Bed Bugs Home Remedy

Bed Bugs Home Remedy

By Mark | Bed Bugs

Disclaimer: This post contains no magic bed bugs home remedy that you can pay $5 for and which will kill any bed bug in your home within 24 hours. Sorry.

What I will give you is a frank and honest assessment of a few different bed bugs home remedies and whether they work or not. I like to put the humorous disclaimer at the top to make my most important point, however: getting rid of bed bugs is not easy, and no matter what treatment solution(s) you use, you’re going to need to work at it. All I can tell you is that the effort is worth it in the end.

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What Kills Bed Bugs and Their Eggs

What Kills Bed Bugs and Their Eggs?

By Mark | Bed Bugs , Getting Rid of Bed Bugs

If you’ve read many of the posts on this site, then you know I’m pretty devoted to helping people figure out what kills bed bugs and their eggs. To that end, I not only actively help people I know, but I also go out and read what other people are finding that works, and what other people are recommending. And you know what?…

There is a HUGE disconnect between what kills bed bugs and their eggs and what people are recommending, particularly on internet sites.

Now, don’t get me completely wrong. There are some very good sites out there that offer some truthful and accurate information (and I like to think that KillAllBedBugs is one of those sites). If you search hard enough, you’ll definitely come across some sites that will recommend solutions and treatment methods that actually work. In the process, however, you’ll also find many hundreds of sites that are simply trying to sell you the latest bed bug spray.

I’ve done so in other posts, but what I thought I’d do today is to give you the most up-to-date information that we have on what you can use to kill bed bugs and their eggs.
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Bed Bug Symptoms

Bed Bug Symptoms

By Mark | Bed Bugs Symptoms

One of the worst things that can arise is you waking up and finding bites on your body. Suddenly all your fears of bed bugs return as you rack your brain for what bed bug symptoms are! Do you have bed bugs or not? How can you tell?

Well, let me help in this article – I’m going to list and describe in detail a bunch of the telltale signs that you are dealing with bed bugs so that you can accurately determine whether you need to start a treatment plan to kill them or go back to sleep. This can be a stressful situation, so try to stay calm and read the list of bed bug signs objectively. I’ve known many people to think they have bed bugs based on 1 or 2 bites and to then go overboard and start buying sprays and throwing their stuff away.

While you definitely want to start getting rid of bed bugs as soon as you have them, you also need to accurately determine whether you have bed bugs or not! So, let’s begin.

First off, there are various bed bug symptoms. Some of them are obvious, like bites or seeing bed bugs in your home. Others are less obviously, such as the odor and stains that bed bugs can leave. Below are some of these common symptoms of bed bugs below to help you identify whether you have bed bugs or not.

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what are bed bugs?

What Are Bed Bugs?

By Mark | Bed Bug Information

You’ve probably heard of the phrase, “don’t let the bed bugs bite,” and dismissed it as one of those silly things that’s said to kids. But bed bugs are real insects, and they do come out and bite you at night. In this post, I’ll answer the questions, what are bed bugs as well as explain how you can determine whether you have bed bugs or not, how to prevent bed bugs from getting into your home, and most importantly, how to get rid of bed bugs when you get them.

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Bed Bug Bites

Bed Bug Bites

By Mark | Bed Bugs Symptoms

Do bed bugs bite?

“Good Night, Sleep Tight, Don’t let…” We all know what’s coming, but I think that most of us, as we grew up, thought that the rhyme was just a cute children’s tale. Personally, we were very disappointed to learn that it’s true. If you have time, feel free to read our article on what are bed bugs. As briefly as possible, bed bugs do exist and they do bite. Keep reading for more information on bed bug bites.

What do bed bug bites look like?


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There is no question that we’re asked more often than What do Bed Bug Bites Look Like? Unfortunately, this is a very hard question to answer, as the appearance of bed bug bites can vary from person to person. On some people, it may look like a rash. On others, raised bumps. And on the very lucky few (approximately 20% of the population), there will be no reaction at all. What’s more, even if there are visible signs of bed bug bites, they don’t always have to itch – they may be painful instead.

The most common appearances of bed bug bites is the “breakfast, lunch, dinner” bite. This is the name commonly given to a row of 3 raised bumps, typically on your arm or leg, but in some cases on your torso. The bites are usually in a row of three (sometimes just 2) because the bed bug literally dined on you 3 times. This is often the case because people tend to move while sleeping, and by moving, the bed bug’s feeding is disturbed and must resume in a nearby location. Another visible tell-tale sign of a bed bug bite is that the bump will often have two puncture marks. Bed bugs are supposed to make 2 punctures when they bite you: one to inject you with a numbing agent so you don’t feel them sucking up your blood and one to suck up your blood through. However, the 2 puncture marks will not be visible on everyone.

As you may have inferred, there are more common and less common types of bed bug bites, but there really is no typical bite. If you really think you might have bed bugs, head over to our bed bugs signs page and use some of the methods described in order to figure out if you have a problem.

Note – most people that think they have bed bug bites end up discovering it was from another insect or else an allergic reaction to something.

How long does it take for bed bug bites to show up?

For some people, the bites can appear immediately and start itching. But for others, it can take up to 9 days before appearances of the bites are noticed. So, unfortunately, that leads to a lot of mistakes about where the bites came from. People who have been traveling for several weeks may blame one hotel for the bed bugs when they actually came from a hotel stay several days ago.

Unfortunately, the best indicator of whether you actually have been bitten by a bed bug is seeing the bed bugs.

What to do if you think you have bed bug bites?

As I explain below, bed bug bites are not dangerous, but if you think you got them at home, then you must take measures to ensure you don’t have a bed bug infestation.

Here are a few steps you should take immediately at home:

  1. Carefully lift up the sheets and check your mattress.
  2. Check your mattress for any signs of bed bugs – this can be seeing bed bugs themselves or seeing reddish-black spots that they leave.

  3. Wash your bed clothes.
  4. Use very hot water to wash your sheets carefully.
    wash clothes to prevent bed bug bites

  5. Buy a device like a Climbup Detector to see if you can catch bed bugs.
  6. One of the hardest things is to actually determine whether you have bed bugs – this is especially difficult at the beginning of an infestation. A bed bug catcher device can help with this.

If you’re at a hotel and suspect you have bed bugs in your room, then do the following:

  1. Move your belongings into the bathroom away from the bed.
  2. You really don’t want bed bugs to infest your stuff, so move it away from the bed where the bed bugs are usually located. If there’s a dry bath tub, then place your luggage in that. If not, then place it on bathroom tiles.

  3. Lift up the sheets and check the mattress.
  4. Again, just carefully lift up the sheets and check the mattress for signs of bed bugs – for a larger infestation, you may see creamy eggs (1mm long) laid by bed bugs in the corners of the mattress. Check the seams and under the edge of the mattress for dark or red spots that are signs of defecation by the bugs.

  5. Ask to change rooms.
  6. If you see any signs of bed bugs, call down to reception and ask if you can change rooms. Check the new room before you move your belongings.

  7. Clean your belongings when you get home.
  8. To prevent bed bugs coming back into your home with you from your trip, place your luggage into a plastic bag and carefully remove the clothes and wash them in hot water. Also dry them in a hot dryer as the high temperatures can kill bed bugs. If your luggage has hard covers, then wipe them down with rubbing alcohol to remove any eggs. For seams, you might want to spray them with some rubbing alcohol. Placing your suitcase into a large freezer for 1 week is another way of ensuring you kill any bed bugs or their eggs that might be on it.

  9. Throw away your belongings as a last resort.
  10. No one wants to have to throw away our stuff. But sometimes it may be the best course of action especially if you can’t clean it or if you know they are definitely infested. It may often be cheaper in the long run and mentally less stressful just to throw items away. When you’re throwing items away, make sure to carefully mark them as being infested by bed bugs so that unsuspecting passer-bys don’t pick them up.

We hope you don’t get bed bugs, but if you do have them then definitely take the infestation seriously. Take immediate measures to kill bed bugs – see the section below for more on that.

Are bed bug bites dangerous?

Although bed bug bites are disgusting and most certainly annoying, they are generally not dangerous. Bed bugs, unlike some insects such as mosquitos, are not known to transmit any diseases. However, a very small percentage of the population is seriously allergic to their numbing agent. In those very few people, anaphylaxis can result, which is potentially life-threatening. Read our bed bug allergy post to learn more.

For most people the only real danger of bed bug bites arises when you start itching them. Continuous scratching can cause blisters and possibly infections. Therefore, if you do have itchy bed bug bites, you should treat them early to prevent any future complications.

How to treat bed bug bites:

Bed bug bites can be treated in many ways. Over the counter medications, such as hydrocortisone cream and calamine lotion, can ease the itching. If you prefer home remedies, then try applying a paste made from baking soda and water on the bites after washing the bites with soap and water. Leave the paste on until it’s completely dry before washing it off. Check out our post on bed bug bites treatment for more information.

How to prevent bed bug bites:

In the end, if you have bed bug bites, then the question you’ll really start asking yourself is “how can I get rid of the bed bugs that bite me all the time?” We’ve got a whole page on how to get rid of bed bugs that I strongly encourage you to read. Above all else, pay attention to the beginning and end of that article, from which you should take away 2 primary points:

  1. You need to put together an overall strategy that should involve several different particular ways to kill bed bugs. If you try only one way (spray, vacuum, dry steamer, etc.), then you will almost certainly fail. Bed bugs are far too resilient and devious. (OK – they’re not really devious, but you’ll feel like they are).
  2. The 2 best things you can buy are a dry steamer and diatomaceous earth. The dry steamer will ensure that you are able to kill not only the live bed bugs but also their eggs. The diatomaceous earth will help kill any bed bugs that survive your first couple treatments, as it will stay around for a while.

Dry Steamer Vapamore

Getting rid of bed bugs is not a cheap procedure. It can be very time and labor intensive to do all the cleaning that’s involved. The dry steamer is also not cheap – around $300 for the Vapamore system that we recommend. However, it is much better to spend the money, time, and energy at the beginning of an infestation and to get rid of bed bugs properly because it’ll save you way more hassle and money down the road. If your infestation grows, then you may have to call in a professional to deal with it, and that’ll cost you way more money!

You can read a lot of other sites on the web, but if all they seem to be doing is selling you a spray or telling you that you can get rid of bed bugs simply by vacuuming and washing all your stuff, then they’re duping you. (You should definitely use vacuuming and washing as part of your strategy, but they’re NEVER enough).

How to kill bed bugs

How to Kill Bed Bugs – 10 Effective Methods

By Mark | Getting Rid of Bed Bugs

If you have bed bugs in your home right now, then your first thought is probably “how can I kill all of the bed bugs.” And when you first start reading about these creatures, it may seem like they are impossible to kill – they can survive for over a year without feeding and can sustain fairly high and low temperatures without dying.

But, rest assured, there are ways to get rid of them, and below I’ve detailed 10 ways to kill bed bugs. (If you truly want to know how to kill bed bugs, follow multiple of these ways.)
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Bed Bug Bully - Bed Bug Spray Review

Bed Bug Bully Review – Why We Don’t Recommend It!

By Mark | Bed Bug Product Reviews

WARNING – Please read this Bed Bug Bully review in full. We have recently updated this review to not recommend Bed Bug Bully anymore. So, please read to the end of this article to find out the much more effective methods of killing bed bugs that recommend. Note that we are not affiliated with any of the companies mentioned on this page.

What is Bed Bug Bully

Bed Bug Bully is one of the most popular bed bug sprays on the market and claims to be 100% “naturally-derived” and “green”. Most people that like using Bed Bug Bully say it doesn’t have a very strong chemical smell, and that’s because most of the ingredients in the solution are actually essential oils (like mint and citronella) – see the ingredients list below.

However, while we recommended this product in the past as a good bed bug spray, we have now withdrawn our recommendation as we don’t believe it is very effective at killing bed bugs.

bed bug bully review

Ingredients in Bed Bug Bully

Active ingredients in Bed Bug Bully:
Mint Oil 0.25 %
Clove Oil 0.30%
Citronella Oil 0.40%
Rosemary Oil 0.40%

Inert Ingredients in Bed Bug Bully: Water, polysorbate 20, dimethyl carbinol, benzoic acid

Our Bed Bug Bully Review

Our bed bug bully review is different from many that you see on the internet, mostly because it’s not a very positive review.

On the positive side, like most bed bug sprays, Bed Bug Bully is super easy to use – you just aim and spray. However, while it’s easy to use, it’s not very effective at killing bed bugs. If you take a look at the ingredients in the spray (see the section above), you’ll see why that’s the case.

While those ingredients are very safe to use around your home, pets, and children, and are considered “green,” those ingredients are unfortunately also not very effective at killing bed bugs. Bed bugs are some of the hardest bugs to eradicate, and so just spraying them with some essential oils won’t work.

Mint, clove, citronella, and rosemary essential oils have some chemical properties that make them effective at repelling insects in general (not just bed bugs) and also some chemical properties that are antibacterial and possibly toxic to insects, but the fact is simply that they’re not very toxic to any insects.

The other problem is that Bed Bug Bully is not very effective at killing bed bug eggs, which is essential if you need to get rid of bed bugs throughout your home. Bed bug eggs are notoriously difficult to find and to destroy, and if you can’t destroy all the bed bug eggs in your home, then new bed bugs will be born and your bed bug infestation won’t clear up.

So, the only way Bed Bug Bully can kill any bed bugs around your home is if you spray a ton of this stuff at them directly. This makes it a rather expensive and ineffective way of killing bed bugs. That’s why in this review, we are suggesting you don’t buy Bed Bug Bully and instead use some of the more effective methods of killing bed bugs we detail below.

Bed Bug Bully Review: Why We Don’t Recommend Bed Bug Bully Anymore?

While Bed Bug Bully does help many people still, many other people find that Bed Bug Bully do nothing for their bed bug problem. If you read the amazon reviews, you’ll find reviews like these ones are common:

“This product did nothing to help the problem.”

“This product is not very effective and also it has a very pungent smell that lingers for a very long time, in addition if your bed is white it will discolor the fabric.”

We couldn’t in good conscience continue to recommend a product that doesn’t work for so many people. So, if you want to give it a try, then go ahead, but we think your money is much better spent on utilizing methods that are proven to be much more effective. Keep reading and I’ll tell you about 3 methods in particular that can help you get rid of bed bugs in your home and prevent them from coming back!

Our Recommended Natural Bed Bug Spray

Our new recommended bed bug spray product is the Eco Defense one that you can purchase on Amazon here. It’s also made from safe ingredients that won’t harm your family. However, the reviews of the product suggest that it’s much more likely to work on your bed bug problem.

Unfortunately, we haven’t had access to the exact list of ingredients in Eco Defense. We assume the ingredients are similar to Bed Bug Bully but perhaps in greater concentrations so that it’s more effective at killing bed bugs. But as I describe below, we do not think you should rely on any bed bug spray to effectively deal with your bed bug situation – instead please follow the detailed bed bug treatment plan in the next section.

Bed Bug Spray - eco defense

A Harsher Bed Bug Spray To Consider

While the natural bed bug sprays don’t work as well, traditional pesticides do still work. For example, Steri Fab is still very effective against bed bugs and many people use it to treat their homes. However, there are dangerous chemicals in Steri Fab, so make sure to follow all instructions for use carefully.

Why No Bed Bug Spray Will Solve Your Problems

We often want to rely on bed bug sprays to get rid of bed bugs, but the fact is that most sprays are NOT very effective. You’ll need to spray a bunch of it around your home and even then the success rate is not very high. Our recommendation is to use bed bug sprays like the Eco Defense one in conjunction with other bed bug elimination methods like dry steamers and diatomaceous earth and mattress encasements.

Here’s the effective bed bug treatment plan we recommend you implement in addition to (or instead of using a bed bug spray):

  1. Vacuum
  2. Your first port of call should be to carefully vacuum all areas around your bed and throughout your house. Be careful how you dispose of the vacuum bag after you’ve cleaned your home – make sure to seal up the bag securely. Place it in another plastic bag and seal it tightly before putting it into the trash. Also, wash your vacuum cleaner to make sure no bed bugs or bed bug eggs breed in it. It’s also suggested that you keep the vacuum in a sealed bag when not using it to ensure no contamination occurs.

  3. Wash and Dry
  4. Use high temperatures to wash and dry your clothes and bed sheets. High temperatures can kill bed bugs, so make sure to use the highest settings on your washing machine and tumble dryer. However, also be careful to check that your clothes can be washed and dried at high temperatures as some clothes will shrink and colors may fade or run.

  5. Dry Steamer
  6. This is one of our favorite devices for getting rid of bed bugs. As mentioned above, high temperatures can help kill bed bugs and their eggs. A dry steamer produces very hot steam (small amounts of it) from the nozzles that are attached to the device (it sort of looks like a vacuum cleaner). When the hot steam is passed over bed bugs and the bed bug eggs, they are destroyed by the high temperature. A dry steamer should be used carefully (pets and kids should be kept away from the device). Furthermore, you might want to consider getting a respirator to use with it as the hot steam can cause some chemicals in your home to be released into the air.

    This device is safe to use on a variety of items that you can’t use other methods on. For example, you can’t wash your sofa in the washing machine, but you can use the dry steamer to go over it carefully. You can also use the dry steamer on wood floors as well as your mattress! If you have a major infestation, then there may be some bed bugs deep inside the mattress that the heat from the dry steamer may not kill. For those bed bugs, we recommend using the mattress encasement method to deal with them (see below).

    Dry Steamer Vapamore

  7. Diatomaceous Earth
  8. This is a white powder that is naturally produced from certain rocks. It kills bed bugs by dehydrating them when they walk over the powder. So to use this as a method of killing bed bugs, you will need to sprinkle it all around your home – especially under your bed, at the base of your furniture, and in the corners of your rooms.

    How To Get Rid of Bed Bugs - Diatomaceous Earth

  9. Mattress Encasement (Optional)
  10. To prevent bed bugs from returning to your home and invading your bed, get a mattress encasement to protect your mattress. This is a simple covering for your mattress that prevents bed bugs from entering it. You can also use it to save your mattress if you already have bed bugs – this simple device can keep the bed bugs locked into your mattress so that they die of starvation after around 1 year. You’ll need to make sure your mattress cover doesn’t get scratched and that the zipper on it doesn’t come open by accident. A similar device can be bought for your box springs – called a box spring encasement or cover.

    mattress encasement

    For more about those methods, check out our comprehensive article on how to get rid of bed bugs here.

    Conclusions on Bed Bug Bully

    While it’s tempting to buy a “natural” and “safe” product to use around your home to kill bed bugs, Bed Bug Bully is unfortunately not the answer you’ve been looking for. The natural ingredients unfortunately don’t do that much to bed bugs, and you are much better off spending your time and energy on other more effective methods (like getting a dry steamer and diatomaceous earth). I know there are plenty of other websites claiming that Bed Bug Bully is highly effective, so you might be tempted to give it a try. So, if you choose to buy it, please just remember to not rely on Bed Bug Bully to solve your bed bug problem completely – please also use some of the other methods mentioned above to ensure your bed bug problem doesn’t grow while you wait around for Bed Bug Bully to work.

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