Bedbugs: How to Get Rid of Them for Good

10 February, 2020
Because bedbugs can't survive high temperatures, putting your mattress and sheet ins the sun or steam cleaning them could help get rid of the pests once and for all.
 

Bedbugs are small insects that feed on the blood of both humans and domestic animals and are often difficult to see at first glance. One of their preferred places to live home is beds, where they find a warm environment and food they need to survive.

They need to be dealt with appropriately because not only do they cause painful itching on the skin, they can also increase your risk for contracting various diseases.

Throwing away the infected items would be the most effective solution, but for obvious reasons, this is not the most ideal. The good news is that there are several home remedies to solve this problem and return to a clean and healthy bed.

Steam

Steaming is one of the simplest and most effective home remedies that you can use to completely eliminate them, as bedbugs cannot tolerate high temperatures.

An effective option is to apply hot steam (120° F or greater) to the mattress, sheets, clothing, curtains and other elements in the bedroom.

Vacuuming

Vacuuming is one of the most popular methods for eradicating all types of insects and mites because it gets into cracks and gaps where bedbugs hide.

vacuum
 

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The sun

The elevated temperatures in the sun can help eliminate these hidden vermin in the mattress, sheets, and blankets. 

Prolonged sun exposure can give you temperatures high enough to kill the bedbugs because they are very sensitive to heat.

Mint

Mint essential oil releases an odor that repels small insects. The strong aromas are very bothersome for the bugs, so they’ll move to avoid the smells.

This home remedy is ideal for repelling bedbugs from the bedroom, garden, and pets. Another excellent option is a lavender essential oil which has a similar effect.

Cloves

Cloves are a spice with a strong smell that can repel almost any type of insect. In general, it’s used in the garden to repel ants, but it can also be used to eliminate annoying and dangerous bedbugs.

A teaspoon of cloves.

Rubbing alcohol

These insects cannot tolerate acidic environments, which makes rubbing alcohol (also known as isopropanol) an effective remedy. To use it, just put this product in a spray bottle and spray all over the bed and any place you suspect they may be hidden.

 

However, please note that for it to work properly, you must repeat the spraying every week.

Also, after applying the product, you’ll need to let the mattress and bedding air out to keep the alcohol smell from permeating the material.

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A few more tips to get rid of bedbugs

  • Don’t place the bed next to the wall or other furniture. You should never leave bedding on the floor.
  • If you have pets, keep them out of the bedroom and bathe them often.
  • Regularly check the legs of the bed and other furniture for insects, as this is where they often hide.
  • Finally, regularly clean and disinfect your bedroom to avoid plagues. It’s important to clean each space and to change the bedding at least twice a month.
 
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