It’s no secret now that bed bug infestations are a very real epidemic at the moment, arguably the worst they have ever been, particularly in the Northern Hemisphere. This has led to a huge influx of information on the internet about how to get rid of bed bugs. Everyone has all of a sudden become a bed bug ‘expert’. Sadly, many of these so called ‘experts’, seeking to exploit massive search volumes on Google related to getting rid of bed bugs, have come up with ways to discredit professional exterminators, claiming that they have the ‘magic solution’ that nobody has ever heard of before, that their solution is an absolute must for getting rid of bed bugs, that exterminators are a waste of time, and so on and so forth. You get the idea, the usual sales pitch stuff so that you can go ahead and buy their product.

The guide below is a FREE, simple, full-proof 4-step method on how to get rid of bed bugs safely in 12 hours

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Please, don’t get fooled into thinking that professional exterminators have no use. They are very useful – that’s why they’re called professionals: they kill bed bugs for a living and many of them have been years in the business and do it really well. This is why I find it a little offensive that many of these so-called ‘experts’ seek not only to discredit professional exterminators but also claim that they have the ‘magic solution’ to getting rid of bed bugs, when the truth is most of them really haven’t a clue themselves!

Professional exterminators most certainly do have their place in getting rid of bed bugs (I mean, obviously), but the fact is that they are expensive. But you get what you pay for – and you are paying to not have to do the job yourself, something which is very doable and inexpensive but just takes up a bit of time. There are no ‘secrets’ to getting rid of bed bugs that nobody knew of before now and please don’t get conned into thinking that there are. So if you have the money and don’t have the time, by all means hire a professional. If you hire a good service, they will get the job done and they will get it done well.

However for those, and there are many out there, who don’t have thousands of dollars to spend on professional exterminators, our guide below is a free, simple, 4-step method on how to get rid of bed bugs in 12 hours. It is a full-proof and permanent solution which can be employed inexpensively, but will just require a little time on your part.

Step 1: Assessing The Problem & Pre-treatment

  • The first step to getting rid of bed bugs is to assess the severity of the problem. You need to know what you’re up against before you can decide what tools you’ll need to assist you. This entails conducting a thorough inspection of the house, a tedious process indeed, but nevertheless a necessary one.
  • Firstly, remove all the bedding, place it in hot water and, if possible take the mattress outside. Bed bugs feed on human beings, so their dominant presence will be the bed and surrounding areas. You will have to be meticulous here, as bed bugs are excellent hiders and in fact are hardly ever seen.
  • Secondly, inspect the mattress, paying particular attention to the seams and crevices.  If you have bed bug bites on your skin, chances are you will find signs of bed bugs on your mattress. Signs to look for here include blood stains (from bed bugs being squashed as you roll over at night) and little black speckles scattered about the mattress. Sadly there is no way for us to break this to you in an ‘ungross’ manner: these little black specks are bed bug fecal matter and are a sure sign that bed bugs have made a home in your mattress. Don’t panic! You do not have to throw your mattress out – shortly we will be revealing the best way to treat your mattress and make it good as new without getting expensive professionals involved.
  • Finally, systematically move through the bedroom to check for bed bugs. Be intuitive here, try to scan the area for any cracks or crevices where a bed bug might hide. Make a note of where most of the bed bugs are hiding throughout the house, so that these areas can be treated as per step 2 below. Invariably most bugs will be in the bedroom, but depending on the severity of the infestation, there will be migrations to other parts of the house as the infestation expands.

 Step 2: Treatment

  • Now that you’ve determined how bad your bad your problem is and where most of the bed bugs are hiding, you can begin with treatment. Now, the reality is that you’re going to have to spend some money here. Some more than others, depending on the severity of the infestation, but certainly no where near what you would spend on professional exterminators.
  • The good news is that we’ve done the homework for you and we’ve figured out what products will give you the best bang for your buck and which will not only help you to eradicate bed bugs completely, but which can be used to prevent future infestation and most importantly are safe with children and pets around. We’ve conducted weeks of research on these products, graded them and put them in a comparison table so that you can decide what’s best for your needs. You can take a look at the comparison table HERE.
  • So, Let’s begin treating the house. First, you’ll want to sprinkle some bed bug powder in all the areas of the house you made a note of in step 1. If you are wondering what powder to use, we recommend Diatomaceous Earth Food Grade, which scored 4.5 stars in our review as it really is great stuff, consists only of natural ingredients and although deadly to bed bugs, can actually be consumed by humans as a health supplement. At $23,00 for a 10lb packet, you won’t be breaking the bank and you will find just one packet should be more than enough, even for a rather serious infestation.
  • Second, use a bed bug spray on any bed bugs you come in contact with. The Diatomaceous Earth powder has the effect of drawing bed bugs away from their hiding places, so you should make the most of this opportunity to get spraying and kill as many bed bugs as you can. Take a look at our Steri-fab review if you’re looking for a good bed bug spray. Our only reservation about this product is that it is not entirely natural and is toxic if consumed by humans or pets, but this shouldn’t deter you as it is very effective and exercise of good common sense about safety when using the product will invariably avert any dangers associated with using itt. At $41,35 for a whole gallon of Steri-fab it is relatively inexpensive and one gallon is more than enough to handle the most severe infestations and still have some spray left to spare.

 Step 3: Clean And Steam

  • Clothes and movables. So, you’ve treated the house itself now, but unfortunately the job doesn’t end there. Now you need to treat the stuff that was inside the house. What you’re going to need here is heat, and lots of it. It has been scientifically proven that bed bugs of all life stages cannot survive extreme heat, anything above 120 Fahrenheit to be exact. So anything that can be washed must be taken without delay to be washed with hot water. However, even things which can’t be washed can be infested, so if it’s in your budget, a terrific device to use is the Packtite ($299), in which anything from clothes to bedding, anything really (even books!) can be placed before the unit is then sealed and heated to 120 degrees, killing all bugs regardless of life-stage, including eggs.
  • Mattress. Although the Packtite is a great device, it won’t accommodate one of the most important things which require treatment, namely, your mattress, which you’ll want to give a thoroughly good steaming. You can rent a steamer fairly cheaply ($20,00) or you can buy excellent steamers from Amazon from between $70,00 to $300,00. These steamers aren’t just effective with mattresses, but with clothes and curtains (anything really) as well so the steamer does the Packtite’s job too, albeit with just a bit more hard work on your part.

Step 4: Prevention

  • If steps 1 to 3 have been followed correctly, you should have no more bed bug problem, at least not one even remotely as severe as it was to begin with. That being said, it is unfortunately unlikely that you will have completely eradicated all bed bug life as it is extremely difficult to reach all areas of an infestation, particularly in more serious cases. It is therefore necessary that you take certain preventative measures to ensure that any lingering bed bugs don’t become a problem. Below are some points to consider in this regard.
  • Mattress Encasement. These are recommended but not essential. They can be a bit of an expense (about $150,00 to $200,00 for a good quality one). If it’s in your budget, take a look at our review of the Allerzip bed bug mattress cover, which is a decent quality product.
  • Traps can be useful for preempting attacks from any lingering bed bugs. There are a variety of traps available at Amazon, ranging from $7,00 to $399,00. If you decide to purchase any of these traps we recommend that your primary indicator of a quality product is to look at the average star ratings. As a general rule of thumb a good product will be one that has been reviewed by no less than 10 users and which has an average of 4 stars or above.
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