Organic bed bug control has become the norm, since most of the insecticides once used for removal of this pest have been banned or discontinued. While there are still a few chemical options available, organic pest control is improving more and more with every passing year. Bed bug removal is a truly natural pest control project, with some of the most successful methods involving very little hard work. Some of the best organic bed bug control methods are things you can do to prevent the pests from ever entering your home. However, having a clean home DOES NOT
ensure that you will not have a bed bug infestation one day. Read on to see if you are doing everything you can to keep the bed bugs at bay. Home maintenance projects can provide the barrier you need to keep out bed bugs, as well as other pests. If you follow everything on this honey-do list, then you will be on your way to good green pest control.
- Vacuum the floors and floor boards
- Plaster any wall cracks, nail holes, etc.
- Seal window and door frames with caulking
- Remove or securely re-paste any loose wallpaper
- Use the appropriate sealant to repair cracks in your home’s foundation
- Screen your attic and vents to keep out pests that can harbor bed bugs
Most homeowners pick up bed bugs from another place, like a hotel. Some easy and natural pest control ideas to try out involve a little common sense and a few plastic bags:
- Completely inspect any second-hand items like clothing or upholstered furniture before bringing them into your home
- Use plastic, sealable bags for your laundry when traveling
- Put your suitcase into specially ordered, sealable plastic bags - or at least into garbage bags once you enter your hotel room
- Completely inspect bedding in hotels, motels or any room you use when traveling
Bed bugs are tough pests to kill, still there are some organic bed bug control measures you can take upon yourself to try. Using heat and water in the right combination, along with some interesting green pest control products, could be the answer to your bed bug infestation. Water
- Wash your linens in hot water (120 degrees F or higher).
- Launder your clothing in hot water, too.
- Rent a steam cleaning machine for your carpets. To make this an organic pest control method, use only hot water on your carpeting.
- Use a blow dryer on cracks and crevices.
- Raise the temperature in the house to 115 degrees Fahrenheit for at least 30 minutes.
- Put hard-to-wash items in the dryer on high heat for an entire cycle.
Organic Bed Bug Control Products
Diatomaceous earth (DE) is an interesting natural pest control product. Made from tiny fossilized water plants, the food grade version of diatomaceous earth has been shown to be a potent organic pest control product. To insects like bed bugs, diatomaceous earth is a lethal dust with microscopic, razor sharp edges. DE punctures through the bed bugs’ exoskeletons and absorb all the moisture from inside the pests’ bodies. To use DE, just sprinkle it on the carpets and then vacuum it away, and in a few days the infestation will be gone. Kleen Free is an organic pest control product aimed at the extermination of pests like lice, mites and bed bugs. It uses a combination of enzymes to attack and kill the pest. Kleen Free is completely non-toxic and safe to use around kids or pets. ELFBrands, the maker of Kleen Free spray, says their enzymes leave no toxic residues and the effect on the bed bug's exoskeleton is quick and effective. Bed bugs are a particularly nasty pest, but that doesn't mean you can't beat them with organic pest control products. Using one or more of the natural pest control products, along with some organic bed bug control techniques, might be the right combination for ridding your home of these pests.