Bed bugs are nasty creatures that squat in your home. You may not even be aware that these creatures have been your unwanted bed companion at night. Once they are in your home, they will give you a difficult time to make them leave. The saddest part is in knowing how costly treatment can be. Here are some of the ways to control the infestation and lower bed bug treatment cost.
Remove all your bed linens (bed sheets, pillowcases, mattress cover) as well as you clothes where these creatures normally reside. Soak your linens in hot water and your water + detergent solution. You may also want to avail of a laundry solution with natural enzymes or create your own natural bed bug solution. The key to exterminating bed bugs is heat. These annoying creatures can rarely tolerate heat. If there are things in your home that your laundry machine cannot accommodate, a good alternative is to expose them to the scorching heat of the sun, or get artificial heat from steam cleaners.
Deny the bed bugs the environment they need to thrive and multiply. These parasitic creatures love cracks in your home. At daytime, they would often retreat to your wall outlets, baseboards, between your beds, in your mattress folds and creases, bed linens, and even in your photo frames. Vacuum clean your entire home paying attention to these areas prone to bugs. Remove dust and keep the area clean using a cleaning brush along with the vacuum cleaner.
Another method to control bug treatment cost is to sprinkle baking soda or Diatomaceous Earth on the crack and crevices as well as other areas prone to these insects. Diatomaceous Earth is a mineral dust that can kill bed bugs naturally. It sharp shards slices the bugs upon contact killing them with dehydration. It is perhaps one of the safest ways and low cost treatment for bug infestations. It does not contain any toxic substances to kill bed bugs, and therefore you can be sure that there are no adverse effects to your health. You also need not worry about your pet, as it is only lethal to insects. You can even sprinkle some to your pet’s coat to kill ticks and fleas.
Another inexpensive way to treat and control them is to use rubbing alcohol. You can spray the alcohol directly to the infested area, or wipe the solution on the surface. For visible eggs, you can pour alcohol directly to kill them. Combining alcohol with other methods such as steam cleaning will increase the effectiveness of ridding these nasty creatures.
At the first signs of bed bugs visit in your home, you should be able to show them the necessary hostility and treat them as your enemy. Otherwise, you may find it difficult to show them the way out of your home and you may need to enlist professional services to do so. This move may hurt your pocket, unless you know how to save on treatment cost.