A bed bug infestation at home is certainly an experience no one would like to deal with. Not only are they annoying, but they can cause serious problems. Loss of sleep, itching, and skin infections can all be signs of bed bug presence in your home. 

There are two ways to get rid of bed bugs, the chemical way and the natural one. Using chemicals to remove bed bugs will definitely do the job, but sometimes this is not an option. There are multiple natural home remedies that you can make on your own to chase away the pesky insect. With the help of this guide, you will learn how to naturally get rid of bed bugs.

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Signs of a Bed Bug Infestation

The first step in getting rid of bed bugs is to make sure you have them at home. Here are some of the most obvious signs of a bed bug infestation.

Skin Bites

The most apparent sign of bed bugs is spotting bites on your skin. The bites usually show up in groups and are in a straight line.

Bed bugs do not pose a serious threat to your health, however, if you’re allergic, medical attention may be required after being bitten.

Blood Stains

Look for tiny blood stains on your bedsheets and mattress. If a bed bug gets to a blood source, it will usually suck up more than it can hold. Then, while it travels around your bed, it may drop a few blood drops, leaving visible stains.

Unusual Smell

Bed bugs produce pheromones, which makes them have a very distinctive smell. If there’s a large infestation, you will be able to smell them very easily. The scent is very unpleasant and it resembles that of a wet towel.

Fecal Spots

Like most living creatures, bed bugs have excrements which they produce after eating. If you spot black dots and stains, it may be from their fecal matter.

Egg Shells

Bed bugs eggshells may be very hard to spot due to their small size and light colour. However, keep an open eye for tiny spots of ivory material in and around your bed.

Alive Bed Bugs

If you spot bed bugs just crawling around, you have an infestation. Adults are dark brown in colour and around 5-7mm in length. Be aware that these creatures are nocturnal and most of the time they thrive at night.

Inspect Your Property

If you see a sign of bed bugs, you need to thoroughly inspect your home. Find their favourite hiding spot as fast as possible so they don’t spread into other parts of the house. Bed bugs aren’t easy to find due to their small size. Their narrow bodies allow them to hide in very tiny holes. Since bed bugs feed off human blood and are nocturnal creatures, here are the areas you should inspect.

  • Mattresses
  • Couches
  • Chairs
  • Pillows and cushions
  • Backpacks and luggage

Depending on how big the infestation is, you may find them in furniture as well. Check furniture joints, cabinets and drawers, as well as crevices along the walls.

Home Remedies to Get Rid of Bed Bugs

As previously mentioned, using chemicals to get rid of a bed bug infestation will surely do the job, but sometimes isn’t the best way. There may be small children or pets in the house, or you may be allergic. For those reasons, natural remedies are a perfect solution. We have prepared a list of the best natural home remedies to get rid of bed bugs.

Check also: The Best Home Remedies to Kill Cockroaches

Rubbing Alcohol

Alcohol can kill the bed bugs upon contact. This also works for their eggs. However, it’s only possible if sprayed directly on them. This may be very hard to achieve as bed bugs are small and can hide in tiny cracks and crevices.

Baking Soda

Baking soda will dehydrate the bed bugs. Spread it around places you have seen them, including cracks and crevices. Then vacuum the surface and reapply every day, until all the bed bugs die.

Diatomaceous Earth

This is one of the best natural solutions against all types of bugs, including bed bugs. We recommend using the pesticide graded version. Spread it around the floor and anywhere bed bugs may hide.

warning

While diatomaceous earth is considered safe for humans and animals, we recommend not to put it in places where you can breathe it in or have direct contact with it, such as your mattress.

How to Prevent a Future Bed Bug Infestation

If you’ve dealt with bed bugs, and you managed to exterminate them, you wouldn’t want to see them back into your home. Prevention is the best and most effective method to keep them away from your property. Here are some tips on how to prevent a future bed bug infestation.

Declutter Your Home

Get rid of any unnecessary items you may have at home such as old furniture, boxes from things you have bought, old clothes. A cluttered house provides the bed bugs with more places to hide.

Coming back from travelling

Often bed bugs can be brought to your home after returning from a vacation. They can get inside of your suitcase and then be introduced to your home. To make sure that doesn’t happen, inspect the room you’re staying in and make sure it’s not infested. Hotels and motels are near the top of the list of most infested places by bed bugs. Check your personal belongings if your journey involves staying at a hotel.  

Having guests

Unlike fleas, bed bugs can’t jump. However, they can crawl on your clothes and be carried to a new home. If you have guests coming over, ask them to take their jackets off at the entrance and place them in an isolated area, such as a wall hanger.

What to do If The Bed Bugs Return?

If somehow the bed bugs manage to come back and your property gets reinfested there are a few things you can do:

  • Repeat the whole process once again – not the most pleasant thing to do but it will be natural and will save you a lot of money.
  • Use insecticides – it’s definitely not natural but you may have tried everything else and this could be your last option. 
  • Call a professional – The methods exterminators use are certainly not natural, however, sometimes they may be your only hope.

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Takeaways

  • If you find out that you have bed bugs at home, act quickly. The faster you take care of them the easier it’s going to be for you. A small infestation is way easier to take care of than a large one.  
  • To get rid of a bed bug infestation, you need a good solution. Choose a method that will attack all growth stages of the pest.
  • Preventing bed bugs from getting inside of your home is the most effective form of pest control. 
  • If you’re dealing with a bed bug infestation and you have tried anything, but it’s been unsuccessful, it’s best to turn to a professional.

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  • Last update: January 29, 2020

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