How To Kill Bed Bugs

If you think you might have an infestation in your home, I’m sure you want to know how to kill bed bugs, and kill them fast!  While there are many who have tried home remedies, the best way to make sure you get rid of bed bugs is to hire a professional exterminator.  They know what to look for and exactly how to kill them.

However, here’s some information about how to rid your home of bed bugs that I’ve been able to gather.

Rubbing alcohol kills the bugs if they are sprayed directly with it. But simply soaking fabric or furniture with alcohol does not work.

There’s a product called Steri-Fab that has a high content of alcohol that some exterminators use.

According to the company website, www.sterifab.com,  Steri-Fab is 60.39 percent isopropyl alcohol and contains other chemicals.

There are many commerically available plastic mattress encasements that you can use to prevent bed bugs from getting into your mattress.  Some pest control companies will treat your mattress with chemicals and then enclose it in a plastic wrap of some kind to ensure that all the bed bugs are killed.

High heat

Getting your room temperature up to between 120 – 140 degrees and holding it there for 6-7 hours will do the trick at killing bed bugs, along with any other bugs in your room.  This is a new method of treatment that some pest control companies are using which is very effective.  It’s also chemical-free!  Of course you would need to remove anything from your room that could melt first.  The best part of this is that the bugs have no where to hide.  The heat will kill them if they are anywhere in the room.  For more info on this method of killing bed bugs read THIS POST.

If one suspects bedbugs are in their home, they should call a pest control company for an inspection and give it a thorough cleaning, including scrubbing all furniture areas with a stiff brush. The health department recommends steam cleaning carpet. Also recommended is washing bedding and garments in hot water of at least 120 degrees and drying items in a machine dryer at the highest temperature for at least an hour.

Have you ever asked yourself, how big is a bed bug?  If you don’t already know the answer to that, I guess that means you haven’t seen them yet.  I just hope you never have to actually find them in your own bed, couch or home :) .

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