super-hot temperature.

If you have a dryer (though this is rarer in Singapore), put the now damp and washed stuffed toys and clothes into the dryer and dry them, again, at high temperatures. Bed bugs are killed by high temperatures, and a washing machine provides the perfect temperature for removing them.

View Looking Out From Inside Washing Machine With Red Sock Mixed With White Laundry
Washing machines are surprisingly effective at bed bug removal.

Extra-large stuffed animals that do not fit in the washer, books, and other materials should be placed in airtight bins to prevent bed bug escape. Aside from this, it is vital to seal all these things in the box with vapour strips that can easily kill bed bugs.

If your mattress has become heavily infested, cover it with a bed bug mattress cover to prevent bed bugs from escaping. You will need to do the same for the box spring component of your bed. Cover it with a box spring encasement.

If the infestation is just too horrible, you may need to discard the mattress. To prevent bed bugs from transferring to other areas as you take it out of your house, you have to make sure that the entire mattress is covered in plastic.

Moreover, this coverage will protect cleaners or scavengers from these pesky bed bugs. Label your mattress with bed bugs so that workers will be forewarned.

Then, treat the other parts of your house with a variety of concoctions.

Killing bed bugs effectively require a wide range of products because some cannot be used for more delicate products like clothes, which should never be treated with insecticides.

Bed bugs have also been known to build up their resistance to some pyrethroids, making treatment difficult. A wide variety of products will work best and give optimum results to finally get rid of those pesky bugs ones and for all.

These products come in a variety of applications from sprays, dust powders, concentrated insecticides, and the like.

Treating your mattress

To kill the bed bugs in your mattress, use an aerosol spray like Bedlam to spray your mattress with an insecticide. Focus on all the seams, folds, and tufts. Be sure to spray until the mattress is damp.

Wait for the mattress to dry, then cover the mattress with a bed bug proof cover to prevent re-infestations. This cover will also make future inspections and treatments a lot easier.

Before you start work, it’s really important to cover your mattress with a bed bug proof cover, or you won’t be able to use it for 7 to 10 days.. On top of that, your risk another invasion of bed bugs. The cover is affordable so buying it to prevent and keep bed bugs away is a smarter choice.

After the aerosol treatment, you can dust your mattress especially the hard to reach areas with an insecticide dust. Do this in all the corners and crevices, including the box springs. Dust insecticide lasts for several months, so you can still enjoy its protection afterwards.

A can of bedlam aerosol designed for killing off bedbugs.
Bedlam is well-reviewed and is a great bed bug insecticide spray.

The rest of your room

After taking care of the mattress, it is now time to treat the entire room, including those rooms that share a wall with the infected room. Use Temprid FX, which is highly concentrated. Be sure not to come into contact with it with bare skin.

Mix it with water and put in a pump sprayer. Spray onto the baseboards, room corners, door and window frames, bed frames, and under the furniture plus all its legs. You can also place bed bug traps under the furniture to trap them before they can even climb up the bed, lowering their chances of survival even further.

Cracks, crevices and other areas

A 400ml bottle of Temprid Fx used to kill bed bugs.
This is what Temprid Fx looks like.

When the concentrated insecticide mixture is finally dry, follow up with a bed bug aerosol spray (like Bedlam mentioned above) which is also an insecticide but with finer particles that can easily seep through tight areas that are unreachable with your pump sprayer with its more concentrated insecticide.

Aerosol sprays will usually come with a straw applicator, making it the perfect choice for cracks and crevices on your walls and flooring. You can also use this to apply it on upholstered furniture, drawers, picture frames, baseboards, and the like.

After all this, repeat everything once more.

Treating bed bugs is not a one-shot deal. You have to be patient and consistent throughout time if you want to see long-lasting results. It is imperative to repeat this process several times until there is all live bugs have vanished, or are dead.

Make very sure there are no insect cast skins discarded, live bugs, bed bug bites, fresh blood spots on the bedsheets, and the like.

It is crucial to repeat the treatment once more to make sure that you have really caught everything. If you leave even one bed bug behind, it can somehow still multiply with ease. Bed bugs are incredibly persistent and will breed like crazy if even given the opportunity to do so.

Depending on the severity of the bed bug invasion, the whole process including repeat treatments can lass up to eight weeks. If you are too lazy to be thorough, you will merely prolong the process making these pesky bed bugs harder to eliminate.

Now that you’ve read this article on how to kill and prevent bed bugs by yourself, you may feel like you need a bed bug control specialist to help you with termites in your mattress. That’s perfectly fine, and not every homeowner feels confident in removing bed bug infestations by themselves. They’re scary and pervasive, and we understand that.

We here at Zenith Lab do bed bug removal in Singapore and use the latest technology to remove your bed bug infestation in a manner that is safe for the elderly, kids and pets. Contact us today for a quote.

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