How to kill bed bugs on beds

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How to kill bed bugs on beds
Don't forget to look in the mattress crevices for bed bugs. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Bed bugs feed on the blood of humans and animals. They tend to hide in dark places during the day and come out at night, which is why you don't normally see them. If your bed or home has become infested with bed bugs, you'll not only need to wash your linens. You'll need to totally kill the bugs to prevent future breakouts. Killing bed bugs on linens is easier than killing them on your actual bed.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Washer and dryer
  • Bed bug Insecticide with DE
  • Professional steamer
  • Vacuum
  • Paravinyl mattress cover

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  1. 1

    Remove all the linens from your mattress and wash them in the hottest water possible. Rewash the linens with the hot water cycle, and then dry them on the hottest cycle possible.

  2. 2

    Identify bed bug bites as early as you can. The quicker you treat the bed bugs, the quicker you'll kill the bugs and prevent them from reproducing. Look in dark spots and crevices of your mattress for evidences of bed bugs, such as for live bed bugs, blood spots, faeces spots and shedded exoskeletons.

  3. 3

    Treat live bugs on your mattress with an insecticide containing DE specifically intended for bed bugs as soon as you see them.

  4. 4

    Use a professional-strength steamer around the seams and crevices of your entire mattress and box springs. The high temperature of the steam not only kills bed bugs, but it also kills any germs on the mattress as well. Pay particular attention to where pillow-tops attach to the main portion of the mattress. Only use water inside the steamer; never mix chemicals with the water.

  5. 5

    Vacuum the entire mattress and box springs, paying particular attention to the crevices of the mattress. Vacuum the entire surrounding area to remove any possible debris or bed bugs that might have escaped. Discard the debris outdoors, and clean the entire vacuuming system to ensure you don't bring the bugs back indoors.

  6. 6

    Cover your mattress and box springs with a paravinyl mattress cover specifically made to keep bed bugs inside your mattress from escaping, and keep bed bugs outside the mattress from getting inside the mattress. Escape-proof covers starve any remaining bed bugs inside the mattress because they can't get to a food supply.

  7. 7

    Check your bedding and surrounding area for bed bugs for the next two weeks to ensure you've completely eradicated the bed bugs.

Tips and warnings

  • Although you can kill the bedbugs yourself, it might ease your mind to hire a professional exterminator to treat your entire house.

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