Bed bugs are not only annoying, but they can also be dangerous. They can cause skin rashes and allergic reactions in some people, as well as serious health problems like anemia. Although bed bugs are attracted to blood, they don’t spread disease when they feast on their hosts. However, there are several methods you can use to try to get rid of them yourself naturally.
How do I know if I have bed bugs?
You can’t always tell whether or not you have bed bugs just by looking or smelling them. However, there are several warning signals that might help you better understand what’s happening in your home:
1. Small red bumps that don’t itch or hurt can appear anywhere on your body. They are more common in areas where you sleep, such as between your fingers, behind your ears, and under your arms.
2. Small blood stains that look like rust or coffee grounds on sheets and towels.
Try diatomaceous earth.
Diatomaceous earth is a natural pesticide that works by cutting the exoskeleton of insects and preventing them from feeding. It’s made from the fossilized remains of diatoms, tiny algae-like organisms found in freshwater lakes and rivers.
Diatomaceous earth is a fine powder with sharp edges that cut through the exoskeleton of insects when they crawl over it. This kills them outright, so there’s no need for pesticides or chemicals—just make sure your home has an effective treatment plan in place before bringing any bugs inside!
Let there be light.
Light is the key to getting rid of bed bugs. Bed bugs are attracted to light, so if you use a black light in your home or apartment, you can easily find them. Black lights are available at most home improvement stores and even some pharmacies.
Wash bedding and bed clothes in hot water.
If you have a steam cleaner, use it to kill the bed bugs on your mattress and boxspring. If not, wash all linens in hot water using a laundry detergent with enzymes, or else wash them separately at home using a normal detergent.
Pour one cup of bleach into a gallon of water and mix it together thoroughly. Then, pour some detergent into the solution and swirl it around until it’s all dissolved. This will help kill any eggs or larvae present in your home
Use cockroach powder.
You can purchase cockroach powder online or at your local grocery store. Sprinkle some onto a cotton ball or Band-Aid and apply it directly where there are bed bug bites. This will prevent any eggs from hatching.
Use a steamer.
If you want to get rid of bed bugs naturally, steamers are a good option. Steamers are effective at killing bed bugs and can be used on mattresses, upholstered furniture and carpets.
Steam is an effective way to kill parasites because it boils the water inside their bodies as they scuttle around in search of moisture. You’ll need some sort of steamer for this process—a portable one works best—and make sure that you don’t place your clothing directly on top of the mattress when using it on hard surfaces like wood floors or concrete slabs.
Check second hand furniture, beds and couches for any signs of bed bugs before bringing them home.
Check second hand furniture, beds, and couches for any signs of bed bugs before bringing them home.
- Look for fecal stains. Bed bugs can be found in the seams or under the fabric of a mattress, box spring or foundation, so pay attention to what you don’t see when looking at your new piece of furniture. Fecal matter is not visible to the naked eye but it will still leave an impression on the fabric that may be visible if you use a magnifying glass or microscope lens (which we recommend). If there are no signs of bed bug activity present on these surfaces then look elsewhere in order to identify those responsible for infesting your property!
- Look for shed skins. Bedbugs do not die immediately after being removed from their host; they continue living as adults until they mate once more (and lay eggs). When these individuals attempt to find another place where they can live comfortably again they often move around several times before finding one suitable environment where they will thrive once more without having too many problems getting comfortable again with what has become their new home base! This means sometimes when it comes time for one female adult female bug who’s been living inside my house during winter months away from sunlight exposure might find herself stuck inside my closet overnight instead because she couldn’t find anywhere else safe enough.
Do dried chrysanthemums work in repelling bed bugs?
While dried chrysanthemums are somewhat effective at repelling bed bugs, they’re not strong enough to actually kill them. And they will lose their potency if they get wet, so they are not the best option for long term prevention or control.
If you want an alternative way to keep your home free of these pests, consider purchasing an insecticide that is applied directly on the mattress or box spring. You can choose from topical sprays like Diazinon or pyrethrins (both of which have been shown in studies to be effective against adult and nymph stage bed bugs) as well as foggers that use chemicals such as dichlorvos (DDVP).
Be aware of how much your pets can contribute to the issue of bed bugs in your home.
Pets can be a source of bed bug infestation. Pet fur is frequently contaminated with the bugs, and if your pet sleeps in a bed or on top of the covers, there’s a good chance that he or she will bring them home with you when you take them out for potty breaks.
Pets also have their own specific needs — so if you are looking to get rid of them without dealing with an expensive pest control professional, consider hiring someone to come by once every two weeks (or even more frequently) to clean up any leftover food scraps or bones from around their bowls so that they don’t attract any additional pests into your house
Bed bug infestations can cause significant damage to your possessions if left untreated.
Bed bugs are one of the most common household pests. They are not just found in hotels and homes with high value furniture, they are also found in public transportation systems and commercial buildings too. Bed bug infestations can cause significant damage to your possessions if left untreated. This is why it’s important that you take action now before an outbreak occurs in your home or apartment.