These little problematic creatures are only active at night and they can grow up to the size of an apple seed. However, their eggs can be hard to spot by a person’s eye.
They are brown, so it is even harder to spot them on dark linen or wooden furniture.
They feed on blood and usually, they are hiding inside the bed. When you get bitten by a bedbug, the bite will transform into a welt that is surrounded with dry blood.
The relieving part is that bed bugs can’t transmit any diseases. However, you still need to check and get rid of any bed bugs on your furniture.
How to detect bed bugs
It is easier to spot bed bugs if your sheets are white, but the nymphs and eggs cannot be seen by a human’s eye. Usual signs for bed bugs are:
- Stains of blood on your bed linen
- Terrible smell from the scent glands of the bugs
- Dark dots on your bed linen
- Fecal spots or eggshells on your linen
Getting rid of bed bugs
Even if you believe that your home is so clean, there could be bed bugs living in your furniture. Follow these instructions in order to completely get rid of them.
Take a mirror and a flashlight and use the flashlight in the night while the room is dark.
Check your pillows, both inside and across them. If you see any small dots moving, there are bed bugs in your bed.
Furthermore, take the mirror in the morning and take a look under the mattress or behind the headboard. If there aren’t any, make sure to check every hole or crack in your bed or bedframe.
However, don’t forget to check the whole room, especially your carpets, curtains, photos or posters, outlets, or even light switches.
Bed bugs can use anything as a home so make sure you check everything. If you believe that you can’t do that, make sure to contact an exterminator.
1. Clean your room
Make sure that you don’t have clothes or any other objects all over your bedroom. Tidy up your room and remove any potential places that can be used by bed bugs.
2. Change and wash your bed sheets
Make sure that you wash your linen on high temperature for around 30 minutes. You can also wash your pajamas or your pillows or mattress cover.
If you have any objects that can’t be washed, put them in a plastic bag and leave them outside on the sunlight or in your freezer for several days. The bugs will definitely die.
3. Vacuum your whole room
Vacuum everything thoroughly, your whole room, starting from the bed, to your carpet all the way to your closets and tables.
4. Essential oils for bedbugs
There are a lot of essential oils that can help you destroy these small insects, such as clove, peppermint, cinnamon, thyme, lemongrass, eucalyptus, tea tree or lavender.
5. Homemade Spray
For this bed bug spray, you will need:
- Ten drops of thyme essential oil
- Ten drops of lavender essential oil
- Six drops of tea tree essential oil
- Six drops of lemongrass essential oil
Combine the oils together in a spray bottle and mix it with water. Make sure that you keep the spray in a dark and cool room. To get rid of the bed bugs, spray your pillows, linen, mattress, and carpets.
6. Diatomaceous Earth
This is most commonly used by exterminators that don’t use toxic pesticides. You can easily find it online or in a health food store.
Make sure that you spray your whole room with it, but make sure that you wear a mask.
It can be dangerous for you and you should keep your pets away from the room where you have applied the Diatomaceous Earth. After a week, vacuum everything.
7. Use steam
Because bed bugs can’t stand high temperatures, you can destroy them with a steam cleaner. It will help you clean the tricky parts of the room.
8. Get interceptors
Make sure that you protect the feet of the bed frame with interceptors. There are various non-toxic bed bug interceptors that you can find in a local hardware store or online.
9. Place your bed away from your wall
It is quite common for bedbugs to stay on walls, which means that you need to make some furniture changes in your room.
10. Check your suitcases and travel bags
Usually, bed bugs can be found in hotels, which means that they can live in your suitcases or travel bags. This means that you need to check your bags thoroughly before entering your home.
11. Prevent bed bugs
There are several tricks that will help you keep your home bed bugs-free.
- Use sealant or caulk
You can fill in the holes or cracks in your headboard or bed frame in order to remove a potential home for the bed bugs.
- Don’t buy old furniture or clothing
If you have to get anything that has been used before, make sure to follow the instructions that we mentioned above before bringing the old object into your home.
- Check your new home
If you are planning on changing homes, make your research about the apartment. If you believe that there is a possibility of an infestation, contact a non-toxic exterminator.
It will be hard to prevent an infestation, but living in a clean home can be relieving. Invest in hard work and it will pay off in the end.