How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs Yourself: Simple But Effective Strategy
According to a survey conducted by the NPMA (National Pest Management Association) and The University of Kentucky, 76% respondents concluded that bed bugs are the most difficult pest to treat compared to cockroaches, bat bugs, termites and ants. Also in the survey, 58% say that infestation continue to occur as a result of not following sound advice and 16% allude to re-infestation.
This is serious food for thought. Since this is the case, a thorough and careful process should be employed in treating infestation. Fortunately, you can do this yourself by following sound advice.
If your bed has been infested with bed bugs, you might find yourself getting frustrated every time you want to sleep. It might get to the extent of sleeping on the floor if you are afraid of them. If this sound like what you are currently going through or know someone who is, I have good and bad news for you.
The bad news is that it can be quite difficult to get rid of them especially if you are dealing with these insects for the first time. The good news is that you can get rid of them yourself if you follow the right guideline. That is what this article is about.
What Causes Bed Bug infestation in the First Place?
There are so many ways that infestation can occur and it can be overwhelming at times when you don’t know how it occurred. Here are some tips to put you in awareness:
- You can easily get bed bugs from friends’ and neighbour’s house when you visit them (and sleep over). Since they can easily hide underneath clothing and similar objects, it is easy for you to transfer them from there to your home – if you come in contact with them. Therefore, be careful when travelling not to bring them back home.
- Exchanging second hand furniture and other household materials. Bed bugs are stow-a-way insects. That is why they can hide under crannies of fabrics and furniture without being noticed. This is how they easily get transmitted from one place to another unnoticed.
- If your neighbour’s house is infested, they can easily crawl into your apartment. This insect can move very quickly through walls and get in to your house from your neighbours. Their wingless structure makes this possible for them. You will learn how to prevent this in the following sections.
Before I go over how to get rid of bed bugs yourself, I want to quickly answer a few question that people often ask. If these questions are irrelevant to you, you can scroll to the part where I show you the solution to get rid of them yourself.
Question #1: Can You Get Rid of Bed Bugs Yourself?
People often ask this question and it is probable that you want an answer to that too! If you follow the guidelines in the article, you can eliminate bed bugs yourself without needing the help of a pest control professional.
The truth is that even these professionals often find it difficult to completely wipe them out. This is due to the increase in resistance to pesticides and chemical formulation. And a good number of practises (by some professionals) that is often outdated! But you can get past this hurdle if you have viable and up-to-date information in your hand; which you will learn in the following paragraphs.
Question #2: Is Making Your Room Clean Going to Help You Get Rid of Bed Bugs?
Although, it helps to have your room clean and free of clutter, it is not enough to wipe out the insects. Make your room clean as much as you can (it helps to reduce the number of hiding place of bed bugs) but don’t rely on this alone. Taking it a step further by adding other necessary strategies which will help tremendously.
Question #3: Are Bed Bugs Easy to Get Rid off?
I see a lot of people asking this question over and over. The truth is that they are not easy to get rid of. But it is possible. You can certainly put an end to them if you combine the right methods. Bed bugs are very tiny creatures and the surest way to combat them is by understanding the way they live. Once you know that, you will immediately have an idea what your next plan of action will be.
Question #4: Why are Bed Bugs So Hard to Get Rid off?
This is actually a tough question to answer. However, there are more than one reason for this.
- Several research studies has suggested increase in bed bug resistance to insecticides to be number one reason. Over-using insecticides (eg applying it every day) is hinted as a prominent culprit for this phenomena.
- Nowadays, there is an increasing trend that using chemical formulation in treating infestation is becoming less reliable (and some experts probably support this motion). At times, one or two application of chemicals is not enough to kill them all. The result is mostly re-infestation.
How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs Yourself: Safe Methods to Be Used
The following have been used over and over and is proven to work well. Everything is up to date and are best practises. Whenever there is new method (either through research or when we discover it), we add it to the list.
- Be careful of where you lodge when you are on travel. It is always a good practice to examine where you will sleep before nightfall; and make sure it is not infested.
- If you happen to know that your neighbour’s house is infested, you could ask them to participate in joint pest control management and treatment. If you are in Arizona, you can do landlord-tenant bed bug control; although states and towns may regulate disposal of infested items. While in Florida, the law requires landlords to make reasonable provisions for the extermination of bed bugs in rental property
- If your bed has been infested, you should replace it if you can. But if you can’t afford another one, you will have to dismantle it and treat each component thoroughly. You can treat each item by leaving it in the sun for a few hours.
- Use integrated pest management with preventive measures and chemical application. IPM is a powerful process for preventing and treating infestation. The process involves monitoring, identifying, and preventing pests. More information about this can be found here.
- You can also use rubbing alcohol with a dish brush to kill them. Immediately the rubbing alcohol gets in contact with their body, it will dehydrate them on the spot.
- It is widely known that bed bugs hide in cracks and crevices of bed during the day. You can capitalize on this. A very helpful strategy is to strip off your mattresses, bed sheets, backpack and other bed components and then vacuum every corner. From various research conducted, this seems to have help many people get rid of those annoying insects.
- Make sure you clean your room and remove any accumulation that could serve as hiding hotspots. The 2013 survey by The University of Kentucky and NPMA points to the need for a clutter-free environment in treating bed bug infestation. A quote from the survey goes thus “Clutter contributes to the problem as approximately two-thirds of respondents point to home-owner clutter as the biggest customer-oriented challenge in treating bed bugs.”
- Another recommended strategy is to remove your bed and heat it in the sun during the day for long hours. Once removed, vacuum and clean it. Vacuum will help suck up bed bugs and their eggs.
- Another method that is recommended is to rap your mattresses in plastic sheet to trap them inside. Then put it outside in the sun so that they die from extreme heat.
- Studies have shown that Diatomaceous Earth, A sedimentary rock that is pounded into a powerful powder can be used for pest control. It basically absorbs lipids from pest when it comes in contact with them, which will dehydrate them. This powder is highly recommended because it is effective and harmless to children.
PS: Another strategy that we recently come across “After making your room clutter free, you can paint the entire room. Why? Because bed bugs can’t withstand the chemical mixture of paints.”