Using Salt to Kill Bed Bugs?

Now, obviously, the smartest thing to do when you have an infestation of bed bugs is to call your local exterminator. However, there are a few home remedies that might help alleviate the situation until a professional can get to your home. Also, these natural remedies can only work if you catch the infestation early on. Otherwise those sneaky little pests will multiply and find too many hiding places for home remedies to do any real good. One popular home remedy for getting rid of bed bugs is by using salt.

You’ll first want to remove all the linens from your bed, and put them in the washing machine. Sprinkle 3 tbsp. of borax, a kind of salt on the linens, and then wash them on the highest level of heat, as well as dry them using the hottest setting. Next, thoroughly inspect your mattress, bed frame, and everything else around them with a flashlight to see if you can spot any bed bugs. After you’ve done this, vacuum every area you might have seen bed bugs and basically the entire area you just inspected.

You will then want to put some baking soda in a bowl and use a paint brush to cover any areas you suspect bed bugs may be hiding. Sprinkle a very generous amount of the baking soda all over your mattress and everything in that general vicinity such as bed frame and floor around the bed. Finally, let the baking soda chill out for a few hours before vacuuming it up. Now, doing this just one time is highly unlikely to get rid of all your bed bugs, so you’ll want to do this at least several times during the week.

What home remedies have you ever used to get rid of bed bugs? Did you end up having to call in the professionals to get the job taken care of?

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