12 Easy DIY Ways to Get Rid of Bed Bugs Quickly: A Killer Guide, Dengarden

12 Easy DIY Ways to Get Rid of Bed Bugs Quickly: A Killer Guide

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Eliminate Bed Bugs From Your Home!

In order to get rid of this pest, you need to understand how it works. Getting rid of bed bugs can be a tricky task because they are expert hitchhikers. The best thing you can do is to entrust the task with an experienced pest control professional. However, if you are planning to do it yourself, I’ve provided you great tips and information about bed bugs to help you in your battle. That way, you can use your knowledge to eliminate them and keep them away.

  • How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs
  • What Are Bed Bugs?
  • What Attracts Bed Bugs?
  • How Can You Know If You’re Infected?
  • Bed Bug FAQ’s
  • How to Avoid Bed Bugs When Traveling
  • How to Treat Bed Bug Bites
  • How DDT Affects Bed Bugs

How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs

  1. Bedding and garments need to be washed in boiled water, preferably at 120°F.
  2. Dry clean all your clothes.
  3. For items that cannot be washed, wrap them in a transparent plastic bag and place the bag outdoors where the temperature can reach 120°F.
  4. Use well-known insecticides to kill bed bugs.
  5. Kill bed bugs by freezing them. Although it’s a bit difficult and time-consuming, you can save this trick for the winter time.
  6. Steam your carpets above 120°F.
  7. Vacuuming the house may not eliminate each and every egg and bug, but it can help get rid of them to a degree.
  8. Rubbing alcohol can kill bugs that come in with it contact, but you cannot rely solely on this method.
  9. Buy a bed bug spray that contains IGR (Insect Growth Regulator), which is very effective if the infestation is small.
  10. Reduce clutter in your home. With less clutter, bed bugs have fewer places to hide and reproduce.
  11. Non-toxic and pet-friendly, diatomaceous earth is an environmentally friendly way to kill all kinds of insects, including bed bugs. You can find it in powdered and spray forms.
  12. Some oils like tea tree and neem oil can’t kill bed bugs, but they work well to repel them. Tea tree oil is an extract from the Melaleuca alternifolia plant—it can cause various health problems with pet birds, cats, and small dogs. If there are pets in the house, look for other safer choices. If you use the oil, apply it in small quantities to the skin to repel bed bugs. Since bed bugs are active at night, apply it before bedtime.

What Are Bed Bugs?

A bed bug (Cimex lectularius) is a small, blood-sucking parasite that feeds on the blood of warm-blooded animals and humans. A bed bug begins its life as a white egg about 1mm long. It takes 10 days to hatch and grow into an adult in six weeks. An adult bed bug may grow up to eight millimeters in size.

  • They belong to the insect family Cimicidae.
  • There are different types of bed bugs in existence.

Bed bugs are mainly found in the bedroom—hotels, inns, and private homes alike. These insects, with their flat bodies, can hide in tiny chinks in and around the bed. They wait for their prey (us) to sleep. Then, they come out poking their snout into our skin to suck our blood. They are most active about an hour before dawn.

Their bite causes itchy red bumps similar to mosquito bites. The color of a bed bug can be reddish-brown to brown. The more they eat, the darker they become. Immature bed bugs (nymphs) can be translucent or light tan in color. Bed bugs are often red in color after feeding, and they are attracted to heat.

  • A bed bug bite is typically a red spot with a small central bulge around the sting site. The slot-opening is still visible. Usually, you can find several bumps together.

What Attracts Bed Bugs?

Contrary to popular belief, dirty places are not a source of bed bugs. They need warm blood, and they spread wherever it is available. It doesn’t matter if the area is tidy or dirty.

They spread very quickly and can hide very well. You can catch bed bugs from public places like the theatre or hotel rooms. Bed bugs usually travel via clothes, luggage, coats, or whatever they can get. Whenever you come in contact with anything that carries bed bugs, you are attacked and become the new carriers.

  • Bed bugs can hide anywhere in your home: closets, behind baseboards, inside beds, etc.
  • The more cluttered your home is, the more hiding places exist for bed bugs.
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Bed Bug Symptoms

You know when the itching starts and looking at the bites (possibly several of them) that bed bugs are a problem in your life. If they look similar to the pictures above, you’ve been attacked by bed bugs.

  • You can see rusty-colored blood spots on your sheets and furniture where bed bugs concentrate.
  • If the insects are in great numbers, you can smell a sweet, musty odor.

It is hard to tell if you’ve been bitten by a bed bug because they inject an anesthetic and coagulant which prevents a person from realizing they are bitten.

Other symptoms of bed bug bites include the following:

Common Questions About Bed Bugs

  1. Can you see bed bugs? Yes. They can be seen, but it is difficult as they are experts at hiding. You may need to thoroughly check the whole bed, bed sheets, clothes, and luggage.
  2. How big are bed bugs? Adult bed bugs are usually 4-5 mm in length. They are completely flat, which makes it difficult to spot them. Young bed bugs are much smaller as 1.6 mm long. You can easily see a bed bug by putting little effort into looking.
  3. Are bed bugs dangerous? Unlike other insects, bed bugs are not very dangerous. They are simply irritating. In rare cases, they can transmit the hepatitis B virus. Also, the saliva they inject can cause allergic reactions in some people.
  4. Do bed bugs fly? No, they do not fly. Bed bugs do not have wings and therefore, cannot fly.
  5. Does alcohol kill bed bugs? Alcohol can kill bed bugs, but you cannot rely on alcohol to eliminate them entirely. Rubbing or spraying alcohol kills bed bugs that come in contact with it. It will not continue to kill them unless you spray alcohol periodically, which is not a good option. Also, alcohol does not kill bed bug eggs.
  6. How do bed bugs spread? Bed bugs can spread easily. The most common vehicles are clothes and luggage. They also travel via purses, suitcases, laptop bags, etc. That’s how they make their way to hotel rooms, offices, hospitals, and any other building.
  7. Where do bed bugs hide? Because their bodies are flat, they can hide under the smallest spots like the border of beds, under the mattress, edges of carpets, couches, cracks in the walls and ceilings, in your pillows, under your bed sheets, behind electrical plugs and wall sockets, in your cupboards and dressers, or under furniture. In fact, bed bugs prefer any fabric materials. They can travel pretty good distances, too. Expect them to be able to be found anywhere in the room.

How to Treat Bed Bug Bites

Here is a simple method to get rid of bed bug bites quickly and easily.

What You’ll Need

  • Antibacterial soap
  • Towel
  • Anti-itch cream

Instructions

  1. Wash the affected area with warm water. Apply soap to the area. Hand wash it gently but thoroughly. Rinse the area with warm water until all the soap is removed.
  2. Pat the area dry with a towel. Do not rub or scrub your skin. Apply the anti-itch cream to the area, following the instructions on the package. Gently apply the cream, but do not scratch or rub the area with a lot of pressure.
  3. Place the ice pack on the affected area. Leave it on for about 15 minutes to reduce the swelling.

How to Avoid Bed Bugs When Traveling

Before you book hotels, read the reviews online. Most travelers will not post fake reviews about bed bugs attack because they don’t have time for this.

When you’re at the hotel, do the following steps:

  • Look for the signs of bed bugs in the room. The easy way to do this is to check the mattresses and bed sheets thoroughly for any dark spots: They may be dried bed bug feces. Other things to look for are blood stains, discarded bed bug skins, a sweet almond smell, and white bed bug eggs.
  • Check the rooms before you pay.
  • Always use cabinets and drawers to keep your clothes and luggage.

How DDT Affects Bed Bugs

Before World War II, bed bug infestations were common. After the introduction of DDT in the mid-20th century, however, bed bug infestations became less and less frequent.

  • DDT is a synthetic pesticide mass-produced in the 1940s. It was found to be useful against mosquitoes, bed bugs, and other insects. However, it was also found to harm people and was eventually banned in many countries, including the United States.
  • DDT reduced the presence of bed bugs in the 1940s and 1950s. The pesticide was continued to use until the 1970s. By this time, DDT was not able to kill bed bugs because they developed immunity.

Bed bugs developed immunity to DDT in the 1950s. Now, the pesticide serves only as an anesthesia for the insect, causing it to fall rather than killing it. The recent upsurge in infections worldwide is associated with several factors, including the increase in international travel and resistance to insecticides.

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This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

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A Guide to Getting Rid of Bed Bugs: What You’ll Need, and How to Do It

S o you’ve got bed bugs. And they’re everywhere. It’s a natural reaction to be horrified at the idea of bugs crawling on you while you sleep, so of course, you’ll want to fix the problem as soon as possible. But are you supposed to hunt down each and every bed bug? Do you always have to hire someone to get rid of them? What people may not know is that there are many different methods out there to get rid of bed bugs, all of which produce results.

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Remove Bed Bugs from Your Home

Bedbugs sense carbon monoxide concentrations, which is what lets them find you while you’re sleeping. They follow the trail right to your bed and feast on your blood, then go straight back into their hiding place.

Because these pests are actively hunting you and your family, you can’t just ignore their presence – you’ll need to get rid of them, and as soon as possible.

It’s almost impossible to pick out every single bed bug in your home. They can hide in spaces as narrow as a credit card; places where you won’t be able to get to them. So getting rid of them needs to be done in a comprehensive way, killing all who-knows-how-many hundreds at once.

The way you’ll be able to tell if they’re gone is if you don’t have any new bites whatsoever and if you don’t find any more signs of them left behind.

Being bitten by an insect is never fun. Details about bed bug bites can be seen here.

Thankfully, we live in a time where there’s pest control available to buy everywhere. Learn more about bed bug products here.

There’s more than one remedy

Don’t think there’s only one way to destroy a bug problem.

Some ways you can exterminate bed bugs from your home include:

Go through your options, learn about which kind you want to take on, and get to work right away killing every single bed bug that’s invading your house.

Clean up afterward

Bedbugs can make a big mess. Excrement and old exoskeletons leave brownish stains on furniture and walls, and spots of blood will most likely be left on your bedding from the bites they give. If the bugs have been there a while, they’ll have larvae and egg sacs stashed somewhere as well.

So what can you do about the disgusting aftermath of an infestation? For bedding, you’ll need to wash sheets in hot water with a good-quality detergent. For your mattress and furniture, not only will you need to thoroughly vacuum them, you’ll want to steam clean them as well. Afterward, you might be left with some stains, but if you’ve been through, everything will be sanitized.

If your pet has bugs on them, is it always lice? Not necessarily. Find out more about bed bugs on dogs here.

Because bed bugs can latch onto fabric, they can surely end up in a sleeping bag. Information on bed bug sleeping bag can be found here.

What to Do When Bed Bugs Infest Your House

Something many people underestimate when it comes to bedbug control is the power of a vacuum. It won’t be able to get the ones hiding in the tiniest of cracks and crevices, but it will get a good number of them.

Use a high-powered vacuum and go over all carpets and couches slowly and at least twice, using a crevice tool to get the room’s edges where the baseboard meets the carpet. On your mattress and box spring, go over each side with a crevice tool, getting deep into any and every seam. If there’s any rips or tears, shove the crevice tool into it as much as you can without causing damage, then spray a killing spray at the tear’s opening.

Get them out of electronics

It’s possible you might have some insects get into the tiny spaces of electronics. If this happens, you’ll have to be very careful, as you can damage your property if you’re too harsh.

Use an air spray canister to blow away any insects, or a low-powered vacuum to suck them out. Suction that’s too powerful can ruin the delicate components in electronics, so be careful.

Once you find out you have bed bugs, it’s most likely going to be a bad feeling. But don’t worry – there’s a solution. Here is where you can find out what to do if you have bed bugs.

Do bed bugs go away? Find out here. And what if they’re in more places than just your bed. More about how to get rid of bed bugs in furniture can be found here.

They’re in your couch, too

It’s not just your bed; they can hide in your couch, as well. Using a vacuum, go over your couch with a crevice tool, getting deep in any space, big or small. If your cushions have zippered covers, take them off and wash in warm water. There are also sprays you can use all over your couch to kill and repel any bed bugs you may not have gotten with a vacuum.

They love your bed

There’s a reason they’re called bed bugs. While some of them will hide elsewhere in the room and travel to you at night, many will just hide as close to you as they can – somewhere in your bed.

But how can they hide in your bed without you seeing bugs crawling everywhere? Remember that bedbugs are tiny, and can squeeze into the deep seams of your mattress. They’ll also get in between the mattress and box spring, and inside the mattress itself, if there are any tears that will let them in. Basically, anywhere in your bed that a bug can go, you could find them.

Find a permanent solution

The only way to really get rid of a bed bug infestation long-term is to use proven treatment methods that kill all bedbugs in your home, not just the ones you might see or only the ones in your mattress. If you want the removal to be permanent, treating your entire house and also using a repellent to deter future bugs, is a must.

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Foggers are a type of fumigation, using gas to kill bugs. Facts about fumigation for bed bugs can be found here. Pest control professionals are also known as exterminators and are experts in their field. Go here for more details on a bed bug exterminator.

Treatment Methods

Pest control doesn’t just mean calling people to come do it for you anymore; there’s a ton you can do yourself.

  • Bug foggers: A fogger is a canister that lets out poisonous gas into the room, getting into any crevice, even the ones bed bugs love to hide in. For more information click here.
  • Sprays: There are many sprays out there on the market to use for bed bugs, made up of pesticides of different types.
  • Natural ingredient-based sprays and powders: Ingredients like essential oils and Diatomaceous Earth are used frequently in lines of all-natural pest control. To learn more about natural remedies for bed bugs, see this page.
  • Professional exterminators: Hiring someone to come take care of your problem is common, and will help get rid of your problem, sometimes faster than if you did it yourself.

Since bedbugs can travel with you from place to place, they can end up inside your car. Click here to find out how to get rid of bed bugs in a car. If you want to learn how to prevent bed bugs altogether, go here.

How much is this going to cost me?

The cost will depend on which treatment method you choose. Sprays will average anywhere from $8-$50, while essential oils may be more like $20. Diatomaceous Earth is cheap while hiring a professional can be pricey, depending on the company and the severity of your problem.

Piles of clothes on the floor can be a hiding place for bed bugs if you’re not careful. Click here to see more about how to get rid of bed bugs in clothes. And while you’re at it, here is where you can find many interesting bed bug facts.

Bedbugs are small enough to hide even in the fibers of your carpet. Learn more about how to get bed bugs out of carpet here.

When you’ve got a full-on infestation

Signs of a bad infestation include staining, left-behind residue, and regular bites on your skin. Because you don’t normally see bed bugs during the day, they’ll reproduce in hiding and will come in numbers of hundreds or thousands by the time you realize what’s going on. Usually, with a bad infestation, bed bugs will be in more places than just your mattress.

One option you have in the fight against bedbugs is to encase your mattress. Learn more about a bed bug mattress protector here.

Is it lice or bed bugs? Find out more about bed bugs in hair here. Getting bedbugs out of a mattress is different than a couch. Details on how to get rid of bed bugs in a mattress can be found here.

Even luggage isn’t safe

Bedbugs can cling to bedding, clothes, and even luggage. When you go to a hotel, inspect your room before unpacking and leave your luggage either outside the door or in the empty bathtub. You can also spray your luggage with a bed bug repellent to deter any bugs that might be thinking about hitching a ride on your suitcase. Further details can be found here.

Don’t panic with a bed bug infestation, learn here how to take action. If you want to have control and get rid of them for good, go here and find out how to kill bed bugs.

How long will it take after treatment for the bed bugs to die?

Treatment methods produce different times to death. Diatomaceous Earth, for example, won’t kill a bug right away but will take a little bit of time. Chemical sprays and foggers, though, should kill bed bugs immediately. If you’re using carpet tape and bugs get stuck to it, they’ll stay alive for at least a few days on the tape before dying.

If you’re looking for a fast solution, products with pesticides are a good option, considering they’re made to kill immediately. Just remember that you’ll have to be careful around toxic sprays, especially if you’ve got children or pets.

Adult bugs aren’t always the problem; you’ll need to kill the eggs as well. Click here to find out how to kill bed bug eggs. And make sure you look up your next hotel on the registry. Want to know if it’s been on the bed bug registry? Go here to find out.

How do you know if you’ve got bedbugs, or if it’s something else? For details on bed bugs symptoms, go here.

The Top 3 Best Treatments

Walking down the pest control aisle in a store, you could probably get overwhelmed with options.

Well, here’s three of the most effective treatments, to help you decide:

  1. Sprays: Store-bought sprays are highly effective at killing bed bugs, as is rubbing alcohol, which kills bugs quickly and leaves a residue behind that deters more from coming around. Please find the best bed bug spray here.
  2. Diatomaceous earth: This stuff is cheap and totally non-toxic, and although it doesn’t kill on contact, it doesn’t take long for the bugs that crawl across it to die. Read more here.
  3. Vacuum: It seems simple, but a good vacuum will pick up thousands of bed bugs. Use a crevice tool and suck up bugs you never even knew were there. Further details can be found here.

Don’t want chemicals in your home? No problem; just kill bugs the natural way. Click here to learn more about home remedies for bed bugs. Organic products aren’t hard to come by and can work just as well as the others. Details on how to get rid of bed bugs naturally can be found here.

If you’re wondering how you can possibly get rid of an army of bedbugs hiding in your home, don’t worry. There’s more than one solution, and as long as you’re diligent and willing to put in the time, your bed bug problem will be history before you know it.

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