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How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs

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Bed bugs are commonly found in beds, mattresses and furniture with cushioning. They are nocturnal and come out at night to suck your blood. You do not want to be sleeping in the same bed as these bugs. Bed bug bites can leave permanent marks on your skin and cause extreme irritation. You might not even realize that the marks are caused by bed bugs until it is too late. 

These Dracula’s little helpers can drive you insane. Uncomfortable nights can make you moody for the whole day and also affect your performance at work. Taking care of bed bugs is not as difficult as you might think. Replacing the mattress might seem like the only option, but doing so does not guarantee that the problem will be resolved.

About Bedbugs

In the past few years, bed bug infestations have increased several folds in the United States. They have oval and brown bodies and measure up to five millimeters long at most. With almost flat bodies, they can easily creep under floor boards and mattresses and breed. Bed bugs are not harmful per say, but they feed off the blood of their host to survive. They take refuge in dark places such as cracks and crevices in sofas and cushions. A female bug can lay approximately 250 eggs which can survive about 5 months. Every night they come out for regular blood feasting sessions which can last up to 10 minutes before they crawl back into their hiding spot.

The fastest and most effective way to get rid of bed bugs is by using natural remedies. Let’s take a look at the most popular ones:

Dealing with the mattress first

Bed bugs do not like sunlight or heat. That does not mean in any way that you set fire to your mattress even though you might want to after what they put you through every night. Put the mattress out in the sun for at least one day. This allows the bed bugs to escape and the mattress becomes bug free.

Using baking soda

Step one is to find where the bugs have settled. Bed bugs are small and can settle behind peeling wallpaper, electrical sockets and appliances, cupboards, head boards and bed frames and drawer joints. With baking soda you can effectively create extremely dry areas as the baking soda sucks out all the moisture out of bed bugs and kills them instantly. Sprinkle baking soda generously in all possible breeding places where bed bugs are expected to be. Let the baking soda rest for a week before cleaning it with a vacuum. If you do not notice a difference in bed bug activity, you might have to repeat the process and apply baking soda in larger quantities.

Using tea tree oils

Tea tree oil suppresses growth of the bed bugs and paralyzes them temporarily. It also has antibiotic and anti fungal properties that make it a great insect deterrent. Mix around twenty drops of tea tree oil in water to create a solution. Use a spray bottle to spread the solution and also get to hard to reach places. Weekly spraying should reduce bed bug activity.

Using Spice Sprays

Spice sprays can be made at home with the help of common household spices such as oregano, cayenne pepper and ginger. Ginger has alkaline properties which combined with oregano’s strong odor and cayenne pepper’s acidic nature creates a concentrated weapon of choice.

Ingredients

  • Oregano – 1 teaspoon

  • Grated ginger – 1 teaspoon

  • Water – 1 cup

  • Cayenne pepper – 1 teaspoon

Mixing directions

  • Pour all the ingredients in a pan

  • Bring the pan to a boil on the stove and mix

  • Pour the mixture in a spray bottle and your are ready for chemical warfare

Daily use of this spray is encouraged till the problem is taken care off. If the problem still persists, your might need to call a professional exterminator.

Peppermint Oil and Lavender Oil

The best part about this is that there are no side effects of using natural oils. Mix even quantities of peppermint oil and lavender oil together to get a strong bedbug killer solution. Spray it generously to wipe out the bugs and their nests. This can be done on a daily basis as well.

Black Walnut Tea

Black walnut tea has antifungal and antibiotic properties same as tea tree oils. As an additional benefit, black walnut tea prevents eggs from hatching and also kills bed bugs. Strategically place tea bags in places where bed bugs are most active. This includes under bed sheets, sofas and electrical sockets. Tea bags are perishable and will need to be replaced every now and then.

Preventing a bedbug infestation

Cleaning the entire house with a vacuum cleaner might be the only way to prevent bed bugs from occurring in the first place. Wash clothes, carpets, drapes and bed sheets in the machine at high heat. Hot water above 140° F will immediately kill any remaining bed bugs. Treat all materials with steam to target hard to reach places.

Get Serious About Bed Bug Control With Solutions Pest & Lawn Products

Solutions Pest & Lawn has all you need for a thorough bed bug control program. A fast-killing spray we recommend using to spray your bed, bed frames is Flex 10-10 Insecticide and Pyrid Aerosol.  In addition, you mustn’t forget about bed bug eggs which have yet to hatch. Using an Insect Growth Regulator (IGR) which prevents eggs from hatching. A great IGR we have is stock which we highly recommend is Gentrol.

Dusting is also a fantastic option for bed bug control as it can get to hard to reach areas which liquid insecticide sprays cannot.  Apply professional insecticidal dust products like Alpine Dust or D-Fense Dust under the baseboards, electrical outlets, light switches, under the bed frame legs. Dusts have an exceptionally long residual of up to 7 months so it will kill off straggler bed bugs that happen to wander around long after application.

You can conveniently find all the top bed bug killing products in our Guaranteed Bed Bug Control Kit.

Final word

For optimal effectiveness all of the mentioned remedies above must be applied on a weekly basis and some on a daily basis. Visibly reduced bed bug marks and blood stains on your pillow covers indicate that bed bugs are no longer a problem.

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