How to Rid Your Home of "Bed Bugs" Naturally

How to Rid Your Home of "Bed Bugs" Naturally

The saying, "don’t let the bed bugs bite", a phrase heard round the world for centuries is now experiencing a resurgence, especially here in North America after the turn of the 20th century.

It seems there’s been a great increase in their noticeable presence over the past few years. Is there a viable solution?

There Are Many Insecticides Available Out There, But Are They Safe?

In the 1940’s DDT was used to eradicate the “bed bug” and they almost disappeared here in the U.S., but with the DDT ban in the 50’s there has been a slow resurgence since then. Now, we have a pretty long list of new one’s and here are just a few of the most popular that are used by most pest control outfits:

Malathion, Pyrethrins, Drione Dust, Dragnet / Delta Dust Flee, Allethrin,Tempo Dust and Suspend SC. I have not even heard of most of these.
 

There Are Natural Approaches That Are Environmentally Safe

1- Boric Acid

This is usually diluted with water and spread with a sponge but can also be sprayed on suspected surfaces with a spray mist bottle. It should never be applied directly to the box spring or mattress.

2- DE, better known as diatomaceous earth

Food-grade Diatomaceous Earth is not a toxic pesticide. It is non toxic to animals or humans. When a “bug” walks through it the bug becomes dehydrated and dies. The key is to apply the powder where the bugs will travel, but since the “bed bug” cannot fly, it is wise to put some around the legs of your bed or beds. Keep all the edges of your bed away from the wall. Don’t let your blankets hang to the floor.

Another precaution is to spray some into the wall around the wall plug assembly housings by removing the wall plug plates. You will have to buy yourself a spray bottle of the type that is used for squirting ketchup onto hot dogs or hamburgers. Find any crevices no matter how small and spray some of the powder down into them being careful not to inhale the fine powder. It can affect those with existing lung problems. It may be a wise thing to wear a dust protection mask during application. A final precaution is to place a 2-inch wide band of DE around your home to protect from unwanted entry of all types of bugs. DE has been approved by the EPA and FDA but it is always wise to take precaution. The principle behind the application of DE is that the “bugs” and this means every pest is very quickly eradicated.

Here are some Website References:

http://newsblaze.com/story/20090618141605prbr.np/topstory.html

http://www.bed-bug.net/

http://www.natural-cures-for.com/remedies/bed-bugs

http://www.earthworkshealth.com/organic-pest-control.php?gclid=CPyy68nX8JsCFU1M5QodB2kmAg

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alexgadd, posted this comment on Feb 15th, 2011

Very interesting, need to bring back the DDT’s in my opinion

janesteban, posted this comment on Feb 15th, 2011

Great info… and thanks also for the additional references.

anndavey650, posted this comment on Feb 15th, 2011

Good tips to eradicate a nasty problem!

lolontka, posted this comment on Feb 18th, 2011

These little pests are such a nuisance., Thanks for the interesting post.

Gail Nobles, posted this comment on Feb 24th, 2011

Great info.

acts2and38, posted this comment on Mar 2nd, 2011

Ahhh. We are infested here in the U.S. by these buggers and only DDt seems to work (due to it’sresistance to other ways or methods). Thanks for sharing here.

Percy Omenazu, posted this comment on Mar 4th, 2011

Very beautiful

beauley, posted this comment on Mar 5th, 2011

I thank you for the great comments. Please check some of the history on the use of DDT in the 1950s and the Polio epidemic. A subtle link?

Ruby Hawk, posted this comment on Mar 12th, 2011

that’s what I said to my kids and grandkids, good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bedbugs bite.

beauley, posted this comment on Mar 17th, 2011

Before we jump the gun on falling back on the use of DDT please visit article on its relation to our past polio epidemic.

DDT and Polio
http://www.vaclib.org/basic/polio.htm

Linvio, posted this comment on Mar 18th, 2011

I say this very helpful though my room is zero bugs..

serenitybubble, posted this comment on Mar 22nd, 2011

Very informative article. Thanks for posting.

Peace Poet, posted this comment on Mar 24th, 2011

Very informative and useful article to get rid of bugs in a natural method. Thanks for sharing

megamatt09, posted this comment on Mar 26th, 2011

A nasty, troublesome problem, but it is really useful.

sanataryal, posted this comment on Mar 29th, 2011

Bed bug…ufff…a menace.I liked your way of presentation .It’s really Interesting.Keep it up.

LoveLoi20, posted this comment on Apr 10th, 2011

good info. everyday clean the bedroom can make no bugs.

Darlene20, posted this comment on Apr 15th, 2011

Thanks for the info.

sammyz1, posted this comment on Apr 20th, 2011

I’m sitting on my bed reading this, lol, and I’ve suddenly become itchy. Thanks for that. (jk)

Thanks for teaching me about something I didn’t know about.

amitchawla, posted this comment on May 29th, 2011

good i like it

shamgrove, posted this comment on Jun 12th, 2011

Nice Info.

Darlene McFarlane, posted this comment on Jun 15th, 2011

A very interesting article. I wasn’t aware there was anything natural that would deter the little beasts. It’s good to know if it were ever needed.

Melody SJAL, posted this comment on Jun 24th, 2011

Thanks for these tips…bed bugs are really nasty.

moneymaker80, posted this comment on Jun 27th, 2011

good!!!!!!

adicodrean1967, posted this comment on Jun 28th, 2011

good job

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PruandMe, posted this comment on Jul 18th, 2011

thankfully the little hitchhikers haven’t found their way to my home. Just in case . . . where do we find Boric acid and DE?

Socorro Lawas, posted this comment on Aug 3rd, 2011

very informative and interesting, well-researched and well-composed

Phillips Rodrick, posted this comment on Nov 16th, 2011

Good Going To remove these bed bubs, very informative.
Thanks for the info. and the references beauley.Hope soon you will inform us about something new.

beauley, posted this comment on Nov 16th, 2011

Than you all for your kind responses.

JMcCoy, posted this comment on Oct 12th, 2012

My husband just took a bug to the exterminating company to verify it was a bed bug and the guy there said it was a wood roach, not a bed bug.

I am not convinced since he said the bug was too big to be a bed bug. I have read they can get pretty big depending on the host they are feeding on.

I had heard that fleas and bed bugs are attracted to the salt in our blood. After reading up on bed bugs I learned that bed bugs are attracted to the heat in our bodies. If that is true, then take a heating pad and put it in a room where no one is sleeping. Leave the pad on the floor turned on and surround it with salt and borax thick enough they have to crawl through it.

Another way is to put borax in all your light switch and plug in boxes, then caulk where they fit in the wall and where the faceplate joins the box. Also caulk the cracks in the registers and heat vents after putting in borax.

Fill paper plates with borax and salt, then place them under the bottom drawers in the bathroom and in the closets.

Doing one room a day would probably be enough. Maybe doing the bedrooms first would be best.

The exterminater also said the bed bugs lay their eggs in duct work and they need to be blown out and cleaned. It could work to use aluminum foil and making a seal the size of the ductwork opening and then put your longest vac hose into the ductwork and then use the seal to provide suction. Add borax to your vac before vacuuming. Maybe then add borax to the duct work. This would have to be done on each register and vent.

beauley, posted this comment on Oct 14th, 2012

Thank you for the very interesting response.

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