So, you have bed bugs, and all the "joys" that go along with them. The itching. The scratching. The redness. The soreness. They need to go away, and fast—but hiring a professional can be costly, and throwing all of your things away is too much of a hassle (not to mention, potentially heartbreaking). So what do you do? Try out some of these home remedies to get rid of bed bugs; they just might do the trick!
1) Spray Them With Rubbing Alcohol.
Sometimes the simplest solution is the easiest. Chances are you already have rubbing alcohol somewhere in your house, so you won't even have to run out and buy anything. If you can see any visible bed bug eggs on your furniture, spray them directly with rubbing alcohol—or, if your rubbing alcohol doesn't come in a spray can, try applying it directly with a dishrag or brush. That should help to limit the infestation (and certainly the growth), if not take care of it completely.
Better yet, check out BedBug911's own natural bed bug extermination products.
2) Do Your Laundry.
Another one of our home remedies to get rid of bed bugs is to simply launder the affected fabrics—at a minimum tempter of 120 degrees Fahrenheit. It may take several passes, but you should eventually start to see some effect. For anything that won't fit into a washing machine or drier (e.g., couch cushions), try playing them inside of individual plastic bags, and then leaving them out in the sun to heat. (You can also try killing them with cold, but this takes substantially longer—at least two weeks, under below freezing temperatures—and may not be feasible in your current situation.)
3) Apply Flea and Tick Powder.
It's not just for fleas anymore! You might find that a cheap bottle of flea and tick powder from your local pet store does just the trick, by dehydrating the bugs and ultimately killing them. Just sprinkle it around the perimeter of the effected room—once the bed bugs cross through the powder, the dehydration process starts, and it's only a matter of time.
By far the most effective solution is prevention, but if it's too late for that, we suggest using all three of these ideas—perhaps even in tandem. You should eventually start to see results, although if you don't, it might just be time to call in a professional after all.
One final thing to consider—it's possible you don't even have bed bugs. The same bites caused by bed bugs could also be caused by other insects, or even a disease such as folliculitis or scabies. If possible, you should consult your doctor before trying any of our home remedies to get rid of bed bugs. Good luck!
photo credit: dvanzuijlekom