(Closed) BED BUGS?! Help please!

posted 6 years ago in Home
Post # 3
1257 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I work at a shelter and you need to have someone come out and spray the entire house. Unfortunately, you need to probably get rid of your furniture but a professional can provide you with all the details. Putting plastic sheets on the mattress will sufficate any in the bed or mattress, but you really need to have a professional come out because they spread and reproduce rapidly. My shelter has not personally had them but I know of shelters that have, and it was a NIGHTMARE! If you have children, they could be in the stuff animals, carpet, bed, couches, etc!

Post # 4
1257 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Also, it you bag up the quilts and take them somewhere, bring them in and take them directly to the washer with HOT water.

Post # 5
3871 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I know a friend of mine got bed bugs and they had to throw out their 3 month old mattress and buy a new one.  They, also, got their apartment fumigated.  Then ended up breaking their lease and moved out.

Post # 7
7695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I’ve heard advertisements about cedarcide/cedarside?  Have you looked into that?

Post # 8
1052 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

My friend from high school brought home bed bugs from a ritzy hotel in New York. They were only in her room at first so her parents pretty much ignored it and got her some do it yourself bed bug killer. We took all cloth items out of her room and washed them on hot, bagged her mattress and used a chemical cleaner on her carpet. No dice, they get inside your furniture and into the walls. A few weeks later, her parents bedroom was infested too. That made them change their tune pretty quickly. They had to have the entire house fumigated and specially treated for bed bugs, it’s pretty much impossible to kill them without a professional.

Post # 9
2786 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

You need to bring in the pros. Hot water won’t kill them…and if they’re in your mattress chances are they’re on other soft surfaces too: including the couch. Those things spread like nothing else.

Post # 10
12881 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Sorry, I agree with PPs – you need to have a professional come in and get rid of them…and you should probably start looking for new furniture/mattress. 

Post # 11
1319 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Yeah, you probably just carried them to your couch by getting up to sleep there. And that’s if they weren’t there already. They’re probably in the carpet, walls, furniture…Get a pro. Ever since Darling Husband first saw me do a bedbug check, he has me do one before we touch anything in a strange bedroom. 

Post # 12
5428 posts
Bee Keeper

Have you informed the hotel so they can eradicate it at their end? Sorry you have to go through that, they cannot be taken care of by just anybody… a pro is the only way, if you have to have your house sprayed, afterwards, make sure you wash EVERYTHING in the house, dishes clothes, furniture, I MEAN EVERYTHING! The chemical spray will stick to everything, you don’t want to keep that in your clothes or on dishes and silverware you are going to be eatng out of! Spring cleaning is in the air for your family.

Post # 13
9029 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

we went through this before. it is a night mare to get rid of them but it is possible. Firstly you need to get a spray from Home Depot, it comes in a purple spray can and is the only thing that actually works. However it only works if it comes in contact with the actual bed bugs.

Heat and hot water doesnt affect them at all, only extremely cold temps kill them and oxygen deprivation but over a very long time.

We bought jumbo sized zip lock bags and put everything that could have possibly come in contact with the bed bugs into these bags to prevent the bugs from hiding in clothes and then later coming out again and this way they would eventually run out of air. Then we hunted down where the bed bugs were, we found a nest of them burrowed into a canvas box that was under my bed. we put several layers of zip matress covers over the mattress  and sprayed every inch of the room after everything was in zip lock bags. We had to throw a lot of stuff away including bedding, and a sofa. but we got rid of the bugs.

I was so happy when I moved out of that apartment, but we had to get rid of them first otherwise moving to another apartment would have just transferred the bed bugs in our clothes and furniture

Post # 14
3264 posts
Sugar bee

You can’t just wash your sheets and wish them away. 

You will need to wash in hot all fabric, stuffed animals, bedding, towels, shoes, any soft surface, etc.  Stuff that you cannot wash in hot, you can bag up in an air tight bag for 6 months.  You can’t open them in that time either.  Bed bugs can live a long time without food.

You will also need to get your place professionally sprayed.  Generally, it is more then one spraying needed due to the life cycle of the bugs.  Your furniture will also probably have to go, but see what the pros say about that.

In the mean time vaccuum your furniture, mattresses, carpets etc, and then clean out the vaccuum right away. 

Good luck.  This really sucks.


Post # 15
74 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

If it’s bed bugs you will need professionals to get rid of the infestation.  Very high heat is the only way to kill eggs. Sprays can kill the bed bugs themselves, but that will not cure the problem. Try contacting your local health dept. for agencies in your area that treat bed bugs. Good Luck!  

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