One of the best ways to get rid of bed bugs is to use essential oils. Some essential oils are effective at repelling bed bugs, but many others are only effective for killing them. Tea tree oil, for example, has antifungal, antiviral, and antiparasitic properties and can kill parasitic bed bugs. This oil should be diluted with water and sprayed on mattresses and bedding, as well as cracks and crevices that bed bugs use to hide.
Another common home remedy to kill bed bugs is rubbing alcohol. Just like acetone, this substance dries out bed bugs and kills them instantly. You can buy this substance at most stores or online. However, it is important to note that rubbing alcohol is flammable and can cause a fire hazard.
If you do find bed bugs, you can try to wash your bedding and clothing at a high heat and place them in a plastic bag. You can also try to clean your furniture, mattress pads, and fabric window coverings. You should make sure that they are dry at the highest temperature that is allowed by the manufacturer, and then place them in a bag for safe keeping. Regardless of the method you choose, make sure it is safe, effective, and legal.
Before applying a pesticide, prepare the home by removing any items that can’t be cleaned in the washing machine or dryer. Remove any clutter in the areas where bed bugs can hide. Clean up any hiding spots and dispose of any discarded materials.