Whatever you do, DO NOT USE A ROACH BOMB!
Foggers (somehow) spread and multiply bedbugs. Maybe it just pisses them off, but it's fairly well known (in the bedbug community
) that bug bombs only make bedbugs worse.
My Dad's apartment building got bedbugs last year, so I have a bit of experience... The main thing I learned is that they are next to impossible to completely get rid of. In the end, I had to convince my dad to move because in a multi-unit building it is absolutely impossible to completely get rid of them (mostly because people can't seem to understand the process, and it's difficult to get the cooperation of every single
person who walk's in and out)
You need to start by putting all your clothing
, shoes, linens, curtains, towels, seat covers, Anything that has a washable fabric
... Put them in plastic bags, and remove them from the boat. They need to be washed and dried with as much heat as possible. Heat will kill the bugs. whatever can't use dryer heat, soak it in extemely hot water
and be sure to destroy the bags when you're done.
Do not bring this stuff back to the boat until you are %100 positive the bugs are gone.
Next step is to use a commercial
chemical specifically for bedbugs. All of the current
chemicals work, but the bugs have the ability to ADAPT to the chemicals. So you need to treat several times (like once a week for several weeks) with 2 or 3 different chemicals, until they are completely gone.
There are alot of remedies out there, but nothing is really suited for a boat except chemicals.
Good luck doing this while living on the boat... You might consider getting a hotel
for a few weeks and hire a professional with a guarantee for bedbug elimination. Make sure the hotel doesn't have bedbugs
If you have to bring stuff onto and off the boat, keep everything in plastic bags to prevent spreading them... Spreading them is the most important consideration. The worst thing you can do is bag up everything and throw it away. You will only contribute to the problem (which is bordering on epidemic proportions in the US right now). They can live for over a year sealed up in a bag...
Do some googleing on how to prevent spreading them (for our sake!).
If you have the money
, a (well known) professional is your best bet. Luckily a boat is small enough that there's only a few places they can really hide... it shouldn't be too terribly difficult. But even on a boat, it's not a simple process to go through and it will take some time.