A fully-developed bed bug has a similar size to an apple seed. Several characteristics of these bugs make them hard to see e.g. their brownish color which camouflages them when they are hiding in wooden furniture or dark bed sheets. Moreover, it’s hard to see their minute eggs. Bed bugs feed on human blood and that’s why their favorite hideout is in the bedroom. You will know you have them in your house if you notice dark rusty spots on your sheets, itchy bites, blood stains on sheets, and an offensive musty smell. Learn the natural bed bug pest control methods.
- Inspect your premises
A bed bug infestation is not hard to figure out. I case you are not sure, check closes under your mattresses, in the pillowcase seams, and inside the cracks of your wooden furniture. You are most likely to see them at night if you use a flashlight. They can even hide inside your drawers and headboard.
- Clean up
Make sure you have cleaned your linens because they are some of the best hideouts for bugs. If you are using a washing machine, run your sheets and clothes through the hot cycle and let them dry on high heat for more than 30 minutes. They will succumb to the high heat. Do not forget about your duvets mattresses and pillows. Remember to vacuum your floor, upholstery, mattresses, and carpets too. Check all the stuffed drawers and vacuum them. Repeat a number of times. Make sure you’ve covered your mattresses with a special encasement to deter the activity of these bugs.
- Freeze the bugs
You can bag up your clothes and lines which are infested and put them in the freezer. Let them stay there for a few days or even a whole week. By the time you take the clothes out, the egg and adults should be dead.
- Use essential oils
There are several oils you can apply to keep off the bedbugs. They include thyme, eucalyptus, cinnamon, lavender, lemongrass, peppermint, and tea tree. You can diffuse them in your house through the night or apply on your skin. Mix 10 drops of each of these oils with water: lavender, lemongrass, thyme, and tea tree. Use a spray bottle to make your work easier. Store the mixture in a cool and dark place. Spray the mixture on all infested places. You can also add coconut oil and rub the mixture on your skin.
- Diatomaceous earth
This is a non-toxic substance so it is a natural bed bug pest control method. It is found in most grocery stores. All you need to do is sprinkle it on bed frames, along baseboards, on your mattresses, and on your carpet. It disintegrates the exoskeleton of bed bugs.
There is something you should know before you start cleaning. Bed bugs are not caused by untidy conditions but the first step to eliminating bugs is picking up any clutter including books, blankets, and unused clothes.