Anyone have bed bug issues and how'd you get rid of them?


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Most Helpful Guy

  • "What the professional exterminator did:
    1) Empty all closets and drawers. Wash and dry every linen (including curtains and clothes) in the house on high heat, then leave them in trash bags. Anything that can't be washed like rugs, stuffed animals or pillows, dry on high heat for at least 20-30 min, then leave in trash bags.

    2) Seal any gaps between the walls/celings/floors with caulk. Caulk any holes or deep crevices. Remove all light switch covers and picture frames or decorations from walls and spray with alcohol. They hide in these places too.

    3) Clean all of the kids' toys/belongings with alcohol and leave them in trash bags. We actually found bedbugs in my son's football helmet and in DVD cases and drawers. Open and clean all VHS/DVD cases with alcohol or hot, soapy water. Basically, anything that the end of a credit card fits in needs to be cleaned with alcohol.

    4) Apply bedbug-proof mattress covers to all mattresses. You can traet them first, but, once they are on, no bugs can get in or out unless they get torn. They will die inside after about a year.

    5) If there are several bugs are in any of your other furniture, you will likely have to throw it away unless you call an exterminator. Anything that is very infested, GET RID OF IT!

    6) Vacuum every piece of furniture (get in the crevices and padding), mattresses, crevices of walls, and all carpet just before treatment. Immediately dispose of vacuum bag.

    7) Move all furniture to the center of each room and remove the drawers. You do not need to spray the centers of carpets/floors after vacuuming as bedbugs rarely live there. They live toward the edges.

    8) My exterminator used Phantom, Onslaught, Bedlam, and Steri-Fab. I saw that all of these can be purchased on the internet. You should use all of them as some cannot be used on mattresses. Some have no residual effect (like steri-fab) and some kill on contact while others are IGRs (disrupt the reproductive system of the bug so that they can't lay eggs). Completely saturate the furniture (crevices and open pads and covering on bottoms as well), edges of rooms, inside drawers, and all bed frames/box springs. Bed frames must be disassembled as they live deep in the cracks that you can't get to. Leave the house for at least 2 hours.

    9) Leave as much as you can bagged up and disassembled for two weeks, then repeat the entire process again. Continue to repeat every 2 weeks until you are bedbug free."

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Most Helpful Girl

  • We got them from my neighbors vent! We tried everything from different sprays mattress covers powders and traps. We couldn't get rid of them they were only getting worse. We moved and threw everything away and bought new with taxes. i have scars all over my body and I pray and pray to never have them again

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    • 1mo

      Oh I'm so sorry, have you tried getting in a professional?

    • 1mo

      We did try. It was almost 5 grand for a small 3 bedroom apartment. They said they can come back. So we left. Bought a house and burned everything. Started fresh. The stuff we did keep was soaked and washed at the laundry matt. If it couldn't be washed, I put it in a tote in a hot attic all day. That stuff is still not unpacked.

What Guys Said 14

  • No. And thank god. It is very difficult to get rid of an infestation. Professionals have to deal with it. You may have to get rid of your furniture. And if it is real bad, the carpets and sometimes even the walls have to be ripped out.

    No matter what, you need to consult pros to get an accurate assessment.

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  • Get a bag of this
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    • 1mo

      diatomaceous earth powder, sorry stupid link is supposedly to long, it's in a yellow bag, gets rid of them quick and keeps them away, lightly sprinkle it in carpet and rake it in with a toy rake

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    • 1mo

      I've washed my sheets and things and I've sprayed down my bad, the bed frame and the walls behind where my bed and dresser are. I'm still cleaning, I started at about 1pm and it's about to be 5pm. I do think I should be okay once everything is clean and taken care of.

      When I get more money I'll probably to the powder for the carpets and maybe even but a seal for the mattress. But all should be well. Thank you for your help. I do appreciate it. :)

    • 1mo

      No problem, using a hair dryer helps too, heat kills them fast when it's above 180 Fahrenheit

  • Did you go traveling recently?
    And yes either throw the mattress out, call an exterminator, or buy a bunch of killshot (purple can) and spray the bed and bed frame to death and hope they die. They breed like rabbits...

    The only reason they died out in my bed was due to extreme cold and a lot of spraying (no heat 2 winters ago). They're weak to extreme heat/cold... Hope I helped...

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    • 1mo

      Where I live it's never cold, it always feels like the summer time so I won't be as lucky as you. I can probably try the killshot but that's what my boyfriend did. I got the bedbugs from him and the bugs have died down in his room but he says he sees a new one every now and again. I'm just so afraid of getting sick from these things. I live with my grandparents who have a fixed income and I have virtually no money. So I'm super limited on treatment options.

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    • 1mo

      Dammit wtf!!! At a daycare that shit is crazy... I did my research a while ago and I think the bed bug originated in eastern Europe... Those mofos can travel lol. Shit and their ANNOYING!!!

      Oh and rubbing alcohol also works on them. Spray copious amounts on the box spring and mattress make sure you're doing a thorough sweep and clean... You can also rub some on your skin before bed but I don't know if that helps at all... Best of luck to you my dear.

    • 1mo

      Thank you once again! I'll definitely pass this on to my boyfriend's family just in case. :)

  • Usually them home defoggers is anyone's best choice to use

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  • Thankfully, I have not.

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  • No I've never had that thank goodness. How do you get them and what do they look like?

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    • 1mo

      They look like this: citybugs.tamu.edu/.../...ing-Whitney-Cranshawb.jpg

      I don't know how you get them but I do know I got them from my boyfriend's house. I'm worried about them making me sick, each day I wake up with a new bite. I can't deal anymore, I'm afraid to sleep now.

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    • 1mo

      Ok good luck

    • 1mo

      Well now I've read you can get out of there because you live with your grandparents. If Its really that bad then just go back to your grandparents house

  • Only once when I moved into my first apartment. Either seal the mattress completely in plastic or toss it out and buy a new one.

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    • 1mo

      Do you know what kind of results you can get when you seal the mattress?

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    • 1mo

      Make sure to buy a latex pillow as well since you can't seal one and they clump up when washed.

    • 1mo

      Awesome thank you for the advice!

  • I think the treatment at the time I had it done was they jacked up the heat in my place for half a day and sprayed some stuff around the base boards.

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  • no im glad i dont

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  • I think foggers kill those bastards. Just bomb the house for a day and dip. Should be Gucci.

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  • I cleaned myself you filthy hippy
    Kidding
    Buy bomb your stuff?

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  • Lol do u live in Cali that happens a lot here in the Central Valley

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    • 1mo

      No, this is my first time I've ever experienced this. Where I live the weather is very much like California's, also my grandparents are from Jamaica and they said it's a big issue over there.

    • 1mo

      Yeah some apt complex got them its pretty much always hot in Fresno lol somehow we are the hottest city and were n the middle but only place i know with heat like this is PHX i been out there too it gets hotter lol

  • I burned the house down and said the liberals did it. Then I collected my insurance.
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  • dont be a dirty hippie

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What Girls Said 5

  • From doing my own Homework, @Relentless_Hippie, I believe from what I am Seeing, you can even Go Online and Order a Special Treatment for the removal of these Bugs.
    Try That First. Sanitize everything after they are Gone. And if they are Back or the Treatment didn't work, call an Exterminator.
    Good luck and Please, Keep me Posted. xx

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    • 1mo

      I'll see what I can do. I definitely have to talk to my grandparents about everything. I'll keep you posted and thanks for the help. :)

    • 1mo

      Oh, okay, hun. Oh, wow, Grandpa and Grandpa. Good place to start then.
      So very welcome, and yes, Do keep me posted. I have confidence that you have a handle on these pests. xoo

  • Burn your house down, shave your hair rip all of your clothes off and run... Never look back. Bedbugs are a fucking nightmare :( we got rid of all our furniture and basically bought all new clothes and moved. didn't have the money for exterminators even though it's technically the landlord's job we had such a slumlord he didn't do about it.

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  • Nope never

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  • Yeah. I don't know how i got them. I really dont. But last year i had them. Just in my room. It wasn't ever a bad infestation. But We had an exterminator come out. It took care of the problem

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    • 1mo

      The exterminator sprayed for us several times. Every four days or something is the lifecycle.
      Or wait a fortnight and then they will come spray a second time.

      They don't spread disease so u don't need to be worrying about that.
      Look in the box spring of your mattress or around the baseboards of the house to find where the bugs have made camp.

      Extremely cold temps... the freezer... or extremely hot temps...95°+ will kill them. Anything in between is not effective. On a hot day u can put your clothes in black trashbags and put them outside in the sun. The temp in the bags will rise enough to cook the bugs to death.

      They can hide in clothes or luggage. As long as you keep going to your bfs house and he hasn't completely gotten rid of them, you will probably keep getting them.

  • They sell mattress protectors for them at Target.

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