From the article: Travel Myth - Hostels Will Have Bed Bugs
Nobody wants to have to know how to kill bedbugs, but you may be among those who've had to do the deed. How did you kill bedbugs for good if you were the unlucky host of these unwanted pests which love to follow you home from the hotel or hostel? Read our advice on how to kill bedbugs, and then add your own -- no need to (really) register or log in!
- I got rid (almost, new come in from outside as the building is infested itself) of my bedbugs using Diatomaceous Earth. It's a powder made of algae which punctures all kinds of bugs (bedbugs, also cockroaches and other) from within and then they dehydrate and die. It takes very long to see an effect, but at the end, applied properly, worked for me. You should also NOT do it if you have respiratory conditions such as asthma.
- —Guest Ank
The Hard Facts
- A so-called friend turned out to be a fiend in short order. His cluttered, cigarette -smoke permeated apartment is host to an unknown number of these vampires. I was in emotional distress and, having no one else to turn to, spent the night on his couch. Ouch. Within 48 hours my arms and neck were livid with bites. He did in fact tell me he had these critters but, hey, I have never been exposed to them. Therefore I had NO IDEA of the havoc they wreak. I came home and washed all the clothing I wore and also my fanny pack. I saw a small dead one in the tub, score one for my team. I happen to have a bad back a foresook regular beds ages ago. I sleep on a Itek air mattress. It is PVU, a type of heavy plastic. I have a gut level feeling that these parasites prefer cloth bedding and don't care much for PVU bedding. My bed can easily be hosed down and wiped and will dry quickly. Not everyone can or will like this type of bedding but it is disliked by bedbugs.
- —Guest Bitten
From a pest control tech
- Some info: bedbugs hitchhike (hook-like feet run fast, but cannot jump or fly), prefer to stay close to meal SO...contain bedbugs by limiting traffic through infested area: DO NOT LET PETS in area!!!! Worst infestations! Yes, bedbugs CAN take meal off pets, not just humans, and easily travel on pets! Bedbugs live up to six months without a bloodmeal AND get into anything! Testings have found more in boxsprings than mattresses! Cover BOTH with BEDBUG PROOF covers (have special zippers and seams -others waste your money).THIS IS MOST IMPORTANT! In my experience, those that do this have less reocurrances. Tubs with DUCT TAPED lids (100%seal-babies are clear and speck size!) for books, picture frames, everything! Label to open in 6 mo., and wait til then! Throw out what can't be sealed in this manner or wash/dry hot or heat treated if bedbugs are in area. Use white sheets to monitor bites (not everyone reacts, but all bleed!).
- —Guest wanna help
Plastic doesn't always work
- Plastic air mattresses don't always work. I sleep on one and found 3 bedbugs biting my legs one morning while watching a movie.
- —Guest diana
Do not do this
- Do not spray chemicals on your bed to try to get rid of them; just don't spend too.much on an extermanatior. Have a budget.
- —Guest gabby
- My fiance & I have been thru hell & back w/ those little bugs.We finally found a surefire way to get them under control. At first we actually belived those silly hotshot foggers & a few gallons of the hotshot perimeter spray would do the trick.Wrong only made it worse. After many sleepless nites of researching, I went to a feed store, like one you buy farm supplies and got concentrated Cypermetrin 25.6 % along w/ an IGR ( irregular growth regulator ) also in concentrated form we mixed tg e two together following packaging directions. There's also stuff called Permectrin 2 also in concentrate and mixed that in a separate bottle for fabrics that couldn't be dried & bedding, couches, etc. Hint if you use the permectrin along w/ deet product greatrresults
- —Guest grneyedldy
- Rubbing alcohol - put in spray bottle and do your floors, walls, everything. Kills them instantly.
- —Guest Nini
- Rub your body with Vicks at night before bed, to prevent getting bitten. Buy bed bug covers for box frame and pillow. Spray and powder before covering with bed bug covers. Cover bed legs with petroleum jelly or Vaseline, use a fan at night to blow on u to blow away your Co2 and keep body temp down at night or bed time. Wash and dry all bedding at high heat and hot water. Good luck mattress and
- —Guest joker
- I have tried everything that I could at home: rubbing alcohol, steam cleaning, lavender essential oil. Vacuuming. I have 2 space heaters that we have run basically from the time we get up until we go to bed; I do this in addition to running the heat in the room and its gets to about 120-140 degrees in there. That seems to be working so far.
- —Guest gabesmom0926
fan thats sad
- So I've had these freaks for 2 years and I've tried bombs, steam, covers, fans , throwing everything out, poisons and sprays and an exterminator! And I still have them! Idk what to do. This is the only time ill let a friend who lost everything come to stay at my house.....
- —Guest Ryan
bedbugs for four years!! part 5
- thinking of spraying again tommorow and I over hear the neighbors speaking to the owner. They were furious when he said it MIGHT be until next week before he can do anything! I feel so awfull for them. This section has four apts. I'm the last one, my neighbors on the left are the ones angry, I'm pretty sure by this time their neighbors have started to see them and wouldn't be surprised if even the last neighbors have started getting bit. I don't know what else to do. I thin the only way for sure is to have all of us evacuate the apts. And bring in the heat. I am sure that is the ONLY way we can all get rid of them for sure! =(
- —Guest indominal
bedbugs for four years!! part 4
- (2010) called pro's again charge me 2000 for three treatments git those suckers, or did I? This was at my mothers house, we left at the end of 2010 and moved to an apartment. Mom never saw another bb at her home but sooner than later I was getting bit. I was not working and my husband couldn't receive disability yet, so I tried everything I could. Cleaning, washing and drying, spraying, fogging every month. Told the apt owner he might have problems with bb's in the apts next to us, he didn't care. Have been living here since then fighting them every day, thinking of spraying again tommorow and I over hear the neighbors speaking
- —Guest indominal
bedbugs for four years!! part 3
- Finally convinced hubby to throw everything away. I asked the apt manager if he could help me find a way to get rid of them. Neither of us knew much about them so he said he would give me a new room and have that one exterminated. So we bought new couches, new beds (kept the plastic covers on them) and washed all our clothes and bedding before moving to the new apartment. (2009) our night mare was back! This time it bit everyone! Looked up on the internet and was determined to get rid of these little bastards, but what I saw was depressing!! I call in the pro's charge me like 700 did an awesome job. We moved back to GA trying to look thru every box and items detailed to make sure we didn't bring em. But guess what??? We did! (2010) called pro's again charge me 2000 for three treatments git those suckers, or did I?
- —Guest indominal
bedbugs for four years!! part 2
- One day I caught a little black bug running to the corner of the bed. Turned on the lights and followed it it hid somewhere under my bed sheets so I pulled them off, I look at the matress and there was nothing! I pull off the top matress and nothing I pulld off the box and nothing! When I was putting everything back together I noticed small black spots on the matress, it was a memory foam matress with a top on it and in the seems of the pillow top and foam there all these little bugs, droppings, blood EWWW! Went online and found out they where bed bugs! Never knew they were real! Just thought is was a saying (sleep tight don't let the bedbugs bite) I begged my blind husband to help trow out the matresses but he thought I was crazy because they weren't getting bit. I started sleeping with my son and started noticing same bite the next day, looked at his matresses OMG! HOW COULD I HAVE NOT SEEN THOSE BLACK SPOTS WHEN I GOT THEM?? Finally convinced hubby to throw everything away.
- —Guest indominal
bedbugs for four years!!
- When I moved to SC my new employer was helping my husband and I get accomodated, he had a friend (Asian) that had three queen size matresses and one queen size box, so I looked at them and looked new and clean, the man gave them to us (first I was greatfull, but now I really wish I had never met him!) Set up the full queen size bed in my room and stacked the 2 other matresses in my sons room. A few weeks later I started to notice bug bites on my arms and legs. I went to the doctor after two weeks and he gave a cream said I was allergic to something. The next two weeks (2008) I was going crazy! I could feel something biting me and I was really itchy but by the time I got to turn the light on I couldn't find anything! And I was the only getting bitten. It drove me almost insane to the point that I laid in bed with a flashlight on. As soon as I felt a bite I would look around. One day I caught a little black bug running to the corner of the bed. Turned on the lights and followed
- —Guest indominal
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