A quick guide on how to get rid of bed bugs naturally

Home remedies for bedbugs 

Think you've got bed bugs? Not too keen on the chemical treatment options? Or maybe you're not wanting to spend big on getting the professionals in. In this guide I talk you through how to get rid of bed bugs naturally so you don't have hire the professionals.

The key thing to remember is to be extremely thorough in any treatments you carry out - check everywhere and have a good flashlight with you whilst carrying out the initial inspection. 

Wash your fabrics with hot water


Bed bugs cannot withstand excessive heat so washing your bed linen in hot water will kill them immediately. Therefore, washing your fabrics and clothes with extremely hot water is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to kill this pest. Any item that is exposed to an infested bed should be washed with hot water.

Use a vacuum cleaner


After having your clothes and fabrics washed with hot water, vacuum out these bed bugs from the furniture, wardrobes, mattresses, etc. These dreaded creatures love to hide in cracks, crevices, and corners, which are usually unapproachable. Hence, they should be removed with the help of vacuum cleaner.

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Wipe down and clean all the areas


Once the vacuuming is done, wipe down everything in the room properly. The only way to make your room free from bed bugs is cleanliness. If the bugs still persist after cleaning, then you'll need to deploy some further treatments such as those listed below. 

Use hot steam


So, initial steps now complete but still got bugs? Eve if you can't see any traces of bugs left there still could be a few eggs hidden in the seams of your mattress.  Best option here is to use hot steam. Subjecting your mattresses to hot mist or steam is great to divest yourself of the last traces of infestation. The eggs of the bed bugs are unable to withstand hot steam and hence, perish instantly.

Encase your pillows and mattresses


Once you have done with cleaning, washing, and steaming and you are sure you're rid of the problem, you may want to encase your pillows and mattresses with a bed-bug proof covering as one last option to aid prevention.

This has proven to be a key tactic to avoid bed bugs re-infesting your mattress and are readily available. 

rubbing alcohol to kill bed bugs

Spray Isopropyl or rubbing alcohol solution


The rubbing of an alcohol solution, also known as isopropyl alcohol solution, is used to make the bitten areas germ-free. This solution can also be used to kill bed bugs in the areas they thrive. The breeding sites, cracks, crevices, and surfaces having bugs should be sprayed with it. 

Use lavender oil


Lavender oil is believed to be very effective natural bed bug repellent. The taste and smell of the oil are supposed to repel insects. The most effective way to use lavender oil is to put some dried lavender in a piece of cloth and stitch the sides as to prevent the escape and attach it to the bed sheet. You can also rub your bed frame with lavender oil to keep the bugs away. It is in thick liquid form and easily available in grocery stores. Its smell lasts for weeks but unsure as to how effective this method really is in reality. 

Use a clothes dryer


Always dry your clothes in the clothes dryer after washing. Dryers use extremely high temperature and kill the bugs as they are unable to endure the high temperature. The dryer must be run for no less than twenty minutes to kill these blood suckers.

Seal the cracks


Try to ensure all cracks and crevices are well sealed throughout your house as bed bugs are tiny creatures and they love to reside in small crevices. You can seal the cracks by rubber caulking or other suitable filling agent. 

Sprinkle diatomaceous earth


Diatomaceous earth is comprised of small fossils of algae and its main ingredient is the soil.

The powder is a mineral that effectively wears down the bed bugs natural defense systems on its outer shell which eventually leads to dehydration and death. 


diatomaceous earth for bed bugs

Protect pet’s bedding

Like a flea, bed bugs do not live on or inside its host. It only feeds on its host and prefers to be nourished human blood. Nevertheless, pets are also believed to be a potential source for bringing bed bugs into your property.

Although there are many effective home remedies to treat bed bug infestations, it is advised to contact a pest control company to address whether the infestation is bed bugs or not as there are lots of things that can cause bite like marks. Many pests share similarity and habits with bed bugs, so it is crucial that the bed bugs are positively identified and then managed.


Natural Bed Bug Killer – How To Kill Bed Bugs Naturally

Strong chemical pesticides are normally used by pest control professionals to control and eradicate the bugs. The pesticides and insecticides have chemicals that may be harmful to the health of people and the surrounding environment. In addition, bed bugs may develop immunity against pesticides and make them ineffective. There are a number of natural ways to eliminate these bugs without the use of any poisonous method.

Physical removal


Bed bugs should first be isolated and then prevented from spreading any further. The wooden frame of the bed should be examined from time to time to ensure as to whether an infestation is present. You can use either a playing card or a putty knife to get them out of their lodging. Once they have left their hideouts, they can be caught by the help of sticky tape.

Pyrethrum


Pyrethrum is the perennial plant and pyrethrin is the material extracted from it. It acts as a natural insecticide and destroys the nervous system of bugs. This is one good natural remedy to eliminate bed bugs.

Diatomaceous earth


Diatomaceous earth is the natural sedimentary rock having silica as a major component. The powder of diatomaceous earth stays on the exoskeleton of bugs and damages it by dehydrating it. In addition, the bed bugs lick the silica off that destroys them from inside. Diatomaceous earth is usually used in arid environments to kill bed bugs.


Fungus, Beauveria bassiana


This fungus is a parasite to insects and acts as a pesticide, thus disable or kill them. The use of this natural enemy to kill insects is also environment-friendly. A study shows that bed bugs are killed in 3 to 5 days after the fungus exposure. 

This fungus is believed to have a few pre-lethal effects as well like fecundity, mobility, and feeding.

Heat treatment


Heat treatment is considered as one of the most effective natural treatments against bed bugs. Blow dryer’s heat can kill bed bugs after 30 seconds of exposure. Blow dryers or clothes dryer are not essentially good for all the items. In such a case, enclose the goods in a plastic bag and place it under the sun’s heat to kill the bugs. Airing the mattresses and beds out in the sunlight is also helpful. Heat kills all the life stages of bugs from eggs to adults. Steaming is also an effective treatment to control bugs but it is not suitable for every furnishing.

Cold treatment


Bed bugs cannot survive extreme thermal conditions so heat and cold treatments are both effective in killing of this nuisance. They require stable and high temperature with no airflow. You can use the air conditioner for this purpose. Also, you can place desktop fans on the floor near the infested area or bed and allow the air to flow constantly for a minimum of 3 to 4 hours on daily basis.

Essential oils


There is a range of natural oils to treat a bed bug infestation such as tea tree oil, cedar oil, oregano oil, orange oil, manuka oil, etc. etc. These essential oils choke the bed bugs by jamming the external cavities of their respiratory system, which are known as spiracles. You should dilute tea tree oil with water and fill it in a spray bottle. Then, the solution can be used to spray the bed, mattresses, furniture and any other area where the bugs have been speckled. Orange oil and cedar oil are contact killers i.e. these are only effective when having direct contact with the insects.

Sanitation


Bed bugs are not found to be the indicator of poor hygiene, but eliminating all the litter to reduce the potential places where bugs can hide is a good idea. It will create enough space for cleaning and vacuuming.

Dumping of infested items and furnishings


If the items and furnishings are contaminated with bed bugs and are in poor condition, then they should be thrown away.  This is necessary when there is a serious bed bug infestation. Infested items must be covered by a plastic sheet before disposal. It will help to reduce the spread of bed bugs.


Now that you've learned how to get rid of bed bugs naturally you should stand a good chance of controlling these pest insects. However, if you find these natural remedies to be insufficient then contacting a pest control professional is advised.

About the Author BedBugGuy

I'm a bed bug specialist based in Los Angeles and love writing about Cimex Lecturalius. Whilst a notorious pest they still fascinate me and remain one of the most resilient pest insect species.

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