How Do You Get Rid Of Bed Bugs Naturally
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Get Rid Of Bugs In Your House Naturally
Ants, cockroaches, spiders, mosquitoes, and bedbugs are just some of the many nuisances that can infest our living spaces. But before you reach for a chemical bug spray, try a natural way to get rid of these pests. You can use food traps for cockroaches, nets to protect against mosquitoes, neem derivative sprays for bedbugs, and essential oils against ants – all without any adverse side effects.
When it comes to dealing with any bug infestation at home, most of us immediately reach for a handy can of bug spray. But just one whiff of a squirt of spray may clue you in to what scientists have been saying for a long time now – the pesticides in these sprays can harm more than just pests. For example, when used frequently, DEET, the most common of these insect repellents, can cause side effects ranging from blisters on the skin to nerve damage. 1
It’s even worse if you have kids around. Case studies suggest that children should not be exposed to DEET and must keep as far a distance as possible. Repellents containing DEET have been known to cause respiratory distress, encephalopathy, and seizures in children. 2
It’s important to switch to natural ways to get rid of bugs precisely for these reasons. Natural products have far fewer side effects than their chemical counterparts. Whether it’s pesky mosquitoes you want to get rid of or stubborn bedbugs, here are a few ways to deal with such household pests naturally.
Getting Rid Of Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes are not just an irritation, they can cause wide-spread disease, including vector-borne illnesses, and even epidemics, such as malaria, dengue, and the recent Zika virus.
1. Mosquito Nets
Of course, the best prevention against malaria is to prevent mosquitoes from biting you in the first place! The most effective way of keeping mosquitoes out is with a simple mosquito net. 3 Mosquito nets have holes large enough to let air in but small enough to keep mosquitoes out.
Using long-lasting insecticide-treated bed nets: In line with the World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations, the use of long-lasting insecticide-treated bed nets (LLIN) has become an important prevention strategy in countries prone to malaria outbreaks. 4 The mosquito repellent properties of several plant products have been extensively studied over the years but there are certain limitations with their use in LLIN. Most of them wash away in water and cannot be easily fixed on the textiles. Trials are still being performed to find the best ways to infuse nets with plant products.
2. Essential Oils
The oils of several plants can be used as mosquito repellents, including citronella grass, lemon grass, eucalyptus, lavender, neem, thyme, holy basil, geranium, peppermint, kakronda, and toothache tree. 5
A field trial in Canada tested the efficiency of 3% citronella candles and 5% citronella incense in protecting individuals from mosquito bites. The use of citronella oil significantly reduced the number of mosquito bites in people. However, it was observed that plain candles were also quite effective in reducing mosquito bites. Researchers assume that it was the heat, light, moisture, and carbon dioxide produced by the plain candles that drew mosquitoes away from the test individuals. 6 But what works in citronella’s favor are compounds such as citronellol and geraniol in the essential oil. Both of these have a pungent odor and can keep mosquitoes away.
Three DIY Mosquito Repellent Sprays You Can Make At Home
- In a 2 oz amber spray bottle, mix 8 drops each of rosemary and lemongrass essential oils, 4 drops of geranium essential oil, 1 tsp of castor oil, and 1–1.5 tsp of water. Shake well and spray all around the house to repel mosquitoes. The amber color of the bottle protects the light sensitive essential oils from oxidation and possible deterioration in quality. 7
- In a 16 oz spray bottle, mix 20 drops each of citronella oil, lavender oil, tea tree oil, and eucalyptus oil, 1/2 tsp of vegetable glycerin, and 14 oz of witch hazel or vodka (yes, vodka). Shake well and spray around the house to drive mosquitoes away. 8
- Make a mix with 4 ml of neem oil and 10 drops each of spike lavender oil and lemon eucalyptus oil. Moisten your palms and take a few drops of this mix. Rub your palms vigorously and apply all over your exposed skin. In addition to repelling mosquitoes, the essential oils also mask the strong smell of neem oil. 9
Saying Sayonara To Bedbugs
Anyone who has ever had a bedbug infestation knows how stubborn they can be. What’s more, there is reason to believe that they can spread over 41 diseases to humans! 10
1. Heat Treatment
Although bedbugs are resistant to most pesticides, they are extremely sensitive to a rise in temperature. One study found that by increasing the temperature to 48 degrees Celsius around the infested furniture, nearly all bedbugs could be eliminated. Circulation and containment of the heat are crucial to the success of this kind of treatment. Polystyrene boards have been found to be quite effective in creating a treatment space and containing the heat. 11 Such treatments are, however, best carried out by a professional exterminator. The exterminator will have the necessary equipment to create a heat treatment space. Depending on the size of the room and the degree of infestation, heat treatment can take 6–8 hours. 12
Most successful integrated pest management (IPM) programs for bedbugs include vacuuming, encasing infected items in zippered compartments, heating, steaming, and freezing – all are not always necessary in every case.
Oils And Other Low-Risk Products
Eucalyptus oil, used as a spray on infested areas, is typically effective against bedbugs. Commercial products containing essential oils such as citronella, clove oil, cedar oil, eucalyptus oil, geranium, lavender, lemongrass, and peppermint oil work well too. Some studies also recommend dusting the infested area with low-risk pesticides such as silica gel and diatomaceous earth (DE). Dusts such as these spread easily too from bug to bug. 13
Make Your Own Bedbug Repellant
- In a spray bottle, take 10–20 drops of eucalyptus essential oil and add a little warm water. You can also add a few drops of lemon essential oil if you like. Spray on mattresses and bedding to eliminate bedbugs.
- Add eucalyptus oil to your laundry detergent and wash your sheets with it to get rid of dust mites and bedbugs. Avoid this if you have small children, though. Eucalyptus essential oil is very strong and should not be used, even in diluted form, on children under two years of age. It can cause respiratory distress in children. 14
- Add 1 tsp each of rosemary and peppermint oils to 2 cups of water and spray the mix on cushions and the floor around the bed. 15
- While traveling, it is a good idea to add lavender oil to a tissue and wiping the hotel room mattress with it to repel bedbugs. 16
Getting Rid Of Ants Naturally
It often seems that ants are the least bothersome of all household pests. They don’t bite unless disturbed, and they certainly don’t spread any infections. However, they can bore into absolutely anything in the house, eating their way through groceries and any food left outside. So here’s how you can fight them!
1. Essential Oils
Oil extracts of cinnamon leaf are extremely effective against red fire ants, even in low concentrations. The major component of cinnamon, trans-cinnamaldehyde, has a very strong inhibitory effect on red fire ants. 17
Natural Techniques To Get Rid Of Ants
- If you have ants marching into your house, you can put 1–2 drops of peppermint, spearmint, clove, catnip, orange, or eucalyptus orange oil on your threshold or wherever their entry point is. Pure essential oil on carpeted, laminate or wooden floors can, however, cause damage so do take care.
- You can also create a mobile barrier by placing a potted peppermint plant near the ants’ entry points and move it around as ants find new ways in. You could also scatter a few peppermint leaves and add a few drops of peppermint oil to them for more potency. 18
2. Clove Powder
Clove powder is an efficient ant repellent too. In a test carried out to check the efficacy of clove powder in inhibiting red fire ants, scientists found the powder worked well. Using clove powder around ant colonies was found to repel nearly 99% of them in a span of three hours. 19
Some Clove Power Against Ants
You can make a powder of fresh cloves and sprinkle it around ant colonies and their suspected points of entry. Be sure to use cloves that still smell fresh, as old cloves may have lost their essential oils to evaporation.
When it comes to irritation level, cockroaches closely rival bedbugs. Give them a few days time and it seems like they’re everywhere! Cockroaches especially love damp, dark spaces – heck, they may even be the only survivors of a nuclear attack!
Getting rid of cockroaches requires a systematic process of deep cleaning accompanied by the use of natural pesticides. Since cockroaches are often attracted to food leftovers and residues, always begin with the kitchen. Wipe everything down after a meal and never leave waste exposed.
1. Dishwashing Liquid
Among easy home treatments, a mix of water and common dishwashing liquid was found to be effective against cockroaches. The soapy liquid blocks their air passages and knocks them down. The cockroaches ultimately die after 18 to 24 hours. 20 So, keep a spray bottle of soap water handy and spray generously if you see a cockroach.
2. Boric Acid Powder
You can also bait cockroaches using a mixture of boric acid and sugar. The sugar attracts the cockroaches to the mixture. When ingested, boric acid is extremely toxic to such insects. 21 Sprinkling this powder in cracks and crevices, especially around the kitchen sink, can help get rid of cockroaches. You need to remember that boric acid can irritate the nose and mouth of humans too, so take care to keep the mixture out of reach of children.
Dealing With Other Bugs
There are several other household pests you may not want to deal with. One is thefruit fly, which seems to hover around just about any damp space in the house. A popular home remedy involves taking about half a glass of vinegar or apple cider vinegar and adding a few drops of dishwashing liquid to it. Swish the glass and add some warm water to help mix the liquids. Place the glass at spots frequented by fruit flies. This is an excellent trap for fruit flies – they come attracted by the vinegar smell and are trapped by the weight of the soap. 22
Another common bug that can become a menace in huge numbers is thespider. Although spiders do keep our houses bug-free, a spider and its webs can make any place look run-down. Clearing away spider webs and egg sacs as soon as they are spotted is the first step in spider management. Areas prone to spider habitats must be kept free of insects to ensure food scarcity.
Spiders have the ability to taste what they touch and they don’t like the taste of many plants.
Spider Repellant Made Right At Home
- An excellent home remedy for spiders involves using essential oils. Take 2 cups of water, and add 10–20 drops of one or more of the following oils – lavender, citronella, cinnamon, catnip, – and/or citrus oils such as grapefruit or lemon. Use the spray around the house to keep spiders at bay.
- Spiders don’t like catnip either. Grind fresh catnip leaves and mix with water. Soak cotton balls in this mix and keep at spider-prone spots around the house. You can soak the cotton balls in catnip oil too. You can also make catnip sachets by packing dried catnip leaves in some thin natural fabric. Place the sachets around the house to drive away spiders. 23
- Spiders also dislike lemons and limes. Mix water and bitter lime or lemon juice and spray wherever required. Placing orange, lime, or lemon peels at strategic spots can keep your garden spider-free too. 24
Use Your DIY Bug Repellants Correctly
Take note that not all of these natural alternatives have been studied for skin allergies and other irritations. It may be wise to use gloves when working with sprays of any kind. Of course, essential oils have been studied extensively and there is sufficient information available about their possible adverse effects. If you have young children at home, ensure that these bug repellents are not lying around the house. Ingestion of some of these substances can be very harmful.
Do you have any other go-to methods for dealing with household pests?
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Home Remedies for Bed Bugs
You take care of your house. You vacuum the rugs, clean the windows, and keep the bathrooms spotless. Guests visit, and they feel like a cleaning service makes daily trips to your house. Now imagine one morning you wake up to find that you have tiny bite marks on your body. Upon further inspection, you realize that there are small bugs in your bed. That’s right. Bed bugs.
What do you do?
Your first instinct might be to think that your house isn’t clean enough, but that may not be the case. Rest assured, bed bugs can come from several different places and are rarely a reflection of housekeeping skills. Here are some home remedies for bed bugs.
How Do People Get Bed Bugs?
Like most bugs, bed bugs come from outside the house. If you live in an apartment or any other shared living situation and have a bed bug infestation, it could be that they came from an adjoining apartment through cracks in the floors and walls.
Pesticide foggers like bug bombs don’t get rid of bed bugs, but instead, displace them– they go searching for a new home. For that reason, you want to avoid using bug bombs to deal with the infestation. I
f it makes you feel any better, if you live in a shared housing situation, it’s possible that your infestation is the result of one of your neighbors bug-bombing an infestation.
Introducingused furnitureto your house is another way bed bugs find their way inside. Be wary of used furniture, especially upholstery. Check and treat any pieces of furniture carefully before bringing them into the house. Check used clothing and books as well.
Even if it’s brand new, pay close attention to any furniture that has beenstored or transported in the back of a truck.
Finally, if you stay somewhere with bed bugs, they can also hitch a ride on you, your family, or your guests, either via your clothing or in your luggage.
How to Detect Bed Bugs
Bites on your skinare the first sign of a bed bug infestation. If you have unexplained bug bites, especially first thing in the morning, you might want to start checking around for other signs of an infestation.
Check your mattress for the visual signs of bed bugs. If you have them, you may see red or rust-colored stains, indicating crushed bed bugs.
Signs of Bed Bugs
- Tiny,Living Bugs
You might also see tiny black dots, which are bed bug excrement, and egg shells (around 1mm, a pale yellow color) resulting from the bed bugs reproducing. Finally, you may see the bugs themselves walking around.
Make sure you check every surface down to the box spring, and anything surrounding the bed as well. Check curtains, baseboards, behind wallpaper and even under the carpet. Bed bugs prefer fabric and wood to plastic and metal, so check any wooden furniture as well.
If you suspect you have bed bugs, call a professional exterminator to confirm it for you.
Bed Bugs and Your Health
Bed bugs bite because they live on blood, either human or animal blood. They feed on your blood for about ten minutes, then swell and turn red. Their bites are painless but can become itchy, but unlike mosquitos, they are harmless and do not transmit diseases.
However, if you scratch the bites, you can cause an infection. One characteristic of bed bug bites?
They are numerous, and they have a tendency to appear in straight rows. If you seemultiple bites arranged in a straight line, there’s a good chance you’re looking at bed bug bites.
How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs
The best way to get rid of a bed bug infestation is tocall an exterminator. They’ve dealt with bed bugs before and know how to do a thorough enough job to keep them from returning. An exterminator is your best bet, just to make sure you take care of the problem completely.
However, there are some things you can do at home to get rid of bed bugs and to supplement a professional.
Treating an Infestation
Usehot waterto wash all clothes, linens and anything fabric that may have contacted the bugs. Heat will kill anything hiding in your linens. Use a dryer to dry everything as well, because a dryer will hit the bugs with a double dose of heat.
Just make sure you pay attention to the tags on the fabric, as your linens may be dry clean only. Dry cleaning can also kill bed bugs, but make sure you inform the dry cleaner of the possible infestation.
Treating an Infestation
- WashAll Clothes, Fabric and Bedding With Hot Water
- SteamYour Mattress and Box Spring
Once you’ve given your bedding the heat treatment, follow up by vacuuming all areas of the infested room(s).Vacuuming will remove any bugs from the nooks and cranniesin which they may be hiding.
Use a brush to loosen all bugs and eggs. Make sure you clean out your vacuum thoroughly afterward and dispose of any vacuum bags outside of the house. Use a steamer on things like your mattress and box spring. Steam will take care of remaining eggs.
Finally,coveryour mattress, box spring, and pillow in a completely closed bug-proof cover. Sealing up your bedding with a cover ensures that anything left will not be able to escape or feed and will eventually starve. Starvation can take up to a year, however.
Whether you’re looking to prevent bed bugs from re-infesting a room or looking to avoid one before it happens, there are a couple of things you can do. Start by making sure that your house isspotless.
Messy rooms and improperly stored items create a lot of places for bed bugs to hide, so the less attractive your home to bed bugs, the less likely you are to experience an infestation.
Preventing an Infestation
- Clean Your House
- Prevent Bed Bugs From Climbing Your Bed
- Make a Habit of Cleaning
- Inspect New Items for Bed Bugs
Remove bridgesfrom the floor to the bed. Keep bed bugs out of bed by keeping blankets from dragging the floor, and don’t use the bed as storage for anything.
Bed bug interceptors are relatively inexpensive and are placed under the feet of the bed, preventing bed bugs from reaching the legs and climbing to the bedding. Consider using them. Finally,prevention is ongoing. Clean often, checking for signs of a recurrence.
The earlier you catch bed bugs, the easier they are to clean out. Inspect all used items that you introduce to the house. When staying in a new place, check that bed for bugs. When returning from a trip, clean everything you took, including your luggage.
Home Remedies for Bed Bugs
The best ways to get rid of bed bugs are pesticides, heat treatment, and thorough cleaning, but there are a few home remedies that might help.
- Silica gel(the packets included in various products to ensure dryness) ground up and applied to affected areas will stick to the bugs and dehydrate them. Be very careful to avoid inhaling the silica gel, and it is probably best to avoid using it if you have pets or kids. Baking soda can also work for the same purpose.
- Tea tree oilin your laundry and sprayed in affected areas will repel bed bugs, as well as lavender oil. Mix lavender oil with eucalyptus and rosemary oils and water to make a repellent spray.
- Sprayingrubbing alcohol can kill some bugs on contact.
- Scented dryer sheetstend to deter bed bugs. Placing a layer of them on your bed may keep them from visiting you.
- Double-sided tape.Much like bed bug interceptors, double-sided tape prevents bed bugs from reaching your bed in the first place. Apply the tape to the underside of your bed near the legs and the bugs will get stuck on it. Just be sure to keep your blankets from touching the ground, or some of the bugs will be able to reach the bedding.
Bed Bug Removal Recipe
- Cayenne Pepper– 1 Tsp
- Ground Ginger– 1 Tsp
- Oregano Oil– 1 Tsp
- Water– 1 Tsp
You might have ingredients for this simple homemade bed bug repellent right in your kitchen. The strong smells of cayenne, ginger, and oregano repel bed bugs and other insects, too. If you know where the bed bugs are entering the room, use a mixture of cayenne pepper, ginger, and oregano oil to keep them away.
Mix the ingredients in water, strain it, and use a spray bottle to apply the solution at entry points. Make spraying a regular habit, and you’ll prevent the bugs from entering. To keep other insects from getting into your home, spray doorways and windowsills.
If you have bed bugs or are just worried about preventing an infestation, rest easy — there are plenty ofnatural bed bug repellentsand ways to kill bed bugs available.
Bed bugs can happen to anyone and even if you keep a tidy home, random variables, like your neighbor setting off a bug bomb next door, mean that an infestation can happen anytime.
In this article, you learned how to detect bed bugs, as well as a few home remedies for bed bugs, including how to repel bed bugs naturally.
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Home Remedies to Get Rid of Bed Bugs Naturally
After writing, how to get rid of cockroaches?, how to get rid of fruit flies?, how to get rid of ants?, and how to get rid of mosquitoes?, we are now writing the best home remedies to get rid of bed bugs naturally. Bed bugs! The word itself brings about the thought of red, flat ugly blood sucking creatures, which are out there lying on your bed and furniture. We believe you can understand the menace that these creatures can cause to your well-being. We also understand that you want to get rid of them as fast as possible.
This article will give you the best home remedies to get rid of bed bugs naturally. Who wants to go out and spend a fortune on all those expensive products, which promise to get rid of bed bugs but at such exorbitant prices. Bed bugs can be easily removed without any added price with products available in your reach. In this article, we will explain you the top home remedies to get rid of bed bugs, but first let’s understand them in a better way.
Types of Bed Bugs:
- Bat Bugs:No way related to batman, these one are up-to no good. Feasting on the creatures that are flagship of blood suckers. These bugs feast on the blood of bats and prefer a mild and cool environment. They rarely opt for humans.
- Mexican Chicken Bugs:These bugs as the name suggests mostly reside in poultries and barns. They feast on chickens and other domestic fowl.
- Tropical Bed Bugs:These one are the second most prevalent type, just after the next one. They are mostly found in tropical areas, which are slightly dry.
- Domestic Bed Bugs:They are the most widespread and known form of bed bug. These one are everywhere. Flat and slightly reddish in appearance, they appear from your worst nightmares. They prefer a milder environment and have a thing for dark places, just like their characteristics.
- Barn Swallow Bugs:These are rarely seen in human environment and may only trespass with a bird as its host, considering that it mostly resides in nests.
Best Home Remedies to Get Rid of Bed Bugs:
1.) Use TheTea Tree Oil
This is one of the awesome essential oil, which is known for its antimicrobial effects and best home remedies to get rid of bed bugs. The antibacterial properties help you get rid of all sorts of microbes including bacteria. You can clean your home with this oil, or you can add some tea tree oil drops on the clothing and other infested area. Make a solution consisting of lukewarm water and tea tree oil. Place this diluted solution in a spray bottle and sprinkle it on the walls, furniture, carpets, linens, beds, curtains, cupboards, mattresses and clothes. Do this once a week to eliminate the microbes.
2.) Mint Leaves Will Help
You can use the mint leaves to prevent the entry of bed bugs in your home. It is an effective way that keeps bugs at bay. Sprinkle crushed dry mint leaves around the sleeping area or inside the play boxes of small children. Also, you can put dried mint leaves packet between your linen closets and mattress. One more thing you can boil two handfuls of mint leaves in two cups of water for five minutes and then fill this lukewarm water in spray bottle and spray this water at all affected area.
3.) Use The Rubbing Alcohol
Alcohol is also counted among the most amazing home remedies to get rid of bed bugs. Alcohol also works as a natural pesticide and kills all the bed bugs efficiently. You can use it directly and you can also mix it water. Take some water in a spray bottle and mix some tea tree oil in that. Now spray your house with that bottle. Spray it over all the places where they more active and effective.
4.) Cold and Heat Treatment
Both of these techniques are recognized to get rid of of bed bugs. These are not only cheap but effective as-well. They follow the simple methodology of the bed bugs vulnerability to extreme temperatures. While the heating can be done by means of a blow dyer, placed constantly at the position being concentrated on. The same can be done for cooling, using an air-conditioner or fan. Overall both of them are act as excellent home remedies for bed bugs.
5.) Use The Diatomaceous Earth
One of the most popular methods and best home remedy to get rid of bed bugs is to use D.E, which has the properties of an assassin. This white powder may appear at first as something a crack head would use for his occasional trips but actually is prepared using fossilized marine plants. The powder has microbial spikes which scratch and tear the bodies of these pests, eventually killing them for good. This can be mixed with water and sprayed or directly be placed over their breeding ground.
6.) Take Help From Lavender Oil
Essential oils have long been known for their healing properties. They are known to be as great remedies to get rid of bed bugs too. Among them, the same holds true for lavender oil. The pleasant smell that gives us the happy feeling is something that these ugly creatures detest. Spray it all over the furniture to relish the fragrance and let the bed bugs run away to some other place except your home.
7.) Using Cleansing Agents
Using easily accessible cleansing agents, like bleaching powder can also come in handy. You can spread the bleaching agent all over the bed or mattress to dehydrate the menace. After treatment, wash and dry the furniture. Make sure you are not allergic to bleaching powder before the procedure.
8.) Make Use of Essential Oils
Take a cup of water and add a few drops of lavender, eucalyptus and rosemary oil. Spray the mixture onto the bugs and on the infested things. The mixture works against the bug and kills them. Plus tea tree oil, oregano oil, and cedar oil are also effectual for fighting these bed bugs. These essential oils block the bugs and choke them and you can get rid of bed bugs organically.
9.) Use Vacuum Cleaner
Use a vacuum cleaner to get rid of bed bugs at home. It is the best way that will not only clean your home but will also help in controlling the bed bugs population. Also, remember to clean your vacuum cleaner thoroughly after going for preventing another infestation. It is an ideal solution that can even destroy the bed bugs eggs. It is one of the best ways to prevent bed bugs at home.
10.) Seal Cracks and Crevices
Repair cracks with the help of plaster. You must eliminate any loose wallpaper from your walls and try to tighten the light switch covers. You may also add fillings in the crevices so that the bed bugs do not get any entrance to come inside your home. Also, don’t forget to fill the holes and cracks near your sleeping areas with the help of tapes and filling materials like clay. It is a great way to get rid of bed bugs at home by preventing them from entering your home.
11.) Baking Soda Will Help
Baking soda helps absorb moisture from the body of bed bugs due to its drying properties. Spread some baking soda around the slit and cracks or wherever you find bugs. Don’t forget to vacuum the soda after few days and re-apply it in order to get rid of bed bugs organically.
12.) Use Heat to Kill Bed Bugs
Bed bugs cannot survive in high temperature. Hence, it is a convenient option to increase the room temperature with the help of thermostat. You may also use room heaters and heat blowers to get the best results from this heat treatment. It is one of the best methods to get rid of bed bugs at home naturally.
13.) Do The Sun Therpay
Since 113° F is considered to be an ideal temperature to kill bed bugs. Hence it is advised to use the sunlight for drying out your bed sheets. If you are living in a hot desert or if it is summer in your region, then you can use the beaming heat of sun to get rid of bed bugs at home. Therefore, it is one of the simplest ways to get rid of bed bugs at home.
14.) Cleaning Will Help
No offence meant but one of the major ways in which they dwell around your surroundings is because of low hygiene. So get your act right and start cleaning your mattress, furniture, bed and other place. Keep everything clean including yourself and they would never appear at the first place. Also, make sure to keep a check on any item being brought from outside which may be host to them.
15.) Use Double Sided Tape
This one is pretty obvious. This can act as a trap for these stupid creatures. Just simply place the tape at all the corners and places where you expect the bed bugs to roam. The bugs, as soon as they step foot on the tape will get stuck to it and eventually die. There you have one of the easiest ways to get rid of them without any hassle.
16.) Do The Steam Treatment
Get your carpets, mattress, cushions and all sleeping stuff steamed if you want to get rid of this problem. Bed bugs can’t survive in high temperature (above 50 degrees or 150 F). Steam penetrate through these materials and destroys the bugs and prevents the egg from surviving.
17.) Spray Some Chemicals
There are several companies that focus on developing chemicals to get rid of bed bugs. Today in the market, there are a variety of chemicals available to fulfill your needs. Choose the right one after proper research or preferably after consulting an expert. Some of the renowned ones are biochemical, pyrethriods, insect growth regulators and pyrethrins. Make sure the chemicals are EPA registered.
18.) Hire a Professional
Although, relatively costly as compared to other options, but is an option that you simply can’t ignore. A professional, equipped with all the necessary tools can get rid of them in no time. Look for your local pest control firm based on the reviews and let them handle your problem. This one can be handy, particularly if the infestation is on a large scale.
How Do You Get Rid Of Bed Bugs Naturally? (Simple answer…)
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Bed bugs are no doubt the most unwanted guests inside anyone’s bedroom.
The problem however, is that they can easily infiltrate your bed chamber uninvited and wreak havoc upon your sleep.
Another challenge for homeowners is that bed bugs are masters of hiding and they can be pretty stubborn to get rid of.
Nevertheless, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t banish them from your home without the help of a seasoned professional.
This guide will shine a light on your deepest and darkest bed bug nightmare through natural solutions that can help knock out bed bug populations inside your property for good.
Why Is Vacuuming Always The First Step?
Start your do-it-yourself bed bug eradication program with your good ol’ vacuum cleaner. Although the equipment is not 100% effective in getting rid of the entire bed bug population, vacuuming is still great in sucking out bed bugs of different life stages.
Basically, there are tons of vacuum cleaners available in the market. However, not all of them are cut out for eliminating or capturing bed bugs. Therefore, it is critical to know the features you need to secure for a dependable bed bag vacuum cleaner.
First and foremost, your vacuum cleaner needs to have a crevice tool to help you capture bugs hiding within hard to reach corners. Secure a crevice tool that is long and flexible for a better maneuver. Seal the nozzle with a tape to make sure that bed bugs won’t escape.
Secondly, your vacuum cleaner needs to be geared with a HEPA filter. Unlike ordinary vacuum filters, HEPA filters prevent bed bugs from escaping.
There are also vacuum cleaners that come equipped with a steamer that can produce up to 210 degrees of heat. Jet of steam is an effective way of killing bed bugs as well as dust mites as your equipment sucks them away for good.
Portability is another essential feature to consider for an ideal bed bag vacuum cleaner. This helps you clean the bedroom and all other areas of your home faster and more efficiently.
As soon as you’re done with the task, immediately remove the bag and seal it up with a tape. If you are using a bagless cleaner, simply empty the canister into a trash bag and seal immediately. Get rid of the trash bag outdoors.
Wash the filter and other removable parts of the vacuum cleaner. Electrical components however need only to be wiped clean.
How Should You Take Care Of Your Laundry?
As mentioned earlier, vacuuming bed bug infested areas of your home will never be enough. Whether you like it or not, you will have to do some wash time in the laundry room afterwards.
But the whole process will be quite different compared to washing normal clothes. Bear in mind that bed bugs can easily slip past your watch and infect other uninfected areas of your home if you will not be very careful with taking care of your laundry.
First and foremost, you will have to sort out your clothes, blankets, pillow and mattress covers accordingly and place them inside sealed plastic bags. Before moving the bags out of the infected area and straight to the laundry room, you must conduct a thorough visual inspection to make sure that not a single bed bug will be creeping out of the bags.
Unload your laundry from the bags directly to your washing machine. Dispose of the bags immediately. Wash your clothes in the highest heat setting appropriate for the fabric.
Is Diatomaceous Earth Effective?
Diatomaceous earth is one of the most popular natural killer for various types of crawling insects. D.E. is primarily composed of fossilized remains of diatoms which is high in silica. These are crumbled into fine powder and comes in food grade type.
Food grade diatomaceous earth is the only natural bed bug solution that you can eat. Microscopically, D.E. damages the exoskeleton of bed bugs and other crawling insects which prevents them from hanging onto important moisture – eventually leading to dehydration.
In using D.E., simply sprinkle an ample amount on places frequented by bed bugs. The downside of this solution is that positive results are visible only after a few days of application.
Is Tea Tree Oil Advisable Against Bed Bugs?
This option must be regarded with careful consideration and extra precaution. Bear in mind that undiluted tea tree oil is harmful to humans.
In safely using tea tree oil, mix ten to about twenty drops of it with water in a spray bottle. Tea tree oil solution works both as a contact insecticide and as a repellent.
As a contact insecticide, tea tree oil penetrates into the exoskeleton of the bed bugs eventually suffocating them. It also gives off a strong scent which helps repel bed bugs as well as other types of crawling insects such as ants, fleas, and spiders.
The use of tea tree oil can also be extended with your laundry. Simply add a few drops of the extract into the mix with your preferred laundry detergent. You can do this with your dog’s bedding as well as yours.
To Heat Or To Freeze?
Bed bugs die when exposed to extremely high temperature, approximately 122 degrees Fahrenheit and above. On the other hand, they also can’t withstand freezing.
For total bed bug control on severe infestations, heat treatment is a popular non-chemical option. You can do this on your own or with the help of a professional bed bug exterminator.
For less serious infestations, you can do the heat treatment on your own with a portable heat treatment device. You can either buy one which usually costs around $50,000 or rent a unit which is a smarter or practical move.
However, bear in mind that it is only advisable to do the heat treatment on your own if you have enough knowledge as well as experience in operating the device.
The following video will give you tips initiating the heat treatment on your own.
For severe bed bug infestations, it is ideal to hire a professional bed bug exterminator to initiate the heat treatment. Depending on the severity of the infestation, the entire treatment process can last for several hours.
The total cost in acquiring heat treatment solution directly depends on the size and structure of one’s home. But basically, the average cost for such treatment runs around $1,200.
On the other hand, freezing is an alternative solution if you have bedroom fabrics that can’t undergo heat treatment. Simply secure the fabric in sealed plastic bag to make sure that not a single bed bug is given the opportunity to escape. Set your freezer at maximum and leave the sealed bag inside for at least 4 days.
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Bedbugs are small, oval, brownish insects that live on the blood of animals or humans. Adult bedbugs have flat bodies about the size of an apple seed. After feeding, however, their bodies swell and are a reddish color.
Bedbugs do not fly, but they can move quickly over floors, walls, and ceilings. Female bedbugs may lay hundreds of eggs, each of which is about the size of a speck of dust, over a lifetime.
Immature bedbugs, called nymphs, shed their skins five times before reaching maturity and require a meal of blood before each shedding. Under favorable conditions the bugs can develop fully in as little as a month and produce three or more generations per year.
Although they are a nuisance, they are not thought to transmit diseases.
Where Bed Bugs Hide
Bedbugs may enter your home undetected through luggage, clothing, used beds and couches, and other items. Their flattened bodies make it possible for them to fit into tiny spaces, about the width of a credit card. Bedbugs do not have nests like ants or bees, but tend to live in groups in hiding places. Their initial hiding places are typically in mattresses, box springs, bed frames, and headboards where they have easy access to people to bite in the night.
Over time, however, they may scatter through the bedroom, moving into any crevice or protected location. They may also spread to nearby rooms or apartments.
Because bedbugs live solely on blood, having them in your home is not a sign of dirtiness. You are as likely to find them in immaculate homes and hotel rooms as in filthy ones.
When Bedbugs Bite
Bedbugs are active mainly at night and usually bite people while they are sleeping. They feed by piercing the skin and withdrawing blood through an elongated beak. The bugs feed from three to 10 minutes to become engorged and then crawl away unnoticed.
Most bedbug bites are painless at first, but later turn into itchy welts. Unlike flea bites that are mainly around the ankles, bedbug bites are on any area of skin exposed while sleeping. Also, the bites do not have a red spot in the center like flea bites do.
People who don’t realize they have a bedbug infestation may attribute the itching and welts to other causes, such as mosquitoes. To confirm bedbug bites, you must find and identify the bugs themselves.
Signs of Infestation
If you wake up with itchy areas you didn’t have when you went to sleep, you may have bedbugs, particularly if you got a used bed or other used furniture around the time the bites started. Other signs that you have bedbugs include:
- Blood stains on your sheets or pillowcases
- Dark or rusty spots of bedbug excrement on sheets and mattresses, bed clothes, and walls
- Bedbug fecal spots, egg shells, or shed skins in areas where bedbugs hide
- An offensive, musty odor from the bugs’ scent glands
If you suspect an infestation, remove all bedding and check it carefully for signs of the bugs or their excrement. Remove the dust cover over the bottom of the box springs and examine the seams in the wood framing. Peel back the fabric where it is stapled to the wood frame.
Also, check the area around the bed, including inside books, telephones or radios, the edge of the carpet, and even in electrical outlets. Check your closet, because bedbugs can attach to clothing. If you are uncertain about signs of bedbugs, call an exterminator, who will know what to look for.
If you find signs of infestation, begin steps to get rid of the bugs and prevent their return.
Getting rid of bedbugs begins with cleaning up the places where bedbugs live. This should include the following:
- Clean bedding, linens, curtains, and clothing in hot water and dry them on the highest dryer setting. Place stuffed animals, shoes, and other items that can’t be washed in the dryer and run on high for 30 minutes.
- Use a stiff brush to scrub mattress seams to remove bedbugs and their eggs before vacuuming.
- Vacuum your bed and surrounding area frequently. After vacuuming, immediately place the vacuum cleaner bag in a plastic bag and place in garbage can outdoors.
- Encase mattress and box springs with a tightly woven, zippered cover to keep bedbugs from entering or escaping. Bedbugs may live up to a year without feeding, so keep the cover on your mattress for at least a year to make sure all bugs in the mattress are dead.
- Repair cracks in plaster and glue down peeling wallpaper to get rid of places bedbugs can hide.
- Get rid of clutter around the bed.
If your mattress is infested, you may want to get rid of it and get a new one, but take care to rid the rest of your home of bedbugs or they will infest your new mattress.
While cleaning up infested areas will be helpful in controlling bedbugs, getting rid of them usually requires chemical treatments. Because treating your bed and bedroom with insecticides can be harmful, it is important to use products that can be used safely in bedrooms. Do not treat mattresses and bedding unless the label specifically says you can use them on bedding.
Generally it is safest and most effective to hire an experienced pest control professional for bedbug extermination.
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