There are vast numbers of chemical sprays, bed bug foggers and so on available on the market. All claim to cure bed bug infestations quickly and effectively. The question is just how toxic are these products and what are the long term health implications for you and your family if you douse your bed with a chemical spray or fill your home with some kind of gas from a fogger?
These products are not advisable, particularly, where there are children and vulnerable individuals who may already suffer from respiratory problems.
There are also some suggestions on various websites and forums that the use of rubbing alcohol will get rid of bed bugs. It will kill bed bugs on contact but it can also kill you! This stuff is highly flammable making it an extremely dangerous way to cure bed bug infestations. Especially as its effectiveness is limited because it evaporates so quickly.
It is possible cure bed bug infestations without any of these and without the need to spend huge sums of money on professional bed bug extermination companies.
So what can you use to cure bed bug infestations?
The first thing you need to do is make sure that you really do have bed bugs. The best way to do this is to find some of the little vampires.
Bed Bug Traps
– there are a few different types;
1. Cardboard strips which are coated with a sticky “glue” like substance. There are attached to the legs of your bed and any furniture close by. As the bugs try to climb up to feed they become stuck.
2. Cup type traps which you place on the bottom of the legs of your bed and furniture. These usually have a little reservoir which the bed bugs fall into and are unable to get out of.
3. Top of the range bed bugs detectors like the Verifi 90 day bed bug detector which attracts the bed bugs using pheromone, CO2 and kairomone. The bugs can then be found gathered round the monitor or inside the reservoir at the back which they have fallen into whilst looking for food.
Next you need to begin treatment. Which ever product you choose to use it is essential that you do the following first;
1. De-clutter the room
2. Launder bedding and clothing
3. Vacuum EVERYTHING
At this point you might want to use a steam cleaner – these are really useful when you are desperately trying to cure a bed bug infestation see How To Kill Bed Bugs With Steam – 100% Non Toxic or you could move straight on to non toxic products.
Diatomaceous Earth – can cure bed bug infestations
– This is a white talc like powder derived from the fossilized remains of marine phytoplankton.
To us humans and other mammals it is completely harmless, in fact we can even eat it and frequently do! Farmers often mix it with their grain which is in storage to kill off any bugs who might want to have a feast at the farmers expense.
How does it kill bed bugs? Quite simply bed bug have an exoskeleton. The diatomaceous earth has sharp particles which gets into the tiny joints and erodes the waxy coating exoskeleton by wearing it away and getting between the joints. This causes the bed bug to dehydrate and die.
Therefore, if you sprinkle diatomaceous earth around on carpets, sofas, chairs even your bed you will start on the road to cure your bed bug infestation.
– There are a vast array of these available and it has to be said that results tend to vary greatly. However, one which I can vouch for is Bedlam Plus. I have used this product in my own home and the results were favorable. I would point out that I did not use this to cure the bed bug infestation in isolation. I also made use of a steam cleaner. The main point you must remember with some sprays is that they only work on contact with live bugs and some will permeate and kill bed bug eggs. They will not all kill bed bugs which come along later!