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05.2 - 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 wake up in the morning, you might start to worry that you have bed bugs. In order to get rid of the bothersome invaders from your California home, you need get in touch with a bed bug exterminator as soon as you find bed bugs. Once you have presented the situation to the exterminator, they will simply inspect your home to verify that you indeed do have bed bugs. This step is important since the results can be different if an exterminator just started treating without first inspecting. You are thus back where you were at the beginning and have no more options.

Deep Steaming & Surface Treatment

Depending on how terrible 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 getting rid of your sheets to stop an infestation.

Surface Preparation & Deep Steaming

An exterminator may use a specialized high-efficiency vacuum cleaner to get rid of any loose bed bugs, eggshells, shell fragments, or droppings in the folds and corners of your beds. On this specific vacuum, a filter makes sure that once anything is sucked in, it cannot leave. This vacuum is run over the mattress, box spring, and bed frame to make sure everything on the surface is removed. 

The exterminator will use a steam cleaner to completely clean the mattress, box spring, and bed frame after vacuuming the surface to eliminate any remaining insects or their eggs. This method is used when there isn’t a serious infestation and the homeowner has pets or young children who could be adversely impacted by some chemicals inside the home. 


An exterminator may use a pesticide that can be sprayed directly onto the bed to get rid of bed bugs and their eggs. This method shouldn’t be used in homes with dogs, young children, or elderly family members because it could harm them. However, if you don’t have pets, young children, or elderly family members, the exterminator can spray pesticide all over the bed, box spring, and bed frame, exactly like he did with the vacuum and steam cleaner. 


Be not scared by the word “insecticide.” Science has come a long way. Many exterminators now use insecticides instead of the “bug bomb” techniques you see on television. The bed and any cracks where bed bugs can try to enter are treated with these methods. This treatment will prevent bugs from surviving in such areas. 

Heat Treatment

Bed bugs can’t survive in really hot temperatures. In more dangerous or massive infestations, exterminators use heat treatment to kill the insects. The room is switched off, and any heat-sensitive items are removed because it will get rather warm while this process is going on. The intense heat will kill bed bugs as well as any eggs they may have laid. This technique is risk-free for households with pets, young children, and elderly family members, similar to the steam method.