Bed bugs are small, oval-shaped insects that feed on the blood of humans and animals. They’re a common pest in homes and hotels, as well as hospitals, schools and other places where people sleep. While it’s normal to feel grossed out by bed bugs, there is nothing to be afraid of. These pests don’t transmit diseases, so they won’t make you sick.
But bed bug bites can itch and be quite uncomfortable — especially if you have sensitive skin. They are also known to cause skin rashes in some people. Fortunately, some natural remedies can help you get rid of these pesky bugs at home quickly and easily.
Do bed bugs have wings?
No, they do not have wings as adults. However, when they are young nymphs (also known as baby bed bugs), they do have wings that allow them to fly for short distances until they grow adult wings around 10 days old.
Adult bedbugs shed their wings after mating with their partner anywhere from one to four times a day. Keep reading to know more about these wingless insects and how you can get rid of them once and for all.
Natural remedies to get rid of bed bugs
There are several natural remedies to get rid of bed bugs:
1. Baking soda
Baking soda is one of the most effective natural remedies to use against bed bugs, although it may not be as fast-acting as commercial bug sprays. Sprinkle baking soda around your bed before going to sleep. This will cause the bed bugs to dehydrate and die.
You can also place a bowl of baking soda in your bedroom overnight and leave it there for several days without cleaning it out. This will cause any bed bugs that come into contact with the baking soda to die a slow death by dehydration.
Vacuuming is another effective way to get rid of bed bugs, but you’ll want to use an attachment that allows you to reach all areas of your mattress and baseboards where the pests may hide during daylight hours.
Make sure you dispose of the vacuum bag after you’re done vacuuming so that no live bed bugs or eggs escape into another room in your home or apartment building!
Bleach is another home remedy for killing off a bed bug infestation, although it should be used with caution because bleach can be harmful if swallowed or comes into contact with sensitive skin areas such as eyes, mouth and nose (source).
Mix one part water with one part bleach in a spray bottle and spray on all surfaces that may have come into contact with bed bugs (mattress, sheets, baseboards). Let sit for 10 minutes before washing sheets in hot water or drying on high heat.
4. Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous earth is a fine powder made from the fossilized remains of diatoms, which are a type of hard-shelled algae.
When bed bugs come into contact with it, the powder sticks to their exoskeletons and causes them to dehydrate and die (source). You can purchase diatomaceous earth online or at most gardening supply stores, but be sure you buy food-grade diatomaceous earth so that you don’t accidentally kill your plants!
5. Borax/Boric Acid
Borax is another natural mineral that’s been used as a pesticide for centuries. It’s effective at killing bed bugs because it dehydrates them once they come into contact with it (source).
You can purchase borax in most grocery stores or pharmacies under the name 20 Mule Team Borax or 20 Mule Team Borax laundry booster (source), or look for food-grade boric acid in your local gardening supply store.
Use caution when applying borax to your mattress as it may stain some surfaces if not completely dry before being placed back on the bed.
6. Diatomaceous Earth/Boric Acid Spray Recipe
This is another recipe for making an effective spray out of diatomaceous earth and boric acid that will kill any bed bugs that come into contact with it:
1 cup diatomaceous earth
1/4 cup boric acid powder (food-grade)
2 cups of water or rubbing alcohol (petroleum-based products may damage your mattress, so use caution when using them)
Combine the diatomaceous earth and boric acid in a saucepan and stir it into the water or alcohol. Heat the mixture over medium heat until it boils, then remove from heat. The solution will be clear when it’s done. Allow the solution to cool before pouring it into a spray bottle.
Spray your mattress, surrounding furniture, floorboards, walls, etc. with the diatomaceous earth/boric acid solution to kill any bed bugs you may have brought into your home on your clothes or luggage.
You can also spray this solution directly onto bed bugs themselves if you see them crawling around on your furniture or bedding (source). Spray this solution every 2-3 weeks for as long as you feel is necessary to make sure all bed bugs are eliminated from your home (source).
I recommend using a different spray that contains pyrethrin if you have pets in your home as boric acid is toxic to animals and should be used with caution around them (source).
However, if you don’t have pets in your home then there’s no need to worry about this! Boric acid is often found in many over-the-counter flea control products for dogs and cats because it’s very effective at killing fleas.
Most Popular Question About Bed bugs
Here is some Most Popular Question About Bed bugs:
What do bedbugs look like?
Adult bedbugs are brownish-red in color and flattened in shape. Their size varies from 1/4 to 3/8 inches long and their flattened shape allows them to easily hide in small crevices.
They are oval-shaped with long antennae, which help them move around quickly as well as sense their prey. The mouthparts of these insects are used for sucking blood and piercing skin tissue – this is how they get nourishment from their hosts’ blood.
How big do they grow?
Adult bed bugs are generally around 3/16 of an inch long and have oval-shaped bodies. They are brown in color and have flat bodies, allowing them to hide in creases and cracks. Their flat bodies also allow them to fit into very small spaces — like the one between your mattress and box spring or inside the headboard of your bed.
How do you know if there’s a bed bug infestation in your home? If you suspect that you have bed bugs, look for signs of an infestation such as black spots on sheets or blood stains on your sheets from crushed bed bug insects . You might also see live or dead adult bugs, their eggs or skins shed by these insects.
If you think that you might be dealing with a bed bug problem, call a pest control specialist immediately because these pests can multiply quickly and overrun your home if left untreated for too long.
How fast do they move?
Bed bugs are small, flat, oval-shaped insects. They are brown in color and range from 1-7 mm in size. Adults are wingless and have a ridged exoskeleton. Nymphs (immature bed bugs) shed their skin five times before reaching adulthood. Bed bugs must feed on blood to survive and mature.
Bedbugs are very fast runners. They can travel up to 3 feet per minute on smooth surfaces like wood or plaster. However, they are not able to climb walls or jump like some other insects do.
If you think you may have bedbugs, it is important to look for them in your home as soon as possible because they can quickly spread to other areas of the house.
Can bed bugs jump?
Bed bugs don’t have wings, so they can’t jump. However, they are great climbers and can move quickly over surfaces. They also have long legs that help them to move quickly.
How do bed bugs move around?
Bed bugs are experts at moving around without being seen. They are very small, only about the size of an apple seed, and their brownish-red color helps them blend in with furniture and Wall bases. If a bed bug is found during the day, it is likely that it has been accidentally disturbed and will quickly crawl away to its hiding spot.
Bed bugs are most active at night when they come out to feed on blood from humans or animals. Unlike other insects that fly or jump, bed bugs simply crawl from one place to another. They can climb walls and even walk on ceilings if needed.
Interestingly, bed bugs are not able to survive by feeding on other animals like bats or mice.
Do Bed Bugs Climb?
Bed bugs are capable of traveling short distances (up to 100 feet) by crawling, but they can also hitch a ride on clothing, luggage, or furniture. In general, bed bugs tend to prefer to remain close to their food source (i.e., human blood), so they will usually only travel as far as necessary in order to find a new host.
However, there have been some documented cases of bed bugs travelling long distances (several hundred feet) in search of a new host.
How many legs do they have?
Bed bugs have six legs, with the front pair being specially adapted for feeding. They also have antennae and mouthparts that are used for sensing and sucking blood. Bed bugs can survive for up to a year without feeding, but they prefer to feed every five to 10 days.
How do bed bugs spread?
Bed bugs can travel from room to room in houses or apartments when people transport them unknowingly. They also spread through the home by crawling into suitcases, bags and other items that are left unattended for some time. Even something as short as a few hours can be enough time for a bed bug to crawl in and hide.
The most common way they spread is through the transportation of secondhand furniture or clothing that has been infested with bed bugs. Bed bugs can stay dormant for over a year without feeding on blood, so they can survive long periods without a host. This makes it easy for them to travel with people across state lines, county lines and even international borders.
Bedbugs also spread by hitchhiking on humans from location to location. They’re notorious hitchhikers because they’re so tiny (about the size of an apple seed) and can fit into nearly any space imaginable — including luggage, purses, suitcases, and even between buttons on clothing.
Ways to detect bed bug bites
Spreading through bites is another common way for bedbugs to make their homes inside people’s homes or businesses. Bites are not necessary for the survival of bedbugs; however, when they do happen it’s often due to lack of knowledge about how to treat an infestation properly.
Most people don’t know how to get rid of them or that they should hire professionals when dealing with an infestation. This leads many folks to try home remedies that don’t work for bedbugs, making them vulnerable to being bitten by the pests.
Oftentimes, bites are misdiagnosed as a spider or mosquito bite. Bites from bed bugs typically appear in clusters or linear rows of three bites. They are often mistaken for allergic reactions because they can look like mosquito or flea bites, but they’re typically in straight lines and quite red compared to other bug bites. Bed bug bites may also be itchy and burn when scratched due to an allergic reaction to the saliva of the pest.
Bedbugs are not known to spread disease; however, they can cause significant physical discomfort including itching and burning sensations while they feed on you at night. If you suspect that you have a bedbug infestation, contact a pest control professional right away before it’s too late!
Bedbugs can be a huge nuisance, but with the right information and tools, you can get rid of them for good. By understanding their life cycle and behavior, you can put into place the necessary steps to eliminate these pests from your home or business. If you have any questions about bedbugs or need help getting started on your own eradication plan, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’re here to help!