How to Kill Bed Bugs in Books

Bed bugs are a pest that live off the blood of their victims. Bed bugs are nocturnal and come out when you are sleeping. They can leave bite marks but are not known to carry disease. While this may be true, nobody wants to have bed bugs. Consult a professional if the infestation is encompassing a whole room. When you have bed bugs in a book, there is a way to handle the situation yourself without pesticides.

Things You'll Need

  • Vacuum and space bags or vacuum food sealer and bags
  • Freezer set to around -22 degrees Fahrenheit
How to Kill Bed Bugs in Books
How to Kill Bed Bugs in Books (Image: Kraig Scarbinsky/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

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Step 1

Place the book in a space bag and use your vacuum to seal the bag. Or open the vacuum food-sealer bag and place the book inside it. Follow the manufacturer’s direction and seal the bag.

Space bag.
Space bag. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Step 2

Take the sealed book and place it in the freezer. Leave the sealed book in the freezer for 14 days. This will kill the bed bugs and their eggs.

Take the sealed book and place it in the freezer.
Take the sealed book and place it in the freezer. (Image: Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Step 3

After 14 days remove the book from the bag and vacuum or wipe out any dead bugs.

After 14 days remove the book.
After 14 days remove the book. (Image: Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Tips & Warnings

  • Remember not to store anything in the area around an infested bed. Also, when the books are clean, store them in an airtight container.

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