Prevention

Here’s how to combat the crazy critters.

1.    Vacuuming

Start with vacuuming everything. It wouldn’t get all the bugs, but it surely gets some of them. Using the crevice tool, properly vacuum the upholstered furniture, mattresses, carpets, curtains, etc.

2.     Washing

Wash everything that is washable in hot water. I’d suggest putting bed sheets, cushions, soft toys, etc. directly in boiling water and then, wash them. This might not work for the mattresses or the bigger things; so, follow the next step for them.

3.     Sunlight

Direct sunlight helps in getting rid of them, if the weather favors you. Remember that they can handle heat; therefore, we are talking about really high temperature to kill them. Think 60 to 80 degrees. Put your mattresses in direct sunlight, preferably on your terrace or backyard, where there’s maximum sunlight.

4.     Dryer

Even after doing all this, the bed bugs won’t be completely gone coz they are pretty stubborn. Put all the clothing in dryer. Such dry heat is quite effective and would definitely kill them.

5.     Natural Insecticide

Use any natural insecticide, which is safe for kids and pets. There are many bed bug prevention sprays and powders, available in the market. Don’t go for DDT powder as it is related with cancer and that’s not a risk, worth taking.

6.     Cinnamon Oil/Lavender Oil

lavender-oil

There are some homemade remedies that are effective on bed bugs, so, you might want to give them a try. Cinnamon oil is known to kill them. They’d actually explode at the very contact; therefore, you can fill the cinnamon oil in a spray bottle for a very effective bed-bug killer.

Then, there’s Lavender oil, which the bed bugs can’t handle. They don’t like the smell of it. So, a lavender oil spray might also work. As an upside, the lavender oil actually smells good, thus, you can enjoy its fragrance while the bedbugs are getting bugged by it.

7.     Professional Help

After using all these measures, if you still feel that you can’t get rid of them, you may take professional help. Consult a professional exterminator to find more ways of keeping them at bay.

Always remember that prevention is better than cure, consequently, be vigilant with your furniture and upholstery. Don’t bring any used stuff to the house before proper inspection. Regularly wash and change your bed sheets, covers etc. Hope the article will aid you to get a bug-free life!