A bed bug infestation is truly every homeowner and tenant’s worst nightmare. Just imagine peacefully resting from a hard day’s work, only for these tiny little critters to begin feasting on you! Bed bugs are heavily widely for having such a negative connotation, and they give us pretty good reason. I mean, nobody wants to receive a phone call from the last guest you had over asking if they’d possibly picked up bed bugs from your residence. How embarrassing! Luckily, there are many solutions to stop these bloodsuckers from invading your home once and for all.
What’s the best treatment for bedbugs?
We’re not going to break it to you gently. The truth of the matter when addressing a bed bug problem is that a professional bed bug exterminator is the most reliable option you can opt for. You will get 100% assurance of the treatment plan, as easy access to professional services anytime there is bedbug outbreak, and you’ll be able to rest peacefully at night. However, we’re going to assume that like most, you’d rather give this a go yourself before paying someone else to do, and that’s why we’ve created a list of different things you can do to drastically reduce or rid of the bed bugs in your home.
Vacuum Your Bed
Vacuuming should be done thoroughly when dealing with bedbugs, because you could end up spreading these bloodsucking pests to other parts of your house and we know you don’t want that. Vacuum your bed entirely, and carefully empty the contents into an airtight container to prevent them from escaping. Also, seal your mattress for a week or more; this will prevent bedbugs from getting outing and feeding, thus starving them to death. One way you could do this would be to purchase an allergen protector for your mattress.
Tea Tree Essential Oils
Tea tree oil is one of the cheapest home remedies you can implement. It can be used for masking human’s natural scent that bed bugs use in trailing them, and this will in turn aid in the elimination of bugs from your home.
Some of these may seem like a slow approach, so if you are looking for a quicker way to get rid bed bugs, sprinkle borax on the affected mattresses, chairs, closets and drawers, etc. and then spray water to suffocate the bugs. Besides, you can use borax to wash infected items. Just add some to your machine to make sure bed bugs do not resurface in your home again.
Baking soda is a product that is heavily relied on daily for many. In fact, when it comes baking soda, it can aid in bed bug extermination as well as pest extermination in general. You can use it to get rid of bed bugs simply by sprinkling the baking soda on affected areas. Although it is cheap and effective, it does have one drawback, and that is that it is not long lasting. You will need to repeat the process and vacuum regularly for maximum results.
Bed bugs absolutely dread the smell of vinegar. You can use this as a power-tool to prevent bedbugs from invading your home, especially when you seemingly live in a bed bug-prone environment. An important note to make is this method can only exterminate adult bed bugs and it does not affect their eggs. To use vinegar, soak the edges of the infested area, including around and underneath furniture, with white vinegar and directly on the bed bugs.
Diatomaceous Earth (DE)
This is by far one the cheapest and effective natural bed bug treatments. It kills more than 95% of the bugs in your home! Apply Diatomaceous Earth to the affected area and leave it for a few days, and you will start seeing the result in a day or two. Make sure you vacuum after waiting several days, and repeat this process until you’re satisfied that there are no more bedbugs in your home. Generally, it takes up to 10 days before it works. Even if you’re doing everything right, make sure that you’re giving it time. Also, sprinkle DE into cracks and crevices (no matter how tiny).