Sometime after the 1940’s bed bugs almost became a non issue in developed countries due to the introduction of strong pesticides, namely DTP.
Since 1995, incidences of bed bug infestations have been on the rise. This could be due to complacency and the bed bugs developing resistance to common pesticides.
Treatment for bed bug infestation is usually costly, time consuming and involves the use of chemicals. For people who would like to treat light infestations naturally and cost effectively there are options.
You need to start by treating the infested area. How do you know where the bed bugs are? Bed bugs are not strictly nocturnal but can usually be found feeding at night when it is dark so there is a good chance that you won’t even see a bed bug in the day time.
Bed bugs like to live on your mattress and furniture. You can find them if you lift up the mattress or check the seams and crevices of your mattress or furniture.
Look for blood smears, fecal droppings and molts of the insect. These are sure signs that you have a bed bug infestation.
A natural solution of rubbing alcohol and water may be a good first line of defense against bed bugs. But bed bugs have a reputation for being tough to get rid of, so this will only be part of the solution
Fill a spray bottle with a 50/50 solution of rubbing alcohol and water. Spray the mattress thoroughly, making sure to get inside all of the seams and crevasses. The mattress should be evenly damp after spraying.
This should help reduce the egg count in the infested area.
Prevent bed bugs from entering your home in the first place.
It’s best to avoid bringing those nasty critters into your home in the first place. If you do find yourself with a bed bug problem, form a plan of attack that may include both natural and pesticide solutions.