Bed bugs are nocturnal insects, who can give you sleepless nights. They are common in warm areas and feed on blood. So, it’s very important to get rid of them before they infest all your furniture and mattresses.
Bed bugs typically hide in mattresses, bed covers, etc. during daytime and they crawl out to feed during nights. Therefore, dealing with is actually get quite annoying. Before calling for professional help to get rid of these nocturnal creatures, you might want to have a look at this.
These are pretty hideous creatures and you won’t know about them, unless, they are all over the place. So, first you must identify them. Basically, you need a high powered flashlight. Inspect everything closely to look for signs. Strip your furniture one by one to see their signs. You might find small blood specks on the mattresses or if you are careful enough, you will spot the small critters running due to the movement, you created. Once you are sure that its bed bugs, you are dealing with, you can start the prevention.
Here’s how to combat the crazy critters.
Start with vacuuming everything. It wouldn’t get all the bugs, but it surely gets some of them. Using the crevice tool, properly vacuum the upholstered furniture, mattresses, carpets, curtains, etc.
Wash everything that is washable in hot water. I’d suggest putting bed sheets, cushions, soft toys, etc. directly in boiling water and then, wash them. This might not work for the mattresses or the bigger things; so, follow the next step for them.
Direct sunlight helps in getting rid of them, if the weather favors you. Remember that they can handle heat; therefore, we are talking about really high temperature to kill them. Think 60 to 80 degrees. Put your mattresses in direct sunlight, preferably on your terrace or backyard, where there’s maximum sunlight.
Even after doing all this, the bed bugs won’t be completely gone coz they are pretty stubborn. Put all the clothing in dryer. Such dry heat is quite effective and would definitely kill them.
5. Natural Insecticide
Use any natural insecticide, which is safe for kids and pets. There are many bed bug prevention sprays and powders, available in the market. Don’t go for DDT powder as it is related with cancer and that’s not a risk, worth taking.
6. Cinnamon Oil/Lavender Oil
There are some homemade remedies that are effective on bed bugs, so, you might want to give them a try. Cinnamon oil is known to kill them. They’d actually explode at the very contact; therefore, you can fill the cinnamon oil in a spray bottle for a very effective bed-bug killer.
Then, there’s Lavender oil, which the bed bugs can’t handle. They don’t like the smell of it. So, a lavender oil spray might also work. As an upside, the lavender oil actually smells good, thus, you can enjoy its fragrance while the bedbugs are getting bugged by it.
7. Professional Help
After using all these measures, if you still feel that you can’t get rid of them, you may take professional help. Consult a professional exterminator to find more ways of keeping them at bay.
Always remember that prevention is better than cure, consequently, be vigilant with your furniture and upholstery. Don’t bring any used stuff to the house before proper inspection. Regularly wash and change your bed sheets, covers etc. Hope the article will aid you to get a bug-free life!