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."2
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 again2