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Can you treat and eliminate bed bugs on your own?

Bed bugs are challenging pests to get rid of, since they hide so well and reproduce so quickly. In addition, the egg stage is resistant to many forms of treatment, so a single attempt may not be sufficient to complete the job. However, it is possible with perseverance to completely remove a bed bug infestation. If in doubt then hire a professional pest control company.

The success of a treatment depends on many factors, including:

Achieving complete control can take weeks to months, depending on the nature and extent of the infestation.

Before starting, the following steps should be considered and planned.

Identify the Problem

Inspect infested areas, plus surrounding living spaces, to determine extent of infestation.

Correctly identify the pest by collecting a sample to show a professional pest controller.

If you have bed bugs and live in an apartment, notify your landlord, because the apartments surrounding yours should be inspected. Landlords have a responsibility to participate in treatment.

Develop a Strategy

Plan each stage based on the recommendations in the following sections.

Keep records through the whole process – including dates and locations where bed bugs are found.

Carry out long-term monitoring to make sure all of the bed bugs are gone.

Keep the Infestation from Spreading

Anything removed from the room should be placed in a sealed plastic bag and treated.

Items that cannot be treated should be placed in a sealed plastic bag and left for an extended period of time to ensure any active bugs are dead (research shows variation in the length of time needed, but it can be as long as a year).

Empty your vacuum cleaner after each use. Place the vacuum bag in a sealed plastic bag and immediately dispose of it in an outdoor dustbin.

Don't discard furniture if you can eliminate the bed bugs from it. If furniture cannot be salvaged, discard it responsibly. Destroy it so someone else won't be tempted to bring it into their home.

Take steps to have infested items picked up as soon as possible by the trash collection agency.

Prepare for Treatment

Jumping straight into control is tempting, but it is less likely to be successful. Preparing for treatment is essential to getting successful control. It will also help by making it easier for you to monitor for bed bugs that haven't been completely eliminated.

This preparation should be conducted whether you are doing the treatment yourself or hiring a professional.

Reduce Clutter - a Great Hiding Place for Bed Bugs

Make Your Bed an Island

Clean All Items Within a Bed-Bug-Infested Living Area

Eliminate Bed Bug Habitats

Kill the Bed Bugs

Make sure the methods you select are safe and effective.

Consider non-chemical methods of killing bed bugs.

Reducing the numbers of bugs with these and other non-chemical methods is helpful, but is unlikely to entirely eliminate the infestation.

If needed, use pesticides carefully according to the label directions or hire a pest management professional.

Every few days after you complete your initial cleanup and control processes, carefully look for any evidence of bed bugs.

If you see bed bugs, that means that either the initial cleanup missed some individuals or that eggs have hatched (finding and removing or killing all eggs can be very difficult) and re-treatment may be needed.

If repeated treatments are needed, consider using pesticides with different modes of action.

Desiccants (drying agents) can be particularly effective in some situations since they work by drying out the bug (which means the bed bugs can't develop resistance to it). If using desiccants, be sure to use only products registered as a pesticide. Non-pesticide desiccants can be hazardous when inhaled.

Desiccants can be very effective; however, they can take up to several months to work.

Evaluate and Prevent Re-Infestation

Continue to inspect for presence of bed bugs, at least every 7 days, in case any eggs remained.

Interceptors (moats) placed under the legs of furniture to catch bed bugs and keep them from climbing the legs, traps or other methods of monitoring can be used.

Continue to implement preventive measures.

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