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How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs

Say goodbye to your bed bug problems with expert advice, step-by-step instructions, and professional services that you can use.

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Coleman Spaulding
August 2, 2023
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November 6, 2023

Identifying a Bed Bug Infestation

As a pest control expert specializing in bed bug removal, we understand the importance of early detection and proactive prevention. In this section, we will discuss the telltale signs of bed bug infestations, areas that are prone to their presence, and the best approach to bed bug control. By understanding these key aspects, you can take the necessary steps to keep bed bugs at bay and ensure a peaceful night's sleep.

Signs of Bed Bug Infestation

  • Bed bugs leave behind small reddish-brown fecal stains on bedding or furniture, indicating their presence.
  • Look for tiny, apple seed-sized bugs hiding in mattress seams, headboards, or crevices near sleeping areas.
  • Bites resembling small red welts on the skin, often in a linear pattern, may indicate bed bug bites.

Areas Prone to Bed Bug Infestation

  • Bed bugs are adept hitchhikers and can be transported in luggage, clothing, or used furniture.
  • Common areas for bed bug infestations include hotels, dormitories, public transportation, and second-hand stores.
  • High-turnover places like hospitals or offices may also be susceptible to bed bug introductions.

Removal of Bed Bugs

We do not recommend any at home or DIY methods to bed bug control, due to their keen ability to remain unseen in furniture and walls, as well as their rapid reproductive cycles. There are two main options for bed bug control: chemical treatments and heat treatments. We specialize in providing safe chemical treatments that effectively remove bed bugs from your home.

Safe and Effective Chemical Solutions

The first step in our treatment process is education and providing a pre-service checklist. This checklist will be your guide for how to prepare you home for service before and throughout the treatment. The checklist is crucial to the success of the service, as bed bugs often hide in clothing, linens, and personal belongings. We recommend taking 2-4 days to complete this checklist prior to your initial treatment.

During your initial treatment, we will perform a full inspection of your home and treat affected areas. It is important we treat all rooms that have people sleeping in it, as bed bugs will naturally migrate to those areas. After your initial treatment, you will remain sleeping in your rooms and we will return in about 21 days for a follow-up treatment, to break up reproductive cycles.

Remember, effective bed bug control required effort on your part, so that our work will be successful. Stay persistent and follow these strategies to effectively eliminate bed bugs and ensure a peaceful and restful sleep.

Dealing with Specific Bed Bug Species

Bed bugs can be a persistent and challenging pest to eliminate, and understanding the unique characteristics of specific species can help in developing effective control methods. In this section, we'll delve into how to deal with different bed bug species and implement measures to reclaim your home from these troublesome pests. Let's explore the specifics of bed bug control!

Common Bed Bug (Cimex lectularius)


  • Common bed bugs are reddish-brown insects with flat, oval-shaped bodies.
  • They are typically found in human dwellings and feed on human blood.

Preventive Measures:

  • Regularly inspect and vacuum bedding, mattresses, and furniture to remove bed bugs and their eggs.
  • Wash and dry infested items on high heat to kill bed bugs and prevent further infestation.

Bed Bug Control Methods:

  • Use a bed bug-proof mattress encasement to prevent bed bugs from hiding in mattresses.
  • Apply residual insecticides to cracks, crevices, and other hiding spots to eliminate bed bugs.

Tropical Bed Bug (Cimex hemipterus)


  • Tropical bed bugs are similar in appearance to common bed bugs but are more elongated.
  • They are often found in tropical and subtropical regions, including some parts of the Midwest.

Preventive Measures:

  • Regularly inspect luggage and belongings after travel to prevent introducing bed bugs to your home.
  • Be cautious when acquiring used furniture or belongings, as they may carry bed bugs.

Bed Bug Control Methods:

  • Use the same control methods as for common bed bugs, including regular vacuuming and insecticide treatment.
  • Monitor for signs of infestation and act promptly to prevent further spread.

Bat Bugs (Cimex adjunctus)


  • Bat bugs closely resemble bed bugs but primarily feed on bat blood.
  • They may infest homes if bats have previously lived or roosted in the building.

Preventive Measures:

  • Seal any gaps or openings in the building's structure to prevent bats from entering.
  • Have any bat infestations professionally removed to eliminate the bat bug source.

Bed Bug Control Methods:

  • Use the same bed bug control methods as for common bed bugs.
  • Professional pest control services may be required for effective bat bug removal.

By understanding the specific characteristics and behaviors of different bed bug species, you can tailor your control efforts and effectively combat infestations in the Midwest region. Remember to stay vigilant, act promptly, and consider professional assistance when dealing with challenging infestations. With the right approach, you can regain control of your home and enjoy a bed bug-free environment.

Prevention Measures for Bed Bug

Bed bugs can quickly become a nuisance in homes and disrupt your peace and comfort. In this section, we'll cover a range of prevention measures that you can implement to protect your home and prevent bed bug infestations. By adopting these practices, you can create a bed bug-resistant environment and enjoy a good night's sleep without worrying about these unwelcome guests.

Regular Cleaning Practices

  • Keep your home tidy and clutter-free to minimize hiding spots for bed bugs.
  • Regularly vacuum and clean mattresses, bedding, and furniture to remove any potential bed bugs.
  • Wash and dry bedding and clothing at high temperatures to kill bed bugs and their eggs..

Take Precautions When Traveling

  • Inspect accommodations when traveling for signs of bed bugs on mattresses, furniture, and bedding. Do not bring luggage into the room until you have fully inspected it.
  • When returning from travel, leave your luggage outside and bring all clothing and linens indoors and immediately wash then dry on a high heat cycle for at least 45 minutes. This will kill all live bugs and eggs. Next, inspect all personal belongings that cannot be dried, as well as inspect luggage.
  • An extra step you can take is to place your empty luggage in large garbage bags, and seal them and store them in a garage or basement for about 2 weeks.

Regular Property Inspection & Maintenance

  • Conduct routine inspections of your property, checking for signs of bed bug activity.
  • Repair any cracks or crevices in walls or furniture where bed bugs may hide.

Everything You Should Know about Bed Bugs

In this section, we'll delve into the life cycle, foraging and feeding habits, seasonal behavior, and their role in the ecosystem. By gaining a deep understanding of these factors, you'll be better equipped to tackle bed bug issues and ensure a bed bug-free environment.

Life Cycle

  • Bed bugs undergo a gradual metamorphosis with three primary stages: egg, nymph, and adult.
  • The female bed bug lays eggs in crevices and cracks, with each female capable of laying hundreds of eggs in her lifetime.
  • Nymphs resemble adults but are smaller and lighter in color, and they require blood meals to molt and grow.

Foraging & Feeding Habits

  • Bed bugs are nocturnal and feed primarily at night, attracted by the carbon dioxide and warmth emitted by sleeping humans.
  • They use elongated mouth parts to pierce the skin and feed on blood, typically taking five to ten minutes to engorge.
  • Bed bugs can survive several months without a blood meal, making them challenging pests to eradicate.

Seasonal Behavior of Bed Bugs

  • In the Midwest region, bed bugs can be active year-round due to climate-controlled environments.
  • However, they may exhibit seasonal variations in behavior, with increased activity during warmer months.
  • During colder months, bed bugs may become less active and seek shelter in warmer areas of the home.

Bed Bugs in the Ecosystem

  • While bed bugs are primarily associated with human environments, they are opportunistic pests that can adapt to various conditions.
  • In the ecosystem, bed bugs are not considered essential or beneficial; instead, they are considered nuisance pests.
  • Bed bugs can thrive in areas with a high concentration of humans, such as hotels, dormitories, and apartments.

By understanding the life cycle, foraging habits, seasonal behavior, and role in the ecosystem, you can gain valuable insights into the world of bed bugs. Armed with this knowledge, you can implement effective prevention and control measures to protect your home from bed bug infestations in the Midwest region. Stay vigilant and proactive, and you'll be on your way to a bed bug-free environment!

How do I stop bed bugs from coming into my bed?

To stop bed bugs from coming into your bed and prevent infestations, you can take several preventive measures. Here are some steps you can follow:

Regular Cleaning: Keep your bed and surrounding areas clean to minimize hiding spots for bed bugs. Vacuum your mattress, bed frame, and headboard regularly.

Bed Encasements: Use bed bug-proof mattress encasements and box spring encasements. These encasements prevent bed bugs from entering or escaping your mattress and box spring.

Reduce Clutter: Minimize clutter around your bed and bedroom. Bed bugs can hide in cluttered areas, making it harder to detect and eliminate them.

Check Second-hand Items: If you bring in used furniture or clothing, inspect them carefully for signs of bed bugs before bringing them into your home.

Seal Cracks and Crevices: Seal any cracks or crevices in the walls, floor, or furniture near your bed. Bed bugs can hide in these spaces.

Isolate Your Bed: Keep your bed away from walls and other furniture. This reduces potential hiding spots for bed bugs.

Launder Bedding Regularly: Wash your sheets, pillowcases, and blankets regularly in hot water. High heat kills bed bugs and their eggs.

Be Cautious While Traveling: Inspect hotel rooms and luggage for signs of bed bugs when traveling. Keep your luggage away from the bed and off the floor.

Early Detection: Learn to recognize the signs of bed bug activity, such as reddish-brown stains on bedding or tiny brown bugs in crevices.

By following these preventive measures, you can significantly reduce the chances of bed bugs infesting your bed and bedroom. If you suspect bed bug activity or want additional advice on bed bug prevention, consider consulting a pest control expert with experience in dealing with bed bugs in your specific region. Early detection and proactive prevention are key to keeping your bed bug-free.


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