If you are worried that you might have bed bugs, you probably want to be able to get rid of them as soon as possible. There are a lot of things that you can do to get rid of the bed bugs. The best way is to call an exterminator, but you can also take steps on your own to get a jumpstart on getting rid of the bed bugs before the exterminator gets there, as well as in conjunction with what the exterminator is doing once they arrive.
Wrap it up
One thing that you can do is to wrap everything up as much as possible. There are special mattress covers that you can slide your mattress and box springs into. That will keep the bed bugs from getting out of the mattress and getting to you. The exterminator can treat your mattress, then you can cover it again to help to control them. You can also seal up things in trash bags or other large plastic bags. If you use trash bags, you might want to make sure that you double bag them and tape them closed to make it harder for the bed bugs to get out.
Heat it up
Heat is another technique to manage bed bugs. Bed bugs can't withstand heat because it will kill them. Turning your dryer on to high should guarantee enough heat to destroy the little pests. You can also wash things in the hottest possible water setting in your washer, in an extra long cycle, and then run it through the high heat cycle on your dryer. If you have things that can't be washed, you may still be able to run them through the dryer. For things that are too large for your dryer, you can get a steam vacuum or cleaner. If you run that on its highest temperature, you should have high enough heat to get rid of any bed bugs. That will work well for your couches, beds, and carpeting.
If you have bed bugs, you want to get rid of them as soon as possible because they are probably making your skin crawl. There are things that you can do to work on getting rid of them on your own, or that you can do while the exterminator is doing their thing. It won't hurt for you to do these things, especially if the exterminator recommends them to you. Contact a bed bug exterminator service for more help.