Isolating your bed from bedbugs would not get rid of infestation, but you can sleep comfortably at night. To isolate your bed from bedbugs you should do the following things: (1) Cleaning mattresses and linens to remove existing bedbugs, (2)Prevent re-infestation, & (3) Not let them to crawling up the legs of bed. Professional exterminator is the best choice for this process, but expensive. They can apply accurate chemical to kill bedbugs efficiently, expert in cleaning every corner to remove infestation, and finally teach you how to prevent them to avoid re-infestation. So, it’s better to get help from them.
How To Isolate Your Bed From Bed Bugs?
Now you should know what you need and how to apply. You’ll need the following things:
- Zippered dust-mite encasement,
- Wide duct tape.
- Contractor grade trash bags
- Wide double-sided tape.
- Bed lifts to raise your bed off the ground (if necessary)
- Four metal bowls large enough to place the bed lifts in
- XXL Ziploc bags
- Food-grade freshwater diatomaceous earth. Also known as DE,
- Dust mask
- Murphy’s Oil Soap.
- A new set of white sheets, Pillowcases and covers. Your current ones might be infested, so let’s start over with new ones.
Optional: Rubbing alcohol & a spray bottle.
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What to do and how to apply?
Step 1: Clean your Linens and Bedding:
At first pull out all infested bedding such as: sheets, mattress cover, comforter, pillows, & pllow cases. Immediately stuff them into the trash bags, and tie them tightly. Never let infested clothing touch other linens. Wash them in hot water and dry at least 140 degrees for 4 hours, or 2 complete drying cycles. After drying keep them into an XXL Ziploc and seal it.
Now keep your pillows in a contractor bag, seal it and mark as bedbug infested, and throw it in trash. Since removing bedbugs from pillows is very difficult, you are better off to start with a new one.
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Step 2: Vacuum Your Mattress and Box Spring
Now you need to clean your Mattress, & box spring with vacuum cleaner to remove bedbugs, their eggs and larvae. Clean well each and every corner including sticky clutter of your mattress using vacuum attachment. Clean the other side of your mattress, wooden frames, wooden support and box spring also.
While enough dust in the vacuum cleaner, tear that flimsy dust cover and keep all dust in plastic garbage bag, seal it and throw it away.
Step 3: Clean the Bed Frame
Metal frames fairly easy to clean. Clean the bed frame, every corners, joints, the area of wheels attach to the frame, and any other places you suspect bedbugs may hide.
Use rubbing alcohol to kill bedbugs where you missed. Fill all the holes and gaps with Caulk or duct tape as these are ideal places for bedbugs to hide.
The headboard is another hiding place for bedbugs and likely to be infested. So, put it in a plastic bag, mark it as bedbugs infested with paint and throw it in out side trash.
Any wooden bed frame must be disassembled and clean it with vacuum cleaner. Remove all sticky clutter with hard brush and wash it with Murphy’s Oil Soap. Spray this oil into every cracks and crevices.
Step 4: Clean and prepare the Floor around your bed
Shift the bed toward the center of the room and keep separate from any other furniture. Clean well the floor area under the bed with vacuum cleaner. Roll up your carpets or mats if any, put them in trash bag, and seal or tie it tightly. Keep this trash bag in the garage or storage for next 18 months. To treat your carpets or mats you should consult with a professional exterminator. They can treat it with chemicals.
Spread light layer of dusting of DE in the floor using a plastic spray bottle. Read the Label of DE and follow the safety precaution. Wear dust mask and hand gloves before applying.
Step 5: Reassemble the bed frame
Reassemble the bed frame over the dust field. Put a bowl on the floor for every lifter and then bed frame is on the lifter. Set the box spring with encasement and cover the zippered seam with duct tape.
Warp plastic tape around the legs of bed and double sided tape over the plastic tape to prevent bedbugs to crawling up. Fill up the bowls with soapy water to protect from bedbugs to reach in legs.
Step 6: Securing the Perimeter
Use double sided carpet tape on the floor around the entire bed. It should be 3 inches to 4 inches wide. Finally spread dusting of DE extending 12 inches around the bowls. And you are done!
Tips & Warning:
While you buy a second hand furniture, please check each and everything very carefully if there is any signs of bedbugs. Avoid to buy or use a bedbug infested furniture.
If your bed is infested then try to replace it with a new one, but set it after exterminating all bedbugs from your home. Don’t place the new furniture until you ensure there no bedbug in you home.
Sources of Information:
- How to Kill Bed Bugs for Good – Bed Bugs Removal Guide
- Insecticides/Treatments – Bed Bugs
- South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.
- United States Environmental Protection Agency.