Despite what you might think, anyone of any socioeconomic status can have bed bugs. The pests can hitch a ride on your luggage, enter your home through any used furniture you buy or they can enter your unit from your neighbors if you live in an apartment building. The general objective of pest control is to create unfavorable conditions for the pest, so that its reproduction and dissemination are limited or eliminated. No matter how the bed bugs came into your home, you want to get rid of them ASAP. Here are five home remedies recommended by San Antonio pest control service:
- Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous earth is a powder that’s highly-effective at taking care of a number of pests, including ants and bed bugs. How it works is that it clings to crawling insects and dehydrates them, killing them. What you want to do is spread the powder in all the cracks and crevices where you’ve seen bed bugs, making sure you strip your bed of linens and wash them in hot water before doing so. It might take more than one application to get rid of all the pests.
- Tea Tree Oil Spray
What makes tea tree oil effective at bed bug pest removal Tampa is that it breaks down cell membranes, leading to the death of bed bugs. Mix 50 ml of water with two teaspoons of tea tree oil in a spray bottle, shake it up and spray it wherever you think bed bugs might be hiding. You’ll likely have to spray an application more than once. You can call an exterminator for better result.
- Steam Cleaning
If you’ve found bugs in your furniture rather than your bed, it’s not so easy to toss your couch into the washer and wash it in hot water. Instead, you’ll have to use a steam cleaner to get the job done. Neither adult bed bugs nor bed bug eggs are able to withstand temperatures as high as 140 degrees Fahrenheit. One of the great things about using a steam cleaner is that you’re taking care of your pest infestation and cleaning your furniture at the same time.
- Lavender Oil
Lavender is another type of oil, that’s proven to be effective in taking care of bed bugs, mainly because it’s a cytotoxin. Mix 50 ml of water with 15 drops of lavender oil in a spray bottle and spray it wherever you see bed bugs or think they might be.
- Baking Soda
If you don’t have diatomaceous earth on hand, but you do have baking soda, you can use that instead. Either substance will dry out any bed bugs you have.
Lack of cleanliness or hygiene is the most common. There are some basic tips for pest control, which can help prevent or eliminate pests.
- Inspect plumbing installations and repair leaks so that insects do not find the water they need.
- If you have a garden at home try to prune the trees, so that pests do not form between the branches and leaves.
- Make sure that there is no sink near the entrance of your house, since it can become an insect nest.
- Do not store items such as firewood near the walls, this is a food for insects.
- Never leave stagnant water in elements such as planters.
- Keep the organic waste bin out of your kitchen.
- Always try to clean the dishes after eating and store the food tightly closed.
- If you have a pet, do not leave the food outside, keep it after your dog or cat has eaten.
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