How to get rid of bed bugsBed bugs are not something that anyone wants in their home. If you have identified signs of bed bugs in your home, you will obviously want to get rid of them. Although bed bugs do not pose a significant threat to your health, they can cause itchy bites all over your skin, as well make you feel uncomfortable while you are trying to sleep.

Because there is so much misinformation about bed bugs and getting rid of them, here are several things you shouldn't do to get rid of bed bugs:

Bug Bombs and Foggers

- While many pest control companies use this method to deal with bed bugs, it is far from being completely effective. Although the chemicals in bug bombs and foggers will kill bed bugs, they also cause bed bugs to flee. As a result, bed bugs can burrow into cracks in the wall, and then simply return after the fog has worn off. So, while this option may work, it is far from being the most effective

Bleach

- Many people believe that if you spray a mattress with diluted bleach, or simply pour straight bleach inside a mattress, it will kill the bed bugs that are living there. However, this is simply not true. Not only does it not work, but it can also damage your mattress. And even worse, sleeping on a surface that has been exposed to bleach can cause irritation to your skin.

Heat

- If it is at least 120 degrees Fahrenheit in your home, it will kill bed bugs. However, not only is this unrealistic, but it is almost impossible to uniformly get your entire home to this extreme temperature.

Cold

- Bed bugs will die in an environment of 32 degrees Fahrenheit or colder, but for the same reason as heat, this is not a practical way to get rid of bed bugs.

Lavender Oil

- There are plenty of companies that will sell you various lavender oil products as a natural way to get rid of bed bugs. Unfortunately, there is no proof to support the claim that lavender oil will get rid of bed bugs. If you purchase a lavender oil product for this purpose, the only thing it is guaranteed to get rid of is the money in your wallet.

Black Walnut Dust

- While this solution may be somewhat effective, look below to "Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth" for the same type of solution, but one that is much more effective.

Now that you know what not to do, here are several methods that will actually help get rid of bed bugs:

Seal Entrance Points

- You can use caulk or other sealants to block entrance points like cracks and holes.  Read here if you want to learn more about sealing off bed bug entrances.

Vacuum

- Thoroughly vacuum all floor surfaces, as well as using an attachment to vacuum on and in furniture.

Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth

- Unlike lavender oil, this is a natural method that actually works. You can purchase diatomaceous earth powder to sprinkle around any infested areas, including your bed. Because this solution requires the bed bug to walk on it, this may not eliminate every single bed bug in your home, but it can significantly reduce the size of your infestation.  In powder form, it sticks to bed bugs and acts like glass, cutting them up. 

Mattress Encasement

- A mattress encasement is like a mattress cover, but it goes completely around the mattress, and zips up to fully enclose the mattress. By using a mattress encasement, you can seal off all of the existing bed bugs inside of your mattress, and because they won't be able to feed, they will all eventually die. Just keep in mind that while this will take care of all the bed bugs in your mattress, you will have to employ additional methods to deal with any other bed bug infestations around your home. If you are concerned about bed bugs in your pillows, you can get the same kind of encasement for each of your pillows.

Call a Professional

- If you have tried your hardest to get rid of the bed bugs in your home, but they continue to be a problem, you will want to call a professional bed bug specialist or exterminator. Because they are experienced and knowledgable, a professional is the best way to deal with a severe bed bug problem. Additionally, because they may employ the use of a trained bed bug dog, they may be able to find an infested area in your home that you have been unable to locate.  Read here on further information on hiring bed bug exterminators.