A bed bug is a tiny, nocturnal insect that feeds on human blood. They are often mistaken for ticks or small cockroaches. They have flat, oval-shaped bodies that range in size from 1mm to 7mm long. Their color can vary greatly; however, they are typically brownish-red after feeding (on humans).
As their name suggests, bed bugs do tend to infest mattresses and other areas where people sleep. Because of this association with sleeping/bedding areas, many think the primary way to get rid of bed bugs is through pesticides; while this may be true, it is not always an effective method of ridding yourself of these pests.
How to get rid of bed bugs permanently?
1. Use Beneficial Nematodes
Beneficial nematodes are worms that feed on other bugs, including bedbugs. It’s important to realize that these are not the same types of nematodes found in garden soil or compost bins. These specific beneficial nematodes seek out and kill pests like ants, fleas, beetles, mosquitoes, and many others, including bed bugs. They’re typically about 6-10 millimetres long and hate dry conditions, so be sure your house is well-moisturized when you use them, or they won’t last very long at all.
Place the beneficial nematodes in different areas where you’ve seen signs of bedbugs (or where there’s a high likelihood of finding them). Their eggs can survive for over six months, so they’re the best way to get rid of bed bugs if you have a large infestation. Some people have used them in conjunction with diatomaceous earth or borax powder, but that’s more hassle than it’s worth for most people.
2. Go Shopping
There are lots of effective home remedies out there for killing bedbugs, but did you know that retail stores sell chemicals designed precisely for this purpose? Most bug spray products will do the trick, so head over to your local hardware store and pick up something pesticide-based before spraying these harmful chemicals all over your house.
3. Slice Them Up
Slice open any mattress you suspect has been infected by bedbugs with a sharp knife, and spray a mixture of alcohol and water into the infested areas. This will kill some of them instantly, although those hiding or have been protected from previous chemical attacks might survive.
4. Seal Your Mattress
If you’re sure your mattress has been wholly infested by bedbugs but don’t want to throw it out just yet, consider investing in a high-quality sealable cover for it so they can’t get inside again once you’ve removed all signs of them on top. It’s better not to buy a new one until you know more about where they came from and how deep the problem goes!
5. Exterminate professionally
If none of these home remedies seem like they’re working after several weeks, you’ll probably be better off hiring a professional exterminator to help you out. These people are often insured against damages (which could end up being significant if any of the chemicals they use accidentally seep into your furniture). They will usually provide guarantees that their work will eradicate or prevent an infestation from occurring again in the future.
6. Take Advantage of Whole Home Sprayers
Many home remedies just won’t cut it when you have a lot of stuff in your house to take care of, so consider using a whole house sprayer instead. They’re specially designed for big jobs like this one and will project powerful sprays high onto ceilings where bedbugs love to hide from the light. This process is highly effective at getting rid of bugs even in the hardest-to-reach places and can help you gain back your peace of mind.
7. Light Them Up!
If your infestation is extremely severe and all other treatments have failed to yield any results, consider using a solid bug zapper near sections of your bedroom that are infested with these pesky little buggers.
The light from the device will attract them quickly, but once they hit the light bulb, its lights out for them as their bodies will be immolated entirely from a high voltage charge generated by a transformer within the bug zapper itself. One word of caution: don’t let this bug zapper get wet, or else you’ll have a much bigger problem on your hands than just bedbugs!
8. Remove Clutter
It might go without saying, but if you want to get rid of any bugs in your house, it’s a good idea to pick up the clutter and remove stuff that could be hiding bedbugs from view. They typically prefer tight spaces where they can easily crawl into the smallest of cracks and hide away from their enemies (including people), so take advantage of this fact when trying to kill them with both chemicals and other methods alike.
9. Use Caulk—Even Without Bed Bugs Present!
Caulk is one of those tools that are just great for preventing problems before they happen, so consider using some on your windows or even around door frames if you’re scared you might have had bedbugs in the past. This can help you seal up anything they might try to get inside through and will keep them from making a home with you before you know it!
10. Use Insect Growth Regulators
Insect growth regulators are chemicals that work by preventing bugs from forming new eggs or molting before reaching an age where their outer shells have hardened enough to protect them from external threats like extermination efforts.
An experienced exterminator should effectively use this process on your problem areas if they haven’t been eliminated already. However, expect these chemicals to take several weeks or even months before being 100% effective at keeping bedbugs away for good.
11. Get Rid of Your Mattress
If all else fails, consider throwing out your old mattress and buying a brand new one, as this is one of the most effective ways to prevent bedbugs from ever becoming a problem for you again.
12. Use Preventative Measures
It might seem like an obvious solution, but using preventative measures before getting bitten by bedbugs for the first time isn’t all that bad of an idea! Some things like keeping your bedroom clean and clear of clutter can make it easier for you to spot potential signs that may indicate you have these irritating bugs in your home, so if possible, try to keep that stuff under control before they do manage to find their way inside after all.
What is the cost of getting rid of bed bugs?
A bed bug infestation’s severity and the method of extermination determine the cost of bed bug extermination.
The average price of a bed bug extermination is around $1,750, ranging from $300-$5,000.
Due to their long lifespan (up to 400 days) and difficulty in eliminating, bed bugs are more expensive to eradicate than other pests, such as fleas.