Do-it-Yourself Bed Bug Treatment
Although bed bug treatment is best performed by professionals, but there are several DIY bed bug treatments you can try to lessen the severity of the infestation.
Common DIY bed bug treatments include:
- Washing bedding
- Baking soda
- Dryer sheets & moth balls
- Diatomaceous earth
- And more!
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DIY Bed Bug Removal in Illinois and Indiana
There are three ways you can attempt do-it-yourself bed bug treatment:
- Vacuuming: Thoroughly vacuum your home, paying close attention to any bed bug hots pots, such as underneath furniture and between wall joints. Consider using the attachments on the vacuum to reach inaccessible areas and on pillows, cushions, and more. Important: Always empty the contents of the vacuum into a bad and place into a trash can outdoors.
- Wash your linens: High heat is known to kill bed bugs. Strip your bed of the bedding and carefully transfer to the laundry room. Wash the bedding at a high temperature (at least 140°F) for at least an hour and a half.
- Freezing: Bed bugs cannot handle extreme temperatures, making freezing infested items a possible solution. The temperature of the freezer must remain at or below 0°F, and infested items (pillows, bedding, etc.) should be left in the freezer for at least a few days before being taken out.
Do All-Natural Bed Bug Treatments Work?
Does tea tree oil, diatomaceous earth, baking soda, dryer sheets, and other more natural methods really get rid of bed bugs? Even if you find small successes using these methods, they will never get rid of an entire infestation. That said, some of these methods are proven to work for minor spot treatments, making them worth a try.
DIY Bed Bug Treatment Doesn’t Work
If you want to control an infestation, it’s time to hire a professional bed bug exterminator. No one wants to deal with lingering bed bugs or risk getting infested again. A professional pest control company will use the best treatment possible to get rid of your bed bug problem for good.