How To Eradicate Bed Bugs From Your Family's Home

If one of your kids brought bed bugs home from a sleepover at a friend's house, then you need to act quickly to kill the bed bugs and their eggs before they have a chance to spread throughout your house. Bed bugs are resilient to most commercial pest control agents and eradicating them requires a very serious physical effort. While it is not fun, this task needs to be completed immediately or it will become infinitely harder to control the infestation in your home.

Use this procedure to permanently get rid of the bed bugs your child brought into your home:

Prevent Room-to-Room Contamination

If your child's room is the only area of the house contaminated with bed bugs, then you do not want to unknowingly spread them to other areas as you are trying to eradicate them. To prevent spreading, you should place all items that will fit into plastic bags. Leave room at the top of the bags and carefully tie them completely closed using a knot.

Do not set the plastic bags on the floor while you are placing items into them. Doing this allows the bed bugs to attach themselves to the bottom of the bags and transfer to other areas of your home when you set them down.

Larger items should be left in place or carried directly outside into the sun where they can be treated professionally.

Use Your Clothes Dryer to Kill Bed Bugs and Eggs

The heat of a residential clothes dryer is hot enough to kill both bed bugs and their eggs. All soft items you choose to keep need to be treated in a hot clothes dryer. If you want to wash items, you should first treat them with heat in the dryer to kill all of the bed bugs. Follow the dryer treatment with regular laundering.

Use Isopropyl Alcohol to Kill Bed Bugs

If you spray isopropyl alcohol on bed bugs or their eggs, the alcohol dries them out and kills them. Since alcohol is non-toxic and will not damage most surfaces because it evaporates very quickly, you can place it in a spray bottle and spray it in areas you suspect may have bed bugs hiding in them.

Follow the alcohol treatment with a thorough vacuuming of the room.

Note: Before spraying wood furniture items, first test the alcohol in a small area to ensure that it will not damage the surface.

Seek Professional Help

Since bed bugs are so resilient and nearly impossible to see with the naked eye, it is important that you have your home professionally treated by a local pest control company after you have completed the procedure above. Failing to remove just a few bed bugs or their eggs can easily result in a full-blown re-infestation.  For more information about bed bug control, contact a company such as Rice's Inc Termite & Pest Control.