Home Remedies to Get Rid of Bed Bugs
Before looking for home remedies to get rid of bed bugs, it’s important to get to know a few facts about these little pests that disturb our sleep. Although they are very small, the size of bed bugs varies from just 2mm for a young one and to up to 5mm for adults. The first sign you will notice if you have an invasion of bed bugs will typically be the onset of bites on your skin. There are endless ways to remove them and most people opt for commercially available products, however we will be looking at the various but reliable home remedies to eliminate bed bugs.
Most of us know very little about bed bugs, however, we soon gather enough information to educate ourselves when we have them living with us. Some of the most frequent questions we are asked about are:
1. Do bed bugs fly? The answer to this is no. Bed bugs have no wings so they cannot fly, in fact they can only walk in a similar way to ants. They are unable to jump, hop or any other motion.
2. Do bed bugs live in beds only? No! They can thrive very well and reproduce with speed in our sofas, rugs and carpets and even our clothes.
4. Now that I have bed bugs, do I have to destroy everything that they live in? No. Once you have got the infestation under control, you can simply wash everything that they resided in.
There’s nothing more irritating than losing one’s precious sleep and being awaken by painful bites all over the body. Now that you have them though, it’s time to look at ways to get rid of all traces of them. Thoroughly cleaning the affected area will not resolve this as bed bugs are very resilient and can withstand hardship of many forms. They are not bothered by water and can survive for several months without eating. When they do find food, you don’t want to be on their menu.
Although bed bugs can survive a stringent scrubbing of their home with water, what they cannot cope with is very hot water in the form of steam. You may have an electric steamer and if not, it is usually quite cheap to hire one for the day. The steamer has the dual benefit of both killing all the bed bugs and also doing a thorough cleanup of the place where they were occupying.
Severe heat is the key for destroying bed bugs and along with steaming you can wash loose items such as clothing and bedding in hot water. There’s no need to add any chemicals or such to the water, the heat is all you need. If you have a tumble dryer, your items can also be placed in it for just a few minutes. Alternatively, if you are fortunate enough to have a hot sunny day, just hang out your loose items in direct sun light for the day.
The use of alcohol is one of the preferred home remedies to get rid of bed bugs and just as the heat method works, alcohol also kills bed bugs fast. Most chemists will have a stock of alcohol in its purest form and this is called Isopropyl Alcohol. Just get hold of a refillable spray bottle and fill it with Isopropyl. Spray all the infested areas well including all the nooks and crannies which may be a hiding place for many bugs.
The smell and taste of lavender oil is despised by bed bugs and they will stop eating until it is removed or at least until the aroma has died down. This method can be quite slow but it is reliable.
The last option if you decide that using home remedies to get rid of bed bugs is not for you is to call in a pest control expert. This option will not come cheap but the job will be done fast and effectively with very little chance of the little critters returning – not at least in the near future!