How  to get rid of bedbugs

Bedbugs can be very difficult to get rid of. Your best chance of successfully treating an infestation is to get professional help.

Contact your local council or a pest control firm that's a member of the British Pest Control Association  or National Pest Technicians Association .

A technician will carry out an inspection to confirm an infestation. They can then use special treatments such as insecticide, a steamer or rapid freeze system to get rid of the bugs.

They may also advise about things you can do to help, such as:

  • wash infested clothes or bed linen at 60C, or put them in a dryer on a hot setting for 30 minutes
  • use a vacuum cleaner with a hose to suck up any bugs you can see dispose of the contents of the vacuum cleaner in a sealed bag
  • consider throwing away any mattress or furniture that's heavily infested
  • use plastic mattress covers that encase the entire mattress  this will stop any bedbugs getting in or out
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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018