How Do You Kill Bedbugs?

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The process of eliminating bedbugs requires a thorough cleaning regimen over several hours a week until the pests no longer infest your home. Gather pesticides, a vacuum, heavy trash bags, bedbug interceptors and a heavy plastic encasement for each bed. You also need access to a washer and dryer.

  1. Remove and wash bedding

    Place all bedding and contaminated clothing in trash bags for transport. Wash the items in the hottest water possible, then dry them on high heat for a minimum of 30 minutes. Don't replace the bedding until beds are treated.

  2. Vacuum beds and other furnishings

    Thoroughly inspect and vacuum each room in your home. Vacuum all furnishings, including box springs and mattresses. Remove drawers, and vacuum inside and behind them.

  3. Seal all cracks in the home

    If small cracks or crevices are present, seal them with caulking to reduce the risk of re-infestation.

  4. Cover each mattress and box spring

    Place each mattress and box spring inside a plastic mattress protector.

  5. Apply the pesticide and bedbug interceptors

    Choose a pesticide that is specifically designed to kill bedbugs, then carefully apply the product according to the directions on the label. Install bedbug interceptors under each leg of the bed frame .