There are tons of ways to get rid of bed bugs, but some of them are hazardous or expensive and some are simply just inhumane. Yet there are plenty of home remedies, as well as environmentally responsible professional methods, that are proven effective and have ridden households from bed bugs for years.
Heat is one of the most effective ways to get rid of bed bugs. Oftentimes, professional companies will steam your rooms–they call it “thermal remediation”–which Connor’s Pest & Termite Control says is the most thorough way of killing both bed bugs and their eggs. It’s environmentally responsible and doesn’t require much preparation.
Natural oils and herbs
Tea tree oil prevents bed bugs from hanging around your bed because of the strong smell. Spraying it around your bed will keep them from biting you while you’re asleep. Additionally, lavender makes for an effective deterrent. The most effective way of using lavender is to put some of the dried herb between two pieces of cloth and then sew them around your bed’s perimeter, but you can also pick up some lavender oil, which is essentially the concentrated scent. You can rub the oil all over your bed frame and floor to protect yourself from bed bugs.
Generally used to treat and disinfect yourself if you do get bitten, rubbing alcohol can also clean the areas of your home where you’ve found bed bugs. It’s strong, so just a couple spritzes in a spray bottle will do the trick.
The active ingredient of this surprisingly effective substance is soil made of tiny algae fossils. The small sharp edges cut the bugs, and they basically die from blood loss. If you simply sprinkle diatomaceous earth around your bed, there’s a likely change that you can get rid of bedbugs.
Tossing all of your infected belongings can be expensive and is frankly unnecessary. Additionally, simply throwing them out doesn’t get rid of bed bugs; since they’re still alive, they might infect one of your neighbors’ homes and cause more stress. One way to disinfect blankets, stuffed animals, soft toys, pillows, and other things that can’t be easily tossed in the washing machine–even laptops–is to just put them in a bag with insecticide strips, vacuum seal it, and wait a couple of days.