Non-toxic Options for Bed Bug Eradication

a magnified photo of a bed bug

Bed bugs were only a figure of childhood rhymes until recently. They are now common household pests thanks to international travel and inefficient eradication methods. For a long time, chemical treatments were the only method of bed bug eradication.

With the recent push towards eco-conservation, there are now safer methods available. However, these non-toxic methods should be professionally applied by a pest control service for them to be efficient. Here are three non-toxic bedbug treatments:

Diatomaceous Earth

This is a powder-like substance applied to the hidden recesses and cracks in floorboards, which form the hiding spots of bed bugs. Diatomaceous earth is a desiccant. It kills bed bugs by dehydrating them after adhering to their bodies and destroying their smooth coat that retains moisture. Since it is not a chemical, there is no risk of the pests developing resistance towards it.

Heat Treatment

In this option, hot air at not less than 113 degrees Fahrenheit is used to kill bed bugs. The heat is delivered through various means, including electric and heat transfer systems. Before heat treatment, your exterminator will first set aside all heat-sensitive items, which will undergo other bed bug extermination treatments.

Freezing Treatment

In this option, pressurized carbon dioxide is applied to bed bug infested areas. The cold freezes bed bugs to death without affecting other items. Freezing treatment is generally used with different approaches to boost its efficiency.

The given eco-friendly treatment options do not have adverse effects on human health. Hence, you can occupy your room a few minutes after treatment, unlike with chemical treatments. They are the best treatment choice for property owners who want minimal downtime after bed bug treatment.