After a deep self-study, we found the way to get rid of bed bugs without “professional” exterminators.
First of all, you need to wash your bedding items with HOT water. And use a steam cleaner on the mattress and on the carpet.
You need to do that because bed bugs cannot survive with the heat over 120 degrees. So you need to kill live bed bugs with heat first.
Next, after everything is dried, apply BedBugPowder on the mattress and bedding items and put the cover over them.
We bought the powder from the site below and it worked great!! It is natural power and is safe to humans and pets. So touching the powder is not going to hurt you, and of course you don’t have to worry about your daughter.
That is all you have to do. You may still get bitten for next a few days, but they will go away and the powder lasts a lot longer than those sprays or foggers that most of people believe they work.
How to kill bedbugs with baking soda:
Buy about 10 boxes of baking soda. And you’ll need more later. This site seems to be reasonable.
Costco usually carries large bags of baking soda, too.
Start with one room at a time…maybe your bedroom.
1. Vacuum. Then sprinkle the baking soda everywhere on the floor. Make sure you put a good coating around and under the bed. Spread the baking soda with a broom, so you have a fairly even coating. Just leave the baking soda on the floor. Do not vacuum.
2. Remove all sheets and comforters. Wash these in detergent and Hot water. Dry thoroughly.
3. Vacuum the bed extremely well.
4. If you can afford to replace the mattress, replace it. If not, buy a bed bug mattress cover.
I’m sure you can find these at Walmart and Kmart if you’d rather not buy on line.
Sprinkle baking soda directly on your mattress before putting the mattress cover on. Make sure you flip the mattress in order to coat both sides with baking soda. Also use a generous amount of baking soda at the edges and in creases. Bed Bugs love the creases at the edges of the mattress. After coating with baking soda, you then put the mattress cover on and just leave it on…do not remove it for a year.
5. Now to create a barrier between you and any bedbugs.
Wrap duct tape or Gorilla Tape around the bed legs STICKY SIDE OUT. This way the bugs will get stuck trying to get to you. Another alternative is to buy some peel and stick tiles and place the feet of your bed on these. (Place a little square of paper towel directly under the feet of the bed to keep the feet from sticking to the tiles.) Place the tiles sticky-side up, so the bugs will get stuck on the tiles. Change the tape or tiles as needed.
Or you can place the feet of your bed in bed bugs traps, such as these:
6. Pull the bed away from the wall so that it does not touch.
7. Remake the bed, but never allow sheets or comforters to touch the floor.
Vacuum the floors as need but re-apply baking soda. (Just leave the mattress covers on.)
Treat all bedrooms this way. Also treat any room that you suspect harbors bed bugs. Treat for a full year. Yes, a year! Bed bugs are extremely hardy and it will take a full year of all out war to get rid of them.
Your bedrooms will look a little funny with baking soda all over the floors, but it beats the alternative.
I would use baking soda, as opposed to Diatomaceous Earth (DE). DE works, but DE also cuts lungs in both people and pets, so it’s dangerous. Baking soda is gentle on people and pets but will kill the bed bugs.
I would also use baking soda as opposed to Borax. Borax is a poison that is harmful to people and pets. Plus it has been banned in many countries.
Remember….this will take a full year.