Bed bugs, bedbugs, or bed-bugs are an incredible nuisance, and can be lurking in almost any bed. Often you don’t know a mattress is infected until it is too late. As annoying as they and their bites are, they are even more difficult to get rid of.
How to Eliminate Bed Bugs
If you believe (or know) you have a bed bug problem and don’t want to call in the exterminator just yet, there are some natural ways to get rid of the pests quickly and efficiently.
1. Remove them from the Bedframe and Headboard
Because every aspects of the bed will need to be cleaned, be sure that you include the headboard and frame in this deep cleaning. You can use a combination of vacuuming and a mild natural insecticide. You may need to use a magnifying class to make sure you have removed all of the bugs and eggs from these surfaces, and possibly remove them with a pair of tweezers if any still linger.
2. Find a Non-Toxic Pesticide
There are many safe and effective natural pesticides out there, and you will likely need to use one to completely get rid of the bugs. Diatomaceous earth (DE) is a popular natural pesticide and is found in most garden stores.
3. Use Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil has natural antibacterial properties, which makes it great for eliminating bugs. You can use the oil on a rag to clean firm surfaces and even add a few drops to your wash. An easy solution to make calls for a small amount of tea tree oil combined with lukewarm water. Place the solution in a spray bottle, and use it where needed and as needed.
4. Try Essential Oils
Bed bugs are turned off by the smell of lavender oil and other oils such as peppermint and eucalyptus. Simply drop a few drops of concentrated lavender oil around the bed frame and the scent and taste will kill the bed bugs over a couple of days.
5. Vacuum Thoroughly
You are going to have to vacuum everything to be sure you get rid of all the bugs and their eggs. This includes all sheets, your mattress and boxspring, carpets, curtains, and pretty much all furniture in the house. These bugs are good at hiding, so it’s wise to vacuum everything (literally everything) that is in the room where the bed bugs have taken over.
6. Wash Bedding in Hot Water
After you’ve vacuumed all your bedding, throw them in the wash and use the hottest water possible. Also dry them on the hottest setting possible, then transfer them to a clean garbage bag and seal them up for a few days (to allow any surviving bugs to suffocate). Then, wash them again with the same process.
7. Dry Steam Soft Fabrics and Furniture
Not everything can safely be thrown into the wash at high temperatures, so for those items you will want to take a steamer to them. This is a great solution for all the curtains and furniture throughout the house, as well as any other place you think the bugs could be hiding. Follow the directions and use the steamer with caution; also be sure that the steam is dry, not wet.
Bed bugs are a headache that nobody wants to deal with, but fortunately these natural solutions (especially when combined together) can help you get rid of the bugs completely and quickly. Be sure to treat absolutely anything that may have come into contact with the bugs (exposed clothing, pajamas, towels, stuffed animals, etc.) to completely eradicate the infestation.