Sleeping time should be the most relaxing and restful time of your day. But if you have a bed bug infestation, this supposedly peaceful event will soon turn into the most disastrous experience you can ever have.
You are already lying in your bed about to drift away to sleep then suddenly, you get bitten by a bug and the bitten part itches, preventing you from enjoying a good night’s sleep. Does this sound familiar to you?
If this has happened (or is happening to you), then you would surely want to put this torture to a stop. Sadly though, getting rid of bed bugs is not an easy task and oftentimes, the process involves the use of strong and potentially harmful chemicals.
But the good news is, there are lots of ways on how to get rid of bedbugs naturally. If you wish to know what these methods are, you should read this article!
How to Get Rid of Bedbugs Naturally
Contrary to popular belief, there are more natural and less harmful ways on how to get rid of bedbugs. These are as follows:
Wash your bedding.
If you have determined that you have bedbug infestation, the first thing that you should do is to remove all bedding materials (including blankets, pillow cases, curtains, bed sheets, your clothes in your bed).
Do not go to other parts of your home to prevent further infestation. Place the clothes and other items in a plastic bag. Tightly twist the top part of the bag and tape it up to prevent bugs from escaping. Make sure to set the washing machine to moderate to high setting.
Dry clean the items—don’t wash them as it is only heat that can kill bedbugs. When placing the items in the washing machine, make sure to tip the plastic bag directly to the machine to prevent the bed bugs from falling off. You should then place the now empty plastic bag inside a new bag and twist and seal it up again.
If you haven’t exterminated the bugs in your room just yet and you have done washing your clothes, you should place the clean clothes in clean plastic bags and seal them. Do not put the clothes away not until you are sure that the infestation has already been resolved.
Take Advantage of Food-grade Diatomaceous Earth
This is a silica compound that is made up of mini aquatic organisms and is commonly found in the sediments in different bodies of water. This product solves bed bug infestation by piercing through the bugs’ exoskeleton, killing them in the process.
Use an applicator to sprinkle the powder to different areas of your bedroom where the bugs might be hiding (windowsills, around your door frame, behind the appliances, and if possible, electrical outlets).
You can also sprinkle a thin layer of the product into your beddings. Rub it in with your hands (but make sure to wear gloves when you do so).
For more information about this process, please watch this video:
Set up Bed Bug Detectors and Traps
One thing that you should understand about this method is it is not enough to kill and get rid of bedbugs but it can be a great adjunct to other bedbug removal methods in this list. These are just designed to keep the bedbugs at bay.
First off, we have interceptors which are bug traps that are usually placed under the legs of the bed. This prevents the bugs from crawling up to your mattress but in addition to that, you can also use this to determine the extent of infestation in your home or the effectiveness of the removal method that you are using.
If the interceptors are always filled with bedbugs, you can prepare yourself for a massive extermination. If there are little to no bedbugs in the interceptors, it means that you do not need (or no longer need) to worry about bedbugs.
The next bedbug trap is Kairomone Lures which use three factors in attracting bedbugs to its traps. These use heat (similar with the temperature of the body), CO2 (the gas that humans breathe out), and the Kairomone Lure (which copies the odor that the sleeping person emits).
To know how this trap works, watch this video:
Use a Bed Bug Oven
The bed bug oven can be a significant investment but a lot of people swear on its effectiveness to kill and get rid of bedbugs. It is also the most convenient method of all.
All that you have to do is to place all the infested bedding items in the oven’s treatment chamber. Afterwards, turn the oven on and let it do its magic. The oven consistently produces temperatures ranging from 160 to 180 degrees Fahrenheit which is the temperature needed to kill the bedbugs.
Put Steam to Good Use
Steam can kill bedbugs, no matter what stage in their life cycle they are. But when it comes to using steam against bedbugs, you should make sue of a commercial steam cleaner rather than a carpet cleaning machine. This is because it is only the former that can be able to reach 160 to 180 degrees Fahrenheit which is the right temperature to kill bedbugs.
When using steam, make sure to use the right nozzle for the steamer. Move the steamer wand at a right pace to ensure that you can deliver the heat to the needed surfaces. It is recommended that you use either a laser or infrared thermometer to ensure that the temperature is not too low nor too high. Make sure to steam clean all surfaces in your room including your bed frame, mattress, curtains, hard floors and carpets.
Scare off Bedbugs With Lavender Oil
We all love the scent of lavender but the surprising (and fortunate) thing is, bedbugs don’t like its scent. Moreover, there are substances in lavender that can kill these bugs.
You can use this oil by adding a few drops of it in a cup of water and place it in a spray bottle and spraying it onto your affected sleeping area.
Follow It Up With Tea Tree Oil
Same with lavender oil, tea tree oil contains certain elements that can break down cellular layers of the bugs, killing them in the process. This is the reason why tea tree oil spray is widely used in getting rid of bedbugs all over the world.
To make the spray, add 2 teaspoons of the oil to 50 ml of water. Place the resulting mixture in a spray container and mix it well. Spray the mixture generously to the affected areas in your bedroom. Do this daily until you have completely eliminated the bugs.
When handling this oil, you should carry out extra precautions as swelling and inflammation may occur when your skin comes in contact with large concentrations of this oil.
Utilize a Portable Heat Chamber
Subjecting bedbugs to temperatures as high as 114 degrees Fahrenheit can kill them. There are three ways on how this can be done.
One of the easiest ways to apply heat to bedbugs is with the use of a hair dryer. Place your hair dryer on the highest possible setting then focus the hair dryer on the affected part for 10 seconds. Make sure that you apply enough heat to each spot.
You can use this method in treating the seams of your mattress and the surface of the wallboards and around the headboard.
The second method is to make use of a portable heat chamber. Buy one and place all heat resistant bedding items like linens and mattresses. Turn the chamber on and let the beddings sit there for a few minutes and let the bed bugs be eliminated.
The third and last method is to make use of thermal mediation. This method is suitable for dealing with large bedbug infestation. This equipment can heat up an entire room or home to the temperature needed to kill the bedbugs. You can purchase this equipment and do the process on your own or hire a thermal remediation company to do the job.
Freeze the Bugs
It is true that freezing bedbugs can kill them. But to do this, you will have to subject the bugs at a very low temperature for at least 4 days. There are two ways on how to do this.
First, you can enlist the help of a professional who can perform carbon dioxide freezing process. This process is completely safe and non-toxic.
Second, you can try placing the infested bedding materials in your freezer that is set to 0 degrees. You should monitor the temperature of the beddings with the use of a remote thermometer. Start counting the days when the center of the bedding is already at 0 degrees.
Try Baking Soda
Most probably, you have a baking soda in your pantry to refrigerator. Well, you should take it out and put it to good use. Baking soda works like diatomaceous earth in the sense that they suck the moisture out of the bedbugs, drying them out and killing them.
To use this home remedy, simply spread a thin layer of baking soda in the infested areas of your home—walls, beds, doorways and tight corners. Let the baking soda sit for a week. Afterwards, vacuum it off.
Spray Lemongrass in Your Bedroom
This natural solution uses lemongrass which has strong odor to repel bedbugs. But more than that, the components of this home remedy can kill off bedbugs by increasing their acidity levels. It also prevents their eggs from hatching and prevent bug infestations in the future.
You can purchase a lemongrass spray in stores or you can make a homemade lemongrass spray on your own.
Place Dryer Sheets in Your Mattress
Should you decide in employing this technique, one thing to keep in mind is that the strong smell of dryer sheets can only drive bedbugs away and not completely kill them.
To use this, put 10 dryer sheets underneath your mattress. You should also try placing dryer sheets in your pillow cases, linen closet, and dresser drawers.
As mentioned, bedbugs hate the smell of lavender so you may want to buy lavender scented dryer sheets for best results.
Invest in Non-Permeable Bedding
Bedbugs often hide in the crevices of your bed. If you want them to go away, remove the places where they love to hide in. A non-permeable mattress does not have any crannies or seams where bedbugs can stay in. Moreover, this type of bedding is also easier to wash, making it more convenient for you to protect your beddings from possible bedbug infestation.
In addition to mattress, you may also wish to invest in non-permeable pillow covers.
Use Dried Mint Leaves to Your Advantage
One more thing that bed bugs hate most in the world is the smell of mint leaves. If you wish to get rid of bedbugs and prevent them from coming back, it is strongly suggested that you place sachets of dried mint leaves in your mattress, linen closets and under your pillows.
Other areas that might need protection include the tight corners of your couch and the tight and dark areas in your home.
Tape Your Bed Frame
Do you have duct tape in your home? I am pretty sure you do. Well, you can use a tape to get rid of the bed bugs that vacuuming may leave at your bed frame. Apply the sticky side of the tape against your bed frame in order to pick up the remaining bed bugs in your bed.
Another thing that you should try is to wrap the duct tape around the bed frame with the sticky side sticking out in order to trap the bed bugs as they exit or enter your bed.
Getting rid of bedbugs requires prompt response but it does not need harmful pesticides or harsh chemicals. No matter how much of a nuisance they are, you have to understand the fact that you do not have to carry out extreme precautionary measures just to get rid of these pests.
Just put into practice the different solutions on how to get rid of bedbugs naturally that we have mentioned so you can enjoy good and relaxing sleep in the healthiest way possible.