How to get rid of bed bugs?

Philippines
March 26, 2013 2:23am CST
I think our bed has been infested with bed bugs. Considering the fact that there are no windows in our bedrood the sun hardly get in plus the humidity in my country. Geez i can't hardly sleep without itching and without them biting me. I've had a hard time finding them though. I wanna through our bed but its not reasonale what are the chances that the bug won' t penetrate the new bed. I've rad somewhere that spraying tea on you bed is a good solution. But i forgot the concoction though. Is there any safe way to get rid of them? I have a baby and i can't spray chemicals and other pesticides. Please advise.
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@WakeUpKitty (8694)
• Netherlands
26 Mar 13
Sounds to me it's not clean in your bedroom at all. I would advice you to get everything out of there and clean it up very well (use the chemicals). A window would be better since it's a must to ventilate daily. Also you do need to clean the bed, the matrass(es) etc. Tea won't help you, perhaps eating a lot of garlic will make them bite you less. Are you sure this isn't woodworm? Freezing can help but I assume you are not able to do that. If it's woodworm this is the way how they did it in the "old" times. A cheap piece of wood was put in a part of the bed or closet (for example the back). The woodworm (if there is any) was getting in that so you were saving the rest (better quality of wood). The infected part of wood was changed out frequently. If it's woodworm you can buy a kind of "oil" with wich you "paint" the wood. The woodworm will die. It's not dangerous if you sleep in it later on. Would advise you to check the rest of your bedroom/house as well. Unless you bought the bed with bugs already in it, it will be in other parts of your house as well.
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@subhojit10 (7375)
• India
26 Mar 13
Oh goodness me, i feel so scared while reading your discussion. i think pesticides and chemicals r a complete no for your bed since u and your small baby would be adversely affected due to it. Yes spraying tea can be a good idea that i have also heard long back. i also know that there r some homemade remedies that can help u get rid of bed bugs.
@Angelpink (4017)
• Philippines
26 Mar 13
Hi ! You need to discard the old bed then have a general cleaning in your bedroom. Wash all blankets and pillow cases , disinfect with LYsol . Do regular cleaning and exposing your bedsheet and linen to thew sun , this will kill all parasites bed bugs.
• Philippines
26 Mar 13
i do wash all my linens and I change linens every 3days. I tried ironing the bed and vacuuming it more often. How come I don't see bed bugs are they invisible? I just mop the floor and sweep it more often but the bedroom is the tough part to clean because its so tiny and the bed is heavy. We just tried to clean it every week. My partner said to get rid of the bed but that is not the option for now because bed is kinda expensive and its not in our budget. I am just researching for the tea remedy.
• South Africa
27 Mar 13
They called mites and they microscopic.
@jazel_juan (15747)
• Philippines
26 Mar 13
Oh i hate bed bugs, they ITCH big time! Why not put it out in the sun? i experienced once when one of the foam beds we had had those bugs.. i let it out in the sun for hours..and it was fine afterwards.
• Philippines
26 Mar 13
yes. I've got a lot of bites in my legs. They are super itchy and I can't help but scratch them. I wanna get rid of them. Just searching for a good way of exterminating them myself. Our bed is a foam type as well is that why there are bed bugs?
@else22 (4317)
• India
26 Mar 13
We don't have this problem in our family,because we have made it a point to put our bed in sun for an hour or two everyday.Keeping your bed in the sun for a few hours is a sure shot remedy for getting rid of bed bugs.You have rightly mentioned spraying tea on your bed.I remember my mother doing it long ago,but I don't know the concoction.Perhaps you have to boil tea leaves with water and then spray the water on your bed.I know it works,but putting your bed in the sun is the best solution.
• Philippines
26 Mar 13
I will try tomorrow. Our bed is kinda heavy though and there is no much sun in our place because of the roof. we will find ways. hopefully tomorrow. Is the sun really gonna kill those pest?
@else22 (4317)
• India
26 Mar 13
That's really a problem.We too have heavy beds,but the advantage with us was that we don't have lack of sun.It's available just five or six yards from my bedroom.Still carrying heavy beds even for five or six yards is a problem.We carry them and leave them in open sun for two or three hours. We take it as a physical exercise.
• Philippines
26 Mar 13
My best friend once got infested with bed bugs, while we were travelling. We don't know why, but her ankle got swollen and she couldn't walk for a while. We have not experienced bed bugs at home. I am so paranoid though, especially after what happened, that I have gathered tips here and there to prevent ever having bed bugs. I have learned to soak sheets, blankets, pillow cases, pillow in boiling water, wash them with warm water, dry them as much as possible under the sun, and spray them with lavender, as I read somewhere they're good against bed bugs and they smell nice too. I do the same to the mattress except the soaking part.
• Philippines
26 Mar 13
Ok I will try that. I will put boiling water on the sheets if I washed them. I am not sure if its bed bugs or what though. I often look for bugs in the sheets and in the corners of the bed at night and I can't find them. I am sure that there is something biting me though. I hope bed bugs just stayed in bed and not go to our cabinets and infect our clothes. This is really serious problem.
@tehpau (340)
• Malaysia
26 Mar 13
Do you know what is a mattress cover? You can look for one that is anti-bed bug. They also come in pillow cases. This will help a lot. It can be washed in washing machines and do not take a long time to dry.
• Philippines
26 Mar 13
Where in the world can I buy those.. And how much? I didn't know that there is such things. thanks for the information though.
@kprofgames (3096)
• United States
26 Mar 13
Back in the day, a person would put it in the sun for 8 hours and that might not even get them. Washing all your bedding in hot/hot water will get them out of the linens, but if they are in the matters then they are harder to get rid of. Bed bugs usually leave a yellow/brown trail along the seam of the matters. If you see that, then would suggest getting a mattress cover. You know one of those that completely encloses the mattress. Zip up the mattress and the box spring. You can try washing your pillows but if it were me I'd just throw them away. Any carpeted surface, vaccum that as well.
@rog0322 (2829)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
26 Mar 13
Hi, I suggest bringing the bed and everything in it to a place that can't accumulate water, pour boiling hot water in it and away those bedbugs go. Those who remain can do so at their own risk. For added effect, you may add scents from aromatic leaves or flowers to have that "bed of roses" smell when it has dried.
@missjahn (4574)
• Philippines
27 Mar 13
kindly change bedsheets and pillow covers regularly. along with that, try to pat the mattress as you change or clean the room so that the bugs will be distracted and cannot make their colony permanently in there. if there is sun, you can expose it under it. or yet, it is better for you to buy new mattress and you can use this option not to have bugs in your bed.