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Readers Respond: Got a Surefire Method to Murder Bedbugs?

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how to kill bed bugs

do not kill a beed bug with your bare hands beccause they reproduce from their blood, so take a bowl of water and drown them in the bowl or burn them with a lighter/fire.
—Guest samad

STEEEEEEEEEEAM!

Buy a steamer online (about $100) and run that sucker every day. Clean EVERYTHING. If you can't clean it, chuck it. But steam is the cheapest, most effective way to kill the little buggers.
—Guest Corrinne

100% organic and least expensive

There is a 100% ORGANIC ALL-NATURAL threat to these little pest and to many other pest. You need to check out Bedbugs byebye this stuff is really amazing and is so much less expensive only like $12 and 100% safe for humans and pets. I LOVE IT it is now my only pest control I have and will ever have. :)
—Guest Greg

Rubbing Alcohol and Hot Dryer

If you do not have time to wash your linen everyday, spray them down with rubbibg alcohol and put the in a hot dryer for 30 minutes.
—Guest Sleepless in the Nati

How to keep the itch away

I found a very useful tip to help keep the bites from itching so badly. Now do be careful, but what you want to do is run hot water and run the bite under the tap for just a second. The bite will itch like crazy for maybe another second, but then it shouldn't bother for quite a while afterward. If a child has been bitten DO NOT RUN IT UNDER HOT WATER! They can be scalded with their tender skin. Use Anti-itch creams or ointments for small children.
—Guest Tiffany

throw everything away!

I moved to Brooklyn almost three years ago......that's when the bed bug massacre began!!! They are really scary....the best thing to do is to throw everything away....wash all your clothes.....and mop your floor constantly with clorox. I have not had bed bugs in almost 2 years.......throw it all out!!!!
—Guest frightened :(

Do what cha gotta do for those pest

Half of the tips I've read, had the right answers. Money saving answers. Just follow them in order. If you are tired of throwing your hard earned or precious things out of the window. get rid of all cotten filled things. The Bugs love those for hibernating, stuffed animals, pillows, beds, this is 2010 inflated things are in, and as much as we don't like it "Plastic"! The Bugs Hate, Plastic. Before I got rid of the bugs I had a good rest from itching and being bit was to sleep on plastic covers, plastic bags will do. Then Alcohol 99% no other Alcohol works, spray everything down with it everyday get it wet and let them suckers dry completly out and then vacume everywhere. Do it with caution, until you think they are gone. Keep clean and use as less furnature and fluffy things you can. Untill Propoxur is back on the market again, this is all we can do. Don't let them accumilate kill them on the spot and treat all areas if you find one big fat one there's many more. So check,Spray. ALWAYS
—Guest guest Nessa

bedbugs limited to spread...

since bedbugs found or laying eggs to your bed, the best things you can do is put on the packaging tape, dont tear to kill because the blood comes out from their body is contain 500 eggs which cannot see on our eyes.
—Guest boni

help bedbugs

i have thrown all my bedding and couch out moved and washed clothes and have everything else on my porch i live in ny and its win ter r they gonna follow me i hcant survive another infestation mentally exhausted and am spraying everythikng wit alchol
—lilmommi1

heat, cold, and Bengal Roach spray

My previous apartment building was infested (several travelers), and I learned about bed bugs after moving, meaning I moved the critters with me. The new location had sub-freezing temperatures for a couple of weeks, so all of the mattresses stayed outside for two weeks and I slept on an air mattress. I changed the mattress pad, sheets, pillow, pillow cover, and blankets every night for a month straight, going straight to the washing machine from the bed, washing them in hot water and drying on high heat. Anything not washed went outside in the sub-freezing temperatures overnight. The incubation period is 10 days, so for complete eradication you must follow any process for at least 30 days straight. Oh, I also vacuumed as much as I could stand to vacuum, treating the carpet with flea powder and the baseboards with boric acid. In my high-traffic areas I spray Bengal Roach spray frequently. The carpet under the air mattress gets a regular vacuum as well. Persistence is paying dividends.
—Guest Woody

Little Buggers

Before I go to bed at night and after I wake up in the morning I get a small flashlight such as a mini mag light to look in the bed seams and stitching on the mattress as well as along the bed frame. I am usually successful in finding these bugs with this method. Then I either spray them with Pronto brand bedbug and dust mite killer (available at Ralphs or Kroger) or burn them with a miniature torch. Sometimes, they splat into a drop of blood when I am trying to pick them up, so no need to do anything else to kill them. Also, they aren't always as elusive as one might think. I have found these reddish brown insects stuck to my white wall right next to my bed at eye level so they can (at times) be easily spotted and caught. I also sprayed my mattress and bed frame with Raid Max roach poison and with the Pronto bedbug killer. As a result, I have found dead bedbugs along the bed frame during my flashlight searches for live ones.
—Guest David

Experiment is on

Thanks for all the tips, I understand that they can live upto a year without without a feed of blood. I have used bed bug pesticide which I got from the DIY store. I have painted up the walls and varnished all my furniture. I still have come across few more. I shall experiment with spraying bleach. Btw, one advice my mom gave me - never squash the bed bug, it's blood can cause more to grow. Just put any of those you come across into any oil (I use cooking oil in a bowl as the grave for these bugs).
—Guest Devi

They hate fumes!

Spray your mattresses with pure bleach, incase them, vacuum, steam everything, put bedding and clothes in the dryer. Bomb the hole house two cans a room. This will irritate them, after an hour, come back and mix bleach and immonia together in a pot. Leave for 4 hrs. The mixure will kill what's left. This was a Marine trick I learned at Camp Lejuene.
—Guest Tasha

No Professional need to reply

You don't need a professional to kill them, it takes time and effort to find them. When you do use RAID Ant/Roach no scent. Look in dark places,They don't like light(use a flashlight). Take the head board off the frame of the bed, use the flashlight to look under the head board,frame,nightstand,wherever its dark. Be on the look out for droppings and white eggs, (squish the eggs or your effort will be in vain) You have to think like them and you will find them. Sparenly spray them, they will die. Every couple of weeks repeat step one (unless you see them before then)
—Guest Unprofessional

not correct information

Orkid HAS NOT exterminated the bloody creatures in 48 states. I live in Rochester, NY and the bed bugs are here and they are here with a vengenance.
—Guest shorty

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