Bed bugs are tough to spot. By the time you notice they’re in the room, chances are you’re probably bitten to all heck. Hey, no worries. Bed bugs can be gotten rid of. Believe it to be true!
The best way to get rid of bed bugs permanently is to call a pest control service right away. These professionals will exterminate the pesky pests from your household, using safe and reliable methods that are proven to work. In addition, you can also try to get rid of the bed bugs yourself. There are ten different home remedies to get rid of bed bugs permanently:
Remedy #1: Hot Water
Hot water washes is one of the best home remedies to get rid of bed bugs permanently. Bed bugs will sink into bedding, blankets, and clothes. Anything you can toss into the washer with heat, hot water will kill any and all bed bugs. In fact, you can skip the washer altogether and place clothes into the dryer. The heat in there will dry out any bed bugs and their eggs. There’s little to no chance of survival. This is obviously impossible to do with a mattress, however.
Remedy #2: Steam Clean
A steam cleaner is a way to do what a washer and dryer does to your mattress. Run a steam cleaner over your mattress, box spring, and carpet. High heat will kill these bed bugs and completely wipe out a territory for you to rest comfortably. Like other home remedies, this may need to be repeated semi-regularly until the bed bugs are fully gone as they can always reproduce and return until you’ve eliminated every last one of them.
Remedy #3: Vacuum
Vacuuming is a smart tool to suck up bed bugs and get them out of the house. Vacuum mattresses, bedding, furniture, and carpet. If you have a severe infestation, this will capture a lot of the bed bugs and their eggs. When you’re done your work, remove the vacuum bag, ensure it’s sealed, and dispose of it somewhere safe. You may want to clean your vacuum afterward as well.
Remedy #4: Baking Soda
Baking soda dries out and dehydrates bed bugs in the same way as rubbing alcohol without any fire hazard. Baking soda obviously cannot be widely spread or risk dirtying up the look of everything with a white powder. Baking soda takes a week to work. Put it in problematic corners of the room. Seven days later, vacuum it up and call it a day. This works but is slow as a home remedy.
Remedy #5: Bed Bug Insecticide
A can of bed bug pesticide can be purchased from your local vet clinic and is effective at eliminating bed bugs quickly. If you have pets, using any sort of pesticide or insecticide does present some risks so be sure to do your research on what is and isn’t safe for your pet. Though highly effective, this does involve spraying a lot of chemical down. You may prefer trying other means first.
Remedy #6: Cayenne Pepper
As you clean a space for bed bugs, cayenne pepper, oregano, and ginger won’t kill any but these spices will repel them. This is a great way to control bed bugs and keep them away from one’s mattress. Put these ingredients in a pan mixed with some oregano essential oil. Boil it and strain it. Then, put it in a spray bottle with a cup of water. Spray this solution on entry points in a room or around your bed frame.
Remedy #7: Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous earth is an eco-friendly way to get rid of bugs, house insects, and other pets hanging around bothering you. Diatomaceous earth is chemical-free. It’s a powder that will dehydrate what it comes in contact with. The downside is humans can breathe it in which is not what you want. Be sure to wear a mask when spreading it and use gloves. It can also take up to a week for diatomaceous earth to do its job. This isn’t great for a mattress. For a carpet though, this is something to try.
Remedy #8: Tea
There are claims that certain teas work to kill bed bugs. Black walnut tea is antibacterial, antifungal, and is an insecticide. Place these tea bags where you suspect bed bug are hiding, i.e. cracks, crevices, baseboards, etc. This will get rid of bugs and their eggs.
Then, there’s tea tree oil. This is antifungal, antiseptic, antiviral, and has antiparasitic properties. If you have a mild infestation, this can work. Dilute 20 drops in a spray bottle of water and spray it on furniture, mattresses, cabinets, cushions, curtains, clothing, and linens.
Remedy #9: Rubbing Alcohol
Rubbing alcohol has long been a home remedy for bed bugs but it doesn’t work very well. Rubbing alcohol dries things out. While this will kill some of the bed bugs and their eggs, it won’t kill all of them. Furthermore, it’s a fire hazard. Unless you intend to clean the furniture afterward, rubbing alcohol is a risk.
Remedy #10: New Mattress
Some throw out their mattress from a bed bug infestation. Unfortunately, this isn’t a solution. Replacing your mattress will slow down the infestation but it will most likely continue. If you do remove the old and buy a new mattress, be sure to follow through with a few of these other remedies for bed bugs.