Do you wake up in the morning to find that your body is covered with nasty little welts all over? Do you have very “itchy” nights, often wondering how there are mosquitoes in your room even though you have a mosquito? Is it extremely difficult to sleep peacefully in your bed without the constant sensation of something tickling your neck?
If your answer to any of these questions is YES then you have a much bigger problem than mosquitoes. Your mattress is probably infested with bed bugs. These creatures are, and have always been the worst nightmare for any home owner. The downside is that these bugs are extremely small and can hardly be seen. Hence, making them very hard to catch and kill. Also, most of them are highly resistant to the sprays commonly used to kill other household pests.
Calling an exterminator is a good solution, however, that may be rather time consuming and expensive as well. Fortunately, you don’t need to spend an entire weekend at home maxing out your credit card while the exterminator works on it. With these simple and easy tips, you can play the exterminator yourself and get rid of these nosy creatures in the comfort of your home.
Home Remedies For Pesky Bed Bugs
Rubbing alcohol, known in most pharmacies as Isopropyl Alcohol is one extremely easy solution that can be used. It also works extremely well as bed bugs react instantly to it. The best way to use it would be to put it in a flask and then spray it all over the bed. Get a tight funnel so that the spray comes out in very tiny droplets. This will ensure that the alcohol seeps into the mattress well killing all the little pests.
Lavender is another substance that bed bugs cannot stand. Something about the sweet smell of lavender has the effect of sending these disgusting creatures scurrying away for safety.
You can use it in oil form by rubbing it on the mattress and on the floor around the bed. Dried lavender can also be stitched up into tiny satchels. These satchels will give out the scent for at least two weeks which should be enough to get rid of the bugs.
Steam is another method although it has only limited usage. This method can be used only for thin mattresses or in cases where the penetration of the bugs is not more than one inch. In such cases though, this is the simplest and easiest way. A small steam cleaner will be needed. Once you have it, you can make full use of it to clean up your mattress and make it bed bug free!
This is a certain type of soil. It is basically composed of the fossilized remains of single celled algae. It is available in certain stores. When bought, it is in the form of a very fine powder. However, if you look at it under a microscope, the particles have very sharp edges. Sprinkle the powder in all the areas that are infested with the bed bugs.
Care should be taken to ensure that enough is bought and sprinkled as inadequate quantity will not produce the required effect. Once it is sprinkled, leave it for about a couple of days. The bed bugs will crawl over the tiny particles and eventually get cut and bleed to death. Once that happens, they will stop biting you. And as for you, peaceful nights of sleep are back again! Happy Dreaming!
A clothes dryer that produces a minimum of 150 degrees temperature can be extremely useful in killing these annoying creatures. The problem is, it cannot be used to kill the ones that live in mattresses as a mattress will definitely be too big. However, this method can be used for smaller objects suffering an infestation. These may include furry footwear, soft dolls or even bags. The high temperatures are a sure shot way to kill them as heat affects them the most.
If you have the patience and the ability to take the effort, then a hair dryer may be used on the mattress. Keep running the hair dryer on a high temperature on each area of infestation for about 20 minutes each. Eventually, the heat should kill them all.