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In the battle against bed bugs, some for the go-to staples for bed bug control are sprays and dusts. However, there are some other methods that can speed up the process when it comes to controlling and reducing the bed bug population in your home, like a bed bug vacuum.

When you have a heavy infestation of bed bugs, a bed bug vacuum can make life and your control program a whole lot easier by conveniently sucking up and disposing of those problem pests. While some may feel that their regular home vacuum may do a job, it in fact is not the same as these vacuums are specially designed for the purpose of eradicating a bed bug infestation.

A regular home vacuum is geared toward picking up dirt and debris. Also, bed bug vacuums can get to hard to reach places that conventional vacuums cannot get to, deep in the nooks and crevices of beds and furniture that bed bugs love to retreat to when they know that they aren’t wanted. Bed bug vacuums can get to places where sprays and dusts cant always reach and that is why it can make for an important instrument in your bed bug control program.

Here are a few more special features that the bed bug vacuums we carry can offer:

Hose Attachments

When it comes to reaching bed bugs, our special hose attachments on our vacuum cleaners are amazingly effective. They are adjustable, giving you total control wherever you are vacuuming and can help you to reach the tightest of spaces where bed bugs love to hide. These hoses are not only great for taking care of bed bug infestations, but any infestation of a common household pest like cockroaches and other insects.

Removable Containers

As we said earlier, regular vacuums are meant for sucking up dirt and debris. The bags and containers where the debris is stores are meant to stay static, they don’t have the capacity to contain living things which move. And so regular vacuums containers and bags carry the risk of bed bugs escaping the container. Bed bug vacuums come with specially made containers which have bed bugs in mind and thus have a fool-proof tight container where if bed bugs have been sucked up by the vacuum they will not be able to escape. These containers can then be disposed of easily. A bonus with using these containers is that they are large enough to handle infestations of any size, and can even be used more than once before needing replacement.

HEPA Filtration

For those worried about allergies or bad air quality, our bed bug vacuums have a special HEPA filtration system which can catch 99% of all bacteria, dusts and insect remains, leaving nothing behind but quality clean air. This will give homeowners the peace of mind they need knowing that the bacteria and and bug droppings that get sucked into the vacuum will stay there and not permeate the air.

Tackle Your Bed Bug Problem With the Right Equipment

Bed bugs can be quite a headache to deal with in the home and they are infamous for being extremely difficult to get rid of. Bed bugs don’t give up without a fight but that doesn’t mean that you should lay down and let them win. If you are serious about getting rid of those blood sucking bed bugs, you need to equip yourself with the right equipment and empower yourself with the knowledge and bed bug killing techniques to get the job done right. At Solutions Pest and Lawn, we aim to deliver on both fronts: providing you quality professional grade products and free advice and tutorials so you have the ability to do-it-yourself with confidence. Check out our extensive knowledge base and how-to videos or speak to a live expert over the phone by calling (800) 479-6583 our staff is eager to assist you with whatever you need.

 

 

Vacuuming Up Bed Bugs

Bed bugs can be a miserable pest to have in your home due to their blood sucking ways and can be frustratingly difficult to eliminate an infestation.

 

However, that doesn’t mean that they are impossible to get rid of if you approach bed bug control the right way.

 

Aside from the use of bed bug control products which we have plenty of options here at Solutions Pest & Lawn, a great non-chemical way of getting rid of bed bugs involves using a vacuum to suck up the bed bug population.

 

Vacuums: A Supplementary Component of Bed Bug Control

Vacuums are an important tool to use when it comes to depleting a large infestation of bed bugs, especially when they have congregated in certain spots and areas in large clusters or groups.

 

While vacuuming will capture a lot of bed bugs, it is not the stand-alone be all end all answer to solve your bed bug problems, but it is the a very necessary step to getting your bed bugs under control.

 

Vacuuming should be used as a supplementary measure to a full bed bug control program which should include professional grade pesticides (like we have in our Guaranteed Bed Bug Control Kit).

 

We usually recommend vacuuming prior to using chemical control products during the inspection phase of a bed bug control program.  It will get some adults and will make the insecticide application and bed bug treatment easier and in the end more effective.

 

Let’s Start the Getting Rid of Bed Bugs the professional way!



What Sort of Vacuum Cleaner Should I Use?

 

While you could very well use your regular home vacuum cleaner to suck up bed bugs in your home, we advise against it since your vacuum could become infested by bed bugs. It would be better to a vacuum designated only for bed bug sucking such as some of the bed bug vacuums we have in stock rather than the one you routinely use for cleaning the house.

 

Bed bug vacuums usually have several advantages that normal run-of-the-mill vacuums do not, such as added suction power and a specially designed crevice attachment to grab ahold of bugs that are hiding in tight nooks and crannies.

 

Vacuums that are lightweight, portable, battery charged vacuums may seem like a good vacuum to use for sucking up bed bugs and then disposing but these vacuums usually do not have the sucking power required to really make a dent to the bed bug population.

 

If you do choose to use your regular home vacuum there are some precautions you should put into place to make sure bed bugs don’t spread and continue to become a problem in your home.

 

  • Remember that bed bugs aren’t dead when they have been sucked up by your vacuum and are actively crawling around. They will survive a trip through your vacuum's hose so it is important to remove all the bed bugs from your vacuum as soon as you have finished so they do not crawl out of the vacuum.

 

  • Make sure that you have a vacuum that contains a hose attachment, preferably one with a very narrow hose piece to get into those crevices. We would recommend avoiding the use those attachments which have brushes or bristles since these can easily flick bed bugs and their eggs away or they can bugs and eggs can easily cling to or get stuck in the bristles rather than being sucked up.

 

  • When completing a vacuuming session, remove the disposable vacuum bag and seal the bag’s opening with a piece of tape. Following this, place the vacuum bag into an additional plastic bag and tie it tightly closed. You can then safely toss this bag in the trash or take it to a dumpster.

 

  • If your vacuum is the type that comes with a plastic canister rather than disposable bags you will have to empty out the canister well and discard the contents into a sealed plastic bag. Wash the removable canister immediately after in hot soapy water to ensure any bed bugs hanging on are killed.

 

  • There is usually a filter attached to canister vacuums. This filter will need to be washed thoroughly in hot water, placed in the freezer overnight, or disposed of and replaced with a new filter. We do have to caution you not your use water on any electrical components for safety reasons and to make sure your device doesn’t malfunction.

 

  • If you have vacuumed one room and plan to use the vacuum in another room, plan to use the vacuum in another location for bed bug control, place tape over the nozzle to prevent bed bugs escaping; at the end of the day, discard the vacuum contents.

 

How to Vacuum Bed Bugs Effectively

When dealing with a bed bug infestation in the home, it’s best to be thorough but not rough with your vacuuming and to know the best places to use the vacuum. Common harborage areas for bed bugs include of course the bed itself such as all the bedding (bed sheets, pillow cases, comforter etc) as well as the mattress and box spring. Also aside from bed bugs themselves, vacuuming can also remove debris, dead bed bugs, molted skins, hatched egg shells and feces.

 

Aside from the bed, other common areas you should vacuum is the floor or carpeting under the bed and beside the bed as well as the dresser, chester drawers, nightstands etc.

 

The effective removal of bed bugs and their eggs using a vacuum requires that the nozzle or tip of the hose is very close or in direct contact with the bugs or eggs. This is because bed bugs have tiny claws at the tips of the feet with incredible grip which allows these bloodsuckers to cling tightly to surfaces.

 

As a result, bed bugs may be able to have some resistance to the suction of a vacuum which is while a vacuum should be high powered and have considerable suction to effectively suck up bed bugs. Make sure your have a fine crevice tool attachment for your vacuum hose to really get into those cracks and crevices and get good suction on fabrics.

 

Eggs on the other hand are even more difficult to remove because when bed bugs lay them in places, they attach them to surfaces with a glue-like material that cements them in place.

 

For this reason,we recommend that while vacuuming, to hold your vacuum nozzle at a 45 degree nozzle and then go into a back and forth scraping motion directly on the surface where bed bugs and eggs are present so you are able to capture as many of the eggs and bugs as possible.

 

However, do not press too hard on the fabric as this may flick away bed bugs or their eggs rather than the bed bugs being sucked.

 

Repeated vacuuming will likely be necessary to control an infestation. Make sure to keep track of areas where you have sucked up bed bugs and be prepared to come back to them to vacuum again as there are likely remnants and stragglers still hanging around.

 

There are situations where vacuuming over the same area multiple times will still not remove all of the bed bugs and eggs that are infesting a bed or a piece of furniture. This happens more often than not and is a reason why vacuuming shouldn’t be the only method of bed bug removal.

One should never assume that all the bed bugs are gone after vacuuming no matter how much effort you put into it.

 

The utilization of bed bug encasements is necessary after the vacuuming and chemical application process as any bed bugs or eggs still left behind on the bed or which have survived after chemical applications will for sure be killed via a bed bug encasement cover (such as the Clean Brands Pro Mattress Bed Bug Cover).



Conclusion

As mentioned earlier, while vacuuming isn’t the solve all way to get rid of a bed bug infestation, it can do a terrific job in getting rid of large swaths of bed bugs who are in hiding and making life miserable for homeowners at night with their insatiable thirst for blood meals.

 

Once you have done a thorough job vacuuming as part of your bed bug infestation, you can then move onto the next phases of bed bug control which includes heat treating your bed and bedding materials (either via steam cleaning or tossing items in the washer and dryer on high heat) and applying professional grade bed bug control insecticides.

 

We have helpful, detailed and informative how-to guides and videos on these phases as well. We hope this guide helped you in your efforts to get rid of your bed bug problems.

 

Solutions Pest & Lawn is always here to help our DIYers be confident in getting rid of problem pests through our professional DIY pest control products and our helpful how-to expert advice. For live help or to get your pest control questions answered, you can call us at 800-479-6583 or shoot us an email at askapro@solutionsstores.com. We also are available via live chat on our website by clicking the chat icon on the left-hand side.

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