How do I get rid of bedbugs?

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Treating bed bugs can be complex and time consuming, especially since infestations are usually severe by the time people notice it.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends certain do-it-yourself remedies.

Heat treatment. Bed bugs die when they're exposed to heat above 130°F. You can put bedding in the dryer on high heat, or use a steam cleaner with a gentle air force to heat your bed.

Cold treatment. You can put your bedding in a sealed bag, and stick it in a freezer set to 0°F for four days to kill bed bugs.

Pesticides. The EPA recommends certain pesticides for fighting bed bugs. Desiccants, which dry out the bed bugs, are very effective but can take months to work. Some foggers (also known as bug bombs) can be used to fight bed bugs, but they're less effective because they don't penetrate the small cracks where bed bugs hide. It's important to follow the directions on the specific fogger that you're using.