If harassment is what you equate bed bugs with, and want to know how to get rid of these creepy creatures all by yourself, then here is an article that sympathizes with your condition. Apart from the sympathies you garner, you will also receive advice on how to assist these crawlers to have their way . . . out of the door!
“Good night, Sleep tight, don’t let the bugs bite!”. . . Rings a bell? A popular, yet anecdotal adage of sorts, we have heard and used, time and again. However, there are some unfortunate souls who cannot “sleep tight”, because the “bugs bite!” (Rhyme and pun not intended!) Leave alone anecdotes, let us get to some serious business now. If you have taken to nocturnal-ism, you would be motivated to switch back to your original habit of waking by the day and siesta by night with this article on how to get rid of bed bugs all by yourself. Who does not love sleeping soundly at night! So, in the name of sound sleep, get on with your mad dash mission of bed bug banishment!
Looking for Bed Bugs, Are You?
Though bed bugs are found predominantly cowering in mattresses and in-between the sheets, their identity is deceitful. They make their presence felt inasmuch, that almost every burrow of the house is proof of their dynasty. Two options that help you in extricating their attack fort, and not exacerbating the condition, is to look out for lilliputian-titian spots on the mattress and the box spring. They are found in the mattress crevices as well. You may also notice a band of bed bug siblings, that resemble rice grains, through the mattress seams. This depicts a fully loaded copulation project, which, if given a chance, would still like to continue!
Get Rid of Bed Bugs Naturally
Getting rid of bed bugs with home remedies is not a task; however, there is work involved. Sleep-deprived souls with red-rimmed eyes have one question to ask, and that is how to get rid of them. Voila! Here is your answer, in this section of the article. Just pull up your socks, out with your vacuum cleaners, and get going!
- The first step you need to take is to wash clothes and the bedding, such as pillow case, bed sheets and your counterpane in hot water. Washing them in hot water with a laundry detergent will sanitize the materials.
- Place all your clothing in plastic bags and store them in the cupboard, until you have seen none around/on your bed or your furniture.
- Another quick fix is to cover the bed sheets, sofa covers, table covers, curtains, and mattresses with heavy plastic coatings. The coating can also be supplemented with plastic bags, meant to cover the furniture. Ensure that all these plastic covers that you buy, have a zipper to secure the material from any invasion, or easy-tearing activity practiced by the bugs. If there are bed bugs masquerading in your mattress, they are bound to die within a year, as the plastic covering does not allow any light or air to pass through.
- Vacuum everything that resides in the house. Vacuum clean the furniture and the gaps in-between the mattresses, with the crevice tool that is designed for such purposes. Vacuum clean the curtains and the carpet as well.
- You could also place your mattress under direct sunlight. With the scorching heat the mattress is exposed to, they are bound to emerge and die. A sure ‘fire’ method on how to get rid of bed bugs naturally!
- The next step is to sanitize the floor and the furniture surfaces, with a soft cloth and alcohol. Buy a bug extermination medicine, or alcohol, and a spray bottle available in any general store and fill it up with alcohol. Spray the alcohol directly on the surface, and wipe the furniture with a soft cloth. In this way, the alcohol spreads on the surface and kills bed bugs that leave their hiding, predominantly during the dark hours.
- Now sanitize yourself as well. Have a refreshing bath and you are sure to have done your job well! A word of caution: Please keep alcohol or bug-killer medicine away from the reach of children.
Bug bites could be nasty, however, with the use of these methods, you won’t have them in your house or in your mattresses to harass you any longer! Anyhow, if you have any bed bug bites, it is suggested you don’t prick them, or scratch them, as this may aggravate the skin condition, and invite infection of the skin. You are now fit to hear and say, “Good night, sleep tight, and don’t let the bugs bite!” Makes perfect sense now, does it not!