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How to Kill Bed Bugs

I would tell you to start with putting out an organic compound called food grade DE or food grade diatomaceous earth. You can purchase this at your local feed and seed store. You will need to purchase some type of applicator gun as it is best to spread the powder out in a thin layer. It is organic so it is not harmful to people or pets unless the person has severe asthma. When the product is sprayed around baseboards, dressers, headboards, bed frames, and throughout the dwelling it will cause a cloud of dust which might trigger an asthma attack. If you are using DE you will need to leave the product in place for several months and should not rush out and vacuum it all up. It needs to stay in place because it will only kill bed bugs when they walk thru it.

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How does DE kill bedbugs? It is basically like thousands of small splinters of glass that penetrate the bed bugs shell and dehydrates the bugs.  The good news is that because it is a physical killer, bedbugs cannot become “immune” or resistant to the powder.

Ways to Get Rid of Bed Bugs

Bed BugIn the old days our great grandparents may have used harmful chemicals like DDT or other cancer causing agents to kill bed bugs. I’ve heard that they would pull mattresses out in the yard on hot days and place them near a controlled fire in order to heat the furniture up. My mother said she remembers her grandmother searching the bed at night and popping the bedbugs between her two thumb nails. Can you imagine, having to smash bugs that feed on blood? Yuck. Luckily, there are better ways to kill bed bugs these days.

Kill Bed Bugs with Heat

Heat is often still superior to all forms of treatments. Heat is capable of killing all stages of bed bugs including bedbug eggs. Heat is organic, fast, and very effective when done correctly.  As with all things heat has some issues that must be addressed in order that no damage is done to the dwelling.

A professional bedbug heat company will instruct you to read a pre-checklist of things that must be done before the dwelling can be heated—to kill bedbugs. They should also inspect the home to be sure none of the items on the list are overlooked.  Some of the things that are on a pre-heat checklist include:  (Wiping down all items that may not be able to withstand high heat. You will need to wipe items down with rubbing alcohol and then store these items outside in a clean, new plastic bin with a lid.)  Items that are susceptible to high heat include things like: candles, guns, ammunition, liquor, batteries and aerosol cans. Heat companies will also need to unplug your refrigerator and or freezers during the heat process.

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Heat companies are often able to heat the dwelling in the morning and finish heating before the end of the day. This means that you are able to leave for work and come back to a home that is bed bug free that evening. Heat is capable of killing: eggs, nymphs, and adult bedbugs. When heat is used properly it is able to kill bed bugs in the box springs, mattresses, couches, and furnishings. This is nice when you do not want to throw away your belongings.

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