When to Call a Pro
If, after your inspection, you think you might really have bed bugs, contact a pro. Many random people claim to cure bed bugs, so check for research verifying that this exterminator’s methods truly are effective. Don’t try to treat the whole problem on your own, since over-the-counter pesticides can make the problem worse, as all the bugs it doesn’t get can now sense the chemicals and will run away. This can cause them to spread to other areas of the home, making the problem worse. While you wait for the exterminator, a few at-home stop gaps include using a steamer on the bed. (Don’t do this unless you’ve really identified a problem.) Vacuum the mattress in the meantime, but still call a professional because the vacuum often won’t pick up all the eggs stuck in the mattress. Remember to empty the vacuum immediately, outside of your home. If you’re worried that clothes are infected, running them through the dryer will kill bugs at all stages of development.