Bed bugs are parasites that feed on human blood and animal blood. These small brown insects are unable to fly but they tend to burrow in wall crevices, mattresses, headboards and bed frames. These bugs hide and lie dormant during the day and at night they come out of their hiding places to bite humans and fill themselves with blood.
The bites cause intense itching and red welts appear on the bitten areas. The signs of bedbug infestation are an unpleasant musty odor emanating from the mattresses, blood stains on the sheets and pillows and dark spots caused by bedbug excrement on the sheets, bed clothes and mattresses. Simple methods can help you get rid of these awful bloodsucking parasites.
Best Home Remedies For Bed Bugs
Sunlight is the best and easiest way to get rid of bed bugs and to eradicate them completely. Put all the bedclothes, bed linen, mattresses and pillows out in the sunlight for five to six hours.
If possible remove your bed too outdoors and put it in the sun. If there is any other movable furniture in the infested area put that too in the sun. Leave the drawers of desks and dressers open so that the sunlight can penetrate every nook and corner. The heat of the sun will kill and destroy all the parasites.
Talcum powder suffocates the bed bugs and causes them to die quickly. Sprinkle talcum powder all over the mattress and bed linen.
Fill and stuff all the narrow cracks and holes in the plaster and in the furniture with talcum powder and then caulk the holes and cracks tightly to prevent the bugs from escaping. The powder will smother the bed bugs and suffocate them till they die.
Brush the seams and the surface of the mattress with a hard bristled brush to scrape away the eggs. Brush and scrape all the surfaces, crevices and every nook and cranny of the infested area. Then run a vacuum cleaner all over the carpet, furniture, draperies, bedclothes and mattress. Dispose of the vacuum bag in a tightly closed container. Do this everyday to control and kill the dreadful bedbugs.
Neem oil is a strong bed bug repellent. It is composed of active ingredients that are akin to the hormones the parasites produce. The bed bugs ingest the neem oil assuming they are natural hormones.
The oil obstructs the natural hormones of the bed bugs from functioning properly and this causes them to die. Spray a fine mist of neem oil on the mattress, bed frame, box springs, and dresser drawers. Also spray other areas where you think the bed bugs might be hiding. Use the spray once a week to effectively kill all the bed bugs.
Use your dryer
Wash all your clothes, bed linen draperies and towels in hot water. Then set your dryer at the highest temperature and put your clothes into it. The dry heat will kill all the bedbugs and their eggs. Do the same with your curtains and other draperies.