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How Do Exterminators Get Rid of Bed Bugs?


If you discover red, itchy bites on your arms and legs when you get up in the morning, you may begin to be concerned that you have bed bugs. If you want to get rid of the bothersome intruders from your California home, contact a bed bug exterminator as soon as you discover bed bugs. The exterminator won’t do anything more than inspect your home to see if bed bugs are there after you’ve given them the specifics of the problem. This step is important since the results can be different if an exterminator just started treating without first checking. You have returned to your starting point and have run out of options.

Deep Steaming & Surface Treatment

Depending on how terrible the situation is, your exterminator may use one of the following methods. 

Chemical treatments might not be required if the California bed bug exterminator discovers that the infestation is not well-established. He or she might merely suggest cleaning or removing your bed sheets to stop an infestation.

Deep Steaming With Surface Preparation

An exterminator can remove any loose bed bugs, eggshells, shell fragments, or droppings from the folds and corners of your bedding using a specialized high-efficiency vacuum. This specific vacuum has a filter that makes sure that once something is sucked in, it cannot be withdrawn. This vacuum is run over the mattress, box spring, and bed frame to make sure everything on the surface is removed. 

The exterminator will vacuum the area to remove any remaining insects or their eggs before completely cleaning the mattress, box spring, and bed frame with steam. This method is used when there isn’t a significant infestation and the homeowner has pets or young children who could be severely harmed by some chemicals inside the home. 


An exterminator might use a pesticide that can be sprayed directly into the bed to get rid of bed bugs and their eggs. This method should not be used in homes with dogs, young children, or elderly family members since it could harm them. If you don’t have pets, small children, or elderly family members, the exterminator can spray pesticide all over the bed, box spring, and bed frame, similar to how he did with the vacuum and steam cleaner. 


The phrase “insecticide” shouldn’t conjure any fear. Science has come a long way. Today, exterminators employ insecticides more frequently than the “bug bomb” techniques you see on television. The bed and any cracks where bed bugs might try to enter are treated using these methods. This treatment will prevent bugs from surviving in some areas. 

Heat Treatment

Insane heat prevents bed bugs from surviving. When there is a more serious or widespread infestation, exterminators use heat treatment to destroy the insects. The room is cleared of anything heat-sensitive, and the lights are turned out because the process will make the room quite warm. The intense heat will render bed bugs extinct, along with any eggs they may have laid. This approach is risk-free for houses with pets, young children, and elderly family members, similar to the steam method. 


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