What do I need to get rid of bed bugs?
First, you'll need to stop the bed bugs from biting you. If they can't feed, they won't be able to grow, reproduce, and spread. To stop the biting, elevate your bed with ClimbUp Interceptors, and apply encasements to your mattress, box spring, and pillows. For best results, wash the encasements with your bedding before applying them, and keep the encasements on for at least 18 months to ensure that any bed bugs trapped inside starve.
Next, use a vacuum and bed bug steamer to treat any cracks and crevices in your walls, floors, and furniture. Use the steamer's fabric cleaner attachment wrapped in cloth to retain as much direct heat as possible, and turn down the pressure if your steamer has an adjustable pressure dial. Move the steam gun very slowly, covering no more than about one inch per second. Steam of at least 200 degrees will kill bed bugs on contact, and direct pressure will allow the steam to penetrate deep into your walls, floorboards, and upholstered furniture.
Lastly, hit any areas where you suspect bed bug activity with a contact spray and residual spray. The contact spray will kill any bed bugs on contact, but will only work for a few hours; residual sprays are effective for weeks to ensure that the bed bug population can't recover. For protection from future infestations, apply residual powder in your walls and floorboards. Diatomaceous earth is a popular powder solution, as it works infinitely as long as it stays dry.
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