Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs

If you are trying to get rid of bed bugs in your home, these natural methods will save you a lot of headaches and make the eradication process much better and faster.

In this article we will discuss some home methods of reducing and removing bed bugs from your bedroom. Specifically we will cover tips on the importance of cleaning up you house, thorough vacuuming of the infected area, and caulking or sealing all openings in the room.

After reading this article, you should be able to contact an exterminator with confidence knowing you have prepared the area for the efficient killing of all the bed bugs in your home.

The first important natural method of reducing the bed bug problem is to give your home a good cleaning and straightening up. By removing as much clutter and mess as possible, you will reduce the places for the bed bugs to hide.

Bed bugs can hide in any small crack or opening. That includes under clothing that is discarded on the floor of the bedroom or other items that are laying about.

By doing a general cleanup of the area, you will reduce the amount of places where the bed bugs will hide. They are a nocturnal creature and will only come out to feed on your blood during the dark of the night. This requires that they have a safe place to hide during the day for laying eggs.

You do not want to remove items from a badly infected area. The safest way to handle clothes and bedding is to seal them tightly in a plastic bag. After the bag is sealed, it may be removed from the area. Clothing and bedding should be washed thoroughly in the hottest water available. Bed bugs cannot stand temperatures over 113 degrees F. and washing in very hot water will kill and remove them from your clothes.

Once you have cleaned and straightened your home as much as possible, you are ready to move on to the next item, vacuuming the area thoroughly.

Another natural remedy for getting rid of bed bugs is to vacuum the infected area as carefully and thoroughly as possible.

Vacuuming will pull some of the bed bugs out of the cracks and crevices of the room. This will not remove all the bugs but will go a long way toward reducing the amount of insects left to kill.

Vacuum the mattress very carefully. Use a wand tool and slowly cover all the seams and folds in the mattress. You need to suck out each seam and fold on all sides of the mattress to remove any bed bugs that are hiding. If the mattress is worn and torn, now would be a real good time to consider a replacement after the bed bug problem is eliminated.

You also should carefully vacuum along the base boards and around any electrical outlets in the room. Be sure to suck out any small cracks in the walls and areas where pipes go through the walls. You should also empty out the drawers of the dresser or storage cabinet and vacuum all the internal areas of any furniture in the room. Disassemble any furniture as much as possible and vacuum it completely

Once you have vacuumed everything you can in the affected area, you are ready to do some sealing of openings.

Bed bugs will hide in any small opening in the walls or other areas of the room. If possible, you should seal any cracks or other small places that the insects can crawl into

Since bed bugs prefer to feed at night, they need a safe dark area to breed and rest between meals of blood. The larva will molt their exoskeleton after a blood meal. This requires a hidden area that is not always in the bed but could be several feet away.

Most rooms are fitted with a base molding around the floor to wall junction. There is always a small space where the molding is not tight against the wall. You can seal this joint with a light application of silicone or other caulking material. The object is to deny to small bugs any way to crawl down behind the molding.

Another area that should be sealed is around the electrical outlets. The cover plate will offer a safe haven for bed bugs. Again, a light bead of sealing material around the outlet will help control the bed bug problem. Also, seal and openings around pipes or small cracks in the walls and ceiling.

You may want to check with your exterminator or read the instructions on any chemicals before sealing the area. By treating the cracks and crevices with a long term killing agent before sealing, you can increase the effectiveness of the sealing.

Once you have completed these three steps, it will help you with the final treatment of getting rid of bed bugs. Natural remedies are not completely effective but will help the over all success a great deal.

Now that you understand the importance of preparing the area you will probably approach it in a whole new light.

Natural remedies for getting rid of bed bugs include a complete and thorough cleaning of the area, vacuuming all beds, furniture, and openings, and sealing all small cracks and crevices to deny the bed bugs a place to hide.

So put this information to use and you will be a big step ahead of solving your annoying bed bug problem.

If you are trying to get rid of bed bugs in your home, these natural methods will save you a lot of headaches and make the eradication process much better and faster.