Should You Do DIY Bed Bug Control?
Bed bugs are a hugely stressful pest infestation to have. The thought of having bed bugs in your home is enough to keep you up at night. Because bed bugs are so hardy, bed bug control is very difficult to do using DIY methods.
So do any home remedies for bed bugs work?
Read on to find out…
- Ultrasonic devices – There are a lot of ultrasonic solutions for pests that you can try and use to repel them. But like with most of these devices, they’re pretty much useless against bed bugs.
- Baking soda – If you sprinkle baking soda around the areas bed bugs typically inhabit, you are supposed to be able to kill bed bugs. After a few days you’re supposed to vacuum it up and keep repeating the process. There is no scientific evidence to support this though. It may seem to work in some instances, but you should not be take this as a guaranteed fix against a bed bug infestation.
- Wash the bedding – If you strip your bedding and wash it on a high temperature, it is a very effective method to get rid of bed bugs. Bed bug heat treatment is one of the greatest ways to exterminate bed bugs and many pest controllers use it.
- Moth balls – If you place moth balls in bed bug hotspots, you are supposed to be able to repel bed bugs. It definitely doesn’t repel bed bugs. Otherwise they would be called bed bug balls, not moth balls.
- Talcum powder – This is much like baking soda idea. You’re meant to sprinkle the talc around the bed bug hotspots or put a bowl of it underneath your bed. There’s once again no evidence to support this method, so it’s deemed pretty much useless.
- Vacuuming – If you hoover your home thoroughly, and pay special attention to mattresses, underneath furniture and along skirting boards, this can be very effective against bed bugs. Remember to empty the vacuum in an outside bin after your done. You can try bed bug proofing your mattress too for good measure.
- Tea tree oil – Another essential oil that has been said to repel and suffocate bed bugs. It is only effective if you spray it directly onto the insect. This is nearly impossible because bed bugs love to hide and are very quick.
If you are suffering from a bed bug infestation in your home, it’s best to call in a local pest exterminator. This should be done immediately to prevent the problem from getting worse.