Bedbug Organic Treatment

Bedbugs are usually active at night. They hide during the day in cracks and crevices. They typically hide as close to the bed as they can, but if there are a lot of bedbugs, they can spread around the bedroom and into adjacent rooms.

Bedbug treatment starts with a careful inspection. It is usually most effective to dismantle the bed. This exposes most of the cracks and crevices where the bedbugs will be hiding.

Temperatures above 113° will kill adult bedbugs and their eggs. Because of this, pest control professionals usually treat the mattress and box spring with steam. If steam is not available, vacuum carefully. Pay close attention to the seams and tufts where bedbugs will be. There will often be dark fecal stains to indicate where the bedbugs have been hiding.

While the bed is apart, be sure to wash the bedding. Comforters that cannot be washed may require dry cleaning. Throw pillows can be placed in the dryer on the high setting. If they are too bulky to fit into the dryer, perhaps they can be wrapped in a black plastic bag and set outside in the sun for a few hours.

Be sure to check any items that were stored under the bed. Bedbugs will readily infest bags and boxes of stored items.

There are a variety of organic insecticides for bedbug control. Many of them are labeled for Indoor Pests or for Structural Pests. The places that will be treated will determine which products to choose.

Aerosol insecticides will be most effective for treating cracks and crevices. Products made with pyrethrum will usually not last very long, so select something with other active ingredients. Insecticide manufacturers usually use the word residual on the product label to indicate that their product will be effective for some time.

Dust insecticide will be most effective for application inside walls. Silica gel or diatomaceous earth will be effective in wall voids. There are also organic dusts made from botanical ingredients.

These treatments will often require drilling tiny holes above the baseboards. Do-it-yourselfers will find that drilling the holes at a slight upward angle will make them almost invisible to someone who is standing up.

Many people prefer to call pest control professionals to make these applications. They will usually have organic products in their toolbox. They will also have the equipment needed to apply the materials into the cracks and crevices without leaving any residue on the surface.