You’ve got bed bugs. First of all, do not panic! Do NOT throw your belongings away and do NOT be tricked that you ‘have to hire a professional’. You can successfully treat for bed bugs yourself.
It helps to determine the source of the bed bugs and how long you have had them. This is important because you want to make sure you don’t treat and have a probable re-infestation.
Next assess the level of infestation. Get a high-powered flashlight and a magnifying glass and start your diligent search for these blood suckers in all nooks and crannies so you can realize their location. They like folds of fabric on mattresses and in bed linens; they like to hide up underneath furniture; and in extreme cases, they’ll penetrate into electrical outlets, light fixtures and even TV remotes.
Adult bed bugs are about half the size of an apple seed and the nymphs vary from about 1/5th that size up to equivalent. They are definitely visible, but good light and magnification helps. Other signs are black dots or small streaks (that is the excrement) and sometimes there are casings of empty egg shells and molted bodies.
To prepare a space for treatment, seal all windows and doors shut. Turn off pilot lights and alert your alarm company of what you will be doing. Laundry items should be washed in the hottest water possible and set on the highest dryer setting. Create easy access to everything so move furniture away from walls, take down artwork, remove all linens on beds, and be prepared to flip mattresses and empty all drawers as it is important that everything that could house bed bugs be treated.
You will need a respirator (not a dust mask – a respirator), sealed goggles, a natural & safe bed bug product and a low volume, non-thermal fogger. Even though your product is safe, the fog will be dense and concentrated so you will need goggles and a respirator.
Begin in the far corner of a room making sure you direct the fogger output into the nooks and crannies – where carpet meets walls, under and behind furniture, inside cabinets and closets, etc. Work your way out of the room making sure you fog all surfaces including all 6 sides of each mattress, behind head boards, etc. The fog should be so dense that when done, you cannot see your hand at the end of your arm.
Leave the room and seal the door. Allow the fog to penetrate a minimum of four hours to overnight. When you return, open windows and turn on the heater or fan to air it out. It is possible that small amounts of residue will be on surfaces so clean as usual. Move everything back into place.
Perform a thorough inspection and repeat if necessary. But the more thorough your initial treatment, the more successful your efforts will be. Just remember, you CAN treat for bed bugs yourself!