Bed bugs are our enemies when they decide to settle in our homes. Because where they settle in is also their natural feeding habitat. So how to kill bed bugs? Which methods will help you killing bed bugs?
I know there are several answers to this question and most depends on subjective opinions. Because all those people who fought against bed bugs have their own experiences and this will prevent to have a certain answer.
But in most cases, those are the main ways to kill bed bugs:
Now let’s take a look at these ways one by one.
Does heat kill bed bugs?
Heat is the most common enemy of bed bugs. Because bed bugs can’t survive after a certain temperature.
When it’s higher than 113°F in their environment, they will die soon. So, heat is an option to kill bed bugs.
Best way to use heat against bed bugs is heat treatment with a heater. In this treatment, a professional pest controller come into your house and increases the heat in the house with a powerful heater manually.
By this way, the pest professional guy aims to reach the ideal hot temperature on which bed bugs won’t survive. When it’s done professionally and repeated for a few times, any bed bugs at home will be able to keep their asses from this.
As bed bugs can’t survive over a certain temperature so, they won’t be able to make it under a certain temperature too.
Ideal environmental temperature for bed bugs is degrees between 45°F and 100°F. But they can still keep living under those degrees.
The temperature that will kill them is under 0°F. You can get such a cold temperature at home only in your freezer.
If you put your staff on which you believe that there are bed bugs into a freezer, yes you can kill bed bugs. But this won’t be an effective way to fight against bed bugs, while they spread out in your home.
Dry cleaning is another way to kill bed bugs. But you have to support this process with some chemicals. Because during a dry cleaning, average temperature will be around 86°F which is not enough to kill bed bugs.
When you get this way as an option, you must ask your dry cleaning shop if they use any chemicals during the process or they don’t. If they have chemicals for dry cleaning, then you can choose this way.
Borax is a natural mineral which is also known as sodium borate. It’s a white dust and a boric acid. Borax is used in chemistry, steel industry, glass industry, household cleaners and other industries.
Borax will kill bed bugs as the same way baking soda or diatomaceous earth does: Dehydration. When you spread it out your house on their possible walking routes like bottom of walls, under mattress and inside the cracks, it will help you killing bed bugs.
You can easily find a bleach, maybe you already have it at home. Because bleach is chemical product that is very commonly used at home for cleaning.
Just like rubbing alcohol, bleach must be directly sprayed over bed bugs. It will definitely kill bed bugs when contacts them, but for an exact solution, you will need to find all those bed bugs and spray them one by one.
Maybe some of them help you against bed bugs, but honestly, essential oils are temporary solutions which will just help you keeping bed bugs away from you for a while, but not going to be a permanent remedy.
Ironing to kill bed bugs
As I explained above, high temperature is the biggest enemy of bed bugs. Especially over 113°F bed bugs won’t survive.
Ironing will provide you this kind of high temperature easily and kill bed bugs. But the real problem with ironing is that you must have all those bed bugs on your dresses or mattress so, you can iron them one by one.
What about those ones which are still hiding out there in the cracks and holes? Yes, ironing isn’t the best way for bed bugs, it will work only when you are sure about the existence of bed bugs on your clothes and iron them directly.
Vacuum cleaner and bed bugs
A vacuum cleaner isn’t a bed bug killer by itself, but it’s only a great helper. You can’t kill bed bugs with a vacuum cleaner, because bed bugs can survive for days and weeks inside its tank.
Vacuum cleaner is only a great helper to get bed bugs from cracks and holes where they are hiding. After you get them by a vacuum cleaner, you should still kill them by anyway.
How to kill bed bugs? Such a question will have tens of answers. Every answer will depend on an individual experience so, there will never be a certain answer.
But in my opinion and due to my researches, there are 3 best ways to kill bed bugs:
What about all those other ways I told above? They will all help you, because killing bed bugs is a process on which you need to use more than a few weapons.
For example; essential oils are great ways to keep bed bugs away from you because of their smell. Or vinegar can do the same thing too.
But heat, diatomaceous earth and crossfire are the main weapons in this war. They make their job in three areas:
Exact solution: Heat
Environmental precaution: Diatomaceous earth
Chemical weapon: Crossfire
A heat treatment will be the number one way to kill bed bugs. Because when it’s hot enough, bed bugs will die. They have no way to survive. But this way is expensive which will cost you from $500 to $5.000.
Crossfire is another great way to kill bed bugs, and it works in most cases. You can buy it from Amazon and it’s not an expensive solution at all.
Diatomaceous earth is the way of “patience”. When you decide to use diatomaceous earth against bed bugs, you will need time to get results. Because all bed bugs at home should contact it to die by hydration and this will take some time.
Always remember that the war against bed bugs isn’t easy, but it’s also a war that you can win! We, human beings, are smarter than bed bugs and there are so many experiences around that you can just find them by making a search on web.