2. Tidy Up
The first step towards getting rid of bed bugs is to pick up any clothes, blankets, books, or clutter from around your bedroom. These are prime hiding spot for bed bugs. Place the items in two layers of large plastic bags. And set them aside for future cleaning.
3. Wash Your Linens
Grab all your sheets, linens, and sleep clothes and run them through the hot cycle in your washing machine. Follow up by drying them up on high heat for over 30 minutes.
It’s important to also wash your pillows, mattress cover, and duvet. Set them aside once clean. You can also keep the unwashable items in two clear plastic bags and leave them directly in the sunlight for a few days to a week to kill all the bugs.
4. Freeze them Off
Alternatively, bag up the unwashables twice and put them in your freezer for a few days. For extra reassurance, keep them frozen for a week. The bugs and eggs should completely die during this time.
5. Vacuum Everything
We mean everything! Vacuum your mattress entirely, as well as the carpet, bedframe, headboard, and bedroom furniture.
Empty all the drawers and vacuum them also. You’ll probably need to repeat this step a few times. Once vacuumed and cleaned, cover the mattress with a bed bug-proof mattress encasement.