How To Deal With Bed Bugs

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Bed Bugs

Do-it-yourself Bed Bug Control

Can you get rid of bed bugs on your own?

Treating bed bugs is complex. Your likelihood of success depends on many factors, including:

  • How many bed bugs you have;
  • How much clutter is available for hiding places;
  • Whether your neighbors have bedbugs; and
  • Whether all residents of a house or building will participate.

Getting rid of bed bugs completely can take weeks to months, depending on the nature and extent of the infestation. To be successful, everyone will need to cooperate and do their part.

The following steps will help you begin:

You may have to follow these steps more than once to kill all the bugs and their eggs.

Identify the Problem

  • Identify the pest:
  • Collect a sample of the pest to show an extension agentExitor other insect expert.
  • Extension agents can identify the pest at no cost to you. They are trained in pest control and know your local area.
  • If an extension agent or other expert says the pest is a bed bug, notify your landlord if you live in an apartment. The units near yours should be inspected.
    • Landlords may have a responsibilityExit to participate in treatment.
    • Check the housing codes and laws in your area.
    • Inspect all areas that may have bed bugs, plus surrounding living spaces, to find out the extent of infestation.
    • Develop a Strategy

      • Make a schedule for completing the steps below. Be sure to include any personal plans, such as vacations.
      • Keep records through the whole process. Note the dates and exact locations where pests are found. This will help you track progress and better know where to target your work.
      • Keep checking for at least a year after you’re done to make sure all the bed bugs are gone.

      Keep the Infestation from Spreading

      • Remove infested items. Place them in a sealed plastic bag and treat them. Learn more about treatment methods in the sections below.
      • Items that cannot be treated should be placed in a sealed plastic bag and left there for up to a year to ensure any active bugs are dead.
      • Empty the vacuum after each use. Seal the bag as tightly as possible and immediately throw it out in an outdoor trash container.
      • Discard furniture responsibly if you can’t safely eliminate the bed bugs. Destroy it so someone else won’t be tempted to bring it into their home. For example:
      • Rip covers and remove stuffing from furniture items.
      • Use spray paint to mark furniture with "Bed Bugs."
    • Have infested items picked up as soon as possible by the trash collection agency.
    • Don’t discard furniture if you can safely eliminate the bed bugs from it.
    • Prepare for Treatment

      Preparing for treatment is very important; it will make it easier to monitor for bed bugs that haven’t been eliminated. This preparation should be completed whether you are doing the treatment yourself or hiring a professional.

      Kill the Bed Bugs

      • Make sure the methods you select are safe, effective and legal. See What’s Legal, What’s Not.
      • Considernon-chemical methodsof killing bed bugs. Some will be more useful than others depending on your situation. These and other methods can be helpful, but they might not get rid of the infestation entirely:
      • Heat treatment:You can use a clothes dryer on high heat. You can also use black plastic bags in a hot, closed car in the sun, but success depends on your climate and other factors. Do-it-yourself heat treatments might not work. Professionals have access to more intensive and proven methods that can even treat whole houses with heat. You may also purchase a portable heat chamber, which is usually quite effective.
      • Cold treatmentcan be successful in the home environment if the freezer is set to 0 o F. You must leave the items in a sealed bag in the freezer at that temperature for four days. Always use a thermometer to check the temperature, since home freezers are not always set to 0 o .
      • Steam cleaners(wet or dry) can get into cracks and fabrics to treat carpets, baseboards, bed frames, and other furniture. The steam temperature must be at least 130 o F but should not have a forceful airflow, or it may cause bed bugs to scatter. Use a diffuser to prevent scattering.
    • If needed,hire a pest management professional or use pesticidescarefully according to the label directions:
      • Look for EPA-registered pesticides that have bed bugs listed on the label.
      • Use foggers (bug bombs) only with extreme care and only if bed bugs are listed on the label. Improper use can harm your health or cause a fire or explosion. Foggers should not be your only method of bed bug control. The spray will not reach the cracks and crevices where bed bugs hide. See Should I Use a Fogger? for more information.
      • Carefully look for any evidence of bed bugsevery few days after you complete your initial cleanup and control processes.If you see bed bugs, either the initial cleanup missed some bugs or eggs have hatched. Retreatment may be needed.
      • Consider using different types of pesticides if repeated treatments are needed.Desiccants (chemicals that dry things out) can be particularly effectivein some situations since they work by drying out the bug (which means the bed bugs can’t develop resistance).
        • If using desiccants, be sure to use only products registered by EPA as a pesticide.
        • Do not use pool- or food-grade diatomaceous earth(made from the fossilized remains of tiny, aquatic organisms called diatoms). This type of diatomaceous earth can harm you when you breathe it in. The pesticide version uses a different size of diatoms, which reduces the hazard.
        • Desiccants can be very effective but may take several months to work.
        • Evaluate and Prevent

          • Continue to inspect for bed bugs, at least every 7 days, in case any eggs remain. You can use interceptors, traps or other monitoring methods. Interceptors are placed under the legs of furniture to catch bed bugs and keep them from climbing the legs. Commercial and do-it-yourself interceptors are options.
          • Continue to protect your home from bed bugs.

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          How to Deal with Bed Bugs when Travelling

          Last updated: April 5, 2019 . Written by Laurence Norah
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          As a traveller, one thing that is certain is that you are going to be sleeping in many different places. With this comes risk, one of which is to wake up one morning covered in tracks of red bites – the possible mark of bed bug bites!

          Of course, your initial thought may be that you’ve been the victim of a highly trained vicious mosquito squadron. But look a little closer – because you may have been the victim of something else entirely, something that is going to get fellow travellers all terribly excitable and probably freak you out too – the fearsomely savage and much feared bed bug.

          In today’s post I’m going to share with you some knowledge on bed bugs that I picked up from my time spent working in hospitality, and particularly in a hostel in New Zealand, where a great deal of my time was taken up with activities relating to bed bugs and bed bug management. Which wasn’t on the initial job description.

          As a result of that experience I have seen and squished far more bed bugs than any person ought to, and spent tremendous amounts of time peering into tiny cracks looking for the evidence of their presence.

          Today I’m going to tell how to know if you’ve been nibbled on by bed bugs, how to look out for signs that you’re not sleeping alone, what to do if you’re bitten by bed bugs, how to get rid of bed bug bites, plus what you can do to deal with the bed bug issue. First though, let’s take a look at some facts about bed bugs.

          Bed Bug Facts!

          Bed bugs are actually pretty amazing little critters! Here are some quick facts for you:

          • Bed bugs can survive for up to a year without food, particularly when it is cold. They can survive temperatures ranges down to around –32C and up to 45C. When it is cold, they go into a sort of hibernation, and pop out of it when it warms up.
          • In the right conditions it takes one pregnant adult female six months to create an infestation of literally hundreds of thousands of bugs. She is bloody awesome at hiding in the meantime.
          • When it gets warmer, bed bugs reproduce faster. This is why bed bug issues are often commonly associated with warmer countries. In higher temperatures, the reproductive cycle goes from 21 days down to as fast as 8 days.
          • Bed bug sex is not a fun thing for the bed bug female. It involves carapace piercing in order to get the necessary fluids inside her. If I was a bed bug girl, I’d want to go bite someone, too.
          • Bed bugs like other bed bugs. They secrete a pheromone that attracts more bed bugs. Sociable little chaps.
          • Bed bugs are bigger than you might think, particularly in their adult stage, which they reach after five junior stages. And I thought one go at puberty was tough. They grow up to 0.5cm long, easily visible by the naked eye, in their adult stage at least.
          • They are attracted to their victims by carbon dioxide and warmth, amongst other things.
          • Bed bugs love travelling almost as much as you do. They or their eggs will happily hitch a ride in your clothes or on your backpack, and then hop off when they reach somewhere new and exciting with fresh fields of blood filled meat to suck on. This makes eradicating them a bit tricky in a well visited bed!

          Which Countries Have Bed Bugs?

          The reality is that pretty much every temperate to warm country will have bed bugs. So you’ll find bed bugs in Thailand, bed bugs in Australia, bed bugs in the USA – the list goes on. Basically every continent except Antarctica has bed bugs!

          It’s also a worsening problem it seems as we are travelling more and more, and our climate seems to be providing warmer days. These two factors combine to produce the ideal conditions for bed bugs to spread, and for bed bugs to breed!

          How to know if you’ve been bitten by bed bugs

          People react to bed bug bites, like any other bites, in different ways. You may have been munched upon countless times, and have absolutely nothing to show for it, or you may come up in horrific pustules, blisters, or bumps that look just like mosquito bites. Diagnosis can be tricky! Additionally, for some reason, elderly people barely react at all.

          The easiest way to tell though is the classic line pattern that the bed bug leaves behind. This will be a nice straight line of red bumps, that looks like something has methodically chewed you up. And that would be because somethinghasmethodically chewed you up!

          Bed bug bite example

          Often this will be a line of three bumps, sometimes more, depending on a variety of factors, including whether or not the bug was disturbed during the meal, or if the bug didn’t quite find what it was looking for on the first, second, third.. or.. well, you get the idea.

          Bed bug bites can also take a while to appear after you’ve been bitten, sometimes up to a couple of weeks. Which makes working out what bit you and when fairly difficult. Very often, you will discount the bites as nothing more than mozzie bites, and move on with your life.

          Bed bugs also tend to bite in areas that aren’t covered, however in tropical areas you’re not likely to be sleeping in much anyway. They also don’t usually target armpits or the back of your knees.

          How to spot bed bugs in your hotel room or bed – the warning signs!

          There is a bit of a misconception that for a place to have bed bugs, it needs to be dirty, or unkempt, or messy. This sadly isn’t the case – the hostel I worked in for example was absolutely fanatic about cleanliness and bed bug management, and we still had the odd bug.

          Of course, if your chosen accommodation doesn’t care too much about basic things like cleanliness or tidiness, then you can be pretty damn sure that they aren’t that bothered about bed bugs either. So the two can be linked, even if one doesn’t cause the other.

          So how to tell if you might not be sleeping alone? Here are some ways to spot bed bugs:

          • Bed bugs are fairly shy and retiring creatures. They mostly come out at night. In the day time they like to hide, not too far away from their evening meal. Obvious places to look therefore include in your bed frame, and anywhere near the bed that harbours cracks that they can squeeze into. Curtain rails, skirting boards, door frames – even the heads of screws. You get the idea.
          • Bed bugs secrete a black gooey substance. You might find this on the bed sheets after you have been bitten. You can also look for it on the bed frame. Lots of black goo around a hole or crack indicates the likely presence of our friends. If it is recent, you will be able to easily smear it with your fingers.
          • Bed bugs have a distinctive aroma, which is how they attract other bed bugs. It’s a bit like the smell of a stink bug.
          • Bed bugs have six different sizes, from the super tiny to the fairly large. So there are a variety of body shapes and sizes to look out for.
          • Bed bugs are not excited by heat or excess amounts of carbon dioxide. If you think there are bed bugs in a hole, you could try breathing into it, or blowing a hair dryer into it on a low setting. This may force them out of hiding, or boil them in their shells. Whichever works for you. It may also distribute bed bug eggs all over the room.
          • You may find blood stains on the bed after you’ve been bitten. However, you can get these with any bite, so it’s not a guarantee of bed bugs.

          What to do if you think you’ve been bitten by bed bugs

          If you think you have been bitten by bed bugs in a hotel or other accommodation, the first thing is not to panic. Whilst the bites can be itchy and annoying, bed bugs are not currently known to carry any actual diseases.

          So in that sense, you are better off having been bitten by a bed bug than a mosquito.

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          You should, of course, mention to your host that you think you have been bitten. There are two main reasons to do this:

          • If the problem is with the place you are currently at, then they need to know so that they can do something about it
          • If you were bitten somewhere else, there is a possibility that you have brought the eggs or bugs with you. They therefore need to keep an eye out for future problems. Be aware that they are unlikely to thank you for this.

          When you inform your host, a variety of things will happen. It is very likely that, even if the accommodation believes itself to have bed bugs, it will deny this. Admitting to having bed bugs is akin to admitting you have the plague, due to the bad reputation these critters carry.

          So unless you have the dead body to prove your case, don’t expect too much in the way of liability being admitted.

          Additionally, as the bites can take so long to come up, the accommodation provider may actually have a point, in that you could have brought a problem into their previously clean environment. This is a great way to make you feel guilty and thus shut you up. After all, who is going to tell their friends that they may be a carrier of bed bugs?

          What you should see, if they are at all bothered / professional / caring are some efforts by the accommodation provider to find any problems.

          Where I worked, if someone seemed to have an issue, we would take their room apart, literally. Bed frames would be disassembled, and any bugs we found would be squished. We also used a heat gun to sterilise cracks in wood or metal. However, if we found bugs or eggs, this was never disclosed to guests.

          How to Treat Bed Bug Bites

          Treating bed bug bites is much the same as treating any other bites. The application of topical anti-histamine creams or ingestion of anti histamine is about the best you can do. A bite is a sign of an allergic reaction, and anti-histamine can help.

          Try not to scratch the bites – your nails are dirty and this will lead to infection.

          If you have reacted particularly badly, then get yourself down to the doctors where they may be able to help out with more powerful creams or pills.

          Ultimately though, it’s going to be a waiting game where you’ll just have to wait for the bites to subside.

          How to Prevent Bed Bugs

          If you are travelling, as previously mentioned, it can be hard to prevent bed bugs as you are not in control of the situation.

          However, you can stop yourself from taking bed bugs home, and take preventative measures in your home.

          The first thing you’ll want to do when travelling is to get used to inspecting the accommodation you are staying in for bed bugs. If there are signs of bed bugs, you should ask for another room, or consider another property. If the room has bed bugs, it is very likely that some of these bugs might get into your luggage, and that you will take them home with you.

          You also can take some preventative measures like spraying your luggage with one of the bed bug sprays mentioned further on in the post. You might also want to invest in a heating device which will heat your luggage up above a temperature which kills bed bugs, thus sanitizing your belongings.

          For your home, we would suggest investing in mattress covers for your beds. This stops bed bugs getting into the mattress, which is one of the most common places for them to hide. It also means you don’t need to discard of your mattress if you do get bed bugs, which can be costly if you have a nice mattress. See here for another well reviewed mattress protector.

          The main thing to consider is how bed bugs might get into your property. The most common ways are for you to bring them back from a trip in your luggage, or for guests to bring them when they visit. Mattress covers can help in guest rooms, and careful inspection of your guests room after they leave is also a wise idea.

          Another common vector for bed bugs is through furniture. We would advise against buying second hand furniture for this reason, as it can be very hard to tell if it is home to bed bugs.

          There are a range of other products to help you deal with bed bugs in the home. These include electronic ultrasonic repelling devices, bed bug traps for your bed legs, and diatomaceous earth, which is a non-toxic substance that kills insects.

          How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs

          The bad news about bed bugs is that in a well visited environment like a hostel or hotel, it is pretty much impossible to eradicate bed bugs.

          This is because even if you were able to find and kill every last egg, nymph and adult from the premises, all it takes is one new arrival with a pregnant adult female to turn up, and the problem starts all over again. In a warm climate where the bugs can breed quickly, the problem is only going to be worse.

          In such an environment, the best that can be done is to try to manage and stay on top of the problem. Regular inspections of sleeping areas, blocking up inviting cracks and the occasional use of some sort of anti-bed bug chemicals are the best that can be done so that the issue stays small – akin to a few mosquitoes flying in through a window at night, rather than spiralling out of control into a serious infestation.

          Speaking of chemicals, another problem arises. The most effective chemicals for properly killing off the whole bed bug lifecycle are also not exactly human friendly. Fumigating a room is actually therefore more hazardous to human health than a few bites is ever going to be – and in fact more people have probably died from reactions to the anti bed bug chemicals than from actual bed bug bites. However, there are some non-toxic options, one of which I have listed below.

          Products to help you deal with Bed Bugs

          There are some products you can get to help stop that most nightmare of all situations – taking the bed bugs from your travels to your home, as well as other sprays for killing bugs generally.

          • EcoRaider is one of the better natural options for killing bed bugs. This is available from the manufacturer, and also on eBay here. In a study by the US Entomological Society of America, this was the only natural bed-bug killing product that effectively killed both bed bug nymphs and bed bug eggs
          • The other recommended product from the above study is this Bed Bug Spray by Bed Bug Patrol, available on Amazon. This was also successful against bed bugs. It’s also highly rated by commentators, as well as being both organic and non-toxic.
          • This is another well rated natural product available on Amazon
          • Electronic repellers like this work by emitting ultrasonic sounds to deter a range of insects, including bed bugs
          • There are a wealth of other options also available from both Amazon.com and UK.
          • This Travel Sized Luggage Spray by Bed Bug Patrol on Amazon.com is designed to help protect you from bringing the bed bugs back from your travels – possibly the worst outcome of any bed bug encounter!

          If you do have a problem in your home, it is likely that you will have to call in professionals to fully clean out your house. They will use all sorts of nasty chemicals, and you will probably have to move out for a while. That is the only way to really sort out the problem once and for all.

          And that is that for bed bugs! If you’ve got any comments, questions or experiences to share from your travels, including horrific photos, don’t be afraid to share them below! Otherwise happy travels, and remember, sleep tight.. don’t let the bed bugs bite!

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          Does regular bug spray kill them? I’ve gotten bit in Sarajevo and no clue where to find bed bug spray for my luggage.

          As far as I know, no it doesn’t. They are tough critters to kill!

          I have read all sorts of post about bedbugs and none of them say anything about bedbugs being in your vehicle so my question is if you Go to someone’s house for a couple hours that has bedbugs and then get in your vehicle are you and your vehicle contaminated

          Laurence Norah says

          It’s hard to answer this. Bedbugs are more likely to be transported on luggage rather than people, so if you don’t take anything into the house, it is unlikely they will jump on you and then into your car and then on into your house. And as there isn’t a source of food in the car, it’s not an attractive place to live for them either. So I would say that the chances are low, but not impossible of course.

          Thank you for telling a blog about dealing with bed bug as traveler. It is very much a serious issue. The information provided is very relevant.

          Laurence Norah says

          Great tips on how to clean a room with suspected bugs – would love some recommendations for those who have been bitten in hotels and are now fearful of bringing them home! I am covered in bed bug bites after backpacking through South America and now am terrified I will introduce them to my own bed and have no idea what to do!

          Laurence Norah says

          So the only thing that really works is heat – bugs can’t handle temperatures higher than 117F – 122F. So your best option is to wash everything you can (clothes, bag etc..) at a high heat. If you have items you can’t heat to that temperature, the safest option is to throw them out 🙁

          Bedbugs

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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.

          Continued

          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.

          Bedbug Treatments

          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.

          Continued

          Bedbug Extermination

          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.

          Sources

          University of Kentucky College of Agriculture: "Bed Bugs."

          Ohio State University Extension Fact Sheet: "Bed Bugs."

          The New York City Department of Heath and Mental Hygiene: "Stop Bed Bugs Safely."

          University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension Lancaster County: "Managing Bed Bugs."

          How To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs? -10 Easy Way To Deal With Bed Bugs

          Do you share a live-in-relationship with unwelcome pesky little parasites that go by the name of bed bugs? You know for sure that you’re a victim of the aforementioned syndrome if you wake up to bites, and dried blood on the surface of your skin, not in the typical way of well, a wild encounter in bed.

          While it’s impossible to spot these critters in broad daylight, getting rid of them isn’t all that difficult. Before you proceed to throw out your comfy bed just because bed bugs wreak havoc on your sleep, think again. If you ever wondered how to get rid of bed bugs, then this post is aimed primarily at you.

          If the thought of creepy crawly bedside bugs isn’t what you envision when you think of a good night’s rest, then read on, as we show you how to rid yourself of them in almost no time at all. So, without further adieu, it’s time to bid adieu to those bed bugs.

          how to get rid of bed bugs naturally

          How To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs – Home Remedy

          1. Baking Soda

          Want to get back at those bed bugs for all the lost sleep? Baking soda is the ideal exterminator dehydrating the bodies of bed bugs due to its absorbing property. Apply baking soda on the crevices of your bed, covering every nook and cranny. After a few days vacuum your bed and apply baking soda(again? YEAH). It ensures that you end the lives of the army of bed bugs that fight you every night.

          You can also check out:-Home Remedies For Fleas In House

          2. Steam Treatment

          If annihilation suits your definition of revenge, then this one is for you. The thing about bed bugs is that their bodies cannot resist high temperatures which are where the steam treatment helps to bring them down. Get your carpets, mattresses, and pillows steamed so as to get rid of bed bugs. A sure-fire way of ensuring that they don’t surface again is to use a hot dryer. It guarantees that any survivors or valiant bed bug soldiers are put to rest before you can get some yourself.

          3. Bean Leaves

          Well here’s a rather unusual remedy for you. It entails, as the title suggests, the use of bean leaves to get rid of bed bugs once and for all. In the room that you find infested with bugs, line the floor as well as your mattress with bean leaves. Now, bean leaves have trichomes which kill the bed bugs. How? You ask? By piercing the feet of bed bugs, the trichomes prevent the bed bugs from causing any more trouble.

          You can also check out:-How To Get Rid Of Raccoons Naturally

          4. Tea Tree Oil

          Tea Tree Oil is an excellent way to get rid of bed bugs due to its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. It inhibits the growth of bacteria, fungus, and viruses. You can clean your bed linen with tea tree oil or spray some of it directly on your clothes. To a spray bottle, add water and tea tree oil. Spray this solution all over your house, especially in the highly infested areas. Leave nothing uncovered, right from the cupboards and drapes to cushions and mattresses.

          5. Cayenne Pepper

          When the pepper isn’t sending sirens off with waterworks following soon after, it’s the ideal bed bug repellent. While this remedy doesn’t ensure that the bed bugs die, it does ensure that they do not surface again. Cayenne Pepper is highly irritating to the bodies of bed bugs. To make the most of this remedy, sprinkle the cayenne powder on the target areas. You could also add some of the powder to a spray bottle to spray the target areas. Encase your bedding and pillows to ensure that the cayenne pepper doesn’t interfere with your sleep.

          You can also check out:-How To Get Rid Of Aphids

          6. Thyme

          Thyme has antimicrobial properties which affect bed bugs. Tie a Thyme stick with a cotton cloth and burn it at the end near the infested areas. You could also make use of fresh thyme leaves in a netted bag that you can place on your bed. Keep in mind, however, to replace the leaves every three days or so. The fresher the leaves are, the more efficient they are.

          7. Essential Oils

          Make a solution out of lavender, rosemary and eucalyptus oil. Spray this onto the infested areas. This remedy works well because the essential oils choke the bugs, preventing them from causing any further trouble. You could also use tea tree, oregano, and cedar oil in the same manner.

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          8. Diatomaceous Earth

          The main ingredient of diatomaceous earth, as the name suggests is soil which is made up of tiny fossils of algae. The jagged ends of this soil cut the bugs causing them to bleed to death. To protect yourself from a bed bug attack, sprinkle diatomaceous earth around your bed.

          9. Mint Leaves

          Guess who doesn’t like mint flavored water? Those pesky little bed bugs which are why mint leaves are one of our favorite remedies to get rid of bed bugs. Simply sprinkle mint leaves on your bed and carpets. Before you know it, you will be free of bed bugs entirely. You could also use dried mint leaves for the same effect.

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          10. Clove

          Clove is an excellent repellent, in some cases not just for bed bugs. Though cloves don’t make it to my top list of bearable flavors, neither do they make it to that of bed bugs.
          The acidic, pungent smell of cloves disturb the bed bugs thriving on your skin as they cannot withstand a condition this acidic. You can destroy these bugs quickly by simply exposing your pillows and other infested areas to clove oil.

          Once you are sure that these guys have met the grim reaper, encase your bedding and pillows so as to ensure that these bugs are kept at bay for good. Bed bugs can be quite the menace, but with these nifty little tricks up your sleeve, there’s no way for them to thrive or survive. Once you are done with these remedies, you should be able to sleep like a baby. So here’s a good night. Don’t let the bedbugs bite!

          How to Deal with Hotel Bedbugs

          Let’s play a little game: I’ll ask you something and if you answer me right, I will tell you everything you need to know about hotel bed bugs.

          Here we go: What is the most common place for bed bugs to install their camp?

          I am sure you came up with ‘the bed, the mattress, the rugs’ and few other answers. Well, the truth is that ‘Wherever there are humans, there will be bedbugs’, according to Dr. Changlu Wang. ’
          Recent studies have indicated that the bed bug infestation has returned in many countries, and the US is not an exception. Hotels specifically are the best development environment for bed bugs, because you can always find there a ‘something to bite’, with all the people coming and going.

          Ok, so is there anything we can do? Should we simply stay home to avoid bedbug infestation? This is a drastic measure, don’t you think? Here are few effective tips on how to deal with hotel bedbugs. Hopefully next time you go on vacation you will not return with a small, brown, memento…

          • First of all, you need to understand that bedbugs don’t live exclusively in the bed area, the mattress or the covers. Those nosy insects can be found in any crack you can tell, starting with the floors and ending with the room’s walls. Therefore, the safest place to leave your suitcase is the bathroom (or somewhere where is linoleum on the floor).

          • Check the bed thoroughly. Remove the sheets, the comforter sets, inspect the mattress and see if there are any reddish brown bugs, the size of an apple seed.

          • Signs of blood, dark, little spots on the mattress are a good indicator of the existence of bedbugs.

          • Continue with the head board, chairs or nightstands. Bedbugs like to hide in furniture cracks as well. Use a source of light to make sure you don’t miss any signs (preferable a flashlight).

          • Don’t leave the suitcase on the floor. Bedbugs are very active, and they can easily find new places to conquer, if you offer them a good chance.

          • Use a bedbug mattress cover for the duration of your staying. This will keep bedbugs away from your skin and probably your luggage.

          I know that it seems like a time consuming task for some little insects. However, you need to understand that bedbugs are harmless, unless you create them the perfect place the live and reproduce. This means you should not offer them a chance to enter your personal belongings while you stay at the hotel, otherwise they will fight you every step of the way.

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