DYI Extermination

The sight of a bed bug can send even the most rational people into a panic. But don't fear, bed bug infestations can be eliminated, and you can do the treatments yourself in a way that will fit your schedule and budget.

It will take diligence and consistency on your part, but you can treat a bed bug infestation in your home or office for good.

Our 4-step guide to your DIY bed bug treatment will cover the following:

  • How to Prepare for a Bed Bug Treatment

  • How to Treat a Room for Bed Bugs

  • How to Treat a Mattress for Bed Bugs 

  • The Importance of Repetition in Bed Bug Treatment

Keep reading to get started.

Not sure if you actually have bed bugs?

Learn what bed bugs look like and where bed bugs hide in the home before you invest in a treatment.​

Before you begin your own bed bug treatment, you will need to prepare the room or rooms where bed bugs have been found, in addition to rooms that share walls with the infested rooms. 

Extermination Preparation

  • Prior to extermination, remove all bedding from mattresses, gather all linens, clothing, etc. from closets and dressers. Put them in the dryer for 20 mins on high heat. 

  • Nothing should be under the bed, or on the closet floors. ​​

  • De-clutter the house as much as possible. There should be no clutter on the floors.

  • Vacuum entire house including under the bed and closets, including along all moldings and baseboards.

  • Empty wooden nightstands that are next to the bed(s) and remove drawers if possible. Bedbugs can and will seek refuge between the boards of wooden furniture. ​

  • Remove any paintings or art from the walls. Be sure to thoroughly check any item that is removed from the room to prevent bed bugs from being transferred from room to room.

  • If you have a mattress that is heavily infested, we recommend covering it with a bed bug proof mattress cover or bed bug mattress encasement before treating, or very thoroughly vacuum it to remove any bed bugs and eggs.

Extermination

  • To get rid of bed bugs in a mattress, spray Bed Bug Eviction onto the mattress. Focus on the seams, tufts, and folds and underside of the mattress and spray until the mattress is damp. Allow mattress to dry before remaking the bed with freshly laundered sheets that have been run through a dryer on high heat. Spray down the box spring as well, especially underneath. 

  • After your mattress has been taken care of, it's time to treat the rest of the room or rooms where bed bugs have been found and the rooms that share walls with infected rooms.

  • Spray onto baseboards, in corners, around door and window frames, around bed frames, and under furniture. Do not broadcast spray an entire carpet or floor. ​

Some areas to pay special attention to:

  1. Bed and Furniture Legs - Treat the wheels, casters, posts, and legs of all furniture as bedbugs may be harboring there.

  2. Wall-to-Wall Carpets - Treat and spray along the edges of carpets and where carpets meet baseboards.

  3. Door and Window Frames - Spray around all door frames, window frames, and thresholds.

Repeat as needed. 

Bed bug traps can be placed under the legs of furniture and bed frames to trap bed bugs before they can climb onto furniture. This is also a good way to monitor an infestation.

Additional areas to pay special attention to:

  1. Upholstered Furniture - Inspect and treat any furniture in affected rooms. Much like a mattress, any tufts, seams, or folds will require special attention. Pay careful attention to the furniture legs and dust liners. Spot test an inconspicuous area first before applying to the rest of the furniture piece.

  2. Baseboards - Treat where the baseboard meets the wall, where the baseboard meets the carpet or floor, and any cracks in the baseboard. This will prevent bed bugs from crawling along or under the baseboard to access other rooms of the home.

  3. The Entire Bed, Not Just the Mattress - Don't forget the box spring, bed frame, and headboard (especially if the headboard is fabric). Treat along the corners, seams, stapled dust cover, and internal area of a box spring. Voids and screw holes in bed frames are a common hiding place for bed bugs, so be sure to inspect each one.

  4. Pictures and Wall Hangings - Remove from the wall and treat the back and corners of each. If needed, treat the cracks and crevices of any affected wall hangings. Wait until the spray is dry to rehang.

You must repeat this every 7-10 days until no one in the home has bed bug bites and there is no further evidence (live bugs, cast skins, or fresh blood spots) found. This is absolutely crucial! 

It is important to vacuum the floors, baseboards, moldings and furniture including your mattress and box spring everyday during this process.

Depending on the severity of the infestation it can take a minimum of 3 weeks, including repeat treatments. Failure to be thorough can prolong the process of getting rid of bed bugs and can make it harder to eliminate them.

*** You must continue to sleep in rooms with bed bug activity to draw them out into the insecticide.***

Last but not least.... You need a 1 gallon sprayer to mix and spray Bed Bug Eviction. You can order one from our site or pick up in person from Lowes, Home Depot, Walmart or any hardware store.