Has anyone attempted steam cleaning their carpets in hopes of killing of the bugs? We are getting our apartment treated on Monday (second round) and are looking for new techniques. but there is a difference between killig bed bugs in a shallow carpet and in a couch or box spring--there
Washing your carpets doesn't use as much suction as a vacuum might, but it will kill bed bugs in a different way. One way it destroys the bugs is through heat. Use very hot water or steam in your cleaning process and the intense heat will be enough to kill. Another way carpet cleaning is effective is through the water it uses.
Kill the Bed Bugs. Make sure the methods you select are safe, effective and legal. See What's Legal, What's Not. Consider non-chemical methods of killing bed bugs. Some will be more useful than others depending on your situation. These and other methods can be helpful, but they might not get rid of the infestation entirely:
Spread diatomaceous earth over the floor where you will be vacuuming. This will help kill any bed bugs that may be in the carpet and and bed bugs that you happen to vacuum up in the process. Vacuum thoroughly. Go over every square inch of carpet at least three times. More is better. In an abundance of caution you'll want to repeat steps 2-3.
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The best way to kill bed bugs is to run your clothes and bedding through the dryer on high heat for 10-20 minutes. Wrap any infested furniture in plastic and place it in direct, hot sunlight for 24 hours. For stubborn infestations, use a bed-bug specific insecticide or spread diatomaceous earth around problem areas.