Bedbugs hide in cracks and crevices. They often hide near the place where they feed. This means they are often found in cracks on the headboard and the bed frame. It is also common to find them in cracks behind the baseboards and inside the walls of the bedroom.
Before bedbug pesticides can be applied, it is helpful to take the bed apart. While the bed is apart, take the opportunity to wash the bedding. High temperatures – above 113° — will kill adult bedbugs and their eggs. Throw pillows can be placed in the dryer on the high setting. It may be possible to heat treat bulky pillows and comforters by placing them in black plastic bags and setting them outside in the sun for a few hours.
Ideal bedbug pesticides will kill bedbugs immediately. They will also remain effective for some time so they can kill any new bedbugs that hatch.
Aerosol insecticide may be the most effective way to treat the cracks and crevices on the bed frame and the headboard. Aerosol insecticide can also be used to treat the cracks behind the baseboards.
To reduce the risk of pesticide exposure and odor, the insecticide should be applied with equipment that will put the treatment into the cracks and leave no residue on the surface.
Dust insecticide is the most effective bedbug pesticide for treating inside of walls. Tiny holes can be drilled above the baseboards to get access to the void inside the wall. The holes should be about 16″ apart. Special equipment is usually needed to get the dust into the wall through the tiny holes.
Many people prefer to call pest control professionals to do the actual treatments. They have the special equipment needed to make the application. They also have the safety equipment needed to protect in case bedbug pesticides splash back during the treatment.