My Story with Yucky Bed Bugs!
How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs Naturally, Organically, and Chemically
Here’s how I did it…..
In my last post, we discussed where bed bugs come from and how they could get into your home. Once they are in, you have to take action or they will multiply. You know what they look like, how to find them, how they got in, and now it is time to get them out of there! How do you do that? Do like I did and kill them once and for all!
What I did….
I have to admit, I strongly believe in the power of nature. Natural products have been in my home for years now and I truly feel they are effective at keeping my family healthy and safe from the harmful effects of harsh chemicals found in many personal care items and cleaning products.
Therefore, while I will give you some tips that may include chemicals, I would not recommend trying the chemical route first. Of course, hiring an exterminator was something I looked into. While they are very good at what they do and probably worth every penny, I simply could not afford to hire one and was not ready to subject my family to harsh chemicals.
However, if this was the only route to take, I would do it in a heartbeat because obviously bed bugs are not healthy for my family either. Through my research, I was shocked to find that bed bugs are becoming immune to many of the chemicals available on the market today for killing bed bugs. That is a scary realization.
Before you can treat them, you have to find them. Follow the tips in my first post on how to tell if you have bed bugs. Once you discover their hiding places, you can then begin treatment.
I really found this ebook by Michael Romner invaluable. You can click here for more information about his great book or continue reading my tips below.
Here are some natural, organic, and chemical methods you can try:
It has been said that rubbing alcohol will kill them on the spot. However, this will not take care of an infestation.
Launder Bedding and Garments
This is very important. Gather everything you can and wash them in extremely hot water. The absolute minimum should be 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Bed bugs cannot survive in extreme heat (120 degrees Fahrenheit or higher). Put everything in sealed bags directly after laundering to protect them from being infested again.
Vacuuming is extremely important, as well. It will help to remove bugs and eggs from your mattress, the carpet, the walls, and any other surface. Make sure you vacuum the seams, tufts, and edges of the mattress and box springs, as well as the perimeter edge of walls. Throw away the contents in a sealed trash bag.
Things that cannot be washed must be steamed or heated in some other way. Use a steamer to get into the cracks and crevices of the bed and any surrounding furniture. Steaming your mattress and box spring is another way to kill bed bugs. Steam your carpet to ensure you haven’t missed any when you vacuumed.
The Packtite is something to consider for smaller items, such as books. It is a little bit steep in price; however, if you travel a lot, you might want to consider this as an investment. It works by heating up the items to 120 degrees Fahrenheit in a sealed unit.
Bed Bug Powder
There is a natural/organic powder you can try. According to many reviewers, the Diatomaceuous Earth Food Grade – Nature’s Wisdom works wonders. However, it is important that you purchase the food grade form. Diatomaceous Earthbecause processed (calcined) DE may contain far greater amounts of crystalline silica, the potentially harmful form of silica, than natural DE. Crystalline silica is likely to pose health hazard only if inhaled at high levels for a long time.. This form (Crystalline silica) is toxic and can cause silicosis. The food grade form is considered safe and is used as a food additive. It is also fed to livestock to prevent digestive infestations. See this reference by the State of Oregon Department of Environmental Quality for more health issues about DE.
Diatomaceous Earth Food Grade works by dehydrating the bug when it coats itself by walking through on its way to feast on your blood! Some people have tried flea and tick powder and have had good results, as well. However, they are not generally all natural. Once you make a decision, sprinkle the powder in a perimeter around your room.
Bed Bug Spray
Bed bug sprays used in conjunction with powders will increase the death rate of bed bugs, as well as any other crawling insects you may have. They will also begin to eliminate the breeding cycle. Choosing a bed bug spray is where life can get confusing.
Simply put, there are way too many products available to choose from and it can get overwhelming. I did some research on the “top five” all natural bed bug sprays. I will also introduce you to one that is not entirely all natural, but has been said to be less abrasive for those who would rather go the chemical route.
Through independent research, the following information was obtained on the above top five bed bug sprays. They all kill bugs on contact and kill the eggs. They are all 100% natural and non-toxic; however, it appears that BugPatrol is the only one that offers long-term protection. They are all ready to use and have a pleasant odor. They are all safe for children and pets and none of them require vacuuming.
Sterifab is one that is not completely all natural; however, it is considered less abrasive than chemical insecticides because it does not contain any perfume, dyes, or harsh solvents. It is also very popular because it is the only bed bug control product that is a disinfectant, insecticide, fungicide, germicide, sanitizer, deodorant, mildew, and bactericide that is registered with the EPA. Keep in mind that while it less abrasive, it is still not safe for humans or pets.
When you apply the spray, start in the baseboard areas and under the carpets. Start at the end of the room that is opposite of your doorway, so you can end the treatment at the doorway. Make sure you treat every crevice in the room. Treat the windowsills, electrical sockets, and light fixtures. Don’t forget to treat where your curtains hang.
The areas around your bed should be treated heavily. It is important to spray along the wall where your headboard lies. Spray the box spring, including underneath. All other furniture should be treated. Don’t forget the closets and the bathroom.
Once you have steamed and sprayed your mattress, you will want to enclose it with a mattress encasement. This will keep any bed bugs that “got away” inside and away from you to eventually die from not getting their food source. Choose a high quality and strong mattress cover and be careful not to rip when you are putting it on.
I really do recommend you read the ebook by Michael Romner. Click here for more information about his great book.
I really hope these steps work for you, as well. Please remember, it will take some time to get rid of them, so be patient. Patience is the key to successful treatment. Once you have finally rid yourself of these disgusting bugs, you are not done yet! My next post will tell you what you need to do to keep the bed bugs out for good!
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