Bed bugs are a frightening problem, but for some people with sensitivities to chemical treatments, traditional extermination can be scary as well. If you have specific health concerns about treating your home with pesticides, you should know that most bed bug exterminators also offer more natural solutions. Here is a look at a few.
Of all of the natural bed bug control methods, treatment with direct heat is probably the most widely recognized in the exterminator field. Heat treatment involves using specifically designed heaters to elevate the temperature of the room and hold it there for a certain period of time. The heat kills bed bugs and their eggs when applied effectively. Some exterminators also use heat-treatment vessels, such as tents, where furniture pieces can be placed inside and treated in a smaller space. This can be an effective way to eradicate a bed bug problem in your mattress, in wooden furniture pieces, and even in your pillows or couch cushions.
Essential Oil Treatment
Bed bug treatment with essential oils is a common DIY control method, but it is rarely effective without professional guidance. There are essential oils that are known to help to deter bed bugs, such as:
- Tea tree oil
- Neem oil
- Eucalyptus oil
- Thyme oil
- Clove oil
These oils may help deter bed bugs from getting on your furniture and in certain areas of the house. However, even essential oils can come along with their risk factors and should be used with care. A bed bug exterminator trained in natural depopulation efforts can help you make the best decisions about what kind of oils to use, how much to use, and where the oil should be applied.
Bed Bug Entrapment
Bed bug entrapment is usually a multifaceted approach to trapping bed bugs instead of going after them with pesticides. Entrapment usually involves sealing all of the mattresses in the house completely with a mattress cover that will not allow bed bugs to pass through. The professional will also likely seal off other areas where bed bugs may be hiding so they can no longer get out, such as outlets in the walls or couch cushions. The entrapment method can also involve setting a series of bed bug traps in highly populated areas. For example, traps can be placed on the legs of the bed so when bugs on the floor try to crawl up, they get caught in the trap.
For more information, reach out to a bed bug exterminator in your area.