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TeamCKennedy
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Tips for getting rid of bed bugs
I have a rental and while cleaning it out discovered damn bed bugs. Never in my life have i came across these nasty little bugs. Renters seemed like very clean people. Place was always nice.

Anyways. Best way to get rid of them and best prevention ideas? Thanks in advance.


joshnorris14
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re: Tips for getting rid of bed bugs
Burn the furniture


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CoachChappy
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re: Tips for getting rid of bed bugs
Throw the beds out. Fog that place to hell and back. Clean up after that
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I Bleed Garnet
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re: Tips for getting rid of bed bugs
You call a service that deals with getting rid of bed bugs


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AU1960
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re: Tips for getting rid of bed bugs
Wash your nasty ass, DAILY...


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WhiskeyThrottle
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re: Tips for getting rid of bed bugs
We kept getting bit by bugs in our old house and I was convinced it was bed bugs. Turned out my dogs had just gotten into fleas. Gave the dogs some flea medicine, treated the yard, washed all of the bedding multiple times, dusted the carpet with diatomaceous earth, and bombed the room.

Before finding out it was fleas, I did a lot of research on getting rid of bed bugs and there was very little information that made me feel too good about getting rid of them. One of the most common suggestions was hiring a company to come in and heat your house to some temperature to kill all of them. Everything else seemed like it didn't have a high chance of working. Fortunately, bed bugs weren't my problem. If they were, hiring a company seemed to be your best bet.


TeamCKennedy
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re: Tips for getting rid of bed bugs
They did have a small dog. Pretty sure its bed bugs tho. I am probably going to hire a company to heat treat the place. The house is empty at the moment so should be an easy fix for them. Do it yourself methods seem not 100% effective.


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re: Tips for getting rid of bed bugs
Don't get a bed.


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lsu777
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re: Tips for getting rid of bed bugs
The only thing that works is getting the heat treatment done. Hire the company.

And if it's bed bugs, they prolly were clean people but picked them up from somewhere in their luggage and brought it back home.

Dunno how I'm the frick they didn't notice them though, they bite the frick out of you


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tween the hedges
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re: Tips for getting rid of bed bugs
I went through a scare (subletted a place and found something biting me one day, killed it without thinking twice and then started noting bumps on my skin). Moved after washing everything and the problem stopped. I’m not sure if I actually had them or not but I had some sleepless nights and did a lot of research.

From what I read, don’t DIY. Get a pest control company that’s reputable and has a beagle to sniff them out. Since the unit is empty, it should be an easier fix unless it was a really bad infestation. And you better be 100% before you rent it out again. Some states you have to inform any tenant of the history


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Big EZ Tiger
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re: Tips for getting rid of bed bugs
They are becoming much more common in Louisiana and some other places in the South now. NY has had a lot of them for some time. You may need to get it professionally treated.

Vacuuming the ones you see and emptying them into trash bags outside can get rid of ones you see. There are sprays you can buy on Amazon that will kill ones you see on site. They like to hide in the crevices of wooden furniture or mattresses. There are special mattress protectors you can buy on Amazon or Walmart, but since it's rental property, that would obviously give away that you have bed bugs. If all the furniture is gone, they are easier to treat because there are not many hiding spaces. It doesn't have to do with being dirty at all (though they like clutter for hiding spots). They are usually transported in cardboard boxes or hitchike on slow moving people (elderly or disabled). They generally don't hitchhike on people as they prefer hiding in items that are being transported. Don't bring anything boxed from there home. They also have heat chambers you can use to treat things and kill them.



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John Wayne
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re: Tips for getting rid of bed bugs
Eat them. Delicious with a gravy.


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dr smartass phd
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re: Tips for getting rid of bed bugs
Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth


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TBoy
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re: Tips for getting rid of bed bugs
One of my sons brought bed bugs back from summer camp in his pack one year and they got in his room. We threw out his bed, emptied his dresser and closet, washing everything in hot water twice, and we sprayed commercial pesticides on the floor and walls, deep into every crack and crevice, and on the bedframe and inside frame of the dresser. We even took the outlet covers off and sprayed in there. We sprayed every two or three days. We dusted the floor with DE every day between sprayings looking for evidence. After about two weeks of this toxic assault they were gone and never reappeared.

Of course he couldn’t sleep in the room during that time, and we had to clean up pretty well before he moved back in.

There’s a possibility that eggs can live dormant for a long time, so we sprayed every couple of months for about a year. In our case they didn’t come back.

If they come back, I’m spending the money for a professional. It was too much work.
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Anyways. Best way to get rid of them and best prevention ideas? Thanks in advance.





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TeamCKennedy
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re: Tips for getting rid of bed bugs
Yeah thats what i am reading. DIY is alot of work. Just called a contractor. Thanks everyone for the meaningful post. Will update post after the problem has been fixed.


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YouAre8Up
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re: Tips for getting rid of bed bugs
Set it on fire


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