Welcome to the Bed Bugs Guide - a guide to how to kill bed bugs. This is the place to come if you've got a bed bug infestation or are worried about them. The site will tell you everything you need to know - what bed bugs are, why they're creeping around inside your bed, and what you need to do to get rid of them and to save your mattress so you don't have to make an expensive new purchase. Read on for more information.


Basic Info About Bedbugs

How You Got Bed Bugs

Bed Bug Bites

Signs of Bed Bugs

Mattress Covers    


Bed Bug Facts:

What are bed bugs?

If you know you have bed bugs, then realistically you'll need to get an exterminator - they're very difficult to get rid of. If you're looking to find an exterminator in your area who handles them, you can fill out the form on this page and several will contact you with price quotes.

How did I get bed bugs in my house?

Signs of Bed Bugs - How to know whether or not you've got them, including a couple of tricks to be 100% sure.

What if I rent my house / apartment? - Read this first. 

How to Kill Bed Bugs:

What will a pest control company do, and how should I get ready?

Do foggers work on bed bugs?

Natural Remedies:

Vacuuming / Cleaning

Steam Cleaning

Diatomaceous Soil - This is a way to kill them off using a kind of soil that is made of crushed-up fossils - little jagged edges kill off insects, but don't harm people.

Black Walnut Dust

Leaving Items Outside in Heat / Cold

Mattress Covers

Things That Don't Work - A lot of the traditional home remedies are duds - this page is a list of the ones for you to absolutely avoid.

Reader Questions:

How do I stop the itching from bed bug bites?

What should I do when I'm traveling to avoid bedbugs?

Can I get a disease from bedbugs?

Will bed bugs bite my pet?

Did I get bed bugs because my house isn't clean?

Why am I being bitten, but my spouse / family member isn't? 

Questions About What to Do:

What do I do to stop myself from being bitten until the extermination is complete?

Should I vacate my home?

Should I start sleeping on my couch / in my guest bedroom?

What should I do to keep from spreading them if I leave my house while it's being treated?

Can I use bleach to kill bed bugs?

Questions About Infested Possessions:

Do I have to throw my bed away?

Do I have to throw other furniture away if bed bugs could be hiding in it?

How do I get bed bugs out of clothing?

Legal Questions:

Does my landlord have to pay for the exterminator?

Does my landlord have to pay for my expenses or the cost of stuff I throw away?

What are my legal remedies for bed bugs if I am a tenant living in New York City?

Do I have any legal remedies against a hotel if I stay there and get bed bugs?

Specific Products:


Climb-Up Insect Interceptor - This is a product that you can put on the legs of your bed or other furniture to keep bed bugs from climbing onto it.

Hot Shot No-Pest Strips - This might be an - This might be an option, if you think you're getting them from a crawl space or some other connection to your neighbors.

Kleen Free - A natural bed bug treatment, if you're worried about using chemicals this may be the option for you.

Pack Tite - This is an interesting device, mainly useful for frequent travelers or people planning to move from an infested house. It's basically a box you can put stuff into, heat it up, and kill any bed bugs hiding on your stuff.

Pronto - A spray designed specifically for bedbugs.

Rest Easy - designed specifically for travelers who are worried about picking up bed bugs in hotels, etc.

Sterifab - This is a spray that's used for many kinds of insects, and it's a good one to take with you on trips. Some exterminators also use it as part of their treatment program.

Stinger Stopper - An ointment designed for bug bites, this can help get rid of the itching.

ThermaPureHeat - This is a method of heating up the air in your house to 130 degrees, killing off insects. It's kind of like fumigation, but with no chemicals.

Vikane - A kind of fumigation used by professional pest companies, this page will explain the risks and the benefits.

Additional Resources:

Other Sites

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You should consult a pest control company before doing anything to deal with bed bugs - they are easy to spread and hard to get rid of. Also, I am not your lawyer and if you have any questions regarding legal responsibilities for dealing with bed bugs, you should talk to a local attorney to be sure (because state laws will differ). Privacy Policy and Site Information