How To Kill Bed Bugs: 7 Tricks You Should Know

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 7 Tips for Getting Rid of Bed Bugs

 

Having a pest problem is never fun. Termites can cause major damage, mosquitoes give you itchy bites, and an ant infestation in your kitchen can drive you up the wall.

If there’s one pest that’s on a completely different level, though, it’s bed bugs.

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There’s no question: trying to get rid of bed bugs is incredibly difficult. And, in the meantime, you’re dealing with a pest that causes some of the itchiest bites imaginable. It’s not uncommon for people to even experience skin infection as a result of the enormous amount of scratching that usually accompanies bed bug bites.

One of the first pieces of information you’ll come across when browsing the web for bed bug remedies is a warning: it’s tough to eliminate bed bugs, and you’ll need to be thorough if you want to make it happen. At the end of the day, working with a home pest control company is the best way to ensure that you rid your home of bed bugs for good. In the meantime, though, here are 7 tips that you can use to minimize your bed bug problem.

 

1. Diatomaceous Earth

It’s a bit of a mouthful to say, but diatomaceous earth can help with both bed bugs and other home pests. This powder is made from grinding up tiny sea creatures called diatoms. When bugs come in contact with the powder -- which looks perfectly soft and fluffy to us, but is actually quite granular and sharp at a microscopic level -- it damages their outer membrane, causing them to dry out and dehydrate.

For diatomaceous earth to be effective, it has to be dusted around the entire area where bed bugs are present. Do this every few days for a couple of weeks. Be sure to use food grade diatomaceous earth.

 

2. Double Sided Tape

When it comes to treating your home for bed bugs, one of the first things you’ll need to do is determine whether they’re even present in the first place. Double sided tape can help with both eliminating and detecting bed bugs at the same time. Place the tape around the edges of your bed, and check in the morning to see if any bed bugs got caught on the tape.

 

3. Vacuuming

Eliminating bed bugs with a vacuum cleaner is pretty straightforward. Essentially, you’re sucking up the adults, nymphs, and eggs into your vacuum, then disposing of them elsewhere. While this can be effective, it’s important to use an extremely powerful vacuum with strong suction. You’ll also have to be very thorough in order to make much progress: try to get every inch of your mattress, furniture, floor, curtains, and around baseboards. You’ll need to vacuum regularly in order to get rid of the critters for good. Be sure that you dispose of the vacuum bag (or empty the content of the vacuum into a plastic bag) immediately afterwards.

 

4. Mattress Protector

If your mattress already has a washable cover on it, you’ll want to remove it and wash it in warm water straight away. If there’s not currently any cover on your mattress, though, it can be a good idea to place a plastic cover over it while you’re going through some of the steps outlined here.

 

5. Steam Cleaning

While steam cleaning can’t be used on everything in your home, it does make for an effective treatment for bed bugs. Keep in mind that the high heat associated with steam cleaning can damage certain fabrics. Consider buying or renting a steam cleaning machine, and ensure that it’s the “dry” kind.

 

6. Baking Soda

Much like diatomaceous earth, baking soda works by slowly dehydrating adult bed bugs. You’ll need to spread the baking soda around the entire affected area, being sure to cover all surfaces thoroughly. You also have to leave the baking soda in place for at least a few days. Afterwards, vacuum it up with your vacuum cleaner. As above, be sure to dispose of the contents immediately.

 

7. Herbal Remedies

Certain essential oils are known to help eliminate pests, including bed bugs. Consider adding a few drops of rosemary, lavender, tea tree, lemongrass, or eucalyptus essential oil to a spray bottle full of water. Spray this mixture onto the areas where bed bugs are present. 


 

While these 7 tricks are a great place to start, a professional pest control company is by far the fastest, easiest, and most comprehensive way to eliminate bed bugs.

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June 5, 2018


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