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Preventing Bed Bug Bites

how to get rid of bed bugs

In order to prevent bed bugs, make sure to keep everything tidy. Bed bugs are usually found in clothing, paper and other stuff generally. Stay alert and watch for changes within your apartment building, local libraries and hotels.

Make sure to read these bed bug identification and prevention guidelines, so that you can report them immediately before they spread everywhere.

In general, bed bugs are killed by hot and cold temperatures. You won’t find them in winter. If you already have bed bugs, read these instructions to get rid of bed bugs:

  • Make sure to steam clean your bed and then fit the mattress with a tightly woven barrier sheet (organic cotton barrier sheets will also keep out dust mites).
  • Wash everything using hot water including curtains, bedding and removable upholstery. You can should these more than once to ensure everything is clean.
  • If you find bed bugs, remove them physically with a vacuum and then carefully empty and clean the vacuum.
  • Spread diatomaceous earth powder, made from crushed fossilized algae, around baseboards or above the cupboards. This heat-resistant powder usually kills most insecticides. Diatomaceous earth powder is can be purchased from most local garden stores.

Bed Bugs Symptoms

Suspicious bite marks on body, neck, face, hands and arms are common symptoms and places for bed bug bites. It is usually painless and goes unnoticed by many people.  However, flat or raised bumpy skin is the most common sign of a bed bug bite; swelling, itching and redness can also occur. Be sure to see your local doctor for bed bugs treatment.

These are some of the eco-friendly ways to prevent and kill bed bugs.