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By Elgrin / Friday 17 June 2016 18:03 / United States - Fort Worth
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By  ragnarok1540  |  35

Sometimes it takes more than one treatment to exterminate a large infestation. Also, if you have not already done so for the previous treatment, wash all you clothing and linens on hot setting and bag them air-tight in garbage bags. Keep what you are not using inside the bags for 6 weeks if possible. Also, for your bedding, they sell zippered covers for the boxspring and mattress, as well as plastic double lipped cups to place under the legs of the bed. Some powdered diatomaceous earth may be helpful to sprinkle around the floor and corners of the room, but be warns that bedbugs are resistant to most chemical agents and usually require heat or cold to kill, and unfortunately may live for up to a year unfed! I know it is a pain to go through all of this, but it is better than living with bedbugs. I've been through this at my previous apartment and finally moved once a second treatment was done and the next inspection was negative. Hope everything works out for you.

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  evilplatypus  |  33

Half a second on Google tells me that rubbing alcohol sprayed directly on them only kills about half of them - so if you count the eggs, the larvae, and the ones in hiding, you'd be better off just getting a professional.

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  anlong93  |  9

#11, They breed rather quickly. Sure, you can kill half, but that really won't help. Fire, on the other hand.... I hate bed bugs. My grandma once got a second hand couch, and it was infested. We didn't know until I was sleeping on it. There were so many, it woke me up and I could see all of them on my legs. Good lord. I ran to the shower, bagged all the clothes I was wearing, and when I got out, I put clean clothes on and slept on the floor in another room. Worst night of my life. I still get paranoid when a sheet tickles me in the middle of the night, and this was a decade ago. I would rather set fire to the bed outside than deal with that again.

By  ragnarok1540  |  35

Sometimes it takes more than one treatment to exterminate a large infestation. Also, if you have not already done so for the previous treatment, wash all you clothing and linens on hot setting and bag them air-tight in garbage bags. Keep what you are not using inside the bags for 6 weeks if possible. Also, for your bedding, they sell zippered covers for the boxspring and mattress, as well as plastic double lipped cups to place under the legs of the bed. Some powdered diatomaceous earth may be helpful to sprinkle around the floor and corners of the room, but be warns that bedbugs are resistant to most chemical agents and usually require heat or cold to kill, and unfortunately may live for up to a year unfed! I know it is a pain to go through all of this, but it is better than living with bedbugs. I've been through this at my previous apartment and finally moved once a second treatment was done and the next inspection was negative. Hope everything works out for you.

By  awspinks77  |  7

Those are as difficult as fitting an entire 18 wheeler into the hatchback of a Prius, in the middle of the night, during an EF5 tornado, to kill. I'd try some more powerful treatment.

By  zombiekitten87  |  12

The diatomaceous earth/borax/steam all work ok but the best thing to do for your peace of mind is spray yourself and your bed with Off or some other mosquito repellant spray. My neighbors through the wall moved out recently and left a lovely gift behind. Luckily we had very few to deal with, but even the exterminator said using Off was an excellent idea. Also you will have to wash literally every piece of clothing or linen you have in very hot water/dry on the hot setting. Put everything you won't use immediately in space bags and do it in a "clean room" like your kitchen that's unlikely to have an infestation. Move your bed far away from the wall, treat your mattress/box spring/bed frame with steam and bug spray, get the cups for the legs of the bed like someone mentioned and keep your linens off the floor. The cups should have a little of the DE or baby powder in the well so you can catch any bugs that might try to climb up the bed and you can tell if you still have a problem that way.

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