Let’s face it – bed bugs suck. In fact, they are absolutely horrible, and unfortunately there will likely will be occasions when you find yourself in a situation where they are present – and biting!
So when you do find yourself either travelling, or at home with a bed bug problem, there are many different ways to get rid of them.
I am one for doing things the good old organic way when I can, so this article is going to focus on how to get rid of bed bugs without chemicals.
How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs Naturally
Wash your bed linen and fabrics
Take off all the bed linen and any clothes or other fabric that has been in touch with the bed. If you have access to a washing machine with a hot cycle, then use that. If not then wash all the items by hand in very hot water.
Bed bugs cannot survive in very hot water, so the hotter the better. Be sure to rinse the items well after to get rid of any dead bed bugs.
Here are just some of the items that should be washed if you have a bed bug infestation:
- Pillow Cases
- Clothes that have touched the bed or been in the general area
Use a Clothes Dryer to Get Rid of Bed Bugs
When washing your clothes after a bed bug infestation, be sure to dry your clothes in a clothes dryer. The extreme heat will kill off any remaining bed bugs or eggs that are left in your clothes.
Do the same with anything else that can be washed, soft toys, back packs, bed linen etc.
Use a vacuum cleaner
You can also get rid of bed bugs naturally using a vacuum cleaner. This is best done after your bed linen has been washed in hot water. Use a crevice tool or something similar on your vacuum cleaner and get into all the corners and small places that bed bugs like to hide.
Be sure to vacuum under the bed and the carpets too, as it is likely they have migrated to beyond the bed itself.
Wipe Everything Down
If you really want to get rid of bed bugs without chemicals, this is an important step.
Next you need to wipe everything down thoroughly, unfortunately cleaning, cleaning and more cleaning is the only way to get rid of bed bugs.
Use Lysol or another similar disinfectant to help kill any of the remaining bed bugs.
When it comes to how to get rid of bed bugs naturally, you cannot forget about the eggs that are likely to be left behind. If you don’t deal with them at the time, you will just get another infestation later on.
Using steam on your mattress and pillows will help to kill any eggs that are left over that weren’t already taken care of by the other methods. You can do this by using a steamer, which you can purchase or possibly rent/hire.
Scrub Mattress Seams
Scrub mattress seams with a stiff brush to dislodge any remaining eggs or bed bugs. Vacuum the area afterwards.
Spray with Isopropyl Alcohol
Isopropyl Alcohol (also called rubbing alcohol) can be used to spray hard to reach areas where bed bugs like to gather. This can help to kill the bed bugs that have not yet been got by one of one of the previous methods. Remember, we are trying to kill every single bed bug here – even one or two left over bugs can start again!
As a bonus, the Isopropyl alcohol can be used to treat any existing bites you may have.
Lavender/Tea Tree Oil is a Natural Bug Repellent
Bugs hate lavender and tea tree oil, so much so that they generally wont come anywhere near it due to its strong smell.
Grab some Lavender Oil or Tea Tree Oil and wipe the bases of your bed frame and any furniture around the area affected by bed bugs. It will stop them using the furniture to climb back into your bed for several weeks.
The last thing we want is those disgusting little bugs to have an easy path back to our beds!
You should also treat your home with diatomaceous earth. To learn more about how to do this read our extensive guide here.
If All Else Fails
When it comes to how to get rid of bed bugs naturally, sometimes the above methods wont work.
If all else fails, throw out your mattress and buy a new one. No, they are not cheap….but I would rather fork out for a new mattress than get bitten by bed bugs every night!