Don’t let the bed bug’s bite. A goodnight’s sleep is crucial to your overall health and wellbeing. That’s why interruptions to a peaceful rest, especially at the bite of a bed bug critter, is most unwelcome and needs to be remedied. Sadly, bed bugs have become common place around Vancouver. While these bugs are neither poisonous nor life threatening, they are incredibly irritating. While the risk of experiencing illness or disease brought on by bed bugs is minimal, they do have painful bites that cause severe itching.
If you come across bed bugs in your home, treat them quickly and thoroughly. Atlas Pest Control in Vancouver are well versed in the treatment of bed bugs. Should you discover an infestation of bed bugs in your home, hiring professional help can ensure the job is completed properly. If you’re in a bind and would like to try some at home remedies, here are 7 ways you can naturally prevent and treat bed bugs in your home:
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Signs of Bed Bugs
Before you begin your treatment for bed bugs, it’s important to properly identify them. Bed bugs closely resemble ticks and are rusty brown in colour. They’re oval, flat, wingless and are about 1/5 of an inch long. How to check for bed bugs in your home:
- Blood stains on the sheets and/ or mattress
- Bites on skin
- Bed bugs love small cracks and crevices so you must carefully inspect mattresses, bed frames, walls, and floors for the physical bugs
- Inspect the places above for signs of feces and look for rust or brown coloured spots/ smudges
- A musky odour may come from the bed bugs themselves/ areas of infestation
How to Naturally Treat Bed Bugs
If you catch bed bugs early enough, you can try some home remedies to treat them. However, if you get caught in a bed bug infestation, it’s advisable to seek the help of expert pest control professionals. At Atlas Pest and Wildlife Control, you can sleep soundly knowing that your home is critter free through their use of non-toxic treatment methods.
While professional extermination is the most reliable way to treat bed bugs, some natural bed bug solutions include:
1. Starving the Bugs
This takes time and dedication; however, you can treat bed bugs by starving them. Start off by thoroughly vacuuming your bed and infected areas, then you’ll need to wrap your mattress, sheets, pillows, etc. in tightly sealed bags for at least a week. This will enclose the bugs and prevent them from being able to move and feed off available sources. It will also kill any eggs that have yet to hatch.
2. Baking Soda
Baking soda is a great method for both cleaning the air in your fridge and treating pesty bed bugs. This fine powder soaks up moisture and kills bed bugs by drying out their bodies. Sprinkle a generous layer of baking soda over infected areas such as beds, walls, doorways, headboards, floors, etc. Let this sit for a week and then vacuum up the powder and dried up bugs.
3. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is an underrated remedy for many cases. From lice prevention to the treatment of bacteria and fungi, this essential oil has anti-parasitic properties and can be used to kill bed bugs. To try this method out for yourself, mix two teaspoons of pure tea tree oil with 50ml of water in a spray bottle. Shake thoroughly and apply to infected areas, paying close attention to small cracks and crevices.
While good on fries, vinegar is also known to kill bed bugs. The strong odour is irritating to the bed bugs and while it will kill the hatched bugs, vinegar won’t treat the eggs. You’ll need to thoroughly saturate the infected area and surroundings to make sure the bugs cannot escape the substance.
5. Rubbing Alcohol
Rubbing alcohol works much in the same way as vinegar, damaging the nervous systems of the bed bugs when inhaled. Spray rubbing alcohol in infested areas to kill the bugs.
If you’d rather your home not stink of vinegar and rubbing alcohol, you can use lemongrass to repel bed bugs. The strong scent is off-putting to the little critters and increases the acidity levels in their bodies. Liberally spray lemongrass in infected areas daily for a week or more.
7. Steam Clean
Be very cautious when using this method as steam is incredibly hot and can result in skin burns if not properly handled. Use a steamer, such as one for clothes, and drag the nozzle across infected areas slowly. You want the temperature of the steamed area to reach 71-82°C to effectively kill the bugs. Don’t miss high risk areas such as mattress seams and stitching, bed frame, curtains, carpets, hardwood floors, doorways, etc. Let the areas dry then repeat to target any remaining bed bugs.
If These Don’t Work…
While the above home remedies are worth a shot, they may not effectively kill both the bugs and the eggs. Professional extermination can guarantee a thorough and efficient treatment of bed bugs in your home. If you’re in need of pest control in Vancouver, Atlas Pest and Wildlife Control has you covered. Servicing cities around Greater Vancouver and surrounding areas, the team at Atlas Pest can be by your side in a flash to treat any extermination issue. Receive a free quote today to make your home pest free.