A bed bug infestation isn’t easy to eliminate. These pests, Cimex lectularius, are notoriously difficult to kill because they are resistant to many insecticides. While the best way to prevent a Bed Bugs Removal problem is to be vigilant and treat it early, if an infestation does occur, there are several steps you can take to make sure it’s eradicated in a timely manner.

Start by thoroughly vacuuming all areas of the room where you suspect bed bugs have been spotted. Look for smashed eggs, shed skins and bugs themselves. Be sure to empty the vacuum bag after each use. Vacuum around mattress seams, along baseboards and under furniture, like nightstands, dressers and storage bins. Also vacuum and inspect the headboard and footboard  if present, the box spring/support platform, frame and any other areas where bugs may be hiding.

After vacuuming, spray a residual insecticide, such as Transport Mikron, on the tufts and seams of your mattress and the box spring/support platform. The crack and crevice tips on the aerosol can help get into the smallest corners where bed bugs can hide. Apply a similar crack and crevice treatment on all furniture near your bed, such as chests, dressers, nightstands, chairs and more. You can also use the same product on upholstered furniture, such as sofas and couches.

Another effective treatment method is the use of a parasitic fungus called Beauveria bassiana, which specifically targets bed bugs and renders them infertile and immobile, so they can no longer reproduce. This can be purchased in liquid form or as a bait and trap, which is generally safer to use in your home than an insecticide.

As an alternative to both of these methods, you can try placing crushed mint leaves around your home, as the scent will repel bed bugs. You can also place a ring of lemon juice on your bed frame legs to deter the pests.

It’s important to remember that it can be extremely difficult to completely eliminate a bed bug infestation on your own, even with the use of pesticides, so you may need to seek professional help. A pest control company will be able to use bait-and-lure traps, foggers and other powerful methods to quickly eliminate the bug infestation. Some pest control companies will also rely on heat treatment to fully exterminate the bugs and their eggs without using any toxic chemicals. If you need the help of a professional, compare quotes and reviews to find a bed bug exterminator near you. This is a great way to make sure you’re choosing the best pest control company to rid your home of this insidious pest.