It was not long ago that bed bugs were considered eradicated in most countries. The saying “good night and don’t let the beg bugs bite” had lost a great deal of its meaning to generations who have never experienced these types of bugs. Unfortunately, they have made a startling comeback and now they are infecting neighbourhoods both rich and poor.
Even posh hotels and mansions have experienced bed bug invasions and the reasons are numerous. First, DDT which was one of the few types of chemicals that actually killed bed bugs was banned a number of years ago because it negatively affected humans as well. Plus, many of the preventative steps that people used to take in their homes to prevent or stop a bed bug invasion have been in decline as well. So, it probably is not all that surprising that the invasion is back.
However, you do not need to use harsh chemicals in order to rid your home of bed bugs. In fact, there are even a number of steps that you can take which may prevent their incursion from happening in the first place.
Getting Rid of Bed Bugs
There are a number of steps that you can take, but remember that bed bugs are basically parasites that feast on human blood. They do not enter your home through the entranceways or cracks in your home like other insects. Instead, they usually invade because of people that come into your home. So, if you never have visitors, then you’ll never have bed bugs unless you bring them in yourself.
However, this may not be practical, so here are a few things to keep in mind to help prevent an infestation.
Cleanliness: Clean your bedding and put the dryer on hot to kill any bed bugs that might be living inside. You will need to vacuum your mattress and all the furnishings surrounding your bed as well since the bugs like to stay nearby. Using steam to clean your mattress will kill the bed bugs as well, but you may need a professional service to do that as well as clean your carpet which will kill any on the floor.
You’ll want to follow this up by clearing away all the clutter as well. By getting rid of the clutter under and around your bed, you reduce the number of places that bed bugs can nest.
Mattress Bag: This can help smother bed bugs and prevent them from getting to you. Be sure to inspect your mattress bag as well as your pillow for any tears or openings so that they can be sealed. This will help prevent the bed bugs from getting to you.
Tea Tree Oil: One interesting trick is to put tea tree oil in cups and then put each leg of your bed in the cups so that any bed bugs will fall into the “moat” and not reach you. Tea tree oil is a very strong antiseptic that should drown the bed bugs and not allow them to crawl up into your bedding.
A few simple steps can keep your bed from becoming a haven for bed bugs. By taking a few preventative measures, you can enjoy a bed bug free environment.