How do I get rid of bed bugs?

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It can be difficult to get rid of bed bugs because they're so small and good at hiding. Often you need professional pest control services to get them out of your house for good, but there are some things you can try to get rid of them first.

Getting rid of bed bugs yourself

If you catch the bed bug problem early, you can try to treat it yourself:
  • Wash your sheets on a hot wash
  • Wash your clothes on a hot wash
  • Thoroughly vacuum your room and your bed
  • Repeat all the above steps a week or so later, to make sure you've got rid of all the eggs as well as the live bed bugs
  • Keep checking your house thoroughly for bed bugs. Unfortunately in most cases you do need professional help to get rid of bed bugs for good

When to get professional help

If there are quite a lot of bed bugs or you've tried to get rid of them yourself and it hasn't worked, you will need to get professional help.

You can report pest control problems like bed bugs to your local council who will be able to give you advice on what to do next.

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