5 Natural Methods for Killing Bed Bugs

Although it was previously thought that bed bugs had been eradicated decades ago, many cities all over the Western world have experienced a surge in bed bug infestations. With the increasing amount of bed bug infestations around the globe it is a near certainty that we will all have to deal with them at some point in the future.

When your goal is killing bed bugs you want to choose a method that is in line with how you live your life. If you prefer natural and organic treatments for your home and your family then you probably want to find a natural method for getting the bed bugs out of your home.

It is important to note that none of these methods for killing bed bugs will get rid of them alone. You will need to use at least several different methods together in order to get rid of live bugs and eggs as well.

Extreme Temperatures

Most people are well aware of the fact that extremely hot temperatures are effective for killing bed bugs. As long as the temperature is at least 120° F you can kill any live bed bugs.

This means when you wash your bedding, clothing, toys and pillows that you should choose a high heat that will effectively kill bed bugs. The same is true when you dry any items infected by bed bugs. Using a steam vacuum or iron on mattresses and box springs is another effective way to kill bed bugs.

The lesser known method for killing bed bugs however is extreme cold. Extreme cold, while effective, is a much longer process than extreme heat. Freezing temperatures–32° F or below—take about a week or two to kill bed bugs effectively, which is why heat is the most commonly used method.

Tea Tree Oil

Natural methods to kill bed bugs are difficult to come by but so necessary because pesticides and insecticides cannot be used in areas where your skin comes in contact. So where does that leave infested areas like your bed and sofa? That’s where tea tree oil comes in.

Place tea tree oil and water into a spray bottle and use it to lightly mist your mattress, box spring, pillows and upholstered furniture. You can mist it anywhere that bed bugs have been spotted but especially on locations where your skin touches the infected surfaces.

After cleaning, scrubbing and vacuuming, tea tree oil will help you kill all bed bugs in your home.

All Natural Insecticides

One of the reasons that people have such difficulty killing bed bugs is because they can develop immunity to professional grade pesticides and insecticides. This is unfortunate because you will need to use more to kill the bugs, which means you and your family are coming in contact with higher levels of these chemicals.

There are however, all-natural insecticides that you can use safely until you have killed all bed bugs in your home. While it is true that bed bugs can build up an immunity to all natural insecticides, you can use them over and over again to kill bed bugs and their eggs without harming your family or pets.

Clean Thoroughly

The first step to killing bed bugs in your home once you have identified them is to clean your home thoroughly. This means vacuuming all floors and corners and using an extension to get into sofas cushions, cracks and wall crevices. Then you will have to scrub and clean walls, light and power fixtures, drawers and bedding.

Although bed bugs are not attracted to filth, thoroughly cleaning your home will help you locate and get rid of bed bugs, eggs and any leftover fecal matter. You can choose all natural cleaning products to make sure you are not using harmful chemicals to kill bed bugs.

Suffocation

Once your home has been cleaned thoroughly you can kill any remaining bed bugs by suffocating them using encasements and large plastic bags. Take all the clean items that can be placed in bags or encasements and cover them completely, making sure there is no way for live bugs to escape.

By depriving the bed bugs of oxygen you are depriving them of life, so after a few weeks you can be certain that you have completely eliminated your bed bug infestation. The other benefit of this natural method of killing bed bugs is that you don’t have to get rid of your furniture and clothing.

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