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How do you get rid of bedbugs?

Bedbugs can be hard to kill. Bugs can hide in cracks and crevices in the mattress, bed frame, and box spring. They can spread into cracks and crevices in the room and lay their eggs. For these reasons, it is best to call a professional insect control company for treatment choices. The usual treatments include:

  • Heat. Equipment is used to heat rooms to kill the bugs and their eggs. The temperature needs to be around 122°F (50°C).
  • Insecticides. Make sure that the product the company uses has been shown to be effective against the bugs you are trying to get rid of.
  • Other cleaning steps such as vacuuming or laundering things that might hide bugs. Washing and then drying items in a dryer on a hot setting is adequate to kill bedbugs in clothing or linens. Turn the dryer to the hottest setting that the fabric can handle.

When the bugs are gone, be careful not to bring bedbugs back into your house.

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Last Updated: November 14, 2014
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