Bed bugs are a nuisance if left unchecked. They are hard to spot immediately because they do not make any sound and they are quite good at hiding. In fact, the only way for you to know they are around is when you discover suspicious bites on your skin or blood stains on your beddings.
If you have a bed bug problem, there are a few ways you can control the infestation. There are short-term and long-term solutions which either come in chemical or non-chemical form. The ideal approach is to use a combination of these solutions to eradicate these troublesome pests once and for all.
You can use the following home remedies to tackle a bed bug infestation:
Wash Everything in Hot Water
Hot water is quite effective at killing these bugs. High temperatures are an effective way to kill them without using any chemicals:
This procedure will kill all the insects and eggs that are lodged in your beddings.
As you clean your beddings, vacuum clean everything else in your bedroom. Vacuum all the furniture, carpets, mattresses, curtains, and box springs. Vacuuming dislodges all the remaining bugs, eggs, and shells left in your bedroom.
As you vacuum, pay attention to any cracks, crevices, upholstered furniture, and wooden furniture. Once you finish vacuuming, dispose of the vacuum bag where it will be handled appropriately.
If you are tackling a serious infestation, hot washing and vacuuming everything won’t be enough. Steam cleaning will prove particularly effective because it is even hotter and it penetrates even the hard to reach areas of the fabric. Use dry steam rather than wet steam to avoid ruining your fabric.
You can buy your own small steam cleaner or hire a bed bug company that uses industrial grade heating solutions. As a plus, hiring a company that specializes in bed bug removal will entail enlisting professional help.
Use Diatomaceous Earth
It is a powder that is made from organic remains of small aquatic creatures. It absorbs oils and fats from the pests thus dehydrating them. Sprinkle it in cracks and any other place where you may have spotted the bugs. It will take care of the rest.
Diatomaceous Earth is 90% effective. It is most effective if you use it after cleaning your beddings and vacuuming the bedroom as we have discussed above. It usually takes up to 10 days to kill the bedbugs. Apply it several times to exterminate the pests.
Essential Oil Solutions
Most essential oils have antibiotic, antiseptic, and pesticide-like properties. They are as effective at handling insects as they are at tackling bacterial and viral infections. They can, therefore, do a decent job eliminating bed bugs from your home. The notable ones include:
Apply a layer of the powder around the areas where bed bugs love to hide – mostly the doorways and the corners. Allow it to settle for one week and then vacuum it. Baking soda dehydrates the pests thereby killing them.
Do not allow bedbugs to interfere with your sleep. The only positive from all this is that they are not known to spread any serious disease. Use one or a combination of these remedies to handle the problem. Consider washing (with hot water) and vacuum cleaning as the fundamental steps before you use the other remedies. If the infestation gets out of hand, seek professional help.