Do it Yourself Bed Bug Treatment
For best results, leave bed bug removal to the professionals. With that said, if you want to attempt to do it yourself, there are several at-home bed bug treatments you can try. We find that their effectiveness is limited – they won’t eliminate an infestation, but they can help reduce bed bug populations over the short term.
Some popular at-home bed bug treatments include:
- Washing linens
- Baking soda
- Dryer sheets and/or mothballs
- Diatomaceous earth
How to get rid of bed bugs on your own on Long Island
Keep in mind that when you attempt at-home bed bug removal on your own, your goal is reducing the problem. It’s unlikely that any of these methods will fully stop a bed bug infestation, but you may get positive short term results:
- Vacuuming: Vacuum your entire home, paying close attention to areas underneath furniture and between wall joints, and anywhere else you suspect bed bug activity. You can use attachments to get to hard-to-reach areas and pillows, cushions, and upholstery. Make sure to empty your vacuum bags into a trash can outdoors
- Wash your bedding frequently: Temperatures of 120 degrees Fahrenheit or hotter is one of the best tools for killing bed bugs. Strip the sheets off of your bed and put them into the washing machine on the highest temperature setting. Wash the bedding for 90 minutes or longer
- Freezing: Similar to heat, freezing temperatures make for an uninhabitable environment for bed bugs. Smaller infested items can be placed in the freezer for four or more days
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Do all-natural treatments for bed bugs actually work?
Tea tree oil, baking soda, dryer sheets, and diatomaceous earth are all mentioned as potential bed bug treatments, but do they really work?
It depends on what your goal is. If your goal is to completely eliminate your bed bug infestation, then no, you’re going to want to call a professional exterminator. However, if your goal is to reduce the bed bug problem in your house for a time, then yes, these DIY treatments might be worth a try.
What to Do When DIY Bed Bug Treatment Doesn’t Work
When you’re ready to eliminate your bed bug infestation fully, the pest pros at Arrow Exterminating are just a phone call away! We’ll send out an experienced bed bug control technician who knows exactly how to take care of lingering bed bug problems.