The bad news is that you think you’ve found bed bugs. The good news is that there is help available! Of course, your best bet is to retain one of the bed bug exterminators in your area. They can reduce the hassle and inconvenience, and they will keep coming back until they have your bug problem solved! Sometimes, though, you don’t have that luxury. In that case, here’s what you do:
Remove all bed clothing and all of your clothing from any affected room(s). Bed bug exterminators advise that these critters can live without food for as long as one year (yes, really!), so you want to take decisive action. Feel free to find more information at A1 Bed Bug Exterminator Portland-Bed Bug Exterminator
These critters can also survive temperatures of up to 113 degrees Fahrenheit. This means you will want to wash all of your clothing and bedding, and even curtains, in HOT water, or dry clean them. This is a MUST! If you miss even one breeding pair, this is all a useless exercise.
These bugs do not like light. Bed bug exterminators recommend searching for bugs in any dark, quiet spot, since they typically sleep during the day and only emerge in the safety of darkness. This can be under the mattress, so you’ll want to check the box spring carefully. These bugs have even been known to hide behind light switchplates.
The next step is to vacuum. Vacuum everything and everywhere! Use a vacuum that has a disposable bag. Take a crevice wand and vacuum the bare mattress seams and cracks. Vacuum the crevices where the wall and the floor meet. Vacuum anyplace you see those small reddish brown spots. Vacuum the cracks in the sofa and other furniture, and you can even vacuum the curtains.
When you’re done vacuuming, take the vacuum outside and remove the bag. Place it immediately in a plastic garbage bag and tie off tight. If you have an incinerator, use it. Otherwise, dispose of the trash bag right way.
Buy, borrow or rent a steam cleaner. Make sure the steam will get to more than 113 degrees, or you’ll just annoy the bugs and not kill them. Steam clean every area that you just vacuumed, the crevices and cracks of the bare mattress, the seams, the cracks where carpet and floor meet, the furniture.
Be thorough! You don’t want even one bad bug to escape!
Buy a few pounds of diatomaceous earth. This is a fine powder that is harmless to humans but will kill bed bugs (and other bugs). Diatomaceous earth, or DE, is made from the shells of prehistoric diatoms. The shells are very tiny and they have very sharp edges. The bugs will walk through the ground shells and the sharp edges will cut them, causing them to bleed to death.
Sprinkle the DE everywhere that you’ve vacuumed and steam cleaned, once the items have dried after the steam cleaning. If there are any bugs that you’ve missed, bed bug exterminators advise that the DE should catch them and kill them.