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How to deal with bed bugs

Don’t bring home hitchhikers: Traveling? Inspect your hotel room before you call it a night. Examine your luggage thoroughly with each new place you go. Wash and dry clothes with hot water and high heat as soon as you get home.

Freeze it: Bag small items; place in your freezer for 30 days.

Buying used furniture, bedding, clothes? Inspect thoroughly. Wash and dry bedding and clothes with hot water, high heat. Steam is an option, but make sure stuff dries out so it doesn’t mold.

Check everywhere: Keep bedroom furniture an inch or two from the wall and a flashlight handy for easier cleaning and inspecting. Bed bug-proof mattress covers and light-colored bedding make them easier to spot.

Remove: Say goodbye to clutter in your bedroom to get rid of bed bug hiding spots. Getting rid of stuff?  Cover in plastic so bugs don’t fall off and make sure the items are in a dumpster or ruined so people don’t take them home.

Vacuum often: Floors, walls, mattresses, baseboards, furniture … Get rid of the vacuum bag as soon as you’re done in case you sucked up a bed bug.

Pesticide options: Leave it to the professionals. Some sprays simply repel bed bugs, spreading them around. Make sure pesticides are labeled specifically for bed bugs. Always read and follow the instructions on the label.

Learn more

Bed bugs are back! An IPM answer. 388k pdf file

Bed bug FAQs

Bed Bug Fact Sheet at Cornell’s Insect Diagnostic Laboratory

Bed bug information cards, 1.4Mb pdf file

How to Talk to Callers about Bed Bugs, a guide for master gardeners. 220k pdf file

Guidelines for Prevention and Management of Bed Bugs in Shelters and Group Living Facilities.

Contact your local Cornell Cooperative Extension office.

… and search our database of online publications.

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