How to get rid of bedbugs organically, all-naturally, and with non-toxic materials Are you looking for a natural and safe method of bed bug extermination that you can perform yourself? We review two commonly recommended DIY bedbug treatments.
First of all, what are bedbugs? Bedbugs are wingless, rust-colored pests approximately the size of the seed of an apple. If you have found one - sorry, there are probably more. Professional pest control treatments can start at upwards of $1,000. However, it is possible to treat for bedbugs without an exterminator, (with some diligence and the right tools) for well under $100. You don't even have to use deadly poisons or noxious fumes, you can use an organic, non-toxic product to kill bedbugs that is derived from safe, naturally occurring materials.
Organic bed bug treatments that do NOT work: First off, these supposed all natural methods of killing bedbugs have been shown by numerous peer reviewed scientific studies to NOT be effective.
-Rubbing alcohol While this it's definitely fatal to bedbugs in large enough doses, it will only kill insects on direct contact. This means it is only about as effective as squishing every last bedbug between your fingers.
Not only is it not feasible to hit all of the bedbugs with the spray (because they are notoriously good hiders and have been known to wedge themselves into small cracks in floorboards, electrical and light sockets, etc.), bedbugs reproduce in significantly higher quantities than replacement level. Constantly, the majority of bedbug larvae will simply be expendable surplus. You can manually remove or kill bedbugs all day and you will have no impact on the ultimate health of the population; those fatalities are already accounted for by the fecundity of the species.
Rubbing alcohol is also not an effective method of killing bedbugs because it has no residual effects, meaning it will not continue to kill bedbugs that walk over the application areas once it has dried and evaporated. Lastly, and most importantly, it is a fire hazard. Dousing your home in rubbing alcohol will put you at a measurably higher risk for accidental fires.
-Neem oil One of the most commonly discussed purported all natural method of killing bedbugs, Neem Oil has been shown in numerous laboratory studies to be no more effective at repelling bedbugs than it is at killing them.
-Over the counter foggers (also called "total release foggers," different from pesticide application equipment specially designed to let out a pesticide spray that resembles fog). The pesticides used in total release foggers have to come in direct contact with the bedbug in order to be effective; if the bedbug is hiding as they often are except when feeding, the fogger will not be effective. The EPA has raised questions about the effectiveness and safety of over the counter foggers as a bedbug treatment.
-Boric acid Boric acid can only be used as a pesticide if it is ingested by the insect. Bed bugs only utilize piercing and sucking mouthparts to blood from a live host, therefore boric acid is not effective against them.
-Sonic repellent devices These devices have been debunked as virtually useless against bedbugs. The Journal of Economic Entomology has repeatedly proven them to be ineffective, and in fact, the heat emitted can be a short-range attractant to bedbugs.
We do NOT recommend any of the above methods of bed bug extermination.
How to really get rid of bedbugs organically (and effectively) Diatomaceous earth, an all-natural, organic method of killing bedbugs that actually works.
Diatomaceous earth is derived from naturally occurring, soft, siliceous sedimentary rock. It is formed in nature from the fossilized remnants of diatoms, a species of hard-shelled algae.
Diatomaceous earth is NOT an insecticide or a poison. It kills bedbugs manually, or mechanically, meaning that the microscopic particles (10 to 200 micrometres) cling to the bedbugs exoskeleton and cause micro-abrasions as it moves, which effect the insects ability to retain water. The bedbug quickly dies of dehydration.
This means that Diatomaceous earth has 3 major benefits over other methods of DIY pest control. 1. It is safer (kills bedbugs but is safe for people) Since X is not poisonous (it kills bedbugs by dehydration), it will not harm mammals (humans, pets, etc) when touched. It may slightly dry out the skin, but it's considered safe for use around the house.
2. It has residual effects (continues to kill bedbugs after the first application) Unlike most bedbug sprays and other all natural methods of killing bedbugs that are only effective on direct application, or when wet, bedbugs that crawl over the residual powder will be killed. This means longer lasting protection and more bedbugs killed.
3. It is more effective at killing bedbugs Bedbugs cannot develop a resistance to Diatomaceous Earth like they have to neonicotinoid poison insect treatments, because with X they are killed by abrasion. The microscopic particles tear the waxy cuticle of their exoskeleton.
Instructions for applying
Only a fine dusting is necessary for application, because the bugs must crawl over the powder for it to adhere to their exoskeleton and kill them. If the powder is applied too densely, bedbugs will avoid the treated area and it will not be effective. The fastest and easiest method of ensuring the proper application is to use a pest pistol mini duster. Use proper ventilation and an appropriate mask; the powder is not harmful to mammals to the touch, but should not be inhaled.
Alternative method - CimeXa (synthetic DE) Diatomaceous Earth is an all-natural, organic bedbug killer derived completely from ingredients found in nature. However, if you are OK with using a synthetic version of Diatomaceous Earth that has been shown to be more effective in laboratory trials, try amorphous cilica gels (ASGs) like CimeXa. CimeXa can be equated to Diatomaceous Earth grown in a lab (it is made synthetically from sodium silicate; a granular, vitreous, porous form of silicon dioxide). It is a naturally occurring, organic mineral that is then purified and processed into a usable product for bedbug extermination, while still being completely safe for use around people when used according to manufacturer's instructions. Silica gels can be applied in exactly the same was as indicated for diatomaceous earth above.
If you truly want an organic way to kill bedbugs naturally, look no further than Diatomaceous Earth. This website recommends either DE or it's synthetic version, CimeXa, as effective bedbug remedies. See what actual users have to say about CimeXa below:
Taken from some of many real 5 star reviews on Amazon.com.
For a complete comparison of Diatomaceous Earth vs. CimeXa, click here.
Don't be overwhelmed! Bed bugs can be a huge source of anxiety and stress; however, it is definitely possible to get rid of bed bugs organically and naturally (AND PERMANENTLY!) without using an exterminator. Thank you for reading about all natural and organic bedbug remedies and GOOD LUCK.
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