The bedbugs overdose on sodium and de-hydrate.
I would first try hiring a professional exterminator, if you can afford one. However, sometimes even an exterminator cannot get rid of bed bugs. If the exterminator fails or if you can’t afford an exterminator, yes, you can get rid of the bed bugs with baking soda.
Buy about 10 boxes of baking soda. And you’ll need more later. You might want to buy in bulk. This site seems to be reasonable: http://www.camdengrey.com/essential-oils/Raw-Mater…
Costco usually carries large bags of baking soda, too.
Start with one room at a time…maybe your bedroom.
- Vacuum. Then sprinkle the baking soda everywhere on the floor. Make sure you put a good coating around and under the bed. Spread the baking soda with a broom, so you have a fairly even coating. Just leave the baking soda on the floor. Do not vacuum.
- Remove all sheets and comforters. Wash these in detergent and Hot water. Dry thoroughly.
- Vacuum the bed extremely well.
- If you can afford to replace the mattress, replace it. If not, buy a bed bug mattress cover, like these: http://www.google.com/#hl=en&sugexp=ldymls&xhr=t&q…
I’m sure you can find these at Walmart and Kmart if you’d rather not buy on line. It’s a good idea to sprinkle baking soda directly on your mattress before putting the mattress cover on.
- Wrap duct tape or Gorilla Tape around the bed legs STICKY SIDE OUT. This way the bugs will get stuck trying to get to you. Another alternative is to buy some ᴘᴇᴇl and stick tiles and place the feet of your bed on these. (Place a little square of paper towel directly under the feet to keep the feet from sticking to the tiles.) Place the tiles sticky-side up, so the bugs will get stuck on the tiles. Change the tape or tiles as needed.
- Pull the bed away from the wall so that it does not touch.
- Remake the bed, but never allow sheets or comforters to touch the floor.
After a week, vacuum the floors and re-apply the baking soda. Just leave the mattress covers on.
Treat all bedrooms this way. Also treat any room that you suspect harbors bed bugs. Treat for a full year. Yes, a year! Bed bugs are extremely hardy and it will take a full year of all out war to get rid of them.
Yes, your bedrooms will look a little funny with baking soda all over the floors, but it beats the alternative.
I would use baking soda, as opposed to Diatomaceous Earth (DE). Yes, DE works, but DE also cuts human lungs, so it’s dangerous. Baking soda is gentle on people but will kill the bed bugs.
I would also use baking soda as opposed to Borax. Borax is a poison that is harmful to people and pets. Plus it has been banned in many countries.
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It dehydrates them by absorbing the moisture from their bodies. If you plan to use baking soda you will have to keep it up for almost a year before you get them all.