Bed Bug Remedies


Bed bug remedies come in two forms, those used to treat bed bug bites to the skin and those which help to remove them from your home or apartment.  This page contains information on both of these needs.

Bed Bug Bite Basics

A bed bug bite is actually not a bite.  The bed bug feeds on human blood.  They use a  tube called a stylet to puncture the skin in search of a capillary or blood vessel where they can draw the blood meal.

Most people will either have no skin reaction to a bedbug bite or will see a round red papule with a clear center.  There can be one bite or many.  The most common symptom is itch.  If you itch the bites, it could introduce bacteria into the area, causing an infection.

Bed Bug Remedies for Bed Bugs Bites

Several products are available to help with bed bug bite itch.  Bed bug remedies for bites are either made specifically for this type of itch such as All Stop for Bed Bugs or you can purchase an anti-itch cream  in your local drug store that is made to treat insect bites.

If you suspect a minor infection you can try an anti-biotic ointment such as neosporyn.  Calamine location might also help  to relieve the itch.  If the skin fails to heal in 2 to 4 days, then visit your Doctor as an oral anti-biotic or stronger ointment may be needed.

Bed Bug Remedies for the Home

If you are looking for products needed to remove the bed bugs from your home, then you need to follow several steps.  Specific bed bug remedies are indicated as part of the instructions provided.  The key to treatment is to inspect every inch of a room.  Bed bugs are very thin and adept at hiding.  Most will be hiding in or around the bed.

You Will need the following bed bug remedies to do the job right.  All can be purchased in kits made available by All Stop or Dermisil for Bed Bugs.

  • Mattress Safe Spray
  • Bed bug or Fossil Dust
  • Mattress and Box Spring Zippered Covers
  • Hand Steamer

Step by Step Bed Bug Treatment

1.  Remove, bag and seal all blankets, linen, bed coverings etc.  These will all need to be washed on the hottest setting and then placed n the dryer for 30 minutes at a high heat setting.  This will kill both the bed bugs and their eggs.

2. Vacuum the entire room.  Use the crevice tools around the edges of the room.   You cannot suck up bedbug eggs with a vacuum, but it is a good way to get rid or live bugs that you can spot.  Only remove the vacuum bag in the room being treated to avoid spreading any bugs.

3. Treat and seal the mattress and box spring .  Treat the mattress and box spring with a mattress safe insecticide spray such as Sterifab or a natural spray such as Bug Patrol.  Both will kill bed bugs and bed bug eggs. Treat the mattress first, seal it in a zipper cover that is bed bug approved such as Allerzip, and then move it to a safe area, such as a hallway just outside the room. Be sure to treat along seams, and under the mattress label.  If you have one, use a hand steamer to steam along all seams.  Steam will kill bed bugs and bedbug eggs.  Do not soak to avoid mold.

Once the mattress is removed from the room treat the box spring.  For the box spring remove or fold back the cloth that covers the bottom.   After treatment, be sure to let dry and then seal in a zippered  box spring cover.  After treating the mattress move it to a "safe" area just outside the room.  Do the same with the box spring.  If you can only afford one cover, zip the box spring.

4. Use the spray product you purchased to treat any cracks in the bed frame and treat/check any head board..  Take it apart if you can.  From there, move to any furniture, pictures etc that are near the bed.  Be sure to empty and pull out drawers.  Throw out what you can.  Do not use liquids inside electronics.  Either throw out electronics, or place them in a heat chamber suppled by your exterminator which will super heat the items to 120 degrees.  If you can dispose of any item that could possible allow bedbugs to hide inside.  

5. Use the spray in areas such as cracks in the walls, wallpaper etc.  If you have one, use a hand steamer as another layer of protection.

6. Spread the Bed Bug dust around the edges of the room.  Dust sticks to any late hatching bed bugs from eggs you might have missed.  Spread dust under furniture as well.

Bed Bug Remedies After Treatment

Make Sure the Job is Done.  When putting back the mattress and box spring, for a few weeks, keep the bed is at least 6 inches from any furniture or wall.  This will keep any remaining bed bugs from climbing the wall and jumping back on the bed.

Buy Climbup interceptors for each leg of the bed.  These are small bowls that allow any bedbugs to climb up the side.  Once they reach the top they fall into and are trapped into the bottom of the bowl.  If the bowls are empty, your bed bug problem is gone.   The number of bedbugs trapped can give you an indication of how big your problem is.

Other products to consider is double sided tape, which can be wrapped around each leg of the bed.

Make sure that no blanket or linens are touching the floor to avoid bedbugs that may use them as a ladder.

Bed Bug Treatment Didn't Work?

It could take 2 to 3 treatments to stop a bed bug problem.  As an alternative to do it yourself bed bug remedies, interview several local pest control companies and ask if they have experience with bed bugs.  If they do, ask what chemical and non chemical approaches they use and if they provide a written guarantee.  You can also check  Angies List or call them at877-279-4661 for consumer reviews of bed bug services (small fee for this service).

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