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Sign of bed bugs on your bed

Do-it-yourself bed bug removal If you think you have bed bugs, you must first find them. Bed bugs prefer dark, warm places, such as the nooks and crannies of mattresses, under the edge of wall-to-wall carpeting or cracks in drywall.

Start by grabbing a flashlight and searching your bedroom; this means taking the sheets off your mattress, turning it on end, turning out all drawers and dressers and thoroughly checking the edges of your carpet for any bugs. You may see the occasional egg on its own, but the live bugs like to congregate.

Once you've found the bugs, you need to remove them. First, use rubbing alcohol to kill any bugs or eggs you can see — once the alcohol touches them, they die.

Next, launder all clothing and bedding in the room. Using water above 120 degrees Fahrenheit will kill the bugs.

For items you can't put in the washer, try wrapping in plastic and laying out in the sun. After a few days, the bugs will be dead. Once you've killed the obvious insects, vacuum and steam clean your carpets.

You can also use retail insecticides, which you can find at most grocery and hardware stores for less than $10, to help get rid of the bugs. Be on guard, since there will likely be hidden colonies the sprays won't reach.

Hiring a professional for bed bug extermination To completely rid your home of bed bugs, hiring a professional exterminator is recommended. Most states require their insect pros to be licensed, but be sure to ask how long any contractor or company has been in business and if they've ever dealt with a bed bug infestation. Experience with ants, termites or beetles isn't the same — bed bugs present a unique challenge for any exterminator.98104

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