A bedbug infestation can be a terrible problem to have, as these blood-sucking insects are capable of inflicting painful and annoying bites that can deny you a good night's sleep and harm your health. Unfortunately, many homeowners don't realize they have a bedbug issue until they start being bitten. If you spot bedbugs in your clothes, beddings or mattress, consider calling in a bed bug removal professional to deal with the problem. However, you also take a few steps to combat the problem yourself before calling in the pros and hopefully get rid of those nasty critters for good.   


Bedbugs love hiding in corners and undersides of your bed, so this would be a good place to start your cleaning. Run a vacuum inside the bed frame, underneath the bed and along the head/baseboards to suck up the bugs and their eggs, particularly focusing on crevices where they are most likely to hide.

You should also vacuum your mattress, curtains, chairs and tables, wardrobes and other furniture near the bed. Next, be sure to carefully seal the used vacuum bag and dump it in a sealed trash receptacle outside your home to prevent the bugs from crawling back into your home. To ensure that no bugs are left lurking around, spray insecticide in all hard surfaces such as floors and baseboards and then wrap your mattress and box spring in a bed bug-proof encasement.

Wash and steam clean

The best way to effectively kill bedbugs hidden in your clothes/beddings is to wash them at high temperature. Set your washing machine to a high hot water setting and put all your infested laundry in there for a few minutes before drying them using your dryer's highest heat setting. The extreme heat should kill off any bedbugs and eggs in the fabrics. When transporting infested laundry to and from the laundry room, use a dedicated bag to prevent cross-contaminating other laundered clothing.

For items that cannot be washed at high temperature, steam cleaning should do the trick. A portable steam cleaner can do an effective job of penetrating mattress and carpet fibers, eliminating any bugs hidden underneath. You should also steam clean bedroom cabinets, flooring, walls and soft furniture to kill off the bedbug infestation in otherwise unreachable areas such as tiny cracks and holes. Be sure to set the steam cleaner to produce dry, not wet steam to prevent damaging delicate fabric and reduce drying times on cleaned areas.