For a couple of weeks, my body became the feeding ground of bed bugs. Almost every night, bed bugs fed on my blood which saw their them surviving and me suffering from intense itch, not to mention the possibility of contracting some dreaded disease from these nocturnal pests.
There are several methods to get rid of bed bugs as listed below:
- Move out of your home for 12 months – this is known to get rid of bed bugs because they will die from not feeding on you. However, cockroaches will be the head of your home.
- Take a big piece of fabric and seal the entire mattress in it – because your mattress is sealed, no bed bugs can get in or out of it causing all bed bugs and their youngs to starve inside the mattress. They will die after 6 to 12 months or so, therefore, you cannot remove the mattress cover for that period. I tried using a large plastic sheet sealed around the mattress but it caused uncomfortable sleep and heat too. The other fact I found was that this method is good only to kill bed bugs in your mattress but not entirely since bed bugs can live just about anywhere; bed frames, cracks in the wall, curtains, etc.
- Drown them – bed bugs die easily when immersed in water. Wash all your linens, fabrics (bed sheet, curtain, clothing, etc) that is in the room.
- Sun everything – take your mattress out into the sun and let the sun ray do their magic. Remember to turn the mattress over for a good and even tan. If possible, take your bed frames out for sunning. If you are really desperate, move your furnitures out into the sun too. The heat from the sun either kills them or makes them leave.
- Use insect aerosol – Spray them with insect aerosol. I targeted the bed frames and furnitures but made one critical mistake, I used a non-water based aerosol which made my furnitures all oily and sticky. Your room will stink for a few days, trust me on this.
- Use steam to kill bed bugs – Heat from the steam makes bed bugs pop like making popcorn. And if you are wondering where to get steam to the room, I used a steam iron.
- Call for professional help – if you can afford their fees. Any pest-control company should know what to do.
don’t let the bed bugs bite.