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If you suspect (or know for sure) that you have bed bugs in your home, you’ve probably started searching the Web quite a bit looking for tips on how to get rid of them. You may have come across many different solutions, and a lot of guides on what to do if you have bed bugs. However, it can be tough to figure out what NOT to do – by that, I mean the many things that people tend to do incorrectly when they’re trying to kill bed bugs in their home. I’ve seen it all, and I don’t want you to make the same mistakes.

What Not to Do:

 

1. Panic.

Don't panic

Photo credit: John (Flickr)

That sounds a little cliché, I know, but it’s something that I see all the time from victims of bed bugs. Waking up to dozens (sometimes even hundreds) of itchy bites is stressful. People living with bed bugs lose sleep, and its on their mind day and night. It’s hard, but it’s important that you stay calm. When people panic, they make rash – and often unwise – decisions. Not only will bad decisions not help with your treatment process, they might make it worse.

Get out of the house. Go get some coffee. Sit down somewhere, collect your thoughts, and formulate a plan. Do as much research as you need to make sure that you’re confident with your plan. When you buy products to get rid of bed bugs, make sure you follow the instructions and warning labels carefully. This will ensure that the products work the way they’re supposed to, and that you don’t damage your property or expose anyone to health hazards.

 

2. Throw Furniture Out.

Don't throw out your furniture!

Photo credit: Vandana (Flickr)

This is probably the most common thing people do in response to a bed bug infestation. They see bed bugs in their mattress, box spring, even a couch in the living room, and they think, “This is full of bed bugs! It’s ruined!”

It’s not ruined! It just needs to be treated correctly. Wash and dry the bedding on high heat, if possible. Then, hit the mattress, box spring, and/or furniture with a vacuum and steamer, taking care to move slowly over every crack, crevice, and seam. This heat treatment will kill any bed bugs or eggs hiding in the upholstered material. Sealed encasements and bed bug traps will help ensure that the furniture stays bed bug free.

Please don’t put your furniture on the curb, or in the dumpster. Definitely don’t sell it on Craigslist, knowing (or even just suspecting) that it has bed bugs. You’re not getting rid of your bed bug problem this way. All this will do is spread the bed bugs to another location, and cost you money in replacing your furniture.

3. Sleep Somewhere Else.

Don't crash on the couch

Photo credit: Michael (Flickr)

It can be very tempting to want to flee from the bed where you’re being bitten. You might want to sleep in another room, or even want to spend the weekend at a friend or family’s home.

You really shouldn’t do this, though. If bed bugs are hiding out in your clothes or overnight bag, they’ll hitch a ride to wherever you decide to crash. Plus, bed bugs don’t need to see or hear you to find you – they can detect the carbon dioxide emitted when you breathe, and can find you in any room you’re sleeping in. Since you can’t choose not to breathe when you sleep, this makes it tough to hide from bed bugs if they’re in your home.

The best defense, as they say, is a good offense; the sooner you begin treating the problem, the sooner you can stop worrying about where you sleep.

  Bed bugs are stressful. They’re hard to see, hard to kill, and hard to keep away. Just remember that you can beat them. Just use the right products, and follow the instructions that come with them. For information on the best ways to get rid of bed bugs yourself, you already found the right blog.

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How NOT to Get Rid of Bed Bugs (and why)

If you suspect (or know for sure) that you have bed bugs in your home, you’ve probably started searching the Web quite a bit looking for tips on how to get rid of them. You may have come across many different solutions, and a lot of guides on what to do if you have bed bugs. However, it can be tough to figure out what NOT to do – by that, I mean the many things that people tend to do incorrectly when they’re trying to kill bed bugs in their home. I’ve seen it all, and I don’t want you to make the same mistakes.

What Not to Do:

 

1. Panic.

Don't panic

Photo credit: John (Flickr)

That sounds a little cliché, I know, but it’s something that I see all the time from victims of bed bugs. Waking up to dozens (sometimes even hundreds) of itchy bites is stressful. People living with bed bugs lose sleep, and its on their mind day and night. It’s hard, but it’s important that you stay calm. When people panic, they make rash – and often unwise – decisions. Not only will bad decisions not help with your treatment process, they might make it worse.

Get out of the house. Go get some coffee. Sit down somewhere, collect your thoughts, and formulate a plan. Do as much research as you need to make sure that you’re confident with your plan. When you buy products to get rid of bed bugs, make sure you follow the instructions and warning labels carefully. This will ensure that the products work the way they’re supposed to, and that you don’t damage your property or expose anyone to health hazards.

 

2. Throw Furniture Out.

Don't throw out your furniture!

Photo credit: Vandana (Flickr)

This is probably the most common thing people do in response to a bed bug infestation. They see bed bugs in their mattress, box spring, even a couch in the living room, and they think, “This is full of bed bugs! It’s ruined!”

It’s not ruined! It just needs to be treated correctly. Wash and dry the bedding on high heat, if possible. Then, hit the mattress, box spring, and/or furniture with a vacuum and steamer, taking care to move slowly over every crack, crevice, and seam. This heat treatment will kill any bed bugs or eggs hiding in the upholstered material. Sealed encasements and bed bug traps will help ensure that the furniture stays bed bug free.

Please don’t put your furniture on the curb, or in the dumpster. Definitely don’t sell it on Craigslist, knowing (or even just suspecting) that it has bed bugs. You’re not getting rid of your bed bug problem this way. All this will do is spread the bed bugs to another location, and cost you money in replacing your furniture.

3. Sleep Somewhere Else.

Don't crash on the couch

Photo credit: Michael (Flickr)

It can be very tempting to want to flee from the bed where you’re being bitten. You might want to sleep in another room, or even want to spend the weekend at a friend or family’s home.

You really shouldn’t do this, though. If bed bugs are hiding out in your clothes or overnight bag, they’ll hitch a ride to wherever you decide to crash. Plus, bed bugs don’t need to see or hear you to find you – they can detect the carbon dioxide emitted when you breathe, and can find you in any room you’re sleeping in. Since you can’t choose not to breathe when you sleep, this makes it tough to hide from bed bugs if they’re in your home.

The best defense, as they say, is a good offense; the sooner you begin treating the problem, the sooner you can stop worrying about where you sleep.

  Bed bugs are stressful. They’re hard to see, hard to kill, and hard to keep away. Just remember that you can beat them. Just use the right products, and follow the instructions that come with them. For information on the best ways to get rid of bed bugs yourself, you already found the right blog.

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Posted in FAQ MM Novato on | 46 Comments
  • http://julie-kaye34@hotmail,com sam

    Your right bed bugs are stressful,I have a hard time sleeping in my own bed now.And not being through this EVER in My life not knowing what to do is scary. i Have a Calf kIng bed they probably think it was there hotel…And to think all this cuz i stayed at a hotel. while my house was getting built..I’m not a doctor,but just so anyone is aware bed bugs can make you sick every one is different,and especially if they are infected and if they are you need to see a doctor right a way .This is from what i am finding out so farr,I have been dealing with this since jan 2013 to today aug. its made me sick not be able to sleep,wondering when the next time they come out the bites are embarrassing.like totaly itch itch itch mostly at night somewhat during the day diarrhea,loss of appetite and for sure if ur bites are infected you you need to see a doctor they put you on steroids going through this is an awful thing.Good Luck to you all who has or is going through this..I hope this was helpful. Oh the other thing is don’t change what you are doing.Bed bugs are awful..

    • http://julie-kaye34@hotmail,com sam

      They say if you clean wash everything your clothes everything in hot water hot steam your bed vacuum everyday they like to hide in fire alarms plugs pic frames anything wood you dont half to get rid of it the things you can’t wash put them in a bag for 3 days.also if you have bed table wood they hate the heat and cold.well is from what im learning so farr..oh yah get those bed cover protectors they do work but be aware just cuz they are not bitting you does not mean they are not there.again good luck.

      • http://woe!I'mamazed@difficulty km

        I couldn’t agree with u more!!! Hust cause u can’t find any, or notice any new butes… DOEST MEAN THEY ARE GONE!!! I never knew “Bed Bugs” REALLY EXISTED!!! Until I bought this beautiful black super comfy coutch on Craigslist for a GREAT PRICE!!!! Superior long story short; By the time I was certain thay EVERY time meself, or my children, laid on THAT COUCH- just long enough to watch a 30min show- & continuously started itching & had the “3in a row” red marks to prove it. I did an extremely thourough internet search; I believed our symptoms match those of BB’s & I researched how to check for them & WOW!!! 2 min into my search saw my firsy one & couldn’t help myself by stopping. ……. I granned a roll of scotch tape (I had nothing else to defend myself with) I would spread two cushsions or crevises apart & see a whole F***ing FAMILY of them, EVERYWHERE I LOOKED!!!! It took my husband coming home from work asking, “Honey, where is our couch?” B4 I actually came to terms with being INFESTED BY BEDBUGS! He, of course, thought I had totally & completely LOST MY MIND, lol
        In the months to come WASHED & OVER DRIED EVERYTHING & THREW AWAY WHAT WE COULDNT, HAD ALL CARPETS DONE PROFESSENALLY, THREW AWAY ALL WOOD FUNITURE & SWITCHED TO PLASTIC, DOUBLED UP ON BB MATRESS &BOX SPRING COVERS, DISPOSED OF ALL PICTURE FRAMS =:( & LITTERALLY EVERYTHING IN OUR APARTMENT – EVERYONE KEPT ASKING US IF/WHEN WE WERE MOVING, OVERDOSED OUR APARTMENT ON DE FOR 3 WEEKS & BOMBED (WAY MORE THAN LEGALLY ALLOWD) S**T OUT OF IT! DIDNT COME BACK FOR 3 DAYS, BOUGHT EVETYTHING NEW: LAMPS, TV’S ETC. & FOR THE LAST 3 MONTHS=NOTHING=:)
        THEN TODAY I NOTICE A PINK BITE ON MY NEWBORN BABY, PUT HER TO SLEEP & SAW 1 BB IN HER PACK&PLAY… I THOUGHT HELL NO!!!!! STARTED SPRAYING BLEACH & IM NOT KIDDING, AN HOUR LATER I’D ALREADY KILLED 1, 000! WTF? HOW MUCH MONEY/TIME, STRESS, AGONY IS IT GONNA TAKE? IM BACK ON HERE CAUSE IT’S BEEN NINE (9) F***ING MONTHS & NO ONLY CAN’T WE GET RID OF THEM…. THEY R F***ING MULTIPLING!!!

        • http://www.bedbugsupply.com MM Novato

          Hi, KM. I’m so sorry to hear about your troubles with bed bugs. It sounds like you’ve tried a bunch of different treatment methods separately, with varying results. Have you taken a look at our 4-step solution? It’s our method of getting rid of bed bugs, and it’s been proven effective over the years. If you use the right products and follow the right steps, you can be bed bug free in no time. :)

        • Kelli

          I got rid of my 2 thousand dollar living room suite 4 months ago anything to protect my son he said they had a buffet on him it wasn’t fun but I will protect my kids so I got rid of my sectional and last 4 months he’s been sleeping in his bed!! With no plroblem until the other nite oh lawd I don’t know why!!!!!!!!!!! I’m going crazy jut I looked and seen none wat do I do?? Exterminator to the rescue!!!!! I’m OVD and this is all bad my anxiety is a reck!!! Heelppp

  • Edie

    We’ve been living with this for 6 years! What a nightmare. Ours came in NEW furniture but have been restricted to one room mostly. They can be carried from room to room by clothing. Pets do not carry them. Do not use commercial fumigators – they just send the bugs into the walls. The pest control people have learned a lot in the past 5 years and my pest control company now has a system that they guarantee (in writing) will get rid of them. They will keep coming back until they (and we) are positive that the problem is gone. I had them treat the house 5 years ago. It was very costly and did not work. Now they use steam with a pesticide in it which leaves a residual film to continue when the steam is gone. I use Terminix. Check with you pest control people but make certain that they have a guarantee that they will get rid of them. And, yes, steam is your best friend.

    • becky

      we have called a few people to get prices if you dont mind can you give me an idea of how much terminex can cost?

    • Patty Greenlief

      If you’ve had bed bugs for 6 years does that mean you can’t get rid of them?! I’m in the process of buying a home that we know has bed bugs. If we treat the house would you still buy it? especially after what you’ve been through?

      • http://www.bedbugsupply.com MM Novato

        The larger an infestation is, the harder it is to get rid of. However, no infestation is impossible to fight. As long as you use the right process, and you’re thorough and patient, you can be bed bug free.

  • Shirley

    I came home from a trip about 9 days ago and found I had bed bug bites on my leg. I am trying to find out how to check to see if I brought any bugs in with me. I did put my luggage in a black bag, put my clothes in a hot dryer, but it was a day or so after I returned because I was not aware what my bites were. Any suggestions out there? I am considering doing the bed bug mattress covering and box spring covering to be on the safe side.

    • http://www.bedbugsupply.com MM Novato

      Mattress and box spring covers are a good preventative move to make – this will keep any bed bugs from hiding in your mattress, where they can easily feed and nest. To see if you brought bed bugs, and to prevent them from reaching you, you should consider placing ClimbUp Interceptors under each leg of your bed. This will trap any bed bugs that try to climb up your bed frame (remember, they can’t jump or fly).

  • Kimberly

    My family and I have been getting itchy bite all over our bods. I thought we had fleas. I just found out we have bed bugs TWO DAYS AGO :( . I just bought this house in May. Im so embarassed, I cant sleep, Its all I think about while im at work or at home. I have bites on my chest, my leg and a few on my face. I bought this insect powder yesterday. DE is short for it. I sprinkled it all around my bed, on top of the box springs, on top of my mattress and all the sides. I am about to buy mattress encasements for all our beds. terminix gave us a quote and its pricey…they said bed bugs and termites are the worse things you can have in your home! Wish me luck…and Good luck to all of you!! I rather have had the fleas…

  • Olsy

    We just had heat treatment by a big pest control company on Monday and on Tuesday afternoon when working on cleaning and starting to put the house back together found a live bed bug on the wall….we had been told heat was the best way to go and it would kill all bugs in any stage! It was VERY expensive; we are extremely upset that the very next day we have already seen a live bug. (and yes it was confirmed that we were correct on what it was; they just seem to backtrack on their answers)

    • http://www.bedbugsupply.com MM Novato

      I’m sorry to hear that your treatment didn’t work out. I’ve written before about the costs and risks of space heat treatments. I would definitely stand by a holistic (as in combination, not “alternative”) treatment process involving use of encasements, traps, steam, sprays, and powders. Bed bugs are sneaky and resilient – don’t believe anyone that says they have the single “silver bullet” remedy for them.

  • Dorrie

    I need a cheap way of getting rid of bed bugs. Please help me. I am covered in bites

    • http://www.bedbugsupply.com MM Novato

      Hi, Dorrie. Unfortunately, there is no single product that’s going to stop the biting. However, you can get rid of bed bugs by following our 4-step solution, which uses a combination of products to treat an infestation at a fraction of the cost of a professional treatment.

      • mary

        You keep talking sbout thus 4 step solution, what is it? stip teasing us and tell us what it is.

        • mrkraxx

          Click on the words “4 step solution.” It’s called a “link.” When you click on it, a new window comes up with words. Smarty.

  • Jessica

    I brought the powder the other day and I finally used it earlier today . I’m sooo scared to sleep in my bed tonight , haven’t slept in it for two weeks . Bed Bug power can work and they won’t come back right ?

    • http://www.bedbugsupply.com MM Novato

      You’re using just bed bug powder by itself? That probably won’t keep the bed bugs away. You need to do a more comprehensive treatment method, like what’s listed here.

  • Erin

    I brought home bed bug(s) from a hotel in July. I woke up 2 days after returning home with one itchy red bite on my ankle. The next day same itchy red bump on my other ankle, and 2 on the bk of my calf. I had a gut feeling of what it was. I moved to the couch the next night, and no new bites for 2days. On day 3 of sleeping on the couch 2 red itchy bumps on my hand, and the next day 3 on the back of my arm. I could not take the itchy bites and the stress of having bed bugs so I left my apartment at the end of July. I was gone end of July until yesterday Sept 22. I had the apartment sprayed by a pest control company in the beginning of September. I haven’t seen any bugs, eggs, or skin moltings. Where could they be hiding?? Could it be possible that I only brought home one? Does that should like bites from only one bug?? Plllllz help..I need answers I can’t sleep and I constantly feel like things are crawling on me!!!

    • http://www.bedbugsupply.com MM Novato

      Are you still experiencing bites?

  • Jessica

    Last week I realized that I had bed bugs . And so my mother and I washed half of my clothes I had laying around in very hot water and threw away all my pillows , sheets I had on my bed and put them in a plastic bag . So for the last couple of days I had I’ve been sleeping on the couch in my den and this past Saturday , we got new mattresses , and a person from Standout Steamer came and did our carpets . I ordered bed bug powder and put some around the house that night and it said on the bottle they should go away 1 to 2 days . I’m scared to sleep in my bed now .. What should I do ? Did they officially go away ? I’m just scared they are hiding somewhere for me to come back.

  • mary

    Ok ok you have spoken of this 4 step solution. what in the heck is it? stop teasing us about it and tell us what it is please.

  • Elizabeth

    I was just cleaning our guest house and found what I believe is a bed big.our son had been living there and recently moved within the last few weeks he never mentioned any bites but the bug I found looks just like a bed bugs but it is big like the size of my pinkie any thoughts?

    • http://www.bedbugsupply.com MM Novato

      Hi, Elizabeth. Bed bugs don’t get as big as an adult’s pinky, so it’s probably something else.

  • dont listne to SAM

    Sam is posting non sense they don’t make you sick and three days in a bag will only work if the inside of that bag reaches 120 degree’s…please read more sources before trusting some dipsh*t on a public forum.

  • Alexis caliskan

    My daughter has bed bugs so bad it is disgusting. She lives in an apt. building that has a man with a small can spray, they are getting worse. Elizabeth they can get as big as a pinky finger nail. Sam is correct about them making people sick, , but wrong on the 3 day trash bag. I feel terrible because I don’t feel comfortable having my daughter & her kids at my house, I don’t want to have to deal with what she is. Will it help to hire an exterminator for her apartment if her whole building is infested?

  • Jessica

    I found like 2 bed bugs but I thought I got rid of them. But they aren’t biting me. The weird thing is I see them all the way in the top of my ceiling. I’m the last floor so I know they aren’t coming from upstairs. So I don’t know what should I do. I just moved in like a year ago. They were hidding in the cracks of paint. So I don’t if I should paint to seal the paint. Help I don’t want madness again I couldn’t sleep for 4months cause it caused me great anxiety

    • http://www.bedbugsupply.com MM Novato

      Hi Jessica. Have you checked out our 4-step solution? It’s a proven, professional-grade treatment that can kill your bed bugs and keep them away.

  • I cant afford to get rid of these bed bugs..i found 2 and i burned them on my gas stove.. Do you think it more i throug out a pillow that had the two on it. Do you think its more in my apartment i dont see any more.. I just notice bites so bad about 3 wee

    I need help and answer please thank you an im on Dialysis my nerves are torn apart ann dont hace money on a fixed income do i tell apartment manager to steam it good so tired of getting bites at night night help help help me

    • http://www.bedbugsupply.com MM Novato

      Definitely talk to your manager right away about your bed bugs. It’s likely that if you found bed bugs on your pillow that there are more hiding nearby.

  • http://www.cobrapest.com Rob Sullivan

    Sorry folks but in the 30 years I have been exterminating bed bugs. Yes 30 years, before it was fashionable to have them. I have never seen a treatment work on a large scale problem unless Pesticides are used. The biggest reason pesticides might not work is from lack of preparation and inexperience of the Technician. Trust me I know. I give aOne Year Guarantee for Bed Bugs. That should be enough said.

    • http://www.bedbugsupply.com MM Novato

      Hi, Rob. Are you sure you’re commenting on the correct article? Pesticides aren’t discussed in this post at all, and I have never told anyone that they can get rid of bed bugs without pesticides.

      • http://www.cobrapest.com Rob Sullivan

        If you are selling Pesticides my comment might help?

    • Help help help

      I am freaking out I found some bugs one day crawling on me and my husband and 4 month old son at night… I have a phobia of bugs and just knowing they r bed bugs makes this so much worse I can’t sleep … My landlord sprayed raid and honestly I don’t think it’s enough I found them under my bed and vaccumed them up and threw the bag away outside… I found my sons bassinet just crawling with them and I honestly cried and sprayed some bed bug spray stuff I got from the store…. This house is so old and has so many cracks and crevices for these things to hide … I honestly haven’t slept in 30 hours and I feel them crawling on me even after I get out of a hot shower…. I have only sleep them in my room tho not in either of my kids rooms just on my bed my walls and my sons bassinet

    • Sunniekaiwan

      Where r u located

  • Teresa K.

    One thing helps well and that’s frost…hard to get in hot climate though

  • http://tamaraowens0701@gmail.com Tamara

    I have NEVER had to deal with bed bugs! I have no idea where the came from…….I’m a stay at home mom….I’ve had my bed forever. I don’t stay in hotels or anything…..One day I was complaining about how I had “mosquito bites” and was convinced that’s what it was……until 9 be night I saw a bug crawl out from under me. I’ve seen it before but thought eh it’s just a bug that somehow came in from my window……I flipped my comforter and saw 2 bugs not moving……so I looked all around my bed and was already thinking oh god what does a bed bug look like……..As soon as I squatted down I saw about a dozen huddled in a line together at my box spring seem…….so I chunkier it out my back door……am being super paranoid about my laundry shampooed my bedroom carpet twice….which hopefully is the place they are r esiding……..I’m still freaking out…..hopefully they r gone…..Also sprayed rid spray over every bed and sofa…..ugh

  • Valerie Christian

    I have been dealing with bed bugs for months. I have been through Two couchess and all new mattresses. My apt has been treated professionally twice and they still aren’t gone. I have never seen something that is so hard to get rid of. They r literally able to hide anywhere. And a baby one is so small it looks like a bread crumbs. Its crazy and embarrassing. My kids can’t have sleep overs anymore, we don’t even attempt to sit on the couch or the floors. I don’t know what else to do.

  • sierra

    HELP! so, me and my boyfriend had bedbugs roughly 2 months ago, we got sprayed then no signs or anything of them. He would never get bitten, I on the other hand was miserable.they would swell up so huge. Anyways, yesterday I went to his sisters house. Thats where we originally got them from. But she has had multiple treatments and said shes found a few alive but groups of them also dead and hasnt got bit. I was outside a lot yesterday before being there and have a few bites which I thought were mosquito since I noticed them like half hour being at her house. I have a cluster of like 4 on my outer thigh, on on my innerupper thigh and one on my tummy.I was there for about 5 1/2 hours and thoes are the only ones ive notcied since being home. They are hugely swollen. Is there any way I brought them home? I didnt have my purse with me. I was only wearing these short shorts and a mesh like tanktop.

  • hmmm

    I’m glad you all aren’t getting bit, me and my 5 month old are getting eaten up! I’ve been getting bit for almost 2 months, I thought that it was fleas, never imagined that we would have BED BUGS! I just went in and looked finding many under the lip of our mattress! Needless to say me and my daughter will be on the couch tonight. I figure another day of going from the bed to couch. Idt itll make much difference. But I definitely feel dirty and want a shower!

  • Tonya

    I had bed bugs for 2 months threw allof my kids and my ffurniture away then 2 days ago I had the heat treatment done by an exterminator and today I found one crawling across my air mattress WHY?!?

    • BedBugSupply

      Hi, Tonya. Heat treatments, like any other treatments, are not always 100% effective. If you tell your exterminator that you still have some bed bugs, they can do a follow-up treatment to kill off any survivors. However, we don’t recommend that you throw away any furniture; that won’t get rid of all of the bed bugs, and there’s nothing to stop them from simply infesting the replacement furniture.