12 best tips to get rid of bed bugs - easy remedies to prevent

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Having a bed bug infestation is one of the worst experiences ever. Your home is under invasion, and it's probably hard for you to sleep at night knowing they could be biting you all over. While bed bug removal is a a lot of work, it's not impossible, and it can be done easily if you have a strategy to follow. Since bed bugs are nocturnal, meaning they only come out at night, this can make them even harder to find. During the day, when it would be easier to find them, they are usually hiding away waiting to come out at night when you're laying in bed fast asleep. Sometimes even the bites they leave are hard to see, and some people don't even react to their bite at all making them even trickier to see. If you suspect you have bed bugs in your home, you need to take some time to look for them so that you can remove them. Pesticides used to be common for treating a bed bug infestation, but unfortunately, the bugs have developed a resistance to pesticides over the years which is why there is a bed bug epidemic right now. Using natural remedies for a bed bug infestation can be very effective, and since it's all natural, you won't have to worry about any toxins entering your home and affecting you or your family members. According to Better Sleeps Tonight, one of the most effective ways to remove bed bugs is to use extreme heat. A steam cleaner is great for treating your items and killing bed bugs.

If you don't own a steam cleaner, you could invest in one, or you could possibly borrow one from a friend or someone in your neighbourhood. Steam clean your bed area before you go to bed paying attention to the little nooks and crannies in the mattress, headboard, box spring, bed frame, bedside tables and any decor surrounding your bed. You'll also want to check in behind outlet and light switch covers as well as in baseboards and framing around windows. You may also want to steam clean your carpets or area rugs you have in your bedroom as well since they could definitely hide in the fibres of the carpet or underneath rugs. You can also use some fragrant lavender essential oil as well. The bugs find these scents really powerful so they will avoid it. Add 10 -20 drops of lavender to a spray bottle filled with water and a bit of rubbing alcohol. Then spray the homemade spray all over your bed and pillows to keep the bugs away. Lavender is also wonderful for relaxation, so it's perfect for calming you down before you head to sleep. Mint oil is another essential oil that they find overpowering so you could do that on its own or with the lavender oil in some water and spray it all over your room. This will also help to keep spiders away too. Some people even use crushed up mint leaves under their mattresses too.

If you don't have essential oils on hand, you can just use the rubbing alcohol which will dehydrate the bugs and kill them eventually. Just put some alcohol into a spray bottle and spray the areas you've found bed bugs. Baking soda is another great natural cleaner that will dry up the bed bugs. You can sprinkle some all over your floor around your bed and put it in cracks you find. Another great drying ingredient you can use for bed bug removal is diatomaceous earth. Try out these great tips for eliminating a bed bug infestation and see how they work.***

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