Ways to Kill Bed Bugs Using Household Items


Bed bugs are nasty little creatures that can infest your home. They come in many different shapes and sizes depending on their stage of development. Bed bugs are wingless and can live up to 18 months without food. Female bed bugs lay up to five eggs a day and 500 eggs during their lifetime. Bed bugs come out at night, so if you see any during the day it could mean a serious infestation.

Vacuum Cleaning

  • You can kill some bed bugs with a vacuum cleaner. Make sure to use a vacuum cleaner with a bag so you can eliminate them properly. Vacuum every area of your house including carpets, furniture, loose wallpaper and cracks. Bed bugs can hide everywhere.

Dryer, Steam and Heat

  • Throwing your clothes and bedding in the dryer for a few minutes can help eliminate some bed bugs since they cannot survive heat. Steam kills bed bugs on contact. Make sure to use dry steam to keep mold at a minimum. Be careful using steam on wood surfaces and certain types of furniture because it can ruin them. Heat kills bed bugs, so was your items in hot water.


  • Cover all of your belongings with plastic and expose them to sunlight. Try this on a very sunny day to kill bed bugs. Bed bugs cannot survive temperatures over 100 degrees.

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