I watched an episode on Billy the Exterminator where they had to exterminate bed bugs. Bedbugs used to be a problem in many homes years ago, but pesticides took care of the problem.
Unfortunately those same pesticides were discontinued and taken off shelves. Now, these pests are making a comeback in many homes and they can be hard to kill.
Bed bugs can suck blood for about 5 minutes and they grow in size sort of like a tick. They can cause anaphylactic shock from allergic reactions.
Bedbugs are so small that they can hide anywhere so when you begin eradicating them, you need to pay special attention to small cracks and crevices.
Like many pests, it is important to take care of this problem at the first signs instead of waiting. Bed bugs can multiply rapidly. One female can lay 300 eggs which will hatch in about 10 days.
It is always better to use safe and natural products to take care of pest problems and here are a few of the ways you can do this.
Diatomaceous earth is made of crushed fossils. You can sprinkle Diatomaceous earth anywhere. It is safe enough to sprinkle on the bed or furniture throughout your room and it will not harm you or your pets.
When the bedbugs or other bugs walk through diatomaceous earth it is reminiscent of walking through broken glass. It will cut through the bug’s exoskeleton, killing the bed bugs.
Bedbugs don’t like lavender, mint cayenne pepper, cilantro, garlic or red pepper. You can sprinkle these herbs throughout the room or make a solution of one or more of these herbs and spray the entire room.
You can also mix a solution of mixing 5 drops of the following essential oils: eucalyptus, clove, rosemary and lavender into 1 cup of water.
Pour the solution into a spray bottle and spray the room. Close the door and windows and keep the room closed for 24 hours.
One caution with using this; Do not spray material, or carpeting because this solution can stain whatever it comes in contact.
Pour some rubbing alcohol into a spray bottle and spray the bed frame. On Billy the Exterminator, they used steam to kill the bedbugs.
You can buy or rent a steamer and use that over the walls, ceiling, floors and mattresses. They also inserted a mattress into a special plastic bag and zipped it tight.
This eliminates the air for the bed bugs to breathe. If possible, you can take the mattress outdoors and place it in the hot sunshine.
Leave it in the hot sun for two or more days. Keep the mattress in this special bag for over a year. Bed bug eggs can lay dormant for at least a year so when they do hatch, there will be no air for them to breath.
Fill small cloth bags with a mixture of eucalyptus leaves, lavender, cloves and rosemary. You can put these bags anyplace in your home such as in the closet, dresser drawers, pillow cases, under the mattress or bed.
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