Bed Bugs Northwest

How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs Northwest is a serious resource to help you:

If you are concerned you may have bed bugs right now because you have bites, gather up all your bedding, your blankets, pillow case, and sheets and put them in a dryer for an hour on hot. If whatever bit you was lost in your blankets you have done as much as you can right now. When you put your bedding back on the bed, move the bed away from the wall and put the bedding on so nothing is touching the wall or the floor. Wait and see if you get more bites in the next seven days or call for an inspection. (high heat may damage down comforters and some delicate fabrics)

If you are getting mysterious bites, welts or finding small blood spots or small black marker dots on your sheets, these could be signs of bed bugs. Bed Bugs Northwest provides fact-based information, onsite training, and hands-on tips to take control of your infestation.

Exterminating bed bugs isn’t easy or quick, but if you have facts (not folklore) and determination, you can eradicate them from your home. *provided you don’t live in shared housing where others are infested, in which case the answer to whether you can solve the problem is probably.


Abandoned mattress SE 20th and Ash, Portland

Bed bugs can and will bite in the day or night, dark or light, and die with heat treatment temperatures above 120°F. A hungry bed bug doesn’t care if you are awake or asleep. Bed bugs feed from 3 to 15 minutes. They can bite you anytime you are at rest sitting or lying down.

Watch bed bugs die in a heat chamber in this video from ThermaPure

Bed bugs dying of heat stroke #happydance! from Pure Environmental on Vimeo.

For possessions you can’t wash, the PackTite or other comparable heater, might be the most effective tool for eliminating bed bugs in shoes, purses, backpacks, books, wallets, files, papers, sofa and chair cushions and vinyl album jackets.

PackTite Bed Bug Heater

Get peace of mind knowing you are not bringing them into your workplace or vehicle. The PackTite provides a proven way to kill bed bugs AND EGGS with heat!

You don’t have to throw out your possessions when you can treat them safely and quickly in the PackTite. Read about how heat may affect or damage your possessions before using a steamer or PackTite heater so you are making informed decisions.

Are Bed Bugs in Your Car?

The concern that bed bugs may also be in your car is real. It’s all too easy to infest your car as people unknowingly bring infested items out of their house and into their cars to dispose of or store them. You could bring them into your car or workplace in your purse, coat, shoes, backpack, belt, phone case, etc. this site gives you hands-on practical advice to help you not infest your car. I’ll give you some questions to ask your pest control operator if you already have. read more to learn what options you have if you think your infestation has spread to your car…

Should You Isolate Your Bed?

Isolating your bed has drawbacks and benefits. I’ve covered the pros and cons, and best practices on how to do it. Whether your bed can be isolated depends on the frame and the type of bed you have. read more to learn how you can finally get a good night’s sleep. Learn more about isolating your bed here.

Can You Inspect Your Own Home?

Bed bugs are small, but visible to the eye. In the first and second stages you might not be able to identify bed bugs without a magnifier of some kind. Early bed bug infestations will typically begin on, under or very near the bed, and spread out as the population increases. read more to learn exactly what to look for and where…

Are Bed Bug Dogs Accurate?

Bed bug dogs can be up to 97% accurate, and are trained to detect living bed bugs by scent. Most dogs receive 800 hours of formal training. read more to learn about bed bug dog inspections…

Do Your Own Pest Control?

Learn what you can do yourself and what you might need professional help with. There are many things you can do on your own to help get rid of bed bugs faster. Diatomaceous Earth (DE), steam treatment, and other tools can help you get a good start on extermination. Self-treatment rarely is effective at eliminating bed bugs but it has been done. Bed Bugs Northwest recommends that you always consult with a pest control professional or at the least the pest control department of your local county offices. read more to learn how to avoid costly and painful mistakes with DIY treatment…

Choosing a Competent Pest Company

Choosing the wrong company could mean losing hundreds or thousands of dollars and still having bed bugs. Knowing what questions to ask before you hire a pest control company to exterminate your bed bugs is critical to ending your infestation. Ineffective treatment means your bed bug infestation will grow, cost more and take even longer to get rid of. read more about how to interview a pest control company…

3 Responses to How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs

  1. Anne April 4, 2016 at 10:55 pm #

    bed bugs are disgusting! i have been fighting them like crazy and my mother said i should get a bed bug heater from thermalstrike have you looked into them? is it a good idea?

    • tbyte April 6, 2016 at 1:57 am #

      I have used the Packtite and have not used the exact product you are inquiring about. However any similar product like the Thermalstrike, as long as it gets hot enough for long enough, kills bed bugs and doesn’t catch your house on fire, is alright with me!

      The smaller Packtite is not longer available but there are some comparable and more affordable solutions on Amazon including the Thermalstrike. Using the Packtite to treat unwashable items was a literal lifesaver and I wish I had purchased it two months earlier. It would have shortened my overall infestation if I had. Disclaimer: This site receives a modest affiliate fee when you purchase through our product links, and I am grateful for the help in keeping the site going and up-to-date.

  2. Jennifer Kaufman January 7, 2016 at 10:25 pm #

    I’m actually surprised that, being so easy to spread, that there isn’t a BIGGER problem with bed bugs…and lice at that!!!!

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