How to get rid of bed bugs and how to tell if you have them

Googling how to get rid of bed bugs can mean one of two things; either you have bed bugs and need to do something about it, or you’re not sure if you have them and want to take precautions. Whichever the case, don’t worry: We’ll take you through everything you need to know about bed bugs, from where they come from to how to tell if you have them, to how to get rid of them. Because knowing how to clean a mattress just isn’t enough.

Bed bugs aren’t something you should be embarrassed about — it’s actually still a very common problem. The good news is you can deal with it yourself. These methods take time and commitment, but they work and will get rid of these uninvited guests. Here’s a step-by-step guide on getting rid of bed bugs.

What are bed bugs?

A bed bug up close

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Bed bugs or cimex lectularius are tiny insects, about 5 mm in length, which feed on the blood of humans and animals. They’re flat with an oval-shaped body and appear a reddish-brown color. Because of their size, they’re difficult to see unless in large groups, and they like to hide in concealed spaces — although they’re most commonly found around the bed.

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