Once a bed bug infestation is found, there are ways to treat infestations — both chemically and without chemicals. Non-chemical treatments include putting the bedding and clothing in a dryer at high temperatures to kill bed bugs (washing isn’t sufficient).
The Environmental Protection Agency said combining chemical and non-chemical treatments in a unified approach makes the most sense, though treating the problem will take time and patience.
• Inspect infested areas and surrounding living spaces, and correctly identify the pest
• Keep records, including dates and locations where pests are found
• Clean all items within a bed bug-infested living area
• Reduce clutter where bed bugs can hide
• Eliminate bed bug habitats
• Physically remove bed bugs through cleaning
• Use pesticides carefully according to the label directions or hire a pest management professional
• Follow-up with inspections and possible treatments
The EPA warns that pesticide meant for outdoor use should not be used indoors since it is very dangerous and won’t actually solve the bed bug problem. Using the wrong pesticides can make people sick, and, again, may not solve the problem and may even make it worse.
- Source: Environmental Protection Agency