The Comprehensive Guide to Killing Bed Bugs on a Budget

The Comprehensive Guide to Killing Bed Bugs on a Budget
The Comprehensive Guide to Killing Bed Bugs on a Budget

Getting rid of bed bugs can be a daunting task, but with the right approach and budget-friendly techniques, you can successfully eradicate these pesky pests from your home. This comprehensive guide provides you with 10 practical steps to effectively eliminate bed bugs and prevent their return.

  1. Vacuum Thoroughly: Start by vacuuming everything – the mattress, bed frame, crevices, and any affected areas. Remember to clean the vacuum and dispose of the bag contents in a sealed bag to prevent bed bugs from spreading to other parts of the house.
  2. Isolate Clothes and Sheets: Seal all your clothes and sheets in bin bags until they can be treated.
  3. Heat Treatment for Fabrics: Wash all possible sheets and clothes at a high temperature of 60 degrees Celsius to kill bed bugs and their eggs.
  4. Freeze Non-Washable Items: For items that can’t be washed, like stuffed toys or delicate fabrics, place them in the freezer for at least 4 days to kill any hidden bed bugs or eggs.
  5. Use Contact Killers: Spray carpets, cracks and any other suspected infestation spots with a pyrethroid or pyrethrin-based insecticide that kills bed bugs on contact. A good contact killer can be bought here: 3 x PestShield Indoor Bed Bug Flea Killer Treatment Spray Carpet Mattress 200ml. Note that many bed bugs are resistant to pyrethroids and pyrethrins, so additional measures are essential.

    3 x PestShield Indoor Bed Bug Flea Killer Treatment Spray Carpet Mattress 200ml
    3 x PestShield Indoor Bed Bug Flea Killer Treatment Spray Carpet Mattress 200ml

     

  6. Desiccant Dust Application: Apply a desiccant dust to carpets, cracks and crevices. This takes time to kill bed bugs, but due to pyrethroid and pyrethrin resistance is an essential step. The main desiccant dusts in use are silica gel and Diatomaceous earth, but silica gel has shown to be more effective. CimeXa is an example of a silica gel: ROCKWELL CimeXa Insecticide Dust 4 oz

    ROCKWELL CimeXa Insecticide Dust 4 oz
    ROCKWELL CimeXa Insecticide
  7. Special Attention to the Mattress: Avoid spraying pyrethroids/pyrethrins on the mattress to avoid inhalation risks. Instead, consider using an essential-oil based product like EcoRaider: EcoRaider Natural Bed Bug/Dust Mite Killer Spray(480ml), Fast Eradication + Eliminates Eggs and Resistant Bugs, Extended Residual Protection, Non-Toxic + Safe for Children. Alternatively, steam clean the mattress to kill bed bugs with heat. This step may not kill all bed bugs in the mattress as they can burrow deep inside where they are safe from treatments.
    EcoRaider Natural Bed Bug/Dust Mite Killer Spray(480ml), Fast Eradication + Eliminates Eggs and Resistant Bugs, Extended Residual Protection, Non-Toxic + Safe for Children & Pets
    EcoRaider Natural Bed Bug/Dust Mite Killer

     

  8. Protect with a Mattress Cover: Use a bed bug mattress cover or encasement to prevent any remaining bed bugs from feeding on you and eventually causing them to starve to death. Leave this cover on for at least 2 years to ensure all bed bugs and their eggs have died. This cover is inexpensive and comes in multiple sizes to fit your mattress: Utopia Bedding Waterproof Mattress Encasement – Double Bed 135 x 190 x 30 cm, Premium Zippered Mattress Protector, Bed Bug and Dust Mite Proof Mattress Cover White
    Utopia Bedding Waterproof Mattress Encasement
    Utopia Bedding Waterproof Mattress Encasement

     

  9. Monitoring with Traps: By this point, you’ve probably killed most of the bed bugs but you want to use traps to make sure. Place interceptor traps under each leg of the bed to catch any bed bugs attempting to climb up. Lure traps can also be used with attractants to draw bed bugs in. Some good interceptor and lure traps can be found here:

    Puratak Bed Bug Interceptor Traps | Bed Bug Traps For Bed Legs | Bed Bug Pest Control | Bedbug Trap | Bed Bug Traps For Home | Bed Bug Monitor
    Puratak Bed Bug Interceptor Traps | Bed Bug Traps For Bed Legs | Bed Bug Pest Control | Bedbug Trap | Bed Bug Traps For Home | Bed Bug Monitor

     

    Puratak Bed Bug Interceptor Traps | Bed Bug Traps For Bed Legs | Bed Bug Pest Control | Bedbug Trap | Bed Bug Traps For Home | Bed Bug Monitor

    Bed Bug Traps Sticky Bed Bug Killer Strong Adhesive Traps for Bed Bugs 5 Pieces of Bedbug Traps with Attractant for Repellent of Bed Bugs Bed Bug Detector and Killer.
    Bed Bug Traps Sticky Bed Bug Killer Strong Adhesive Traps for Bed Bugs 5 Pieces of Bedbug Traps with Attractant for Repellent of Bed Bugs Bed Bug Detector and Killer.

    Bed Bug Traps Sticky Bed Bug Killer Strong Adhesive Traps for Bed Bugs 5 Pieces of Bedbug Traps with Attractant for Repellent of Bed Bugs Bed Bug Detector and Killer.

  10. Repeat as Needed: Bed bug eggs can be challenging to eliminate, and may have survived the above attempts to kill them. It’s essential to repeat the contact killer and desiccant dust application after two weeks when all the eggs have hatched.

In conclusion, armed with these 10 essential steps, you have all the tools you need to successfully eradicate bed bugs from your home. Forget about costly professional pest control services, by following this budget-friendly guide, you can achieve bed bug eradication without breaking the bank. So, don’t let the perception of impossibility hold you back. Take control of the situation and confidently embark on the path to a bed bug-free house.

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