A guide to bedbug busting
18 October 2023
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How to get rid of bedbugs
If you think you have bedbugs, you should contact your local council, housing provider, or pest control service. For Places for People Customers, you can contact our friendly Customer Advisors on 01772 667002 in England and Wales or 0131 657 0600 in Scotland.
It’s very difficult to get rid of bedbugs yourself as they are hard to find and may be resistant to some insecticides.
However, there are some things you can try yourself to minimize the spread of bedbugs. These methods are unlikely to get rid of an infestation completely but can help to control it.
- Wash affected bedding and clothing on a hot wash (60C) and tumble dry on a hot setting for at least 30 minutes.
- Put affected clothing and bedding in a plastic bag and put it in the freezer for 3 or 4 days.
- Clean and vacuum regularly – bedbugs are found in both clean and dirty places, but regular cleaning will help you spot them early.
- Keep clutter around your bed.
- Bring second hand furniture indoors without carefully checking it first.
- Take luggage or clothing indoors without checking it carefully if you have come from somewhere where you know there were bedbugs.
Bedbugs can be a difficult issue to solve, but with a few simple tasks, the likelihood of an infestation can be dramatically reduced. We hope you found this guide useful, and remember, there’s plenty of other handy guides to explore through our My Place hub.