“Help! I need to know to how to get rid of bed bugs!”
Do you wake up with bites every morning or continuously itch all day? Or perhaps you can’t even sleep because you’re so scared of getting bitten? I’ve been there! If you’re like me, you probably daydream about the day that you’ll be able to sleep in peace again, when you will no longer itch or be continually scared of getting in bed. With that in mind, here’s a brief synopsis of how to get rid of bed bugs…
photo credit: Ariel GrimmFirst of all, bed bugs are not easy to get rid of. You need to understand that the more effort you put into getting rid of bed bugs, the more likely you will be successful. We know and have talked to or helped many people take what they consider to be drastic measures (e.g., moving to a new apartment or house or spending a lot of money on an exterminator), only to find a few weeks later that they either brought bed bugs with them to their new home or else failed to destroy all of the eggs in their current home. I tried that, and it didn’t work! Don’t be one of those unfortunate people!
Get rid of bed bugs and get rid of them for good!
There are numerous possible solutions for bed bugs, but some are definitely more likely than others to be successful. I see so many websites touting certain products, but I doubt they’ve actually ever tested or used those products. Here are 3 solutions I’ve had success with, as well as tips from my experiences with the horrors of bed bugs. You can click on any of the links below to read more about particular methods, and if you’re in a hurry, you can skip to the bottom and find the 2 solutions that we have found to be most successful for the largest number of people.
Home Remedies that Work. There are several things you can do at home to fight bed bugs, but our experience, you absolutely must use several of these methods in conjunction with each other. You can start by first performing a few very simple tasks, including vacuuming infested areas and thoroughly washing and/or dry cleaning your clothes and bedding many times. These simple and easy actions will help ameliorate an infestation, but you will need to do a lot more to actually get rid of all bed bugs permanently.
By far, the remedy that is the most effective (and which is used by most professional exterminators) is a dry steamer. With a dry steamer, you can safely steam your mattress, box springs, and any carpet or other fabric or wooden items in your home. Doing so kills all of the bed bugs in such areas and also destroys their eggs, which is the biggest benefit of using a dry steamer. You can either rent or buy a dry steamer (we actually recommend buying, as you’ll probably need to use it more than once, which means you’d need to rent it multiple times). If you’re looking for a good dry steamer, try the Vapamore MR-100, which is the product that I ended up buying and using with great success.
There are also several other options that we encourage you to read about in the Home Remedies for Bed Bugs section of our site. Briefly, such remedies include getting a bed bug mattress cover, using rubbing alcohol or diatomaceous earth in infected areas, using extremely hot or cold temperatures to treat infected items, or discarding infected items. In particular, we highly recommend the use of diatomaceous earth. This product is very safe, and can be sprinkled pretty much everywhere inside your home. The benefit is that it lasts for a long time, meaning that any bed bugs you don’t kill in your first couple treatments will likely be killed at a later time by the remaining diatomaceous earth.
Remember that these methods need not all be used independently of one another. Our best suggestions would be to dry steam your entire home, use a bed bug mattress cover, and then sprinkle diatomaceous earth throughout your home.
Bed Bug Spray. If you’ve looked around the internet at all, you’ve certainly seen many different types of chemicals and sprays being advertised to get rid of bed bugs, so we feel like we should address this topic separately. Below is what I’ve discovered about these chemicals and sprays. If you want a more in-depth review, please visit the bed bug spray section of our site.
First of all, you may have seen that there are various non-pesticide, “all-natural” products on the market. We love eating organically and using chemical-free cleaning products in general, but, unfortunately, the bed bugs also like the pesticide-free products. I found that a few bed bugs died, but my infestation remained.
On the other hand, pesticides do work, albeit to varying degrees. Part of the problem is that bed bugs are actually developing immunity to some of the chemicals in the sprays. Moreover, spraying will not destroy bed bug eggs, so you’ll need to keep spraying for weeks or months. That said, bed bug sprays and pesticides are certainly the cheapest place to begin, although they may not necessarily solve your problem forever.
Bed Bug Exterminators. Some of the most successful treatments are carried out by professionals. Unfortunately, this route is also the most expensive. With that in mind, if you have a serious infestation, then it might be in your best interest to spend the money up front instead of suffering for months while you test out less expensive methods.
If you do decide to hire an exterminator, please visit the bed bug extermination section of our website first. Among other questions that you should ask a potential exterminator are how many treatments will be required and included in the price, what types of extermination they will use, what type of insurance they carry, and what preparations will need to be made on your part. It is also very important to check with any exterminator that you hire before you undertake any other home remedies, as there are many home remedies that will actually interfere with or hinder the success of an exterminator’s measures.
A Bed Bug-Free World
Above all else, if you know that you have bed bugs, please take action as soon as possible, since the problem will only get worse, no matter how bad or not bad you think it is right now. Bed bugs do not just go away, and the longer you wait, the harder it will be to completely eradicate them.
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