The following information will not eradicate your bed bug infestation; however, it will keep your infestation numbers to a minimum and may stop the bed bugs spreading.
When we first realise, we have a bedbug infestation, it is our initial reaction to move out of the room that has a problem and sleep somewhere else such as the sofa or in a different bedroom. This isn’t the best thing to do as bed bugs track us through our carbon dioxide. Bed bugs feed every 7-10 days, once they begin to get hungry, they will start to look for us and will track us or the nearest food source. This could be us in another room or someone else sleeping in a neighbouring room. It is therefore better to sleep in the room you have found the infestation in to try and stop the bed bugs spreading.
Bed bugs do not like movement, so it is unlikely for them to be on our clothing as we move around the house. If we move things like duvets and pillows from room to room there is a chance, we could spread the bed bugs this way. We could also spread bed bugs in piles of clothing moving them from bedrooms to washing machines.
Before having a chemical spray, you can give the bed frame and surrounding areas a good hoover to reduce your numbers. If you do this it is best to empty the hoover into a bag and seal it, putting the sealed bag in an outside bin with a lid.
Bed bugs and their eggs die at 46 degrees Celsius. Everything dies at 56 degrees Celsius. You can tumble dry bedding, pillows and even clothing you are concerned about. It is best to put these items into the tumble dryer dry as this gets them hotter, quicker. You could also use a hair dryer or heat gun on areas of the bed frame or furniture where you can see bugs and eggs. Bed bugs will run away as they feel the temperature rise, but eggs are not able to move so you can reduce the number of eggs you have using heat.