A clean home can still be infested with bed bugs. Bed bugs always travel and if they feed on human blood and carbon monoxide produced by humans ,they will stay and the worst of it is they multiply. Frequent washing of infested linens can reduce their number there is still a potential risk that they are not totally eliminated due to their flat body. Bed bugs are hardly seen by the naked eye. They can squeeze themselves into mattresses, furniture or wall cracks. Your spraying for bed bugs, that's the only way to get rid of them.
While bed bugs do not cause disease, their itchy bites can cause serious skin irritation. In some worst cases, it can cause anaphylactic shock. This is a life-threatening allergic reaction. So if you suspect some bed bugs under your mattress Jor on the couch, learn how to get rid of bed bugs using simple cleaning chemicals found in your home. Here are some do-it-yourself remedies to treat bed bugs:
Use Extreme Heat or Extreme Cold
Bed bugs can be killed at hot temperatures above 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Wash your clothes and beddings at the highest temperature setting of your laundry machine. Non-washable items may be placed in an extremely cold environment like the freezer. Place them in a plastic bag and shake them off to remove bed bugs and eggs.
Diatomaceous earth is a naturally occurring sand. It is chemical-free and it is mainly from fossils of aquatic organisms. It is rough that it will feel sharp on bed bugs shredding them into pieces. However, do not use the food-grade type instead, use the pest control type of D.E. due to its arsenic and lead. Pest control grade should be kept out of children’s reach, as ingestion can cause poisoning.
To use, sprinkle it on the bug-infested area after you have washed your linens in hot water. Leave it for two days and vacuum the area to collect the powder and dead bed bugs.
Borax is a common household substance to kill bed bugs. Use it when washing infested sheets or linens To use, sprinkle borax over the affected area. Leave it for at least 24 hours then vacuum as needed. It is recommended to use a finer type of borax as this eliminates the bugs more effectively compared with the coarser type.
Hydrogen Peroxide can be used to spray the bed bugs. Although some studies say that rubbing alcohol is a stronger contact spray than this type of chemical.
Rubbing alcohol is a good spray to kill bed bugs including larvae and eggs. Spray alcohol on surfaces as well as hiding places for bed bugs. Use it with caution since it is pure and highly flammable in high concentrations.
Bleach may be used as a contact spray to kill bedbugs. Just use it with caution as it leaves a stain because it is a very strong cleaning chemical.
Vinegar works better when used in conjunction with other home remedies such as diatomaceous earth. It can kill bed bugs but it can get rid of the larvae. Spray it on furniture, floor, and wall cracks where bed bugs can possibly stay and hide.
Lavender and Peppermint Oil
The scent of lavender and peppermint drives away bed bugs. These oils when diluted to make a spray can get rid of larvae and its smell can repel bed bugs.
These home remedies can be your first line of defense once you see signs of bed bugs in your house such as insect bites on your skin and small blood stains on your linens. Once you see any of these signs, treat it right away. Clean and vacuum all possible places where they could hide to avoid any further spread.