With the bedbug population out of control from chemicals previously used being ban for environmental protection can they be killed and if so how? Well, here are a few organic tips to help.
Lately in the local and national news we have been hearing about the wide spread invasion of bedbugs found everywhere and there seems to be no easy solution to control or eradicate these bloodsucking creatures. The reasons sighted for this epidemic is the chemicals used in the past that were effective in killing bedbugs have been banned because they were damaging our environment.
There are other ways to not only control the bedbugs but to eliminate them entirely from your home without using a bunch of harmful chemicals to accomplish the task. Anyone who takes the time to do any research on bedbug elimination, as I did, will find they cannot withstand temperatures above 120 degrees, they can be starved by placing infested items in airtight plastic bags for a couple of months, Diatomaceous Earth will cut through their exoskeleton which kills them and there are several natural enzyme cleaners on the market that kill them on contact by eating through the bedbugs outer shell.
With the new products on the market for steam cleaning everything from your floors, walls, furniture and clothing it is a good start for eradicating these pests from your home. Not to mention that steam cleaning is good for your health and the environment as well. While you are steaming cleaning wash and dry on high heat all bedding that can be put into your washer and dryer. Any bedding that cannot be treated in these appliances should be placed in airtight plastic bags in a warm sunny spot for at least two months before using again.
This is the method I started with in my war to rid my house of bedbugs. Granted it did not get rid of all the bugs but it did give me a good start. The next step was to follow up the steam cleaning with a dusting of Diatomaceous Earth along all the baseboards, around the legs of the bed, in the cracks and crevices of my furniture where the creatures like to hide that were not penetrated by the steam. Leave the all-natural dust in place for a week the vacuum everything you dusted with the earth. After vacuuming remove the vacuum bag and seal it in an airtight plastic bag before discarding it in the trash.
I then followed up the vacuuming with spraying my carpets, mattresses and other furniture with enzyme cleaners every week until the nasty little bloodsuckers were finally no longer biting us. I first used a product called Kleen Green by Natural Ginesis is available in a concentrated form that you can mix with water to spray safely on furniture, carpets, pets or humans that kill many bugs on contact. It can also be used when washing your laundry by adding 2 oz. of the concentrate for additional killing power. The recommended formula when mixing the concentrate is 2 oz. of Kleen Green with 30 oz. of water in a spray bottle. I used this mixture once a week on all areas that could possibly hide the bugs. The concentrate can also be used with many of the steam cleaners on the market. This product worked very well on killing any bedbugs spotted and sprayed but did not seem to completely get rid of any eggs left behind that seemed to hatch out and start feeding on us once again.
While fighting the battle of the bedbugs I came across an article that gave a personal review of the enzyme products available to fight bedbugs it mentioned a product that was less expensive but worked just as well as the product I had been using and was running out of from using it weekly. So I decided to try the Bug Arrest by Heartland Products since it was cheaper and claimed to kill the same bugs as Kleen Green.
I am very happy to say after purchasing the 32 oz bottle of Bug Arrest and spraying all mattresses and furniture with it twice neither my spouse or myself have suffered any more bites for the past two months. Even though I have found some bedbug eggs on the slats of my bed frame none of the eggs have hatched to rein fest my house. The whole process took several months of diligent cleaning and spraying but the total cost was under $100 dollars to get rid of the pests that are in epidemic proportions across America and Europe. You to can win this war against bugs without any harmful chemicals by following the same methods I used to beat the bedbugs.
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