Bed Bug prevention is just as important as knowing how to kill bed bugs. Whether your home already has a bed bug issue or you’re looking to make sure it never happens; the following steps will ensure that your home and your family are protected. A printable PDF of more in-depth directions for inspection, prevention and elimination can be found below.
Preparation for bed bug removal should start by removing any clutter from your floors, vacuuming, washing and drying bed linens and washable clothing on high heat to kill existing bed bugs and moving furniture 2-3 feet from walls. It is important to seal infested clutter, garbage and vacuum bags so that bed bugs will not be able to re-infest your home or migrate to neighboring homes and apartments.
Do Not transfer items from one room to another as you could potentially transfer bed bugs with them.
Step 2: Inspection
Thorough inspection is the key to getting rid of bed bugs. While bed bugs are best known for infesting beds, after feeding they will sometimes migrate to other portions of a room, into cracks and crevices, closets and dressers, or other hiding spots.
Bed bugs can be difficult to spot. They are nocturnal and feed at night so during the day they will hide in slim cracks and crevices, seams of your mattress and in other tight spaces. The adults are about 3/16 or 1/4 inch in length with flat, oval, reddish-brown bodies. Bed Bug Nymphs are smaller and lighter in color. Also check for bed bug shells and eggs. Eggs may be hard to spot as they are tiny and white. Skin molting/shed encasements are a light brown. You may also notice dark dots which may be bed bug fecal matter.
Plan to spend 1-2 hours inspecting and treating each room of your home or apartment.
Step 3: Treatment
After preparation and thorough inspection, proper treatment methods are an integral part of how to kill bed bugs and eliminate any infestations. Stand up your mattress, box spring, headboard and railings for inspection. All sides must be thoroughly sprayed (including any and all buttons, seams, rips, tears or tufts). Nature’s Response™ Bed Bug Killer does not stain fabric. Remove any netting from underneath the box spring to reach the innermost area since this is often a main hiding spot for bed bugs. Your headboard, bed frame and railings will need to be sprayed, making sure to reach any cracks or gaps.
Dressers, nightstands, desks and other furniture will need to have their drawers removed so that you can spray the insides. Make sure to also spray on the underside of furniture as well. Upholstered furniture has many more seams, tufts and folds for bed bugs to hide. Be certain to cover every inch of fabric with Nature’s Response™ Bed Bug Killer. Remove any cushions and spray all sides.
Window frames, gaps and molding are also prime hiding places for bed bugs which must be sprayed. Caulking cracks in walls and along molding will help to stop bed bugs from using these places as hiding spaces in the future. Paintings, photos, frames and wall hangings will need to be removed from walls before spraying.
Check all garment labels before deciding how to treat potentially infested clothing items. Nature’s Response™ will not stain and is safe for fabrics so may be sprayed on clothing. Clothing that can be washed and dried should be cleaned and placed in a dryer on high for 45 minutes to kill any bugs. Clothing that should not be wet or placed in a dryer may need to be disposed of to eliminate the risk of re-infestation. Curtains, blinds, drapes and window treatments should be treated similarly. Any that are washable can be washed and dried on high for 45 minutes to kill bed bugs and sprayed afterwards for thorough protection.
Nature’s Response™ Bed Bug Killer can be sprayed on carpets, tile and wood floors without fear of staining or ruining color. Be sure to treat all gaps, cracks, moldings, edges, behind baseboards, along tack strips and any seams. Caution: Spray will make floors slippery until dry.
Nature’s Response Bed Bug Killer Pro is non-conductive so it may be sprayed inside wall outlets, wall voids and plate covers. Use caution when spraying near any electrical outlets. For increased safety, please turn off power and unplug devices before spraying.
Step 4: Follow-Up
For best results, re-treat after two weeks and then again two more weeks later. For major infestations, re-treatment after 48 hours is highly recommended. If you live in a multi-unit dwelling (such as an apartment complex), it is possible that bed bugs may travel from one unit to the next. In this case, monthly treatments may be necessary until the infestation has been thoroughly taken care of.
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