How do i get rid of bed bugs?

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Question by Cat:
How do i get rid of bed bugs?

In my home we have 3 beds,( me my brother and my mom) we have a bed bug problem and we don’t know how to get rid of them. I need to find a way to get rid of them without chemicals, bug “bombs”, or pesticides. Any suggestions?

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Answer by gardenoflia
You have to wash everything with very hot water, and sudsy detergent, like ivory. Add some vinegar or ammonia to wash water. Then go between bed slats, behind headboard, picture frames, night-stand, bedspread, and scour every inch for bedbugs. You have to kill every last one of them! Putting bedclothes out in sunlight (UV) will also help kill the little buggers.

Saw some natural, non-toxic products for sale to get rid of bedbugs when I did a yahoo search. Good luck!

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joshua m February 12, 2011 at 8:08 pm

I agree with gardenoflia to an extent… while cleaning will help, IT”S NOT the solution. You see bed bugs don’t really care whether you live in a messy dorm room or in Mr. Clean’s mansion in Beverly Hills, because all they really care about is your blood.

Yup, your blood is the only thing bed bugs are interested in.

Because bed bugs are so small and can fit into tiny-tiny places, it’s possible they’ve already infested your mattress and box spring. And if that’s the case, you have two choices… one is to replace all your mattresses and box springs, which can be very expensive and I recommend as a last resort. Or you could buy a mattress and box spring cover set to suffocate the bed bugs living within it.

To really answer this question would take more time than I’ve got right now, as I’ve got a few more questions to answer and then I’m heading out the door.

Moreover, I’ve created a resource of information for eliminating bed bug infestations — it’s more of a step by step guide really. But, if you’re serious about getting rid of your bed bug infestation I’ve created a free video at my website which will explain even more…


Jeff G February 12, 2011 at 8:21 pm

There are many home remedies for bed bugs. The problem is that they will take a long time to eliminate a bed bug population, if at all. That said, with some hard work it is possible.

1.Use your vacuum, washing machine, dryer and hand steamer are three of the best weapons against bed bugs.

– Wash anything you can in hot water followed by 20 to 30 minutes in the dryer.
– Items that can’t be washed, just place in the dryer (all on high heat) for 30 minutes. Great for stuffed animals, sneakers etc.
– Use the vacuum crevice tool to pick up bed bugs along seams of the mattress. Do the same with the box spring. Also go over areas with the steamer. A great trick is to hold a hair dryer on the how air/high heat setting for 30 seconds on each part of the mattress and box spring. This will cause bed bugs to run away, so be fast with a rag or vacuum.
– Go over all seams and tufts on the mattress and box spring with a hand steamer. Steam reaches the required 113F to kill bed bugs and bed bug eggs. Also steam cracks, crevices, baseboards, inside and around furniture, under drawers etc. Be sure to treat the inside of the box spring as well (remove the covering cloth).

2. Use packing tape to pick up bed bug eggs.

3. Place small tines filled with a thin layer of mineral oil under each bed leg.

4. Keep bed at least 6 inches from the wall and blankets off the floor.

5. Wear more clothing to bed to protect more skin area. Wear socks etc.

6. I’d strong suggest buying a natural/organic spray such as Bug Patrol (see resource 1). This spray will kill bed bugs and bed bug eggs. It is made from plant extracts and is 100% safe.

7. Buy diatomaceious earth (also called bed bug dust or fossil dust) in a local gardening store or from the link in the resrouce. Apply with a duster in cracks and crevices. You can also seal cracks and crevices to avoid bed bugs moving from apartment to apartment.

8. Purchase a bed bug trap and place one under each bed leg.

Detailed instructions are in the resource.


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