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How Do You Kill Bed Bugs?

Bed Bug Control and Extermination Articles

Few things give people the heebie-jeebies like the mention of bed bugs, and for good reason. Bed bugs are nasty little critters that suck our blood when we’re most vulnerable: in our bed, asleep, trying to sleep tight, trying not to let the bed bugs bite.

In the past, bed bugs have been notoriously difficult to treat due to how resilient their eggs are to pesticides. But at Lloyd Pest Control, we provide proven bed bug control across Southern California, and we’ve developed several methods for treating bed bugs.

Preparing for Treatment

First, we enlist the help of man’s best friend. Dogs have proven to be able to detect bed bugs with unmatched accuracy (Don’t worry, we can admit a dog is better at finding bed bugs than us. Our egos aren’t that fragile.). Once our certified K-9 inspectors have nosed out the location of the infestation, we’ll discuss all your treatment options.

Treatment Options

Targeted Treatments

For isolated colonies, we may suggest targeted treatments. This process involves vacuum removal of all bed bugs from the affected area, sealing beds and encasements, and applying residual pesticides. A follow-up inspection is required to ensure eradication of all bed bug eggs.


For large, multi-family complexes or office buildings, we will often opt to fumigate. This is an involved but very effective process – one that requires tenting the entire complex and pumping it full of bed bug-killing gas. Residents and pets can’t be present for during fumigation, unfortunately requiring them to find a place to stay for a couple days. Also, all perishable food must be bagged to prevent contamination. So yes, fumigation is a hassle, but it is incredibly effective in eradicating all stages of bed bugs (eggs to adult).

Fumigation Chamber

We can also treat single pieces of furniture (mattress, box spring, etc.) at our on-site fumigation chamber. This treatment method offers all the benefits of fumigation without the hassles that come from tenting.

Heat Treatment

Finally, depending on the context of the infestation, we can sometimes toast gross bed bugs with our targeted, non-chemical heat treatments, which also eliminate all stages of bed bugs.

Say Goodnight to Bed Bugs

The thought of bed bugs biting us while we sleep is pretty frightening, but with the right treatment, it doesn’t have to be a thought at all. At Lloyd Pest Control, we provide several options, working to eliminate your infestation in whatever way is best for you. If you need bed bug control in Southern California, contact us today.