Even in the cleanest household, an infestation of bed bugs can occur. There are many options for prevention and treatment of this pest as well as advice for treating the painful red bites. This is a guide for getting rid of bed bugs.
I know this is a creepy subject, but bed bugs are becoming rampant. There is a very save chemical called diatamaceous earth you put under all the legs of every bed and couch in your house so they call in it and die. Also, wrap your beds in strong plastic wrap - the box springs as well. Dust your couches everywhere (including underneath and under the cushions). Diatomaceous earth will not hurt you or your pets. I hope this is helpful for some of you that are having the same problem we are having.
By Janet from Houston, TX
I live in an apartment for senior citizens and we had a few bedbug incidences. They called in an exterminator and they use heat to get rid of them. I was really scared and went and got plastic covers for my box spring and mattress. The exterminator came and gave us tips on what to look for, etc. He was really helpful. Heat seemed to work for the folks who had the problem. I don't know much the treatment costs.
While traveling, I bring fabric softener sheets to put under the four corners of mattress under my sheets. 4 to 8 should do the job.
I've known all my neighbors for 20 years. We live in a "luxury" apartment building. I don't know how to go about bringing up the subject and telling them. I feel I won't be invited or they will not come close to me.
I also have to let the management know. They know there is a problem in the building and have had a dog in my apartment, but everything was good. A month later they started. I'm trying to keep it under control. I vacuum everyday. There a only a few, but a few is to many.
It's also the preparation for an exterminator that freaks me out. I have a disability and from what I have read, everything has to taking out away from the wall and closets emptied.
Thank you for your time.
I am sorry this is so long.
By Bruno S.
How do you know you have bed bugs? Before you say anything, you should have a pest removal company check your apartment and give you a recommendation for treatment.
The bed bugs came from somewhere and do travel, apartment to apartment, so it is best to get the treatment for all concerned.
We recently stayed at a hotel and now I've got bites all over me. Only, I am being bitten out of the house as well. Does this make sense to anyone? Thanks!
Here is some information on these types of things:
They may have gotten in your traveling bags, pockets, or shoes. I had them once and have since gotten rid of them. I had a very old pair of boots that I only wore around the house; they moved into the old cracked boots and seams and under the inside padding. Try shining your shoes with a professional grade oil based shoe polish from an old fashioned shoe repair store. I threw out my favorite old boots, but now polish my new shoes the old fashioned way. I found this link today as I was looking up baking soda, if I ever get them back.
How do I get rid of bed bugs?
By Mary M.
Are you absolutely certain you have bed bugs? My husband is an entomologist so I have a very personal and lengthy experience with bugs! If you have bites and itching after sleeping in a bed, you may have bed bugs, cat or dog fleas, tropical rat lice, etc. These and many more bugs are possible culprits. If you believe you have actual bed bugs, it is extremely difficult to rid them from your home. You can search on online for how to remove bed bugs from your home and how difficult it to do on your own, but I refer you to this site for help-note the importance of having a pest control expert's opinion on the actual bug problem and how to try to do this on your own:
citybugs.tamu.edu/factsheets/biting-stinging/others/ent-3012/ - Similar
Bed bugs are one of the most difficult pest problems to eradicate quickly. By far, the best solution for bed bugs is to hire a pest control company with experience successfully controlling bed bugs. Unfortunately, this can be expensive and beyond the means of many people. If you feel you cannot afford to hire a professional, and want to attempt do-it-yourself bed bug control, there are some things you can do. With diligence and patience and some hard work you have a fighting chance of getting rid of bed bugs in your home.
Diatoumaceous Earth, garden grade. Absolutely harmless to humans and animals but death on bugs. My daughter used it on her granddaughter for head lice and her teacher wanted to know how she did it so quickly. See Dave Owens, the Garden Guy website.
How do I get rid of bed bugs?
By poem300 from NYC
Well, I have been struggling with bed bugs for close to a month, just when I thought I had gotten the upper hand, wham, I wake with bites all over again. It's to the point where I have to circle each bit to keep track if I have more. I have vacuumed, cleaned, laundry, constantly, and now I am doing it all over again. I hear that mineral oil is good to try, but I haven't tried it yet. I have tried baking soda, left that on my couch for 1 week or longer, then I vacuumed the pic-a-dilly out of it. I have tried alcohol rub spraying on anything and everything. I took the week off of work just to get a good week on this situation all of this week. Along with putting silicone, and mineral oil around the base board of the house, and I also bought expanding foam, to use on the bigger projects. I think I am going to go along the base boards with the mineral oil, and the bedding legs, couch legs. I am at my wits end and willing to try anything.
Now the question is: how often do they lay their eggs? Should I be vacuuming and cleaning vigorously? I am at the point of throwing out my couch. Help, anyone please. I am losing my mind. Do they live in your clothes? I have all material washed and bagged, and 2 pairs of clothes that I wear, and my pj's, and bedding, they all get washed on a daily basis.
Yes dear -
apparently they live in your clothes as well as your body. I've been covered with bites this whole past year. I'm no sloppy bum, and had no idea what was making me itch so bad. Over 61, and never had a bug problem. Now, I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy ! I'm thinking a hot water mixture of baking soda, Tide, and possibly ammonia might do the job in the laundry ( whole medium size box of soda ) and hot dryer. Since I've bagged all my clothes this week, - no bites. A dermotoligist said to use bleach bathes - she was nuts ! you still can't tell the difference between my freckles and bite marks.
OH !! I used ( overdosed ) a product called - Hot Shot Bedbug & Flea bombs in my apt. They are small cans, and I say overdose because the cans say they cover large areas ( my aunt Fanny they do ! ) So I did it again, this time I used 6 cans in my small living room with the inside hall door open. Next day I used 4 cans in my bedroom. each time, I pressed large full plastic bags with laundry up against the door so I didn't breath it in overnight. And so far, I think the devils are dead. I sprayed the small coach with " Hotshot" "flea & bed bug spray" heavy. Then, as I fogged the living room, I took the coach seats and tilted them so the fogger got all sides too. Also dear - take your bedspread off and hang it over your door or shower rod so the fogger kills any chance of the devils too.
As far as the mattress is concerned, yes I sprayed heavy around the sides, BUT ! it's a bit old, so I took extra precautions and went to the material store and got a very large, semi thick felt-like material. Then, got the same amount of " stitch-witchery" and ironed it over the top after spraying. Not only should that kill the bugs, but not let them multiply. OK ? Does that help ? I quit the bleach baths, and am going back to using " Soft Soap" that seems to dry out the itching and rash with a scrub brush - then rinse the brush after you're done.
We have bedbugs in the apartments where I live. They haven't reached my apt yet. How do I get rid of bedbugs or prevent them?
By Dollie from Tucson, AZ
Borax is poisonous to pets and children, so be careful with that. Of course, you have to use something poisonous to kill the bugs, so it is a tradeoff. This should be your landlord's responsibility, to fumigate the building. You should also call an exterminator in your area for advice. Google "bedbug prevention" for many other tips.
Diatomacious Earth should do it. (spelling may be wrong). It is available at garden shops, feed stores, etc. It's non-toxic to humans and animals but kills most bugs.
How do you get rid of bedbugs from your home? How do you make something like a recipe from household products? What do you put together to kill them? Does anyone know? If so, let me know asap please.
We don't know were they came from, but they have invaded my leather couch and the store bought sprays are not working very well. Does anyone have a better idea?