Okay, you should have carried out the first part of the extermination i.e. de-cluttered the room, laundered or heat treated garments and soft furnishings and used the vacuum to get rid of eggs, nymphs and bugs from EVERY area, including furniture.
Now have you to make a decision – which bedbug killer to use?
You could hire or purchase a steam cleaning machine, bed bugs will not withstand heat so using steam is a fantastic bed bug killer! After you have used the vacuum cleaner on the whole room, methodically follow the same routine using the steam cleaner, you will find more information on how to do this in my article How to Kill Bed Bugs Using Steam.
Another option to consider is a bed bug spray, this is not particularly straight forward as there are huge numbers of products available. Personally I have tried one called Bed Bug Patrol which is produced using only natural plant extracts for example Euginia Carophylla, Mentha Piperita, and Sodium Lauryl Sulphate from Coconut Extract. These extracts are totally harmless to humans and pets but lethal to bed bugs, killing them instantly and at all stages of development. Some alternative products do not kill bed bug eggs because they are unable to permeate the outer skin.
If I am honest, I would have to say that using both these methods as a combination is without doubt the most effective way to kill bed bugs. So the process would be Vacuum –> Steam –> Spray.
But, there are yet more things you can do.
Using of fossil shell dust can also be a successful bedbug killer. As an alternative to a non toxic spray, after you have steam cleaned the room you may want to sprinkle a dusting of this around. Fossil shell dust too is 100% natural and is produced by crushing fossil shells and other marine life. It works quite simply by penetrating the waxy skin of the bed bugs causing them to dehydrate and die.
You may purchase bed bug traps! These are very easy to use and again completely natural. Place one trap on each bed post, chair leg or whatever and as the bugs begin to climb to feed ( on your blood) they become completely stuck on the trap and die. Believe it or not these are actually really effective!
One final thing you could invest in are mattress and box spring encasements. These can be used for two things, to stop bed bugs ever infesting your mattress and box spring should you be unfortunate enough to have an infestation. Secondly you can use them to trap any remaining bed bugs which will eventually die. However, it has to be said, these horrid little creatures can survive for up to a year without feeding so, don’t be tempted to remove these encasements too soon.
As you can see there are many options for getting rid of bed bugs but finding the right bed bug killer not always easy. Doing the job yourself will save you money but it will take a good deal of time and effort.