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Bed bugs eradication can be extremely expensive! According to the NY Times, “Some bed-bug experts say it’s not unusual for an infested family to spend upwards of $5,000” to get rid of their bug problem.
A more practical starting point – if you have the time and the determination – is with do-it-yourself bed bug eradication methods. 3 of the most common methods include: employing bed bug mattress encasement, spraying insecticide and applying diatomaceous earth as well as using heat treatment to eliminate the bugs.
1. Bed Bug Mattress Encasement
If you have been unfortunate to be bitten by bed bugs, getting a bed bug proof mattress cover to encase your mattress is a good solution to prevent more bites and eradicate the bloodsucking critters populations that may be dwelling deep inside the mattress as well as deterring new bugs from infesting your bed. With the bed bug cover, you also don’t need to worry about replacing your existing mattress.
These specially designed bed bug encasement covers seal off the entire mattress completely, along with a tough zipper lock leaving no gap for the bed bugs to enter or escape through. At the same time, one should also get the same protective covers for the pillows and bolster as well.
To eliminate the bed bugs and for the covers to be effective, you will also need to:
- Keep the covers encased for at least a year to eventually kill off any bed bugs and their eggs that are trapped within.
- Isolate the bed away from the wall to prevent bed bugs from crawling from the wall onto the bed.
- Employ “Climbup Interceptor” to the legs of the bed frame or apply double-sided duct tape around the bottom of the bed frame to act as sticky barrier from the crawling bugs.
- Prevent any clothing, blanket, quilt or items to hang off the bed or touch the floor.
2. Bed Bug Insecticide
There are many safe insecticides out there that are created for bed beg eradication and they can be classified into either inorganic agents like silica powder or aerosol sprays.
According to experts, silica powder like diatomaceous earth (DE) has been proven to be an effective bed bug killer for the home. Make from the fossilized remains of hard-shelled algae, this insecticide is both environmentally friendly and non-toxic.
So how does diatomaceous earth work for bed bug eradication? Bed bugs upon contact with diatomaceous earth, the fine silica powder dehydrates the waxy cuticle of the bugs that covers the exoskeleton, causing them to asphyxiate and die. Plus diatomaceous earth lasts virtually forever if left untouched so it will provides continuous, long-term control against the insect pests.
To use, sprinkle diatomaceous earth under the beds, along the wall, and in other places where bed bugs may hide. One can also rub it in the carpets after vacuuming to defend a perimeter as well as prevent an infestation.
Bed Bug Spray
To eradicate the bed bugs from your home, one can also make use of bed bug sprays. Like many insecticides, these sprays are usually contact killers and can be catergorised into residual and non-residual sprays.
The choice between choosing a residual and non-residual spray really depends on where are the locations that you would like to treat.
Most professional pest exterminators prefers using water-based non-residual sprays since they are non-toxic and safe for both children and pets. One popular industrial brand that is used professionally by hotels, cleaning professionals and pest control companies is Steri-Fab, a highly effective bed bug spray know for its ability to quickly kill bed bugs and their eggs without leaving any residual or chemical trace.
For best results, keep in mind to apply to a wide area surrounding the location of the possible infestation and spot treat to any furniture and walls where bed bugs may hide.
3. Heat Treatment
Another good old-fashioned, non-toxic bed bug eradication method include the use of heat. Bed bugs are very heat sensitive and cannot survive in extreme temperatures. The thermal death point for the common bed bug is 120 °F.
The following are some ways on how you can kill bed bugs with heat:
Washing bed linens and clothes in hot water and then setting them in the dryer for 20 minutes will generally kill all bed bugs. Similarly, the heat from the dryer can also be use to treat items such as soft toys, stuffed animals, backpacks and any items that can fit inside the dryer.
For big items such as mattress or couches, the use of hot steam from a professional grade bed bug steamer can be used effectively to kill both bed bugs and their eggs instantaneously even if they are hidden deep within the mattress. To be an effective bed bug killer, experts recommended that it should be a dry vapor steamer to prevent problems of mold or mildew and the steam coming out from the tip of the cleaner needs to be above 200 °F (as compared to 120 °F of heat that will only kill bed bugs on contact but not those that are hidden deep inside the mattress or sofa.)
Keep In Mind…
Bed bug eradication often takes more than one treatment and the process can be challenging but not impossible if done properly. In the event, if you feel that you are unable to take care of the problem yourself, remember that you can always count on the help of a professional licensed bed bug exterminator who has the experience, tools and expertise to help you do the job well.