Bed bugs are a problem worldwide and, according to the Centers for Disease control, are once again on the rise. Bed bugs can be extremely difficult to eliminate. They feed on the blood of humans and other mammals, and can go without feeding for 20 to as long as 400 days. The key is to catch and kill bed bugs early before they can establish themselves and spread.
Here are 3 fast eradication techniques that kill bed bugs quickly and effectively.
Bed bugs thrive in a narrow temperature range of 70 to 82 degrees F. If it’s too hot, or too cold, bed bugs can’t survive. Heat is a powerful weapon against a bed bug infestation.
When you find your bed infested with bed bugs, your key to killing them quickly and for good is to do the following:Strip your bedding and vacuum the mattress and box springs. Double-bag them, or use a dissolvable laundry bag.
Wash your bedding in hot water for 30 minutes. Immediately after putting the bagged items in the washer, discard the inner bag. (Dispose of it in a plastic bag that you take outside at once).
Use a vacuum cleaner with disposable bags. Vacuum the mattress, box springs, and bed frame. Dispose of the vacuum bag in a plastic bag outside the house. Put the mattress, box springs, and pillows into encasements (see below).
- Put your pillows into a hot dryer for 30 minutes to kill infestations there.
- In the summertime, automobiles get hot enough to kill bed bugs. Bag the items that have been infested and leave them in a hot car for at least one day.
Then purchase mattress, box spring, and pillow encasements and put them on your bed. Read on to learn about a second way to kill bed bugs fast.
Mattress, Box Spring, and Pillow Encasements
Bed bugs are weak, which is why mattress, box spring, and pillow encasements work so well. They keep bed bugs out of your bedding so they can’t harbor there, and prevent any bedbugs already present in the mattress and box spring from escaping.
After cleaning your bedding and vacuuming the mattress and box springs, put the encasements on and make sure they’re fully sealed. Mattress encasements can be purchased online at the usual places.
Cold-Pressed Neem Oil
Cold-pressed Neem oil is derived from the neem tree, is non-toxic, and is the only EPA-approved biopesticide for indoor use that kills both bed bugs and their eggs. After vacuuming your bedding, spray the neem oil in the cracks and crevices of your bedroom. Spray the bedding and the bed frame.
Neem oil has quite a strong odor, overpowering to some, so you may have to sleep elsewhere for a few nights.
These 3 fast eradication techniques for killing bed bugs are the keys to stopping an infestation in its tracks. Apply them as soon as you discover an infestation, and you’ll be bed bug free.
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