If you have bed bugs in your home, it's imperative to get rid of them before they infest your entire house. There are a number of ways to get rid of bed bugs, one of them being to use a spray pesticide or a natural powder pesticide, such as diatomaceous earth. If you are using a pesticide, you need to know where to apply it in your home. Read on for tips to help guide you when you spray or sprinkle the pesticide in your home.
Around Switches and Outlets
Sprinkle the diatomaceous earth around outlets and light switches. Don't try to spray a liquid pesticide in these areas — liquid and electricity don't work well together. Dust some of the diatomaceous earth inside the switch or outlet covers where bed bugs may be hiding. Carefully remove the covers with a screwdriver and replace the cover when finished. If you see live bugs inside, try to kill any you can without injuring yourself.
Behind and Beneath Furniture
Spray the pesticide behind and beneath any furniture in your home. Remove any drawers from furniture and wipe them all down, then spray inside the drawers and inside the furniture piece as well. Be sure to spray behind wall hangings, such as mirrors or frames, where these bugs can also be hiding. Wipe any excess off, so it doesn't drip down your wall. Inspect the frames for live bugs and kill any you spot.
Spray the pesticide along and behind baseboards around the infested room and any adjoining rooms, just in case. If you can't get to the area behind the baseboards, then just spray along the base of the baseboard.
Inside Registers, Return Grill, and Radiator
Spray the pesticide inside registers, wall return grills, and the radiator (when not in use) to kill bed bugs that may be hiding inside your duct work. Spray far into your registers to reach your duct work as deep as possible. Repeat this throughout your entire home.
Around Mattress and Frame
Sprinkle diatomaceous earth on your mattress, as well as around the feet of the bed frame. Spray the frame itself, as well as the footboard and headboard, with a spray pesticide. Cover your mattress with a protective cover to keep bed bugs out of your bed and to kill any remaining on the mattress.
If you've spotted bed bugs, thoroughly clean and vacuum every square inch of your home. Empty the canister outside, then spray a pesticide or sprinkle diatomaceous earth around your home to kill any bugs that are left inside. Call a professional bed bug exterminator, like Exterminating Unlimited Inc., to ensure you are rid of these bugs and to prevent them from returning.