Welcome, hope you’re having a bed bug free day!! But most likely your not if you arrived here. Time to get rid of these annoying little bugs so let’s dive right into it!
Getting Rid Of Bed Bugs At Home Remedies
I can’t stress enough how much bed bugs can impact someone’s life. Getting rid of them is crucial because if you don’t, you could really suffer due to their bites. Not only that you could then run the risk of spreading the bed bugs from one location to another because they love to travel. If you have bed bugs you should make it your #1 priority to get rid of them.
We are going to go over some of the most effective ways to get rid of bedbugs that you could do at home. The # 1 best way is to get rid of bed bugs is to have pest control come out to your home. According to costhelper.com getting rid of bed bugs can cost in between $1,000-$10,000.
I know a few people that paid around $2,000-$3,000 to get rid of bed bugs in their home. Inspections, extermination fees, cleaning, and storage can make the cost be a lot higher. Not everyone can pay that cost at once so of course people are looking for cheaper solutions.
Heat Is The Best Way To Kill Bed Bugs
Heat, yes heat!! According to the epa.gov website bed bugs die when their body temperature reads (45°C) and (113°F). Containers (hotboxes) may contain more heat. There is a lot of hot boxes and containers for sale online that can heat your home to the required temperature for the bed bugs to die.
Heat machines can kill bed bugs by entering small crevices that can’t be reached. The temperatures that can kill bed bugs can be from 117 degrees Fahrenheit to 122 F killing bed bugs in all stages. It will take 90 minutes for bed bugs to die at the required heat temperature.
Bed bug heater system can cost a lot, but it can cost a lot more having your local pest control come out. Do not try to use items such as blower dryers or heat guns your run the risk of a high electric bill, or fire spreading around your house, potentially burning it down. Also using such items could just be a waste of your time and money. Because they don’t get hot enough to kill an infestation of bed bugs unless it’s in direct contact with the bed bug.
Using Steam To Kill Bed Bugs
With DIY killing bed bugs with heat, You will save yourself a lot of money. Following the instructions to your bed bug heater system, you could get rid of bed bugs with ease.
One effective way of killing bed bugs is using steam, You would want the temperature to range in between 120 to 180 Fahrenheit to successfully kill the bed bugs and their eggs. The steamer should have an attachment tip. Attachments to the steamer will allow you to reach those hidden areas the bed bugs are hiding. You would want your steamer to have a pressure knob to adjust steam pressure, cause if steam pressure is high it can spread bed bugs around to other areas making your bed bug problem worse.
When considering purchasing a steamer, you will want your steamer to be able to hold up to half a gallon of water or little more so you won’t have to keep refilling your container. Also, don’t over do it, steaming without proper air drying can cause mold and mildew. If you can’t buy a steamer you might be able to rent one.
Note: Inexpensive steamers that capacity holds around one cup or so will only steam for 15 mins, try using a steamer that can at least hold a gallon, so you can continuously steam for at least an hour. When choosing a nozzle to attach to your steamer, choose one that won’t blow the bed bugs around risking increasing the infestation.
Caution: Keep children and pets away from the steamer. Steam can become very hot and can cause severe burns. Read all instructions before using a steam machine. And not all things can be steamed. Read the directions that came with your steamer to find out what is safe to steam and what is not. Be careful while using a steamer.
Dryer To Help Reduce Bed Bugs
Seal all the sheets and blankets in a plastic trash bag. Make sure there are no holes in the bags while taking them to the washer or your laundry room. When it comes to putting them in the dryer you are going to want to put it on the hottest drying level without damaging your clothes. If you have any clothes that will get damaged by the heat you should regularly dry those items.
Use new bags when clothes are finished washing and drying. You don’t want to reuse the same bags because they can contain bedbugs or bedbug eggs in those bags. Instead dispose of the used bags outside to the dumpster. Store your clean clothes, sheets, blankets in a plastic sealable container. Don’t put clothes back in drawers until you take care of the bed bug infestation.
Why You Should Try Using Heat To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs
The truth is using heat is one of the best ways to get rid of bed bugs, because heat can travel places that chemicals can’t travel to get rid of the bed bugs and their eggs. The goal is to permanently get rid of bed bugs. Bed bugs are becoming resistant to insecticides according to time.com says that experts warn many infestations can no longer be defeated with chemicals alone. Bed bugs are considered one of the most difficult pests to get rid of.
I have seen people use, myself included bed bug foggers, bed bug sprays that have little to no success in killing all the bed bugs. It was a waste of time and money. If you are going to try a bed bug spray you are better off trying some spray that’s natural. There are some natural ways to get of bed bugs that do work. If you use heat treatment, and natural treatments too. Then you will mostly like rid the bed bugs for good.