One of the most annoying things that can happen to your home is when you have uninvited guests. No, we aren’t talking about your neighbors or your in-laws who tend to overstay their welcome and get on your nerves. We are talking about the bugs, insects, and tiny critters that creep into your home and invade your personal space. In that sense, what can be worse than bed bugs?
Bed bugs are those nasty, stubborn, parasitic insects that live in your mattress, sheets, and even your clothes. They are little vampires that survive off of human blood, and if your mattress, sheets, and pillows go untreated they can live in your bedroom for months and years.
If you are terrified of bed bugs (don't feel bad, so are we), we want to give you some effective methods so that you can kill them.
11 Home Remedies That You Can Use for Getting Rid of Bed Bugs
1) Locate the Points of Infestation
The first thing that you are going to need to do after you discover that you have bed bugs is find their point of origin. When you are trying to get rid of them you need to make sure that you check every possible place that they could be hiding, because if you miss any of them, they could continue to repopulate and infest your home.
What you want to start with is checking your mattress. Make sure that you thoroughly check the surfaces of your mattress, your mattress seams, and the spaces between your mattress and your box springs, frame, etc. Here’s the thing, bed bugs won’t just inhabit your mattress. You need to check your pillows, pillow cases, any clothing that you have slept in your bed or laid in your bed in, and any clothes or drawers that those clothes have come into contact with. Any soft surface that is in your bedroom. If you have any pets, you also want to check any place where your pet relaxes or sleeps.
2) Wash all of Your Sheets and Comforters in Hot Water
One of the best ways that you can get rid of those nasty parasites, and something that is an absolute necessity, is making sure that you clean your sheets and comforters thoroughly. Bed bugs are resilient to a lot of things, and can survive in your mattress without food for up to one year. One of the weapons that you can use to get rid of these parasites is extreme heat. Washing your sheets, comforters, pillow cases, and pillows in hot water is one of the best ways that you can kill bed bugs and make sure that they don’t come back.
3) Use a Vacuum Cleaner
Vacuuming is another extremely effective way to get rid of them. Make sure that you use a hard brush attachment with your vacuum cleaner so to dislodge the bed bugs from the surface and the seams of the mattress. Keep in mind that any crack or crevice that you could slide a credit card into could be a potential hiding place for bed bugs. Vacuuming is an extremely effective way to capture eggs of the bed bugs. Make sure that you use a disposable bag, and throw it away after you vacuum.
4) Use a Steamer
Steaming is another excellent and super effective way to kill bed bugs and their eggs without harming you or the environment. What’s great about using steam is that steam is powerful enough to kill bed bugs and eggs on the surface of the mattress, as well as eggs and bugs that are deeply embedded in the mattress. Research has shown that steam is effective at killing bed bugs when it is 140 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.
5) Diatomaceous Earth
Vacuum cleaners are an efficient way to get rid of the bugs, but you may not be able to use them as your only defense of choice when getting rid of them. It is better to use a few different methods to make sure that you get rid of them and that they don’t come back. That being said, diatomaceous earth (DE) powder is another really great method. Don’t worry, it is a natural insecticide that is totally non-toxic and perfectly safe to use in your home.
Using diatomaceous earth powder dehydrates bed bugs and destroys their outer protective membranes so that they are totally vulnerable. One reason why DE is so effective is because bed bugs can actually transfer it to other bed bugs and other environments and locations that they inhabit. Research has shown that using DE can totally eradicate bed bugs within a couple of weeks of use. All you have to do is sprinkle the DE powder in areas where your bed bugs inhabit. Repeat that process every two to three days for 2 weeks to get rid of all of your bed bugs.
6) Deep Freeze
As bed bugs are extremely vulnerable to extreme heat, they are also really vulnerable to extreme cold. A really quick way to kill bed bugs is to place small items in the freezer for 2 hours. You just have to make sure that your freezer is one degree Fahrenheit or cooler to make sure that they are eradicated.
7) Wash Your Clothing in Hot Water
One thing that many folks don’t think about when they are facing a bed bug infestation is also eradicating bed bugs from the clothes that have come into contact with bed bugs. That means that you need to check your drawers, furniture, and any other surfaces that your clothing has touched. How you kill bugs that are embedded into your clothing is fairly simple. All you have to do is make sure that you wash them in hot water.
8) Dry Everything on a Hot Dryer Setting
Want to make doubly sure that you eradicate all of the bed bugs in your home? Make sure that you dry all of your sheets, blankets, pillows, pillowcases, and comforters on hot as well. Always check to make sure that your clothes and any fabrics or linens can be dried on hot. If your clothes are made of high quality or sensitive fabric and can’t be dried on high heat, you can also use the freezer method with your clothes. Place your clothes in plastic bags and put them in the freezer on cold to kill the bed bugs.
9) Make Tea Tree Oil Spray
Using essential oils can be really effective for disposing of bed bugs. Tea tree oil has some excellent, non-toxic, insecticide properties that are really effective at getting rid of bed bugs. You don’t need any super complicated methods of dispersing the tea tree oil either. All you have to do is take 15-20 drops of tea tree oil. Shake that in a spray bottle with some water. Then spray that oil solution over any surfaces that you know or suspect that bed bugs may be hiding. Make sure that you shake the bottle well before using it as a spray.
Tea tree oil is a really effective bug repellent as well, so you may want to get an essential oil diffuser to make sure that you keep the bugs out after you get rid of them.
10) Lavender Oil
Lavender oil is toxic to many insects, but is totally natural and safe for people to use in their homes. Lavender oil can kill bugs, destroy insect eggs, larvae, and repel bugs as well. In fact, using lavender and peppermint oil together make an incredibly potent solution to kill and repel bed bugs.
Just take ten to fifteen drops of lavender oil and peppermint oil (20-30 drops total) and add it to a spray bottle. Fill the bottle with water and shake it up. Spray it over the surfaces of your home that you suspect to be covered in bed bugs.
11) Cover Your Mattresses and Pillows
One thing that you will want to make sure you do as soon as you completely eradicate your bed bugs, is to cover your mattresses and pillows. You can also use plastic cases to totally kill bed bugs too. If you are using it as a method to kill bed bugs, make sure that you cover your mattresses and pillows for at least a year before you take them off. Of course, you can also use these covers once your bed is bed bug free to prevent further bed bug infestations.
Now you have 11 incredible and really effective ways to naturally eradicate bed bugs.
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