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How to Effectively Get Rid of Bed Bugs

To make a long story short, bed bugs happen!  Anyone who has had to deal with a bed bug problem will tell you how difficult they are to control once they have taken up residence in a home. We like to think they only infest the homes of others, but they can become a problem in any home and at any time.  

They are probably one of the most, if not the most, difficult pests to get rid of.

Why? There are many reasons:

  • Bed bugs are tiny and flat and are experts at hiding by squeezing themselves into tiny cracks, crevices, and other protected areas of your home.
  • Bed bugs multiply quickly...they can produce 3 to 4 generations in one year!  Their eggs are nearly invisible and are kept protected from many pest control products. Bed bugs can remain well hidden and dormant for weeks between feedings…and they can go for many months without what’s known as a “blood meal”.
  • Many bed bugs have developed resistance and are unaffected by many pest control products on the market and commonly used.

If you have an infestation, it is best to find it early, before the infestation becomes established or spreads. Treating a minor infestation, while an inconvenience, is far less costly and easier than treating the same infestation after it becomes more widespread.

If you are dealing with a bed bug problem, don’t panic! Get educated and let us help! Simply follow the tips in this video to be successful at ridding your home of a bed bug problem.


How to Prepare for Bed Bug Treatment

Before using any bed bug product, there are some preparation steps you should follow:

  1. Eliminate clutter! Clutter is a bed bug’s best friend.  It provides countless hiding places for bed bugs.
  2. Remove items that are stored under the bed.  This also provides bed bugs with additional hiding places.
  3. Treat with heat! Washing any affected bedding will kill live bed bugs, but heat is necessary to kill any eggs. After washing, place wet bedding and random affected items that can’t be easily washed (e.g., stuffed animals, heavy coats, throw pillows, etc.) into the dryer on a high heat setting for at least 15 minutes.  
  4. Finally, and most importantly, apply Maggie’s Farm Bed Bug Killer thoroughly. Thoroughly apply Bed Bug Killer according to label directions in any infested rooms, focusing on areas where bed bugs hide.

Bed Bug Inspection


If you suspect a bed bug infestation, search around bedrooms, near and around the bed, and inside electrical wall plates for physical signs of bed bugs.

Low-level infestations are much more challenging to find and correctly identify. Other insects, such as carpet beetles, can be easily mistaken for bed bugs.

Note that bites on the skin are a poor indicator of a bed bug infestation. Bed bug bites can look like bites from other insects (such as mosquitoes or chiggers), rashes (such as eczema or fungal infections), or even hives. Some people do not react to bed bug bites at all.


When cleaning or changing bedding, look for:

  • Live bed bugs
  • Rusty or reddish stains on bed sheets or mattresses caused by bed bugs being crushed
  • Dark pinhead-sized spots, which are bed bug droppings and may bleed on the fabric like a marker would
  • Eggs and eggshells, which are tiny, and pale yellow skins that nymphs shed as they grow larger

Adult bed bugs, in general, are:

  • About the size of an apple seed (5-7 mm or 3/16 - 1/4 inch long)
  • Long and brown, with a flat, oval-shaped body (if not fed recently)
  • Balloon-like, reddish-brown, and longer (if fed recently)
  • Characteristics of “true” bed bugs include a beak with three segments, antennae that have four parts, wings that are not used for flying, and short, golden-colored hairs
  • Smelly, with a “musty-sweetish” odor produced through glands on the lower side of their bodies

Young bed bugs (also called nymphs), in general, are:

  • Smaller, see-through, or whitish-yellow in color
  • If not recently fed, can be nearly invisible to the naked eye because of coloring and size  

Bed bug eggs, in general, are:

  • Tiny, the size of a pinhead
  • Pearl-white in color
  • Marked by an eyespot if more than five days old


Thoroughly vacuum the carpet, rugs, and floor.  

This will physically remove as many bed bug adults, nymphs, and eggs as possible. Remove bedding and vacuum the mattress and box springs thoroughly, including the tufts and seams.  

Vacuum all upholstered furniture thoroughly including cushions, under the cushions, seams, and under the furniture.  Vacuum in and around the nightstand, including inside the drawers and drawer spaces.

Vacuum along the baseboard around the bed.  

Vacuum everywhere that would make for a good hiding place for a bed bug.  When you are done vacuuming, remove the bag, tie it shut in a trash bag, and dispose of it.


Now you’re ready to apply the Bed Bug Killer dust. Not sure how to apply it?

Here are some helpful tips and recommendations to apply to get rid of bed bugs.

Please remember to always follow the product label provided on the bottle, as this will give you detailed instructions on how and where to apply the Bed Bug Killer dust.

A little bit of Bed Bug Killer goes a long way!  The dust is very light, which makes it easier to apply in all those hard-to-reach hiding places.  Over-applying the dust will not make it more effective, it will only leave a heavy and messy white dust residue that bed bugs will most likely avoid.  Apply a light, visible film.

1/16 of an ounce of bed bug killer is recommended to cover 3 square feet. Next, we highly recommend you use a small- to medium-sized paint or craft brush to apply (a one- to 1.5-inch craft brush works best). Any brand will work.  You want it to be small enough to fit into crevices. When thoroughly applying the dust to get into all the cracks and crevices and the tufts and folds of mattresses, box springs, and upholstered furniture.

We also recommend wearing rubber gloves when applying Bed Bug Killer, because the dust can make your skin feel dry.  

Finally, be sure to perform all the application steps outlined in this Bed Bug Control Guide. The treatment goal is to be as thorough as possible by applying bed bug killer dust in every possible area and hiding place where bed bugs might travel or tuck themselves.  

A thorough treatment is the key to getting rid of any bed bug problem.


Now let's talk about where to apply bed bug killer to treat for bed bugs.  The steps I am about to discuss are also outlined on the product label.

Since a picture is worth a thousand words and in the interest of showing you how to be thorough and successful, this instructional video will walk you through all the treatment steps.

Use a paintbrush to lightly apply the dust in the majority of the bed bug killer applications. Pour some Maggie’s Farm Bed Bug Killer in a secondary container, like a small paper cup, dip the brush into the dust and apply with a brush.

It’s very easy to do, remember that just a little bit will go a long way.  

The first area of treatment is the bed and the first thing you need to do is remove all bedding and take the bed apart.  Bed bugs can hide in bed frame corners, nooks and inside the frame, screw holes, wooden slats, etc.

After you have dismantled the bed you will want to apply a light visible film of bed bug killer dust to the interior framework of the bed rails, headboards, and footboard.

Also, apply to all the bed frames joints, cracks and screw holes.  


Treat the box spring and mattress. Lightly apply the dust to all the seams around the box spring.

Then, turn the box spring upside-down, and using the squeeze bottle with the spout, find or make a small opening in the dust cover to gain access to the empty, inside area of the box spring, and then apply the Bed Bug Killer dust. Apply several puffs inside the box spring.

For the mattress, lightly apply the dust with the brush along all the seams on the outer edge of the mattress. Be sure to apply on both sides if it is double-sided. Then apply, using the same method, to any tufts and folds.


To treat upholstered furniture, remove the cushions from the furniture piece.  Then lightly apply the dust, using your brush. Apply along all seams and folds, and tufts on the upholstered furniture.  

Be sure to turn the furniture on its side and apply a light dusting along all the edges and the seams.  Also, apply to all cracks and joints on the furniture.

Like you did with the box spring, use the squeeze bottle to apply the bed bug killer dust in a light application into the furniture entry points.  You should be able to access this area through the gaps in the liner that are held closed by staples (you may need to remove a couple; they can be replaced when you are bed bug free).


Lightly apply the Bed Bug Killer dust with your brush to all the cracks and crevices along the baseboards along the bed. Apply also to any other areas where there are visible signs of bed bug activity.  

If you notice bed bug activity in the carpet or the rug of an infested room, use a squeeze bottle to squeeze the bed bug dust lightly on the floor near and under the bed and/or where any bed bug activity has been noticed.  

Then use a broom to work the dust into the carpet or rug.  

Don’t forget to treat any wall voids near the bed by removing all nearby electrical switch plate covers to gain access.  With the squeeze bottle apply a light dust into (about ¼ of an ounce of dust) each accessible void.

Do not apply the dust directly into electrical boxes.  

So that's it, if you follow all of the preparation and treatment recommendations for bed bugs in this video, you should start noticing results within a couple of days!

If more bed bugs surface, pay attention to where they are hiding and lightly apply the Bed Bug Killer dust to the infected areas.  


Let me tell you why Maggie’s Farm Bed Bug Killer is so critical in the fight against bed bugs:

  • Independent research has proven Maggie’s Farm Bed Bug Killer to be the most effective bed bug control product on the market!   
  • It uses an engineered silica dust composition that works by clinging to bed bugs, destroying their waxy cuticles and drying their bodies out…eventually killing them.  It literally “sucks the life” out of bed bugs! When applied properly, it will provide fast-acting and long-lasting control.
  • It kills adult bed bugs and nymphs, including the ones that are resistant to the most commonly used synthetic chemical pesticides.  
  • Maggie’s Farm Bed Bug Killer is odorless, stain-free, and easy to apply. It also has very low toxicity, meaning that it has low potential for any harmful effects on people or pets.  
  • It can continue working effectively for up to 10 years when left undisturbed!  

If you have any questions or comments please leave them below, we would love to hear from you!

By following the steps in our complete bed bug control guide, you can easily and successfully get control of your bed bug problem.  

Watch the full tutorial here.

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