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05.4 - methods to remove bed bugs

How Do Exterminators Get Rid of Bed Bugs?

If you discover red, itchy bites on your arms and legs when you get up in the morning, you may start to worry that you have bed bugs. If you want to get rid of the bothersome invaders from your California home, you must call a bed bug exterminator as soon as you notice bed bugs. The exterminator won’t do anything more than inspect your home to see if bed bugs are there after you’ve given them the details of the problem. This step is important since the results can be different if an exterminator just started treating without first checking. You are now back where you started, with no other options available to you.

Deep Steaming & Surface Treatment

Depending on how severe the situation is, your exterminator may use one of the following methods. 

Chemical treatments might not be required if the California bed bug exterminator discovers that the infestation is not well-established. He or she may simply suggest washing or discarding your bed sheets to stop an infestation.

Surface Preparation & Deep Steaming

An exterminator can remove any loose bed bugs, eggshells, shell fragments, or droppings from the folds and corners of your bedding by utilizing a specialized high-efficiency vacuum. This specific vacuum has a filter that makes sure that once something is sucked in, it cannot be withdrawn. This vacuum is run over the mattress, box spring, and bed frame to make sure everything on the surface is removed. 

The area will be vacuumed to remove any remaining insects or their eggs before the exterminator uses a steam cleaner to completely clean the mattress, box spring, and bed frame. This method is employed when there isn’t a significant infestation and the homeowner has pets or young children who might be adversely affected by some chemicals within the home. 


An exterminator might use a pesticide that can be sprayed directly into the bed to get rid of bed bugs and their eggs. This method should not be used in homes with dogs, young children, or elderly family members since it could harm them. If you don’t have pets, small children, or elderly family members, the exterminator can spray pesticide all over the bed, box spring, and bed frame, similar to how he did with the vacuum and steam cleaner. 


The term “insecticide” is not cause for fear. Science has come a long way. Exterminators today typically employ insecticides rather than the “bug bomb” techniques you see on television. The bed and any cracks where bed bugs might try to enter are treated using these methods. This treatment will prevent bugs from surviving in certain areas. 

Heat Treatment

It is impossible for bed bugs to survive in extreme heat. In more serious or widespread infestations, exterminators use heat treatment to destroy the insects. The room is shut off, and anything that is sensitive to heat is removed because it will get extremely heated during this process. The intense heat will cause bed bugs and any eggs they may have laid to die. This approach is risk-free for houses with pets, young children, and elderly family members, similar to the steam method. 

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