8. Steam Clean your Home
Since high temperatures kill off bed bugs, using a steam cleaner can be a great way to deep clean tricky areas likes curtains, carpets, upholstery and traveling gear.
If you don’t own a steam cleaner, you can usually rent one from your local hardware store.
9. Protect your Bedframe
Your mattress should be propped up on a bedframe to protect it from any critters living in your carpet or flooring. For more protection, invest in interceptors on all the feet of the frame to catch bugs traveling to and from the frame.
An interceptor can be as simple as a sticky card placed under the feet, but you can also buy non-toxic bed bug interceptors online, from your exterminator, or from your local hardware store.
10. Move your Bed Away from the Wall
Bedbugs don’t just live in mattresses and bed frames: they also tend to reside in walls, bedside furniture, and baseboards. In fact, only 70% of bugs and their eggs live in your mattress, bedding, and bedframe.
Even the books you read in bed may be home to the little guys (5).
One you’ve treated your furniture, keep them away from each other and from walls until the entire home is cleared of bugs.