How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs Fast Using Home Remedies
Bed bugs are no laughing matter. They multiply in numbers quickly and will leave unbelievably itchy bites and rashes on your body if they aren’t dealt with quickly. If you have identified the bed bug infestation at its infancy then it may be possible to get rid of it fast using home remedies.
If, however, the bed bug problem is already at a serious point then please call the professionals. We know professional treatments are costly but it’s going to do more harm than good if you try to fight a serious infestation with home remedies, which will almost always be a losing battle.
1. Protect Your Mattress
The bed bugs are most likely making themselves comfortable in your bed so it’s vital that you protect your mattress first. We would suggest getting a mattress encasement that’s specifically designed for bed bug control. The appearance of the bed bug should stand out if you use a bright-colored encasement. This encasement will prevent more bugs from entering your mattress, and trap and gradually kill bed bugs that have already infested the bed. The encasement will also prevent you from getting more bites.
2. Use Food-Grade Diatomaceous Earth
Food-grade diatomaceous earth is one of the most effective home remedies for controlling pests like bed bugs. We suggest spreading a thin layer of the non-toxic powder around your bed and other common bed bug hotspots like upholstery furniture and drawer cabinets.
3. Wash Everything that’s Washable
Your clothes, especially after you travel, is one of the most common ways to get bed bugs. Pack all your clothes and washable fabric-based items in heavy-duty bags then start washing them all, preferably at the highest temperature that the fabric can handle. Items that can’t be washed could be put straight into the dryer. We suggest drying them for at least 30 minutes at a high setting. This will give enough time for the dryer to reach a temperature that will kill the bed bugs and their eggs.
4. Steam the Mattress, Sofa, and Carpet
If you have a steam cleaner then do make use of it by steaming the mattress, sofa, and carpet. As far as non-toxic solutions, there’s no better way to kill bed bugs than to use heat. Make sure you don’t miss any part of the furniture. Apply steam to every nook and cranny as bed bugs can hide in the smallest of spaces.
5. Vacuum Your House Religiously
Vacuum your house every day like your life depends on it. Make sure you use a vacuum machine that comes with a disposable filter so you can safely discard any bed bugs captured by the vacuum cleaner. In addition to cleaning the house, introducing certain scents, such as the smell of essential oil, may also increase the likelihood of keeping the bed bugs away.
In addition to the above methods, you could also buy products such as bed bug leg traps, portable heating devices, or bed bug sprays to aid your battle against the bed bugs. One last advice from us is to be patient. It’s very unlikely that you will be able to get rid of bed bugs overnight so keep at it until you are confident that the bed bugs are no more.
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