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Bed Bugs At Home

First Things First: How to Start Getting Rid of Bed Bugs at Home

Bed bugs are nocturnal, so your best chance to catch them is at night. If you spot one, here are some steps you can take:

  • 1
    Spray it with RID Home Lice, Bed Bug & Dust Mite Spray. According to product label.

  • 2
    Pull the bed away from the wall.   

  • 3
    Check and vacuum around the areas where bed bugs like to hide, giving cracks and crevices added attention:
    • - Mattress
    • - Headboard
    • - Light switch and outlet covers
    • - Alarm clock
    • - Picture frames
    • - Carpet edges

  • 4
    Bed bugs can escape, so seal the vacuum bag and dispose of it when finished.

Trapping Bed Bugs

Sealing your mattress with a zippered mattress bag is a simple temporary solution that prevents harboring bed bugs from getting at you and spreading to other parts of your bedroom. To do this:

  • Spray the mattress, particularly around tufts and seams, with RID Home Lice, Bed Bug & Dust Mite Spray.
  • Seal the mattress with a zippered mattress bag.   
  • They can live up to a year without feeding, so keep the cover on.
If you throw away any infected mattresses, furniture, or clothing, they need to be sealed in a bag and marked so neighbors don't take the item and accidentally bring an infestation into their home.

Cleaning Infected Items

If you find bed bugs in or on your belongings there are several popular methods to killing them, while still preserving the item:

  • Hot Water. Wash infected clothes and other items in water at a temperature of at least 120° F.
  • Clothes Dryer. Place items in a clothes dryer for 20 minutes at medium to high heat.
  • Freezing. Bag up infested items and place them in a freezer for several days.
While these methods can help get bed bugs out of infected items, this does not take care of the infestation in your home.

Gone For Good: How to Kill Bed Bugs at Home

In order to completely eliminate bed bugs from your home, you may need to contact a local pest control company. They'll provide a thorough inspection and suggest what the next appropriate steps should be. Find one in your area by going to

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