Getting rid of bed bugs usually requires the use of chemicals such as insecticides. However, it is important that one begin any treatment plan with a through cleaning in order to prevent bed bugs from reappearing.
Infested linens and clothing should be washed in hot water and dried on the hottest dryer setting. Things that cannot be washed, like stuffed animals and pillows, should be dried at the hottest setting for at least half an hour. The mattress should be scrubbed with a stiff brush and then vacuumed frequently. If chemicals are still needed, it is recommended that one hire a professional, as using chemicals on bedding can be dangerous.