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.
- Carefully inspect hotel rooms before unpacking your luggage. Ask for a room change immediately if you suspect bed bugs.
- If you think you were exposed, wash all clothing and vacuum or hand wash all luggage and other items you had with you in the room.
- Carefully inspect any second hand furniture or other items before bringing them into your home.
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.