Whoever would have thought that the very mention of a grain sized insect can send people in utter disgust and scamper for cover? In case you are wondering which creepy-crawly insect we are referring to- have no doubts here. We are referring to the mite-sized bed bugs. They are mostly nocturnal and feed on your blood while you sleep, leaving behind itchy red bumps. They have a unique ability to move quickly through the walls and floors and no matter how much we try to eliminate them, they always keep coming back. In a way, they are extremely tough to eliminate to the last insect. They are mostly found in Inns and hotel rooms and they are ready to get in your luggage and clothes, travel with you and infest your home.
Eliminating these bed bugs requires utmost patience and in some cases, a complete extermination can take weeks. While you can always hire a professional exterminator to take care of this menace, there are some simple things you can do in your home to get rid of these bugs. Let us have a look at few of them.
6 Things You Should Try To Get Rid of Bed Bugs:
1. Vacuuming Regularly:
If you have a mild to medium bed bug infestation, then vacuuming is the best chance for you to take care of the menace. Vacuum your house regularly and especially in the corner crevices where the infestation could be more. Vacuum thoroughly all the corners of your room, the edges of your mattress, your pillows and the cracks in bed posts. Make sure that you dry vacuum your wardrobe too at least once a week. As soon as you vacuum make sure that you discard the trash properly. Do not leave it unattended in your house. Seal and discard the trash immediately.
Your bedding and your infested clothes have to be washed with hot water and dried on a hot cycle. Heat is one of the effective ways to kill the bed bugs. A sustained temperature of 50 degrees Celsius or 120 degrees Fahrenheit can help a great deal in eliminating these parasites. If your room is infested, no matter how your clothes appear to be, have them laundered in hot water and place them on a hot drier. Repeat this at least twice a week and the same goes for your bedding clothes too.
There are certain upholsteries in your house like mattresses and plush items that cannot be washed. For such cases steaming is the best possible way to counter these pests. Steaming can effectively kill these bugs at all stages. Always opt for dry steam and set the temperature at 50 degree Celsius for the steaming to be effective. Till the infestation stops, steam your upholsteries at least twice a week.
There are some instances where you would be unable to perform the steaming operations. Under such circumstances, freezing can help eliminate your bed bug problem. Temperatures of -16 degrees Celsius or 3 degrees Fahrenheit have been found to be an efficient way of curbing this menace. Hence, in case your small household articles are infested, freeze them in your refrigerator by setting the necessary temperatures.
Make sure that you do not have any other edible items in your refrigerator at that time. After an hour, take the articles out and give it a brush with a soft cloth.
5. Reducing Clutter:
Of all the above ways, this is one of the important steps to prevent further infestations and that is de-cluttering. Bed bugs usually hide in the places that are unkempt and messy. Get rid of all unwanted papers and magazines in the room. Also, discard all the clothes which you do not wear anymore. Replace a sheet or a mattress if it is old and if it has holes in it. Use a proper disposal bag for removing these items.
Once removed, immediately seal them and discard them. Do not keep them lying around in your house for an extended period. After de-cluttering your room, make a thorough inspection for the cracks and leaks in the room and fix and plug them.
6. Camphor Balls:
Bed bugs infestation can be vastly reduced by the usage of camphor balls or camphor essential oil. These balls are effective and can be beneficial in reducing the bed bug menace of the room. Use them under your pillows and under your bed sheets. Have them kept in the corner of your cupboards to keep these bugs at bay. You can also use a few drops of camphor essential oil on a cotton piece or a tissue and keep them under your pillow and cupboards.
Always be careful when you are purchasing second-hand beds and furniture as these are the major routes by which the infestation can occur. When you are staying at a hotel, make sure that you bag your clothes separately and wash them as soon as you get home.