There is something quite unnerving about waking up from sleep to find yourself covered in red, itchy spots. These bites are often caused by bed bugs, which are difficult to spot. When it comes to bed bug treatment, it is recommended you call in a pest controller to deal with it properly. If you have an aversion to chemical spray in your home, you may have heard rumours of two other ways to treat bed bugs, but you are not too sure whether they work or not. So, here are two holistic bed bug treatments along with comments on their effectiveness.
Change The House Temperature
It is certainly true that bed bugs do not like an extreme change of temperature, but changing the house temperature enough to kill bed bugs is not as simple as turning down the air conditioning or turning up the heater. For example, if you want to kill bed bugs using extreme cold, then you would need to take the infected item, place it in a plastic bag, put the bag into the freezer and leave it there for four or five days. Whilst this method works for a pillow, you can't fit your whole bed in the freezer. At the other end of the spectrum, to kill bed bugs with heat would require you to put the infected item into an oven for about five hours. This is not a wise method of treating bedding due to the fire risk. So, the verdict for this treatment is yes, it does work, but realistically, it is not a viable choice.
Bicarbonate Of Soda
Bicarbonate of soda is a product most people have in the kitchen cupboard as it is a mainstay ingredient used in baking. Because it is readily found close by, bicarbonate of soda is a natural solution to bed bug infestation that does work by damaging the bed bug's body. So, what is the downside? The problem with using bicarbonate of soda is the amount of time it takes to kill the bed bugs. You need to sprinkle bicarbonate of soda everywhere you think the bed bugs are. Then you need to leave it 24 hours, vacuum it up and keep repeating this treatment daily until there are no more bed bugs. This cycle means the treatment takes time, and you could end up using an expensive amount of bicarbonate of soda.
When you know bed bugs are in your house, make your life simple by calling a pest controller. They know where the bed bugs hide, and they treat them. Many companies return for free if they don't eradicate your problem in the first trip. This leaves you no mess or fuss to deal with, and nomore bed bugs too.