Bed bug infestations are difficult to treat and remove but not impossible. However, with time, patience, and a little know how, you can successfully remove and control bed bugs. Unlike other pest infestations, bed bug removal can be challenging because the eggs can be resistant and the insects reproduce rapidly. Keep in mind that a single attempt may not yield positive results and depending on the severity of your infestation, you may have to treat multiple times. Homes provide many places for bed bugs to hide, and the eggs are resistant to common pesticides.

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Treat your home

There are numerous methods to kill bed bugs, some more effective than others. Consider all options but make sure that you choose methods that are legal and safe. Consider non-chemical options in conjunction or instead of pesticides. The most common over the counter pesticide that has been successful in killing bed bugs is pyrethrin. However, recent research reported by indicates resistance in bed bugs to this treatment option. Other lethal alternatives include:

Heat Treatment

Use a clothes dryer or place items in black garbage bags and leave outside in the sunlight. You can also steam mattresses and furniture cushions.

Cold Treatment

Place items in the freezer and leave for four days. Maintain a temperature of 0 degrees Farenheit.


Desiccants - Desiccants work by drying out the bugs. They are unlikely to develop resistance. Make sure to get a desiccant product that is labeled as a pesticide. While effective, this method can take months to eradicate the bugs.

Foggers and Fumigators

Fumigation is the use of an inorganic gas known as sulfuryl fluoride. Typically the gas is pumped into your home or room. As the gas replaces the oxygen, the bed bugs and eggs are suffocated.

Prevent the infestation from spreading

If the bed bugs are limited to one room, prepare to remove small items like bedding and pillows. Place items in plastic bags and seal them after applying your chemical treatment. Larger items should be removed from the room and destroyed if you’re unable to salvage them. If you can save your furniture, seal with plastic after treatment. Vacuum thoroughly and change the bags each time you vacuum. Do not discard the bags in your home. Place in an outdoor trash bin. If you decide to discard your belongings, be sure to destroy or mark the items so that no one else will carry bed bugs into their home.


  • Remove all infested items
  • Wrap items in plastic to suffocate the bedbugs
  • Destroy discard items to prevent further infestation


Bed bugs can be successfully removed by do-it-yourself methods. It is important to research proven safe and effective methods to ensure that all bugs are killed. More importantly, find options that minimize risk to your family and pets. Be sure to look for EPA registered products specifically designated as bed bug pesticides. With proper planning and patience, you can rid your home of bed bugs.