When it comes to removing bed bugs in your home, there are certain factors that you should consider. You need to take into account the severity of your infestation, the possible breeding grounds in your home, and whether or not your neighbours are facing the same problem.

Getting rid of these pesky bugs can take weeks to months because it all depends on the nature and extent of the infestation. The good news, however, is that there are some things you can do to address the issue yourself:

Wash Your Bedding

If you frequently wake up with small insect bites that are clustered around your arms, neck, and back and you find your beddings dotted with dark reddish spots or smears, then it’s likely you have a bed bug infestation.

The first thing you need to do is to wash your beddings in hot, soapy water at a temperature of at least 50 degrees Celsius. After this, put all your beddings in the dryer using the highest heat setting. Make sure to put the bedding in a separate washing basket when transporting it to and from your bedroom to avoid cross-contamination of clothing and other laundry items.

Vacuum Your Entire Bed

Clean your bed and its surrounding area with a vacuum cleaner. You want to clean the mattress, the bed frame, the floor beneath the bed, the baseboards, and the headboard. Make sure to be very thorough when you do this and not miss the cracks and crevices where bed bugs often lay their eggs. Once done, dispose of the vacuum bag in the outside trash.

Remove Infested Items

The bed bugs have likely found their way to some of your other belongings in the room. These infested items must go directly into a sealed plastic bag so that you can easily use chemicals to kill off the bed bugs.

If the items cannot be treated by chemicals, it can take up to a year for active bed bugs to die, and depending on the infected item, you may decide it is easier and cheaper to throw them out.

For Extreme Infestations

The above steps represent what you can do on your own to treat bed bugs, but you might find that these steps are not enough, especially if the infestation is severe.

What you should do instead is to have a professional perform a bed bug inspection. Keep in mind that even if you eliminate the bed bugs, they can return and are difficult to eradicate completely. That’s why you need to contact a bed bug professional who can provide you with a customised solution that will address the specific infestation in your house.


It is possible to treat bed bugs on your own, but only temporarily, because when you find bed bugs in your home, it’s likely that they are already breeding. That’s why you need to hire a professional to eradicate them completely out of your house.

Do you need help with bed bug eradication in Leeds? Contact the trusted bed bug experts here at MJR Pest Control, we’re happy to help to perform bed bug treatment at your home!