Once bed bugs are detected, exterminating them is not an easy process. Calling in a professional is recommended. Insecticides have to be used to eradicate the bed bugs. Insecticides come in the form of powders, and sprays and what are referred to as “bug bombs”. These insecticides are highly toxic to humans and pets. If a house is infested with bed bugs, then all the occupants will have to leave the house for the recommended period of time until the insecticides has aired out of the home. If living in an apartment complex, than all apartments should be treated in order to ensure eradication. Removing bed bugs with just insecticides can be difficult. Bed bugs like to nest in small crevices of furniture insecticides tends not to reach those areas. Beds for example are not allowed to be treated with insecticides due to their harmful reaction they can have on humans. Household infested with bed bugs must remove beds and other furniture items if an infestation is detected in the particular item. An exterminator can be an invaluable resource in detecting on what pieces of furniture are infested.

After insecticide is sprayed and the infested furniture is removed one must wash all clothing, sheets, and blankets. Any infested hard surfaces should be scrubbed with soap and water and dried. Thick rugs should be throughly vacuumed. Visible signs of bed bugs in a carpet mean that the carpet should be professionally clean. It is necessary to fill in any cracks in the walls and floors after an infestation. Also, when traveling it is essential to check suitcases and bags for any signs of bed bugs. Bed bugs can live up to a year without feasting on blood. Even vacant rooms and homes can be infested with bed bugs so careful inspection to the home before moving belonging in is important. Once the recommended steps on eradicating bed bugs has completed many recommend periodic inspection of bedding for the first year after the infestation.