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Top Ten Tips to Prevent or Control Bed Bugs

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1. Make sure you really have bed bugs, not fleas, ticks or other insects.

You can compare your insect to the pictures on our Identifying bed bugs Web page or show it to your local extension agent.Exit (Extension agents are trained in pest control issues and know your local area.)

2. Don’t panic!

3. Think through your treatment options — Donย’’t immediately reach for the spray can.

Be comprehensive in your approach. Try other things first. Integrated pest management (IPM) techniques may reduce the number of bed bugs and limit your contact with pesticides. If pesticides are needed, always follow label directions or hire a professional. There is help available to learn about treatment options. (4 pp, 480 K, About PDF)

4. Reduce the number of hiding places — Clean up the clutter.

A cluttered home provides more places for bed bugs to hide and makes locating and treating them harder. If bed bugs are in your mattress, using special bed bug covers (encasements) on your mattress and box springs makes it harder for bed bugs to get to you while you sleep. Leave the encasements on for a year. Be sure to buy a product that has been tested for bed bugs and is strong enough to last for the full year without tearing.

5. Regularly wash and heat-dry your bed sheets, blankets, bedspreads and any clothing that touches the floor.

This reduces the number of bed bugs. Bed bugs and their eggs can hide in laundry containers/hampers Remember to clean them when you do the laundry.

6. Do-it-yourself freezing may not be a reliable method for bed bug control.

While freezing can kill bed bugs, temperatures must remain very low for a long time. Home freezers may not be cold enough to kill bed bugs; always use a thermometer to accurately check the temperature. Putting things outside in freezing temperatures could kill bed bugs, but there are many factors that can affect the success of this method.

7. Kill bed bugs with heat, but be very careful.

Raising the indoor temperature with the thermostat or space heaters wonโ€™t do the job. Special equipment and very high temperatures are necessary for successful heat treatment. Black plastic bags in the sun might work to kill bed bugs in luggage or small items, if the contents become hot enough. Bed bugs die when their body temperatures reaches 45ยฐC (113ยฐF). To kill bed bugs with heat, the room or container must be even hotter to ensure sustained heat reaches the bugs no matter where they are hiding

8. Donย’’t pass your bed bugs on to others.

Bed bugs are good hitchhikers. If you throw out a mattress or furniture that has bed bugs in it, you should slash or in some way destroy it so that no one else takes it and gets bed bugs.

9. Reduce the number of bed bugs to reduce bites.

Thorough vacuuming can get rid of some of your bed bugs. Carefully vacuum rugs, floors, upholstered furniture, bed frames, under beds, around bed legs, and all cracks and crevices around the room. Change the bag after each use so the bed bugs canโ€™t escape. Place the used bag in a tightly sealed plastic bag and in an outside garbage bin.

10. Turn to the professionals, if needed.

Hiring an experienced, responsible pest control professional can increase your chance of success in getting rid of bed bugs. If you hire an expert, be sure itโ€™s a company with a good reputation and request that it use an IPM approach. Contact your state pesticide agency for guidance about hiring professional pest control companies. Also, EPA’s Citizen’s Guide to Pest Control and Pesticide Safety provides information about IPM approaches, how to choose a pest control company, safe handling of pesticides, and emergency information.

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6 Holistic Ways to Help Keep Your Hol >Let’s go ahead and take a look at some herbs, essential oils and other holistic repellents that ameliorate the problem before we take a hop on any planes, trains or homeward-bound, packed-with-presents-automobiles.

“Night night! Sleep tight! Don’t let the bedbugs bite!”

Or travel home with you, for that matter.

During this the single most heavily traveled holiday time of year, it’s safe to say that a whole lot of us will be packing up and heading somewhere else all in order to spend some quality time with sacred family and beloved friends. As such, that might also mean staying in spaces such as hotels and motels or even renting some real estate on highways and byways all along the “are we there yet” way.

Besides that age-old pesky question, there is always the potential of running into other unforeseen and off-putting experiences in foreign sleep spaces, as well. One of these same concerning circumstances that could come under the “Yikes!” umbrella is the possibility of encountering bedbugs, a situation that is more common of late than at any other time that I can remember. And I’m old.

In fact, as a health and wellness expert on and a holistic writer/practitioner of some renown, I’ve had an exponential increase in inquiries lately regarding the efficacy of using all-natural substances in efforts to repel and/or avoid the scourge (and bite!) of this insidious insect. So, let’s go ahead and take a look at some herbs, essential oils and other holistic repellents that ameliorate the problem before we take a hop on any planes, trains or homeward-bound, packed-with-presents-only automobiles.

Before we begin the aforementioned investigation, though, let me just share some personal observations of my own. I know that substances deemed all-natural are appealing, especially during these days when being green isn’t always all about Kermit. Whether it’s easy being green or not, if you are one of the millions of us putting effort into creating an environmentally friendly living space, or, if you simply prefer natural alternatives over manufactured/synthetic chemicals, then the following suggestions are for you.

However, as a holistic and alternative expert and practitioner, it is incumbent upon me to share that just because something is called “all-natural” doesn’t always necessarily mean that it is 100-percent safe or environmentally friendly, even. It’s up to you to make sure that you are familiar with the agent you choose to use and know how to employ it correctly. As in everything, ignorance isn’t always bliss and can even be downright dangerous where some all-natural substances are concerned.

Okay, now that I’m down off the soap box, let’s go inside and see how to use what’s there for best-end user results.

1) Soap and Water: Good old-fashioned soap and water, as well as a fair amount of steam, will repel and kill bed bugs, as will wrapping your mattress in plastic should an infestation actually occur. But, is this really adequate advice for those taking to the road? Nah, not really. So, let’s take a more proactive and in-depth look at what the savvy traveler can pack alongside the soap, sensible shoes and the Spanx in order to guarantee bedbug-free journeys.

2) Essential Oils: Any one of these 100-percent true or pure essential oils that I am going to talk about next can be added to a spray or atomizer bottle filled with spring or distilled water and sprayed all around the sleeping space that you’ll be snoozing in while away from home. Remember, even if you do come across this insect while out and about in the big, wide world, the last thing you want to do is bring an unexpected companion (or hundreds of them) home with you. So, be sure to spray away on the inside of your luggage and any other bags, buttons or bows that might be exposed during your travels, as well. And here’s a secret shortcut that could save you many, many sleepless nights: spray the inside your luggage before you pack. Okay, so, six to 10 drops of any of the following pure essential oils added to an atomizer (either alone or all together, depending on how the scent strikes you) will bring sweet relief to your worries about encountering this bitty, biting bug.

Effectively repellent essential oils include cinnamon oil, lemongrass oil, clove oil, peppermint oil, lavender oil, thyme oil, tea tree oil, and, finally, eucalyptus oil. In my experience, all or any of these oils have laid claim to both killing as well as repelling bed bugs. My own personal blend, the one that I carry as current companion on my New York hotel stays (bed bug central these days!) is a blend of ten drops of lavender essential oil added to six drops of lemongrass essential oil, six drops of tea tree and ten of thyme.

You can also add this same blend to a quarter of a cup of any base or carrier oil, such as almond, jojoba or grapeseed oil, for personal protection. Adding 10 drops each of lavender, tea tree, lemongrass and thyme to a quarter of a cup of the carrier and then worn as a body oil will keep the critters from crawling anywhere near you once the lights go down. In fact, a blend of these specific essential oils alone (without the carrier oil) can also be used to treat any existing bites while also disinfecting any previously bitten areas. One quick reminder, though: tea tree essential oil can be toxic to both humans and pets if used in an incorrect or inappropriate dosage. And none of these oils should ever be ingested for any reason at all.

3) Petroleum Jelly: I had to add this piece of advice not so much because of the holistic nature of the antidote, but because I personally know a few people who have used this particular piece of information to great success. One other observation regards this same advice: the petroleum jelly that all my friends and family used is Vaseline. I don’t know if that’s relevant, but felt I had to add it here. They applied Vaseline, the most commonly recognized brand of petroleum jelly, to the legs of the bed they were sleeping in and lubed up other common surfaces to catch these critters, as well. Although some say it’s the smell that repels these bugs, there is no supportive evidence to validate that claim. I might just think that they get caught in the goo and can’t keep traveling to you, but, no matter, this tactic does seem to do the bedbug disappearing trick.

4) Alcohol: Instead of taking to drink to make any bedbug infestation easier to swallow, why not rub alcohol in this wound instead? Rubbing alcohol combined in an atomizer with two parts spring or distilled water and sprayed around the bedbuggy space has been known to kill these creepy crawlers on contact. It is not, however, considered any sort of effective repellent. It does dry immediately and carries no residual effect once it has dried. So, if you can’t get to the steamer or don’t have an opportunity to steam or iron the seams and the corners of the bed you are sleeping in, why not try spraying the mattress and sheets in order to ensure and stay on the (bug-free) safe side!

5) Neem Oil: Another all-natural insect repellent and pesticide is neem oil, a derivative made from the seeds and/or the leaves of the neem tree. Neem is reportedly the most heavily researched and widely used herbal remedy in all of India, the country from which this tree hails. Studies indicate that the bark, leaves and oil of the neem tree have been used in the East for several thousand years in efforts at treating all sorts of accidents, illnesses and injuries.

Almost 75 percent of Ayurvedic (an Indian holistic medicinal platform) cures contain some form of neem. The Indians consider this tree sacred and actually even refer to it as “the village pharmacy.” Now, all that said, although neem oil has been shown effective in repelling both mosquitoes and lice, it doesn’t seem to have a 100-percent efficacy in fighting off bedbugs. So I wouldn’t use this as the only repellent in my arsenal. But I would be sure to slather it on my body before getting under any covers that weren’t my own, while additionally spraying the sheets with either the aforementioned alcohol or essential oil remedies.

6) Diatomaceous Earth: Yet another substance that purports to kill pesky pests in an all natural way. This non-toxic powder is made from a ground-up rock called diatomite that is mined in very few places in the world. This “earth” itself forms from the shells of freshwater diatoms found in ancient lake deposits that are millions of years old.

The beauty of diatomaceous earth is that because it is a mineral, it won’t evaporate or even break down over time. So, just to be clear, once you put it down, it stays down while continuously working to repel and kill bedbugs. And what that means is that you’ll be leaving any sleeping space in better bug and bite-free shape than you may have even found it — good karma now coming right back at you!

Okay, so, after all that, the bottom line looks like there’s no top-ten, surefire methods for killing or keeping bedbugs at bay. However, using one or even all seven of these preventative techniques while traveling might just make your holidays blissfully bug- and bite-free, and, well, isn’t that a nifty little gift to give yourself in the present?

Happy holidays to all, and have a good night, sleep tight, and. well, you know.

7 Effective Home Remedies For Bed Bugs (Banish Them FAST!)

  • What are bed bugs?
  • What causes bed bugs?
  • Signs of bed bugs
  • Preparing for a bed bugs treatment
  • Home remedies for bed bugs
  • Prevention methods

Is just the thought of bed bugs enough to make your skin crawl? Although they’re surprisingly common, most people don’t know about the basic home remedies for bed bugs that can help banish them fast.

If you’re unlucky enough to have been hit with a bout of the old bed bugs, we’re here to help. We’re sharing everything we know about bed bugs to help you banish those pester little critter once and for all!

What are bed bugs & what do they look like?

First thing’s first: a bit of bed-bug biology. Bed bugs are small – around 5mm in size – so visible to the human eye, but only just. They’re oval-shaped, flat and rusty-brown in colour. Unlike other bugs, they cannot jump nor fly.

They crawl out of their dark crevices at night to feed on blood which results in those infamous bed bug bites. Although they won’t spread any disease, they can be uncomfortable and some people will experience a reaction to bites.

Females can lay up to 250 eggs during their lifetime of about two to four months. Eggs are laid in cracks and crevices and are oval and white in colour.

What causes bed bugs?

Before we teach you how to get rid of bed bugs, it’s important to first understand what causes these annoying critters.

Contrary to popular belief, bed bugs don’t have anything to do with dirt – so an extra shower a day won’t keep them at bay!

So if it’s not dirt, what does cause bed bugs? As bed bugs feed on blood, anywhere with animals or humans is, technically, an ideal place for them to set up camp. Bed bugs move from place to place after feeding, and can hide in anything from bedsheets to your t-shirt, meaning if you sleep somewhere that’s infested, your home’s likely to bear the brunt of it.

Signs of bed bugs

Think you may have bed bugs? Besides actually catching them crawling across your sheets, there are several other signs of bed bugs to look out for, including:

  • Bites on skin
  • Small, black spots on your bedsheets (bug faeces)
  • Bed bug shells (they shed their skin much like snakes)
  • A musty smell in your bedroom
  • Blood spots (could occur if you unintentionally squish a bug in your sleep)

If you spot any of the above, you may well have an infestation and should check out the home remedies for bed bugs listed below.

Preparing for a bed bugs treatment

Remove clutter

Despite their name, bed bugs don’t solely reside in your sheets – they could be hiding in cardboard boxes under the bed or on clothes in your laundry basket.

Before you try to treat bed bugs, you need to get rid of as much clutter as possible. Replace cardboard boxes for plastic boxes, put all your clothes in sealed bin liners and do the same with soft furnishings of ay kind.

Deep clean items that could be infested

Everything that could have bed bugs must be cleaned thoroughly. This means heat treating clothing and sheets in a tumble dryer, or placing them in the freezer for at least 5 days before laundering as normal, both of which will kill bed bugs.

Any furniture in your bedroom should also be examined for evidence of bed bugs and cleaned as necessary. Curtains should be removed and cleaned professionally, and the whole room should be vacuumed thoroughly.

It’s extremely important to keep all cleaned items in sealed plastic bags. The vacuum bag should also be removed after use, placed in a sealed plastic bag, and disposed of.

Make your bed an island

Bed bugs are so-called because they bite at night. Although they don’t always live in the mattress, they often do. Moving your bed away from the wall, furniture and anything else will make infestation anywhere else less likely.

Vacuum the area

The last step before you start treatment is to completely vacuum on, in and around the affected area.

Vacuum your bed thoroughly, not only concentrating on the mattress but the headboard and slats too.

Once all that’s done, you’ll be ready to treat your bed bugs using one of our home remedies.

Home remedies for bed bugs

A professional, bed bug infestation treatment is the most reliable way of guaranteeing the full extermination of your bed bugs. If you’d prefer to try a DIY treatment before shedding out any cash, give the following home remedies a go.

1. Starve the bed bugs

If you don’t mind taking the slow and steady route, starving your bed bugs is another option.

First and foremost, it’s important to vacuum your bed thoroughly. Next, you’ll need to get hold of some Ziploc bags for your mattress and leave them on for around a week – this will prevent any bugs from getting out and feeding, thus causing them to starve to death.

2. Diatomaceous Earth

Diatomaceous Earth is often considered the most effective of all the natural bed bug treatments, killing more than 90% of bed bugs.

It’s also cheap and easy to use – its powdered form means it can be sprinkled into even the smallest of cracks and crevices. The downside? It takes up to 10 days to work.

To use, apply 100% Diatomaceous Earth onto the affected area and leave for a few days. You should slowly start to see dead bed bugs, which you can vacuum away. Repeat the process several times, until all bed bugs appear to have been eradicated.

3. Bicarbonate of soda

Here’s another reason why it’s always handy to have a pot of baking soda in the home – it can kill bed bugs.

Sprinkling bicarbonate of soda onto areas affected by bed bugs is thought to physically dehydrate their skin, whilst others suggest it’s abrasive enough to cut them.

It’s cheap, it works, so what’s the downside? Treating bed bugs with baking soda is timely – you’ll need to repeat the process of sprinkling and vacuuming regularly in order to banish them. This in turn, means you’re going to need a lot of powder, making this home remedy more expensive that it may originally seem.

4. Tea tree essential oils

Tea tree oil is used in many home remedies, especially those concerning pests.

When it comes to bed bugs, tea tree oil not only works to kill them, but also to mask the human smells which would usually attract them. Best of all, tea tree oil is easy to get hold of and an inexpensive solution to an infestation.

Dilute twenty drops of all natural, pure tea tree oil with 200ml water and spray onto affected areas.

Vinegar is as strong as it smells when it comes to banishing bed bugs. It’s also something most of us have in our homes, making it the ideal emergency home remedy to use.

However, it’s important to remember that whilst vinegar will kill bed bugs by damaging their nervous systems, it won’t do anything for eggs.

Saturate the edges of the infected area (such as underneath and around furniture) with white distilled vinegar, and then directly onto bed bugs. This way, when they flee, they won’t be able to escape the vinegar.

6. Rubbing alcohol

Another popular home remedy for bed bugs is rubbing alcohol.

Borax is another quick and easy way to treat bedbugs. To suffocate the bugs, generously sprinkle borax on the mattress, then spray on water.

Borax is also useful when it comes to washing affected items – add some to your washing machine to ensure those bugs are gone for good.

How to get rid of bed bugs using a pesticide

Using pesticides is the quickest DIY method for treating bed bugs. Before you start spraying, you need to prepare the area.

Next, you’ll need to pick up a pesticide to kill off any bed bugs hiding in and around your mattress.

Spray the pesticide all over the mattress, including around corners, and in seams. Next, spray the bed, including the headboard, slats and inside any drawers, being sure to get right into the corners. If you have a particularly bad infestation, you may see some bed bugs emerging from their hiding spots in an attempt to flee the poison.

After an hour or so, vacuum the entire bed once more to remove any dead bugs. Keep a close eye on things over the days that follow and carry out additional treatments as necessary.

Prevention methods

As with most things, it’s much easier to prevent bedbugs than it is to treat them. There are a few things you can do to stop bedbugs infesting your home, including:

1. Vacuum regularly

Vacuuming is one of the easiest ways to remove any stray bedbugs. Whilst it’s not enough to deal with a whole infestation, vacuuming regularly will go some way to keeping the area bug-free.

2. Check second-hand furniture

When bringing second-hand furniture into your home, you should always consider what’s lurking inside. Always check for any signs of bedbugs before purchasing anything.

If there are signs of bedbugs, recognise that just getting rid of them will be a project in itself.

3. Take precautions when laundering

Bedbugs travel in furniture and on clothes. If you share laundry facilities, you should always take extra precautions to avoid picking up anyone else’s bugs.

Always transport clothes to and from the launderettes in sealed plastic bags, and leave them out for as little time as possible.

Have you ever had a bad experience with bed bugs? Share how you dealt with it with us in the comments below.

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they are so common at the moment so thanks for the informative post. i wouldn’t recommend starving them though as they can go without feeding for 18 months. i used surgical spirit, also known as rubbing alcohol. here; Rubbing alcohol is a solvent and can kill insects by dissolving their cells. Rubbing alcohol is also a desiccant, or drying agent, so it can destroy bed bug eggs by drying them out. In addition, rubbing alcohol repels the bugs, discouraging them from crawling or laying eggs on a surface treated with the substance.

Hi Yolanda, We’re really pleased that you found it informative. Thank you for the rubbing alcohol tip – it has so many amazing uses!

True you canโ€™t starve them they can live a very long time without food (blood) Also it is amazing how many dermatologists donโ€™t recognize bed bug bites.

Thank you so much. This is helpful. I think I will go for the pesticide.

You’re welcome, Priscilla!

I think mine are hibernating whitch is the most effective? I guess Im going to open up the bottom of the mattress and spray rubbing alcohal the pour baking soda and wrap the bed in suranwrap then crank up the space heater. Do you think this will be effective against the sleping bugs and there eggs? I dont like poisons

Hi Max. It’s certainly worth a try! Wrapping the bed in plastic wrap should help to suffocate them if done effectively.

I habe been told by exterminator that home methods will only scatter the bugs and make it harder treat. Is there any truth in this?

Hi Tamra! Home treatments should be effective if done correctly. If the problem persists, you would be right to call in an exterminator.

What size ziplock bags

Hi Mary. I’d suggest you get yourself a fully encased mattress protector specifically for dealing with bed bugs if you wish to try this method.

Do what you want but for what it’s worth I had spent a lot of good money on a ‘bed bug resistant mattress cover’, it did not work , I still got bed bugs even with the ‘protective cover’

Hi Deborah! Did you find a solution in the end? We’d love to hear from you.

omg just found out I have a problem with this too. I’ve recently brought baking soda and sprinkled it around the bottom of the bed on the floor and behind the headboard, including sticky bed bug traps near the legs of the bed. I’m feeling so anxious I am so scared to sleep at night in case I’m bitten. I’ve tried steaming my mattress to see if it makes a difference, also using tea tree oil mixed with water in a spray bottle to spray the areas affected. My mattress encasement with a zip has arrived in the mail today so fill put it on. My last resort is diatomaceous earth – if that does not work will get help from a professional. Just need re-assurance this will work. I’ve only found one live adult bed bug in the bathroom and disposed of it by flushing it down the toilet. One i first noticed I had a problem ive seen blood stains on my duvet, sheets and pillows and black dry dots also a dead bed bug in my pillow. everything went straight to the washing machine. Does baking soda work as I noticed signs of bed bug activity last night from a stain on my bedding.

Hi Joe! Sounds like you have a pretty bad case of bed bugs which might need something a bit stronger than baking soda. The encasement should do a good job of suffocating them and keeping them away, but do get advice from a professional if it continues.

My bed bugs seem to be confined to my boyfriend’s recliner that he bought from a garage sale without even considering the risks! Are the options above also helpful for just furniture??

Hi Krista! These tips should work for the recliner too.

What do you do if you are disabled and can’t afford exterminator and you find them .is there any help for low income homes

Hi there, Catherine! Are you able to try any of these home remedies?

I currently have a bed bug issue at my boyfriend place. I figure out where their nesting area is and tried to clean it with bleach and white vinegar. But nothing so far. Strange as it seems they seem to bite me more than him. My third plan , was just to vacuum everything . Plus is their a safer way to get rid of them permanently our dog loves to sleep with us mostly everynight.

Hi there, Ana! Firstly, are you certain that the issue is caused by bed bugs? It’s unusual that you’re being bitten more than your boyfriend! I just wonder if it could be fleas from your dog instead? Once you have ruled that out, I would try any of the methods listed in this article. It would be best to have your dog sleep elsewhere until you’ve eradicated the bed bugs completely.

Bed bugs dont bite everyone in the house. When i had them i was the only one getting bit.

My daughter and l live toghter l was the only one getting bitten she drinks beer a lot and they donโ€™t like alcohol. she never got bitten once. was it the alcohol in her system.

There’s been some research conducted that supports this theory, Sherri! It’s very bizarre.

Hi, I noticed the bed bug issue in my bedroom recently too. We donโ€™t drink alcohol but it appears Iโ€™m the only one getting bitten from me and my husband. My 7 month old daughter has had the odd bite here and there too. Initially I wasnโ€™t 100% sure it was bed bugs as although I was being bitten, I had never seen a bug although Iโ€™ve just seen one crawling across my pillow at 4am and now I feel so itchy I darent go back to bed! How do I get this resolved ASAP?

Hi Sam! Have you tried following our tips?

I went to a friend’s house and have bed bug bites all over me how do I clean the clothes?

Hi Brandy, we’d suggest putting the clothes in a ziplock bag and then popping it in your freezer. This should kill bacteria and parasites. Wash your clothes as normal and they should be good to go!

Does using hydroperoxide in a spray bottle work?

Hi Diane! Yes, it does.

What it turns out to be true for my own case especially when i got out of sleep and flashed at my bed head rail, but whats the best way to deal away with bedbug eggs?

Hi Duke! What have you tried so far?

I wonder if a mixture of diatomaceous earth, vinegar, water, and lavender oil would work as an all-purpose pet-safe spray against adults as well as the eggs? Walmart has some cheap 2-5 gallon spray containers that could be used to disperse, then vacuum & wipe everything down after a few days. I don’t know if lavender would mask the vinegar odor completely but maybe baking soda would work(once the vinegar has evaporated).

That sounds like a great idea, Evan!

Iโ€™ve read that talcum powder is a deterrent as well. Is this effective in suffocating them? If so how would i treat/apply it?

Hi Curt! I can’t find much evidence to suggest that talcum powder works as a deterrent. You’d be better off trying Diatomaceous earth which effectively kills all types of insects.

Living with my mother, there is a full out infestation with my daughter getting but most. My mom doesnt seem to ever take.what i say seriously which is that there is probably.a million in all the clutter stored under their bed and old never worn clothes hanging up as the infestation is most in their room. Will putting baking soda around my daughters bed( which is on the floor) help keep them from climbing up on it and biting her so much? Also does caulking cracks help?

Hi Christina! Caulking any cracks will stop them from settling deeper into the house, but you will need to patch up all of the cracks. I would suggest calling in a professional to fumigate the rooms affected if the baking soda doesn’t work.

I myself was getting bit whilst dealing with an insect infestation. I have been unable to determine the species of the bug, as the bites did not match the patterns which bed bugs normally take. They were random, not zig zag, and large red curricular blotches, like mosquitoes. They also generally did not bite my girlfriend. What seems to have worked is repeated dousing with vinegar. You spray the bed down, the furniture, and any crevices. We keep clothes in trash bags. Every other night I’ve repeated the process. The bites appear to have stopped.

Good to hear, Pat! Thanks for sharing your experience.

I am at a friends house and all of a sudden im breaking out in itchy welts. No one else is complaining. I just killed what looks to be a bed bug in the living room. I am so itchy and burning where these welts are. Why am i only being affected? Just exactly how small are they?

Hi Joann! It could be that you’re having an allergic reaction to the bites. You might find that your friends are being bitten, but it’s just not noticeable as they aren’t having a reaction.

I am dealing with them also I thought I had gotten rid of them, but my a/c unit stopped working and BAM. Their back.. I’m guessing because it’s so hot in my house. They said come on ya’ll its summer break but I have noticed they bite me not my husband.. I seen a few replays where the wife is getting bit but not the husband I’m thinking its because the males skin is a little thicker/ maybe?

Can I use any off the things to get rid of bed bugs on furniture

Hi Caroline! A lot of these methods will also work for general furniture. You might wish to do a patch test on an inconspicuous area so that you don’t damage the finish.

Well im staying with my mother in law at the monent and sleeping on the couch and was woke up at 5am to find a small bed bug crawling on me. Please help with any advice i dont want to worry her more because she is very ill.

Hi Michelle! I’m sorry to hear that your mother is ill. Have you tried any of the above methods?

Hi, Sorry to say that your entire article becomes null as soon as you claim that putting items in the freezer overnight “will” kill them. This is simply incorrect. In the cold (even sub-freezing temps) a bedbug’s metabolize slows dramatically and has been observed in study after study that they can survive up to 5 days in a freezer. Please, if you are going to write advice columns, know what you’re talking about.

Hi there! You’re correct. Bed bugs can survive the freezer if not kept in there for long enough. I have updated the article to state that the treatment should take at least 5 days. Thanks for bringing that to my attention.

Dose hot water can kill eggs ??

Hi Imran! Bed bugs shouldn’t survive the washing machine, but the best way to kill all of them is to put linens through the dryer.

We have on our furniture, we tried already hot water but still they are able to survive.

Hi, these tips sound great and I shall be trying the baking soda sprinkled on my carpet, wall edges and around the bed frame tonight as I awoke to a creepy crawlie on my pillow and duvet at 4am this morning, have been itching all over ever since! Its so annoying they trouble at night when one needs to sleep and the thought of their bites causes u unimaginable anxiety! Have only just dealt with an infestation in two other bedrooms a few months ago which was professionally done and want to avoid harsh chemicals so I’ve sprinkled some peppermint oil which smells quite strong and annoying in this quantity! Has anyone had any success with peppermint oil?

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