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! Once they are in, you have to take action or they will multiply. Do like I did and kill them once and for all. How do you do that?
What I did….
Natural products have been in my home for years 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 I have to admit, I strongly believe in the power of nature.
Therefore, while I will give you some tips that may include chemicals, I would not recommend trying the chemical route first. 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 Of course, hiring an exterminator was something I looked into.
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. 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. 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 (Check for Bites, Check for Dark Spots, Check for Red Spots, Hunt them before they Hunt you, Watch for them at Hunting Time, Lay out Double-Sided Carpet Tape, Check Areas around the Bed). Once you discover their hiding places, you can then begin treatment.
Here are some natural, organic, and chemical methods you can try:
Get Rid Of Bed Bugs using dry ice
fabric-lined, upside-down pet dish with a cooler of dry ice on top (system to get rid of bed bugs). The dry ice releases CO2, which attracts the insects, who climb the fabrics to get at what they think is a live human, and become trapped in the grooves surrounding the inverted bowls. (It helps if you put talcum powder in the grooves.
In the professor's test, it attracted about a third of ambient bugs. Not good enough! So how about a bedbug sauna?
Bedbugger reproduces the specs for a "designated heat treatment room to exterminate bed bugs" used by a British Columbia housing development. They've reported on the use of bedbug saunas before, and it seems to help ("I know it works," says a housing administrator, "I've seen them die"), but such a unit can cost thousands of dollars.
This is very important. Put everything in sealed bags directly after laundering to protect them from being infested again gather everything you can and wash them in extremely hot water. Bed bugs cannot survive in extreme heat (120 degrees Fahrenheit or higher). The absolute minimum should be 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
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. Steam your carpet to ensure you haven’t missed any when you vacuumed Steaming your mattress and box spring is another way to kill bed bugs. Use a steamer to get into the cracks and crevices of the bed and any surrounding furniture.
It works by heating up the items to 120 degrees Fahrenheit in a sealed unit It is a little bit steep in price; however, if you travel a lot, you might want to consider this as an investment. The Packtite is something to consider for smaller items, such as books.
Bed Bug Powder
Diatomaceous Earth can sometimes come in the form of amorphous. However, it is important that you purchase the food grade form. According to many reviewers, the Diatomaceuous Earth Food Grade – Nature’s Wisdom works wonders. This form is toxic and can cause silicosis. The food grade form is considered safe and is used as a food additive. There is a natural/organic powder you can try. It is also fed to livestock to prevent digestive infestations.
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.
Choosing a bed bug spray is where life can get confusing They will also begin to eliminate the breeding cycle. 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.
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.
BugPatrol is the only one that offers long-term protection. 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 safe for children and pets and none of them require vacuuming They are all ready to use and have a pleasant odor.
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. 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. Keep in mind that while it less abrasive, it is still not safe for humans or pets
Treat the windowsills, electrical sockets, and light fixtures. Make sure you treat every crevice in the room. Don’t forget to treat where your curtains hang 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.
The areas around your bed should be treated heavily. All other furniture should be treated. Don’t forget the closets and the bathroom It is important to spray along the wall where your headboard lies. Spray the box spring, including underneath.
Once you have steamed and sprayed your mattress, you will want to enclose it with a mattress encasement. Choose a high quality and strong mattress cover and be careful not to rip when you are putting it on This will keep any bed bugs that “got away” inside and away from you to eventually die from not getting their food source.