Bed bug infestations can be disheartening and frustrating, but luckily there are a number of things that you can do at home to combat an infestation.


Bed bugs have a habit of finding their way into every nook and cranny your home provides. The less clutter you have, the better off you are. Once you remove all unnecessary clutter, your chances of being able to completely eradicate the infestation are much better.

Launder Everything

Luckily, bed bugs are not able to survive a trip through the washer and dryer, as they cannot survive extreme heat that the dryer provides. As you go through your house and eliminate unnecessary items, gather up anything that can be washed and place into plastic trash bags. It will probably take you most of your day, but you absolutely need to wash everything you can. Once all your clothes are placed into bags, bring them to your laundry room. Wash with hot water if possible and ensure that your dryer is completely drying your clothes. Once properly washed, place your folded clothes and other items back into bags. You will want to keep them in these bags until you feel your home is safe from bed bugs.

Purchase Bed Bug Bed Encasements

Once you feel your home is clear of bed bugs, you'll want to take actions that prevent them from taking hold once again. It's a great idea to purchase items like a mattress and box spring encasement. These products are relatively cheap and will make your mattress inhospitable to bed bugs, increasing your chances to stay bed bug free greatly.

Inhibit Infestation from Spreading

So far, you've done some great work in this area. However, there is still yet more you can do to increase your chances of success. Anything in your house that is made of fabric or cloth that couldn't be washed in your washing machine should be cleaned. This includes your carpet, furniture and drapes. What many do is rent a carpet cleaner. Your time and money is well spent in making sure that literally everything made of cloth or fabric that can be cleaned is cleaned.

Call In a Professional

If you've done everything listed already and still find your home infested with bed bugs, your only choice left is to hire a professional. Their specialized tools and expertise will likely be the one thing your home is missing in your journey towards a bed bug free life. Contact a company, such as Garrie Pest Control, for more information.