7 Effective Home Remedies For Bed Bugs (Banish Them FAST!)

7 Effective Home Remedies For Bed Bugs (Banish Them FAST!)


Is just the thought of bed bugs enough to make your skin crawl? Although they're surprisingly common, most people don't know about the basic home remedies for bed bugs that can help banish them fast.

If you're unlucky enough to have been hit with a bout of the old bed bugs, we're here to help. We're sharing everything we know about bed bugs to help you banish those pester little critter once and for all!

What are bed bugs & what do they look like?

what are bed bugs
Time to get up and personal with your bed bugs... ©WikiCommons

First thing's first: a bit of bed-bug biology. Bed bugs are small - around 5mm in size - so visible to the human eye, but only just. They're oval-shaped, flat and rusty-brown in colour. Unlike other bugs, they cannot jump nor fly.

They crawl out of their dark crevices at night to feed on blood which results in those infamous bed bug bites. Although they won't spread any disease, they can be uncomfortable and some people will experience a reaction to bites.

Females can lay up to 250 eggs during their lifetime of about two to four months. Eggs are laid in cracks and crevices and are oval and white in colour.

What causes bed bugs?

Before we teach you how to get rid of bed bugs, it's important to first understand what causes these annoying critters.

Contrary to popular belief, bed bugs don't have anything to do with dirt - so an extra shower a day won't keep them at bay!

So if it's not dirt, what does cause bed bugs? As bed bugs feed on blood, anywhere with animals or humans is, technically, an ideal place for them to set up camp. Bed bugs move from place to place after feeding, and can hide in anything from bedsheets to your t-shirt, meaning if you sleep somewhere that's infested, your home's likely to bear the brunt of it.

Signs of bed bugs

signs of bed bugs bites
Ouch! ©Flickr

Think you may have bed bugs? Besides actually catching them crawling across your sheets, there are several other signs of bed bugs to look out for, including:

  • Bites on skin
  • Small, black spots on your bedsheets (bug faeces)
  • Bed bug shells (they shed their skin much like snakes)
  • A musty smell in your bedroom
  • Blood spots (could occur if you unintentionally squish a bug in your sleep)

If you spot any of the above, you may well have an infestation and should check out the home remedies for bed bugs listed below.

Preparing for a bed bugs treatment

Remove clutter

Despite their name, bed bugs don't solely reside in your sheets - they could be hiding in cardboard boxes under the bed or on clothes in your laundry basket.

Before you try to treat bed bugs, you need to get rid of as much clutter as possible. Replace cardboard boxes for plastic boxes, put all your clothes in sealed bin liners and do the same with soft furnishings of ay kind.

Deep clean items that could be infested

washing soft toys
Don't forget to wash ted too!

Everything that could have bed bugs must be cleaned thoroughly. This means heat treating clothing and sheets in a tumble dryer, or placing them in the freezer for at least 5 days before laundering as normal, both of which will kill bed bugs.

Any furniture in your bedroom should also be examined for evidence of bed bugs and cleaned as necessary. Curtains should be removed and cleaned professionally, and the whole room should be vacuumed thoroughly.

It's extremely important to keep all cleaned items in sealed plastic bags. The vacuum bag should also be removed after use, placed in a sealed plastic bag, and disposed of.

Make your bed an island

made bed
What's hiding under your sheets?

Bed bugs are so-called because they bite at night. Although they don't always live in the mattress, they often do. Moving your bed away from the wall, furniture and anything else will make infestation anywhere else less likely.

Vacuum the area

The last step before you start treatment is to completely vacuum on, in and around the affected area.

Vacuum your bed thoroughly, not only concentrating on the mattress but the headboard and slats too.

Once all that's done, you'll be ready to treat your bed bugs using one of our home remedies.

Home remedies for bed bugs

A professional, bed bug infestation treatment is the most reliable way of guaranteeing the full extermination of your bed bugs. If you'd prefer to try a DIY treatment before shedding out any cash, give the following home remedies a go.

1. Starve the bed bugs

If you don't mind taking the slow and steady route, starving your bed bugs is another option.

First and foremost, it's important to vacuum your bed thoroughly. Next, you'll need to get hold of some Ziploc bags for your mattress and leave them on for around a week - this will prevent any bugs from getting out and feeding, thus causing them to starve to death.

2. Diatomaceous Earth

Diatomaceous Earth is often considered the most effective of all the natural bed bug treatments, killing more than 90% of bed bugs.

It's also cheap and easy to use - its powdered form means it can be sprinkled into even the smallest of cracks and crevices. The downside? It takes up to 10 days to work.

To use, apply 100% Diatomaceous Earth onto the affected area and leave for a few days. You should slowly start to see dead bed bugs, which you can vacuum away. Repeat the process several times, until all bed bugs appear to have been eradicated.

3. Bicarbonate of soda

Here's another reason why it's always handy to have a pot of baking soda in the home - it can kill bed bugs.

Sprinkling bicarbonate of soda onto areas affected by bed bugs is thought to physically dehydrate their skin, whilst others suggest it's abrasive enough to cut them.

It's cheap, it works, so what's the downside? Treating bed bugs with baking soda is timely - you'll need to repeat the process of sprinkling and vacuuming regularly in order to banish them. This in turn, means you're going to need a lot of powder, making this home remedy more expensive that it may originally seem.

4. Tea tree essential oils

Tea tree oil is used in many home remedies, especially those concerning pests. 

When it comes to bed bugs, tea tree oil not only works to kill them, but also to mask the human smells which would usually attract them. Best of all, tea tree oil is easy to get hold of and an inexpensive solution to an infestation.

Dilute twenty drops of all natural, pure tea tree oil with 200ml water and spray onto affected areas.

5. Vinegar

Vinegar is as strong as it smells when it comes to banishing bed bugs. It's also something most of us have in our homes, making it the ideal emergency home remedy to use.

However, it's important to remember that whilst vinegar will kill bed bugs by damaging their nervous systems, it won't do anything for eggs.

Saturate the edges of the infected area (such as underneath and around furniture) with white distilled vinegar, and then directly onto bed bugs. This way, when they flee, they won't be able to escape the vinegar.

6. Rubbing alcohol

Another popular home remedy for bed bugs is rubbing alcohol.

7. Borax

Borax is another quick and easy way to treat bedbugs. To suffocate the bugs, generously sprinkle borax on the mattress, then spray on water.

Borax is also useful when it comes to washing affected items - add some to your washing machine to ensure those bugs are gone for good.

How to get rid of bed bugs using a pesticide

Using pesticides is the quickest DIY method for treating bed bugs. Before you start spraying, you need to prepare the area.

Next, you'll need to pick up a pesticide to kill off any bed bugs hiding in and around your mattress.

Spray the pesticide all over the mattress, including around corners, and in seams. Next, spray the bed, including the headboard, slats and inside any drawers, being sure to get right into the corners. If you have a particularly bad infestation, you may see some bed bugs emerging from their hiding spots in an attempt to flee the poison.

After an hour or so, vacuum the entire bed once more to remove any dead bugs. Keep a close eye on things over the days that follow and carry out additional treatments as necessary.

Prevention methods

As with most things, it's much easier to prevent bedbugs than it is to treat them. There are a few things you can do to stop bedbugs infesting your home, including:

1. Vacuum regularly

Vacuuming is one of the easiest ways to remove any stray bedbugs. Whilst it's not enough to deal with a whole infestation, vacuuming regularly will go some way to keeping the area bug-free.

2. Check second-hand furniture

 When bringing second-hand furniture into your home, you should always consider what's lurking inside. Always check for any signs of bedbugs before purchasing anything.

If there are signs of bedbugs, recognise that just getting rid of them will be a project in itself. 

3. Take precautions when laundering

Bedbugs travel in furniture and on clothes. If you share laundry facilities, you should always take extra precautions to avoid picking up anyone else's bugs.

Always transport clothes to and from the launderettes in sealed plastic bags, and leave them out for as little time as possible.

Have you ever had a bad experience with bed bugs? Share how you dealt with it with us in the comments below.


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  1. Author Yolanda Davis on July 20, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    they are so common at the moment so thanks for the informative post. i wouldn't recommend starving them though as they can go without feeding for 18 months. i used surgical spirit, also known as rubbing alcohol. here; Rubbing alcohol is a solvent and can kill insects by dissolving their cells. Rubbing alcohol is also a desiccant, or drying agent, so it can destroy bed bug eggs by drying them out. In addition, rubbing alcohol repels the bugs, discouraging them from crawling or laying eggs on a surface treated with the substance.

    1. Author Joanne A on July 24, 2018 at 3:49 pm

      Hi Yolanda, We're really pleased that you found it informative. Thank you for the rubbing alcohol tip - it has so many amazing uses!

    2. Author Kathy on April 27, 2019 at 10:00 pm

      True you can’t starve them they can live a very long time without food (blood) Also it is amazing how many dermatologists don’t recognize bed bug bites.

    3. Author Shawn Mcneill on July 17, 2020 at 7:57 pm

      OMG yoy are so right. They say its psoriasis. I'm like no Dr. These are bite marks....

  2. Author Priscilla Mensah on November 25, 2018 at 8:07 am

    Thank you so much. This is helpful. I think I will go for the pesticide.

    1. Author Joanne A on November 26, 2018 at 9:24 am

      You're welcome, Priscilla!

  3. Author max on December 22, 2018 at 5:12 am

    I think mine are hibernating whitch is the most effective? I guess Im going to open up the bottom of the mattress and spray rubbing alcohal the pour baking soda and wrap the bed in suranwrap then crank up the space heater. Do you think this will be effective against the sleping bugs and there eggs? I dont like poisons

    1. Author Joanne A on January 2, 2019 at 11:41 am

      Hi Max. It's certainly worth a try! Wrapping the bed in plastic wrap should help to suffocate them if done effectively.

  4. Author Tamra R Poppy on December 25, 2018 at 2:59 am

    I habe been told by exterminator that home methods will only scatter the bugs and make it harder treat. Is there any truth in this?

    1. Author Stephanie C on January 2, 2019 at 11:38 am

      Hi Tamra! Home treatments should be effective if done correctly. If the problem persists, you would be right to call in an exterminator.

  5. Author Mary ballenger on January 2, 2019 at 1:30 am

    What size ziplock bags

    1. Author Joanne A on January 2, 2019 at 11:40 am

      Hi Mary. I'd suggest you get yourself a fully encased mattress protector specifically for dealing with bed bugs if you wish to try this method.

    2. Author Mary Ballenger on January 3, 2019 at 7:34 am

      Ok thank you.

    3. Author Deborah McBride on May 5, 2019 at 10:14 pm

      Do what you want but for what it's worth I had spent a lot of good money on a 'bed bug resistant mattress cover', it did not work , I still got bed bugs even with the 'protective cover'

    4. Author Joanne A on May 7, 2019 at 9:53 am

      Hi Deborah! Did you find a solution in the end? We'd love to hear from you.

  6. Author Joe on January 5, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    omg just found out I have a problem with this too. I've recently brought baking soda and sprinkled it around the bottom of the bed on the floor and behind the headboard, including sticky bed bug traps near the legs of the bed. I'm feeling so anxious I am so scared to sleep at night in case I'm bitten. I've tried steaming my mattress to see if it makes a difference, also using tea tree oil mixed with water in a spray bottle to spray the areas affected. My mattress encasement with a zip has arrived in the mail today so fill put it on. My last resort is diatomaceous earth - if that does not work will get help from a professional. Just need re-assurance this will work. I've only found one live adult bed bug in the bathroom and disposed of it by flushing it down the toilet. One i first noticed I had a problem ive seen blood stains on my duvet, sheets and pillows and black dry dots also a dead bed bug in my pillow. everything went straight to the washing machine. Does baking soda work as I noticed signs of bed bug activity last night from a stain on my bedding.

    1. Author Joanne A on January 7, 2019 at 9:26 am

      Hi Joe! Sounds like you have a pretty bad case of bed bugs which might need something a bit stronger than baking soda. The encasement should do a good job of suffocating them and keeping them away, but do get advice from a professional if it continues.

  7. Author Krista Hendrix on January 11, 2019 at 5:27 am

    My bed bugs seem to be confined to my boyfriend's recliner that he bought from a garage sale without even considering the risks! Are the options above also helpful for just furniture??

    1. Author Joanne A on January 11, 2019 at 9:17 am

      Hi Krista! These tips should work for the recliner too.

  8. Author Catherine Feese on January 16, 2019 at 7:18 am

    What do you do if you are disabled and can't afford exterminator and you find them .is there any help for low income homes

    1. Author Joanne A on January 16, 2019 at 9:26 am

      Hi there, Catherine! Are you able to try any of these home remedies?

  9. Author Ana on January 24, 2019 at 11:41 am

    I currently have a bed bug issue at my boyfriend place. I figure out where their nesting area is and tried to clean it with bleach and white vinegar. But nothing so far. Strange as it seems they seem to bite me more than him. My third plan , was just to vacuum everything . Plus is their a safer way to get rid of them permanently our dog loves to sleep with us mostly everynight.

    1. Author Joanne A on January 24, 2019 at 11:47 am

      Hi there, Ana! Firstly, are you certain that the issue is caused by bed bugs? It's unusual that you're being bitten more than your boyfriend! I just wonder if it could be fleas from your dog instead? Once you have ruled that out, I would try any of the methods listed in this article. It would be best to have your dog sleep elsewhere until you've eradicated the bed bugs completely.

    2. Author Rosa on January 24, 2019 at 11:05 pm

      Bed bugs dont bite everyone in the house. When i had them i was the only one getting bit.

    3. Author Sherri on February 21, 2019 at 2:04 am

      My daughter and l live toghter l was the only one getting bitten she drinks beer a lot and they don’t like alcohol...she never got bitten once...was it the alcohol in her system????

    4. Author Joanne A on February 21, 2019 at 9:20 am

      There's been some research conducted that supports this theory, Sherri! It's very bizarre.

    5. Author Sam on April 29, 2019 at 4:38 am

      Hi, I noticed the bed bug issue in my bedroom recently too. We don’t drink alcohol but it appears I’m the only one getting bitten from me and my husband. My 7 month old daughter has had the odd bite here and there too. Initially I wasn’t 100% sure it was bed bugs as although I was being bitten, I had never seen a bug although I’ve just seen one crawling across my pillow at 4am and now I feel so itchy I darent go back to bed! How do I get this resolved ASAP?

    6. Author Joanne A on April 29, 2019 at 11:44 am

      Hi Sam! Have you tried following our tips?

    7. Author Renee Collins on November 3, 2019 at 2:58 pm

      Sam- it is possible that everyone is being bitten. if you are not allergic to the bed bug bites you often will have no spots even though they are actually biting you as well

    8. Author Sharon Pressnell on February 9, 2020 at 3:21 pm

      I don't know how to get rid of bedbugs

    9. Author Joanne A on February 10, 2020 at 2:32 pm

      Hi Sharon! Have you read the tips in our article?

  10. Author Brandy Mason on February 17, 2019 at 3:37 am

    I went to a friend's house and have bed bug bites all over me how do I clean the clothes?

    1. Author Joanne A on February 18, 2019 at 9:37 am

      Hi Brandy, we'd suggest putting the clothes in a ziplock bag and then popping it in your freezer. This should kill bacteria and parasites. Wash your clothes as normal and they should be good to go!

    2. Author Brandi Campbell on January 18, 2020 at 10:02 pm

      Dryer on high heat for 30 minutes.

  11. Author Diane Vanover on February 19, 2019 at 3:44 am

    Does using hydroperoxide in a spray bottle work?

    1. Author Joanne A on February 19, 2019 at 9:54 am

      Hi Diane! Yes, it does.

  12. Author DUKE DERRICK on February 20, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    What it turns out to be true for my own case especially when i got out of sleep and flashed at my bed head rail, but whats the best way to deal away with bedbug eggs?

    1. Author Joanne A on February 21, 2019 at 9:21 am

      Hi Duke! What have you tried so far?

  13. Author Evan on February 23, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    I wonder if a mixture of diatomaceous earth, vinegar, water, and lavender oil would work as an all-purpose pet-safe spray against adults as well as the eggs? Walmart has some cheap 2-5 gallon spray containers that could be used to disperse, then vacuum & wipe everything down after a few days. I don't know if lavender would mask the vinegar odor completely but maybe baking soda would work(once the vinegar has evaporated).

    1. Author Joanne A on February 25, 2019 at 10:03 am

      That sounds like a great idea, Evan!

    2. Author Gwyn on September 18, 2019 at 5:44 am

      Diatomaceous earth is useless if it gets wet, don’t combine it with anything else in a liquid form

  14. Author Curt on March 5, 2019 at 2:54 am

    I’ve read that talcum powder is a deterrent as well. Is this effective in suffocating them? If so how would i treat/apply it?

    1. Author Joanne A on March 5, 2019 at 9:38 am

      Hi Curt! I can't find much evidence to suggest that talcum powder works as a deterrent. You'd be better off trying Diatomaceous earth which effectively kills all types of insects.

  15. Author Christina A Davis on March 26, 2019 at 9:51 am

    Living with my mother, there is a full out infestation with my daughter getting but most. My mom doesnt seem to ever take.what i say seriously which is that there is probably.a million in all the clutter stored under their bed and old never worn clothes hanging up as the infestation is most in their room. Will putting baking soda around my daughters bed( which is on the floor) help keep them from climbing up on it and biting her so much? Also does caulking cracks help?

    1. Author Joanne A on March 26, 2019 at 10:32 am

      Hi Christina! Caulking any cracks will stop them from settling deeper into the house, but you will need to patch up all of the cracks. I would suggest calling in a professional to fumigate the rooms affected if the baking soda doesn't work.

  16. Author Pat L on March 28, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    I myself was getting bit whilst dealing with an insect infestation. I have been unable to determine the species of the bug, as the bites did not match the patterns which bed bugs normally take. They were random, not zig zag, and large red curricular blotches, like mosquitoes. They also generally did not bite my girlfriend. What seems to have worked is repeated dousing with vinegar. You spray the bed down, the furniture, and any crevices. We keep clothes in trash bags. Every other night I've repeated the process. The bites appear to have stopped.

    1. Author Joanne A on April 1, 2019 at 12:30 pm

      Good to hear, Pat! Thanks for sharing your experience.

  17. Author Joann M Mecom on April 27, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    I am at a friends house and all of a sudden im breaking out in itchy welts. No one else is complaining. I just killed what looks to be a bed bug in the living room. I am so itchy and burning where these welts are. Why am i only being affected? Just exactly how small are they?

    1. Author Joanne A on April 29, 2019 at 12:20 pm

      Hi Joann! It could be that you're having an allergic reaction to the bites. You might find that your friends are being bitten, but it's just not noticeable as they aren't having a reaction.

    2. Author Mindy on June 6, 2019 at 5:59 pm

      I am dealing with them also😡 I thought I had gotten rid of them, but my a/c unit stopped working and BAM!!! Their back.. I'm guessing because it's so hot in my house. They said come on ya'll its summer break😣😤 but I have noticed they bite me not my husband.. I seen a few replays where the wife is getting bit but not the husband🤔 I'm thinking its because the males skin is a little thicker/ maybe?

  18. Author Caroline Kessinger on May 5, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    Can I use any off the things to get rid of bed bugs on furniture

    1. Author Joanne A on May 7, 2019 at 10:04 am

      Hi Caroline! A lot of these methods will also work for general furniture. You might wish to do a patch test on an inconspicuous area so that you don't damage the finish.

  19. Author Michelle combs on May 16, 2019 at 12:32 pm

    Well im staying with my mother in law at the monent and sleeping on the couch and was woke up at 5am to find a small bed bug crawling on me. Please help with any advice i dont want to worry her more because she is very ill.

    1. Author Joanne A on May 16, 2019 at 2:05 pm

      Hi Michelle! I'm sorry to hear that your mother is ill. Have you tried any of the above methods?

  20. Author ML on May 24, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    Hi, Sorry to say that your entire article becomes null as soon as you claim that putting items in the freezer overnight "will" kill them. This is simply incorrect. In the cold (even sub-freezing temps) a bedbug's metabolize slows dramatically and has been observed in study after study that they can survive up to 5 days in a freezer. Please, if you are going to write advice columns, know what you're talking about.

    1. Author Joanne A on May 24, 2019 at 2:39 pm

      Hi there! You're correct. Bed bugs can survive the freezer if not kept in there for long enough. I have updated the article to state that the treatment should take at least 5 days. Thanks for bringing that to my attention.

    2. Author Imran on June 10, 2019 at 9:01 pm

      Dose hot water can kill eggs ??

    3. Author Joanne A on June 11, 2019 at 9:59 am

      Hi Imran! Bed bugs shouldn't survive the washing machine, but the best way to kill all of them is to put linens through the dryer.

  21. Author Andrew on June 17, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    We have on our furniture, we tried already hot water but still they are able to survive.

  22. Author Tara on June 18, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    Hi, these tips sound great and I shall be trying the baking soda sprinkled on my carpet, wall edges and around the bed frame tonight as I awoke to a creepy crawlie on my pillow and duvet at 4am this morning, have been itching all over ever since! Its so annoying they trouble at night when one needs to sleep and the thought of their bites causes u unimaginable anxiety! Have only just dealt with an infestation in two other bedrooms a few months ago which was professionally done and want to avoid harsh chemicals so I've sprinkled some peppermint oil which smells quite strong and annoying in this quantity! Has anyone had any success with peppermint oil?

  23. Author Debi on June 28, 2019 at 4:50 am

    I live in a senior apt bldg where the bed seem to travel from room to room. Those that dont clean, take trash out and collect old newspapers are the main reason why they can't get rid of them. On top of the fact that management doesn't warn people if someone on the same floor as u has them, then allows them to use the common laundry area, TV room service etc. People unknowincluding take the, back to their apt. I keep a very VERY clean and uncluttered place so I winged when the black spots showed up on my mattress cover. Haven't found any bugs yet but I was on it that very day.

    1. Author Joanne A on July 1, 2019 at 3:13 pm

      It can be very difficult to keep on top of bed bugs in communal spaces. Good luck, Debi!

  24. Author John Milton on July 11, 2019 at 9:58 am

    Your Ideas are great! But still, there are many natural ways like freezing the bed bug, using hot water, cedar oil, orange oil etc. By the by, Great Piece of article.

    1. Author Joanne A on July 11, 2019 at 11:05 am

      Thanks for sharing, John!

  25. Author Marlene Macleod on July 12, 2019 at 11:00 pm

    Hi I was wondering we just found out 3 the bed bugs and are using tea tree oil.Dose this really work.Smells really bad

    1. Author Joanne A on July 17, 2019 at 4:08 pm

      Hi Marlene! You could try diatomaceous earth instead. It's very effective.

  26. Author Someone twice bitten on July 15, 2019 at 4:32 pm

    So I came home one day after going to the movies, endgame brought everyone out to the theaters infesting the theaters with bed bugs... I sat in my chair at home and this giant sized bed bug about the size of pea climbed up my leg. I inspected, confirmed its identity, crushed, dismembered and burn the remains and threw the whole chair in the dumpster, and put all my clothes and shoes in the dryer, twice. That night I was bit on the eye lid (must have ticked off the survivor). I ordered pesticide dust and spread it on every crack and wood frame, got mattress covers, and got lavender tea tree oils in my defusers. No more bites for about 30 days, then suddenly, I woke with a bite on my arm. Would they hide for 30 days. I heard about D Earth working and that's my next plan of action.

    1. Author Joanne A on July 17, 2019 at 12:17 pm

      How scary! Definitely give D earth a try. They could well have been hiding for 30 days. They can survive on furniture and even in cracks in the walls, so they are very difficult to get rid of.

  27. Author Marsha on August 27, 2019 at 6:03 am

    We unknowingly had Bed Bugs for about three months, they fed on me all that time, we threw out our old furniture and recently ripped up our carpet. We've been using the Alcohol remedy diluted with water, but we're still seeing very little activity. We can't afford anymore furniture nor an exterminator, I just saw one crawling across my blanket moments ago. I mean I don't know how long this alcohol diluted with water remedy takes but we can go almost a week without seeing any then BOOM there's a nother one, and another one, and another one. I don't know how much more of these little bloodsuckers I can take, if anyone knows any home remedies that actually work please let me know!

    1. Author Joanne A on August 27, 2019 at 11:26 am

      Hi Marsha! Have you tried diatomaceous earth?

  28. Author Todd on October 2, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    Will pure lemon juice work?

    1. Author Joanne A on October 3, 2019 at 11:31 am

      It's worth a try! Apparently, they don't like the smell. It's a good, natural solution.

  29. Author Angie on November 11, 2019 at 12:53 am

    We recently stayed at Jellystone Yogi Bear park in a cabin. 5 days after returning home, I end up with bites all over me then my husband did that night. We didn’t have any of our bags on the bed. What are the chances that I brought them home? After packing our belongings which included all the bedding, it all went into garbage bags and tied for the trip home. I immediately started washing clothes/bedding when I got home as I always do. So we went all work week not knowing about the bed bugs. I have checked my bag and all beds in my house and have found nothing. Would I be seeing some activity by now? Ugh this is so upsetting

    1. Author Joanne A on November 11, 2019 at 2:31 pm

      Hi Angie! I'm so sorry to hear that. If your belongings were not placed on or near the bed, your risk of bringing bed bugs home should be low. You can treat your belongings by washing the clothes on a high setting/tumble drying on high, or by placing items in the freezer. It takes about 7 weeks for bed bugs to grow into adults so, if they are present, you should know by then.

  30. Author Kayllie on November 16, 2019 at 12:22 am

    Me and my husband have been dealing with bed bugs for 8 months now. We purchased new beds for our sons and a new sofa. We had it under control good until just a few days ago my 2 yr old has bites on him. My 4 yr hasn't had any but I have them also. I hope one of these remedies work. GREAT INFO😉.

    1. Author Joanne A on November 18, 2019 at 11:55 am

      I'm so sorry to hear that! New beds and sofas aren't cheap. Good luck, Kayllie!

  31. Author Austin Saunders on January 21, 2020 at 5:36 pm

    It's good to know that bed bugs could be hiding in our bedsheets as well as your t-shirt. My brother has been telling me about some small brown bugs that he found in his bed the other day. I'll share this information with him so that he can look into his options for professionals who can help him with this.

    1. Author Joanne A on January 22, 2020 at 3:30 pm

      Glad we could help, Austin!

  32. Author mustapha on February 4, 2020 at 7:26 pm

    hi joanne, i'm chatting from Nigeria. i also found out lemon grass also works

    1. Author Joanne A on February 5, 2020 at 3:49 pm

      Hi Mustapha! Thanks for sharing.

  33. Author Joseph Thompson on February 14, 2020 at 12:57 pm

    They are the most disgusting things ever. I had an infestation. I was eaten alive every night. I had blotches where they had bitten me, and could feel them crawling up my legs whilst watching TV. I saw them in their bloated stage, when they are full off your blood. I took to wrapping my trousers into my socks. I tried everything. I bought stuff from the Internet, that made me very ill. I ended up getting the flat professionally fumigated. It was a living nightmare... Your advice doesn't portray this... They are mini terrorists, blighting your life... If you have them forget the namby pamby remedies, get them professionally treated. I still have nightmares.. If you see mattresses, carpets etc, by the bins in the street, give them a wide berth, as people throw these out first, if they have them... The eggs are sticky, so if you walk over the ground near the mattress, you could get them stuck to your shoes... I tried everything, so just go to the professionals first....

    1. Author Joanne A on February 14, 2020 at 3:07 pm

      Thanks for sharing, Joseph!

  34. Author Amanda on February 22, 2020 at 5:18 pm

    I've used DE all over my 1300 sqft home. My brother brought them when he moved in last year. We've thrown out majority of our furniture. Unfortunately we didnt know what it was at first took us three months and I am the only one being bit and I'm downstairs and the infestation started upstairs on opposite side of home. DE has worked tremendously. I've also used Orkin in between. I've been so far BB free for 2 weeks now. I have not stopped using DE mostly because I'm traumatized so our house looks like pretty bad and embarrassing with powder everywhere AND yes before we leave to work and school every morning we have to shake off the powder from our clothes. I can vouch for DE it works. It just takes a little while. I think we first started seeing results within 2 to 3 days. All the adults were killed first then whatever was in the eggs. I also just found out our neighbor has them. So I dont think I will be stopping DE anytime soon considering we share walls.

    1. Author Joanne A on February 26, 2020 at 11:23 am

      Sounds like a nightmare, Amanda! I'm glad DE has worked for you so far.

  35. Author Riccardo on March 8, 2020 at 9:31 am

    Hi guys ive read your posts very intresting. Yes i agree they dont bite every body. I drink beer my wife doesn't she gets bitten i don't. As well as my daughter who just recently found some in her mattress was bitten. Im definitely going to try theses remedies cause im all for all natural. Thanks guys appreciate the info. 👍

    1. Author Joanne A on March 9, 2020 at 9:53 am

      You're welcome, Riccardo - good luck!

  36. Author ikramat yoosuf on May 1, 2020 at 5:34 am

    they really know how to hide ,i will say they are cunning and likes blood

    1. Author Joanne A on May 1, 2020 at 5:34 pm

      Very true!

    2. Author Kim on July 26, 2020 at 3:14 pm

      I really think that bed bugs maybe prefer certain blood types over others and that's why some people get bitten and some don't but not everyone reacts to bites the same way.D earth and the other forms of treatment are all worth trying but remember that you must keep it up diligently because they can hide and lay dormant for quite some time. But if you really want them gone like I do (I can't stand them!) THEN IT'S DEFINITELY WORTH ALL THE WORK AND TIME! Don't forget tho that they like to hitchhike on anyone or anything. Good luck all!

  37. Author Janzy on July 2, 2020 at 8:24 pm

    Thank you 😊

  38. Author Diasy on October 6, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    I will try the tips given I pray it works .

    1. Author Joanne A on November 3, 2020 at 12:09 pm

      Fingers crossed for you!

  39. Author Corine willie on February 7, 2021 at 1:26 am

    Wow... It really works.. Thanks so much

    1. Author Joanne A on March 30, 2021 at 3:31 pm

      That's great to hear!

  40. Author Brian on February 23, 2021 at 11:27 am

    Hi , is this just mainly a USA problem or do you find this problem in the UK?

    1. Author Joanne A on March 30, 2021 at 3:11 pm

      Hi Brian! It seems to be more common in the USA, from what I've observed. I've only heard of bed bugs in hostels and hotels here in the UK.

  41. Author Lav on March 5, 2021 at 12:26 am

    I suddenly woke up with itchy skin and every morning after that. My little daughter sleeps with me but she had nothing. I figured out there were bed bugs and my husband said now we have to throw away the bed. I said no way so o bought Diatomaceous Earth and vacuumed well the bed and under the mattress everywhere and sprinkled Diatomaceous Earth under the mattress and on the bed boxes. Just done it once and they disappeared. I was so happy it really worked. So I recommend Diatomaceous Earth, it works.

    1. Author Joanne A on March 30, 2021 at 2:55 pm

      I'm so glad to hear that!

  42. Author Amber Kintner on March 15, 2021 at 3:50 pm

    For everyone struggling with bed bugs - Here is what I have found. 1. Make sure your bed is away from the wall, if you have a headboard/footboard get rid of it. Wrap double sided duct tape around the feet of your bed frame. If your mattress is on the floor, get it off the floor. Change the duct tape every 3 days. Spray the mattress LIBERALLY with 90% rubbing alcohol. specifically the seams and cover the sides really well. Once the alcohol dries, vacuum the matress. Sheets, pillows, and blankets go in the dryer for a full cycle on HOT before they go on the bed, strip the mattress in the morning and put the sheets in to wash/dry. You should only have to treat the mattress for 2-3 days. 2. ALL of your clothing needs to be washed/dried on high heat if possible. If the fabric can't be washed or dried on high heat - take it to a dry cleaner or use a steam cleaner on it. When you take off your clothes they go into a plastic container and then get washed and dried, when they come out of the dryer they go into another plastic container. This includes Stuffed toys, pillows, throws, and rugs. 3. Vacuum the house really really well. If it isn't furniture - get it off the floor. When vacuuming make sure you move all the furniture if you can get a piece of paper under the furniture, bed bugs can get there too. Take D.E. (Diatemaceous Earth) and sprinkle it around the walls of EACH ROOM of your home. Then "sprinkle" more D.E. around the carpet of any carpeted room. 4. Take the alcohol to the furniture - test a spot before going too hard - make sure you also spray any cracks in the paint/wall/ceiling and any crevices in the flooring, Also check door frames. 5. Backpacks, purses, and similiar items can and do carry bed bugs, especially if they are made of cloth. If you are going to someones home with any of these items make sure you either give them a thorough drying or spray them liberally with alcohol before you leave the house. 6. While cars with cloth seats and carpet CAN get infested - normally it won't be able to maintain it for long, as cars heat up really well in the sunlight. Just make sure you vacuum them out really good at least every couple of days while you are fighting. The whole process takes about one-two weeks if you keep with it. Don't stop just because you haven't seen any or been bitten in a couple days. One adult female can lay like 15 eggs per day. So if even ONE survives you will have to do it all again in a couple of months.

    1. Author Joanne A on March 30, 2021 at 12:07 pm

      Fantastic advice, Amber! Thank you so much for sharing.

  43. Author Joel on March 16, 2021 at 8:18 am

    Have them in my house.sleeping is becoming a nightmare.my daughter is the one who is affected mostly.she has rashes allover her body all thanks to this tiny disgusting monsters.

    1. Author Joanne A on March 30, 2021 at 12:09 pm

      So frustrating! I hope these tips help.

  44. Author Rob on July 1, 2021 at 5:38 am

    Budbug bites have a unique characteristic they come in three's so if bitten by one bed bug you will have three bite marks some say its the bed bug's " breakfast, lunch and dinner." Also only people that are allergic will notice the bites and for those unlucky souls they itch like hell and for days. They cause extreme anxieties and paranoia and mental anguish. And dangerous open wounds as its difficult to refrain from scratching your skin off.

    1. Author Joanne A on July 5, 2021 at 5:30 pm

      That's interesting, Rob!


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