Regularly inspecting and vacuuming your mattress and box springs is a very effective way to reduce large numbers of Bed Bugs quickly. However, it is important to note that Bed Bugs can readily infest vacuums. To reduce the likelihood of the vacuum becoming infested you should choose a vacuum that empties into a vacuum bag instead of a filter. A vacuum bag can be easily disposed of, while a filter is difficult to completely emply, and eggs can easily lodge in places that you cannot see. Also, avoid using vacuum attachments that have brushes or bristles. Instead, use the open end of the hose. Vacuuming up a little bit of talcum / baby powder before you start vacuuming and just after you finish may also help reduce the survival rate of some of the bugs that are vacuumed up. As soon as you are done vacuuming, the vacuum bag should be tied shut in a trash bag and discarded outside of the home. You should also inspect the housing of the vacuum where the bag attaches to the hose, as some bugs may escape the vacuum bag. If you have a bagless vacuum, the contents of the canister should be emptied into a trash bag and tied shut. The canister should then be washed to remove any remaining Bed Bugs or eggs. If you are concerned about the vacuum becoming infested, then you should not follow this recommendation.  Back to Now What