To get rid of bed bugs, place any contaminated clothing or fabric items such as stuffed animals into heavy garbage bags for two weeks, and then treat the infested area. Each room in the home must be treated to eliminate bed bugs.
Bedrooms and other sleeping areas in the home are typically the areas most affected by bed bugs. Remove bedding, wash it in hot water and dry it on the highest heat setting possible. Double bag the bedding while treating the mattress and box springs. Curtains and upholstery may also require treatment. Wash curtains in hot water and steam clean upholstery whenever possible to remove bed bugs.
To treat the bed, lift the mattress and vacuum both the mattress and box springs thoroughly, and then install an encasement on the mattress and box springs. The encasement should zip closed and be designed specifically to exclude bed bugs.
Clean and treat the headboard and frame of all beds in the home with a pesticide that is effective in eliminating bed bugs, and then install bed bug interceptors under the legs of each bed. Bed bug interceptors are small, plastic traps that prevent the pests from climbing onto beds from the floor. Apply pesticide to cracks in walls and other hidden areas, and then seal cracks to prevent hidden bed bugs from entering the room. If bed bugs are present after treatment, contacting an exterminator can help eliminate the pests in the home.