How to Kill Bed Bugs: 3 DIY Methods

by | Feb 3, 2014

Searching for bed bugs with magnifying glass​Uh oh… did you just realize that you have a bed bug infestation in the house? You’ll need to address the situation immediately to get the problem under control, and that means that you’re going to have to kill them. There really aren’t any effective ways to repel bed bugs, so if you want to completely eliminate them, you’ll need to focus on methods that kill the insect and their eggs.

There are a number of DIY techniques which can kill bedbugs, but for the best chance of success, we advise you to take help from the pros.

How to Kill Bed Bugs with Heat
Bed bugs cannot survive high temperatures so heat is a good choice for killing them. As long as your temperatures are high and exposures are adequate, you will get effective results. Generally, the temperatures must exceed beyond 49 degrees Celsius or 120 degrees Fahrenheit for bed bugs to be killed.

Here is what you can do to eliminate bed bugs with heat depending on the type of infested belonging:

If bed bugs have infested your bedding, you can place it in a dryer. Turn the heat settings to high and operate the dryer for around 15 to 20 minutes.
Place your infested furniture, rugs, carpets and any other item that cannot be washed outside into the heat. You will have to do this for at least 25 hours.
There are many portable heating devices available in the market that have been designed to kill bed bugs. The average of these items is around $300 or so. While using these devices, make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions properly.
Killing Bed Bugs with Insecticides
Insecticides are another effective product for killing bed bugs, but there are health concerns associated with their usage. You will have to be very careful and take all necessary measures when you use insecticides to kill bed bugs. There are many types if insecticides available in the market; search for one that has is specifically labeled for bed bugs. Any general pesticide will not work. Moreover, the product you buy should have EPA registrations, which serves an indication of its effectiveness.

Prior to using an insecticide, read the instructions that are given in the label. Make sure your follow them so that effective results can be achieved and your health is not exposed to any risks.

Other Bed Bug Elimination Treatments
There are a number of traditional methods which can be effective for eliminating bed bugs in certain instances.

Vacuum your infected belongings; individually carried out vacuuming may not be that effective, but if you use it with some other technique, you will be able to keep bed bugs away in future as well.
Diatomaceous Earth can dehydrate bed bugs, causing them to die in a couple of hours.
The above mentioned techniques are effective for treating bed bugs, but they are associated with safety risk. A much better choice is to hire a professional pest control company.

To request a bed bug control service in Mesa or anywhere in the greater Phoenix area, call Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services now at (480) 986-8500.

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