5 Effective Ways to Remove Bed Bugs From Your Mattress

Bed bugs are small parasitic insects that feed on the blood (yikes) of animals and humans. Unlike other pests, bed bugs are not attracted to places by cleanliness. The cleanest and dirtiest homes can have the same bed bug infestation problems. Why? Because bed bugs feed on blood, not food scraps. That’s already a big hint right there on why you want to get rid of bed bugs as soon as you see one.

Once you have identified all the infestation spots, you are ready to tackle the problem and send the bugs away.

1. Traps

There are some effective bed bug traps you can purchase to aid the process. For example, this particular trap can be placed underneath the legs of the bed. The purpose of this trap is to prevent the bugs from climbing up to the bed.

2. Diatomaceous earth

This works well for a number of pests like bed bugs, fleas, and ants. The natural powder can help kill bed bugs by dehydrating them. Diatomaceous earth has properties that absorb the fat and oils from insects. Apply the powder around the infested area, and soon enough, you may see some dead bugs that’ll need to be vacuumed away.

3. Discard or Clean Infested Objects

One important step is to clean the household goods that are hosting the bed bugs. If this involves bedding then pick off and kill as many bed bugs as you can then clean the bedding in hot water and dry them with the highest dryer setting. If there are bed bugs along the mattress seam then use a stiff brush to scrub the seams and dislodge the bugs and their eggs. Follow that up with a good vacuuming session around the room. Make sure you leave no stones unturned.

4. Spray Tea Tree Oil Solution

This is a hit or miss and could depend on how feisty the bed bugs you are dealing with are. Dilute 20 drops of tea tree oil in a spray bottle then take aim at the bugs. Please note that tea tree oil can be toxic if consumed so take precautions when you use this method, especially if you have children or pets at home.

5. Lavender Oil Spray

An alternative to tea tree oil is lavender oil. Make a lavender oil solution (one recommendation is 30-40 drops of oil to 1.5 ounces of water) then spray it towards the infested areas. Lavender oil won’t kill the bugs but it could help keep them at bay.