How To Kill Bed Bugs?
Disgusting bed bug infestation can very well be eliminated once you find out how to kill bed bugs. Although these blood sucking creatures are hard to get rid of still there are some methods that are widely used to kill bedbugs. They are:
EPA approved diatomaceous earth is non toxic mineral dust that kills bed bugs by cutting into their exoskeleton and ultimately dehydrating them.
You can dust this powder on ridges of mattresses, beneath baseboards, inside box springs and seams of infested furniture. It kills the insect mechanically when the insect crawls on it.
This method is easy, effective and provides long-term bed bug control but it does not give drastic results immediately. Plus, it works best in low humidity environment. You can use it in combination with other insecticide dusts as well.
Isopropyl rubbing alcohol (91%) is a tried and tested home remedy to kill bedbugs. Prepare the solution by mixing 9 parts of rubbing alcohol and 1 part water. Fill it in a chemical sprayer and spray it on beds, carpets, furniture and other infested areas.
The solution kills bed bugs when they come in contact with it but it tends to evaporate soon. Thus, you will have to repeat the trick a few times till about 2 weeks. Besides, when applying this technique, make sure there is proper ventilation.
Silica gel dust has the ability to dehydrate and kill a bed bug as soon as it comes in contact with this wingless creature. You can use crushed crystal silica gel cat litter or sachets of silica gel provided with numerous products like mobiles, shoe boxes etc.
Extreme heat, particularly steam is highly beneficial in getting rid of bed bugs. These pesky pests cannot withstand temperatures beyond 125-125 degrees Fahrenheit.
So, washing clothes and linens in extremely hot water and then putting them at highest temperature in hot dryer helps remove these nasty critters.
In addition steam treatment can carried out on mattresses. This tends to strengthen dust mite infestation though. Heat treatment performed by professional bed bug exterminators is a valuable option when dealing with severe infestation.
The biggest advantage of thermal and steam treatment is that these methods kill bed bug eggs as well, thereby preventing chances of further infestation.
Subjecting these annoying creatures to temperatures below 32 °F for at least 4-5 days at a stretch is another effective means for exterminating bed bug infestation. Like heat treatment, proper implementation of this freezing treatment does not have residual effects.
Although these methods for killing bed bugs work successfully in getting rid of these nasty pests, you can also try a suitable combination of these methods, especially with steam treatment to increase the effectiveness of bed bug treatment.
Watch this video showing how to kill bed bugs with steam cleaner