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How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs on Your Ceiling

How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs on Your Ceiling

Have you been waking up with your arms and legs covered in red and itchy bites?

You see blood on your sheets and have no idea where it came from.

Yes, gross, I know.

You might have uninvited guests between your mattresses and bed frame, while some have taken residence in your carpets, on your walls, and even on the ceiling.

Yes, you may have bed bugs around, but you’re not alone.

Surprisingly, many people share the same frustrating problem as you do.

Bed bugs are mini Spidermen that can crawl on your walls and ceilings.

And don’t be surprised if some bed bugs drop from the roof out of the blue because they have lost their grip.

If you’ve had enough of this problem and want to start working your way to a solution, here are some practical tips to get rid of these bloodsuckers.

Reasons Why Bed Bugs Reach Your Ceiling

standard bed bug crawling

Yes, I, too, was guilty of thinking that bed bugs are just confined to the bedroom’s mattress, linens, and carpets.

But it turns out that having bed bugs on the ceiling is a bigger problem because they only reach that high when they’ve already run out of hiding places below.

These insects naturally prefer being closer to the ground, so when you see bed bugs on ceilings or walls, it means you already have an infestation.

Are you wondering why there are bed bugs on ceilings?

Well, it’s simply because they no longer have space to occupy below.

Remember that the bed bugs prefer to be away from humans, unless it is feeding time because these creatures are afraid of you.

If they’ve already camped on your ceiling, an existing population is down under.

How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs on Ceilings

Bed bugs are not the easiest pests to kill, and being the best hitchhikers around, they can settle down in other places in your home, not just in your bed.

Yes, you read that right.

And since these bedbugs can even stay and multiply on your ceiling, you have to take a proactive approach to fix your bed bugs problem before it’s too late.

Here are some ways to get rid of these nasty insects.

1. Thoroughly Vacuum the House

vacuum to control bed bugs

Yes, the bed bugs are in your ceiling, but that doesn’t mean that you have no bed bugs on your carpet, couches, and other fixtures.

I’ve been there and felt like they were in every nook and corner of my house.

Begin by clearing all the clutter and dispose of the things that you won’t be using anymore.

Next, thoroughly vacuum each room, and ensure you place all the trash in a sealed bag and dispose of it immediately.

Vacuuming won’t entirely remove the bed bugs in your house, but it will bring down the numbers.

After vacuuming, thoroughly scrub around the possible hideaways of these bugs to dislodge the eggs, and run the vacuum again.

Take advantage of your vacuum’s crevice attachment, and go through all the crevices and cracks you can find on your walls, ceilings, bed seams, and baseboards.

2. Employ a Heat Treatment

If your goal is to get rid of your bed bugs on the ceiling fast, your best option is a heat treatment.

This is when you tap into the resources and expertise of a licensed pest control team with highly-trained technicians.

During heat treatment, the professionals will subject the affected room and ceiling to heat ranging between 135°F and 145°F (57.2 °C to 62.7 °C).

This is to get the bed bugs out of hiding, and when these insects and their eggs are exposed to at least 122°F (50°C), they will immediately perish.

Although the results are instant, a single heat treatment can last up to 8 hours.

You need to transfer out most of the furniture and appliances in the room, as too much heat can damage them.

This has its cons though, especially if you have a small population of bed bugs on these fixtures, as they will be spared from the heat treatment.

3. Use Traditional Chemical Treatments

treatment for bed bugs on ceiling

An affordable but continuous treatment plan to free your ceiling from bed bugs is using insecticide.

If you can expose the resident bed bugs in your ceiling directly to the insecticide, they’ll die.

Since the ceiling is a challenging area, in case you can’t, you may hope that indirect exposure will also help reduce the bed bug population.

Note that bed bugs come out of their safe spots every 3 to 7 days to look for a meal.

This is the best time to expose them to the chemicals and bring them back to their ceiling lair.

This is an effective treatment plan, but it takes plenty of time and repeated insecticide application.

4. Leave It to the Professionals

If dealing with these insects is too much, get a professional to do it for you!

A trained pest specialist can recommend and execute the ideal solutions so you can say goodbye to your resident bed bugs.

Other Home Solutions to Try

1. Diatomaceous Earth or Silica Dust

Heads up!

This is not a repellent but a traditional pesticide, and when consumed, the bed bugs get dehydrated and eventually die a slow, painful death.

The main challenge here is getting this natural dust up to your ceiling.

2. Apprehend (Pesticide)

This is another natural bio pesticide that is effective in killing bed bugs.

It is primarily composed of a natural fungus called Beauveria bassiana fungal spores and is applied with a sprayer.

The spores stay dormant until the bed bugs walk on them, attach themselves to the insect’s skin, and germinate for 20 hours.

Once the spores germinate, they will have access to the bug’s bloodstream, and the bed bugs will soon die of fungal infection.

3. Essential Oils

Again, this is rather challenging to use unless you have space in your walls and ceilings to drop these essential oils.

Ultimately, these natural essences would suffocate the bed bugs and cause them to die.

And what essential oils can you use?

The best ones are camphor, thymol, and carvacrol.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do Bed Bugs Poop on Ceilings?

Yes, bed bugs poop on ceilings, and since these insects will keep looking for places to hide from humans, they may settle on your ceiling for refuge and do their business there.

What Kills Bed Bugs Instantly?

Heat treatment is one of the most effective and instant bed bug exterminators. Cryonite treatment, the complete opposite of heat treatment, uses chemicals to freeze the bugs, and this kills on contact.

How Do I Know If There Are Bed Bugs on My Ceiling?

Dark spots on your ceiling are one of the key indicators that your ceiling has become a home to bed bugs.

You may spot some live bed bugs, eggshells, pale yellow skins, and even eggs on your ceiling crevices and cracks—it’s not different when you find maggot larvae on a ceiling when conditions are just right in the warmer months.

These are all the ultimate sign of your unwanted guests.


Thanks to the little hooks on a bed bug’s feet, they can scale the walls and end up on your ceilings like pros.

Early detection and an aggressive extermination treatment are imperative to stop the population growth and rid your ceiling and all other corners of your house of bed bugs.

Your home can be bed bug-free with the procedures, resources, and help of the professionals around your area.

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Ben G

Thursday 28th of September 2023

Dealing with bed bugs on your ceiling can be a nightmare, but these tips provide valuable insights into getting rid of them effectively. Remember, early detection and professional help like , can make all the difference in reclaiming your home from these persistent pests.