You quickly brought them back from vacation – bed bugs. The small animals can not only be really unpleasant, but also a real burden on your general health. How you can get rid of them for good and fight the vermin, you can read here. 

It makes you tingle all over: recently, there have been increasing reports that the common bedbug is on the rise again (only recently, we showed how to detect them in hotel rooms). No one knows the exact cause; presumably factors such as increased individual tourism, climate change and a lack of hygiene are playing a major role in the interaction. But even if you and your environment are affected, that’s no reason to panic, and you only need to use chemicals as a last resort. Because the bites of the small rodents leave unpleasant wheals, as seen here. So if you recognize these or similar symptoms, then it says: act quickly 

Use the washing machine and freezer to fight the pests

Like almost all pests, bed bugs can be dealt with using particularly high or low temperatures. So, throw all laundry suspected of being infested into the washing machine at a minimum of 140 °F. Laundry that is not suitable for these high temperatures will be treated with the alternative program: Put it in the freezer! Leave them there for at least 24 hours – preferably longer. And now it’s time to get down to business: the whole bedroom. Take off all the covers and throw them in the boil wash. The blankets and pillows too, of course. Vacuum the mattress itself thoroughly with a powerful vacuum cleaner (the upholstery nozzle is perfect). And then comes the special treatment. For this you need: 

  • 2 tablespoons of washing powder 
  • 2 tablespoons disinfectant 
  • 2 cups of water 

This is how it works: 

Put the ingredients in a bowl and mix them well. Fill the liquid into a spray bottle. Spread the spray generously directly on your mattress, preferably in the morning, so that the agent can work well. Repeat the process daily for a week to get rid of the next generation of pests, eggs, as well. 

Done! Now nothing stands in the way of your restful sleep. Here’s another simple tip, but unfortunately it doesn’t always work because the weather has to cooperate: If it’s really freezing outside, but not snowing or raining, you can just put your whole mattress outside for a few hours, this will kill bugs and eggs. The other way around, you can also put your mattress outside in the middle of summer, it is best to put a sheet underneath and wash it afterwards. Turn the mattress once after a few hours. Because the UV rays of the sun can fight the bugs. 

So, if you follow these points, bed bugs will disappear faster than they appeared. However, if the beasts are very persistent, you should still consult a professional.