How To Stop Bedbugs From Biting You

Once bedbugs have infested your house, it is very difficult to get rid of them. Instead of being concerned with how to eliminate them, or free your house from bed bugs, the first concern should be how to stop bedbugs from biting you.

Bed bug bite characteristics are as follows

  • Small, hard, swollen red or white welts.
  • A rash
  • Itching – this may last for several days.

how to stop bedbugs from biting you

The following things not only reduce the chances of getting bitten but also minimize the spread of bed bugs to other parts of your house.

  • Thoroughly de-clutter and clean all areas (bedding, couches, etc.) where you have been bitten by bed bugs.
  • When you become aware of a bed bug infestation, it is time to throw away all your clutter. Do not forget to throw things out in sealed plastic bags: bed bugs are very fast at moving from one place to another.
  • Wash all bedding and clothes in the hottest water possible (at least 120 degrees Fahrenheit). Temperatures in excess of 114 Fahrenheit have been proved to be fatal for bed bugs. Use a hot tumble drier. For drying purposes, make use of direct sunlight if possible. Nothing is better than air drying in sunlight for clothes, mattresses and other bedding.
  • Always put clean and light colored sheets on bed. Light colors make bed bugs easy to detect.
  • When removing sheets always roll them off instead of pulling them off.  This causes removal of any eggs and bugs attached to them. Use a plastic bag to collect all the eggs and bugs from the sheet and dispose of them in an outside trash can.
  • You can purchase an easy to use monitoring system that is Eco friendly: ClimbUp Insect Interceptor. It forms a barrier between bed and floor. Its design makes it very effective to stop bed bugs from biting. Bed bugs that try to climb up your bed to bite you climb to the exterior surface of the ClimbUp Insect Interceptor, and fall into the outer pitfall ring. Any thet come from the bed end up in the center well.how to stop bed bugs from biting you
    ClimbUp Insect Interceptor

     

  • Facts about ClimbUp are
  1. It is an insect trapping device.
  2. The center wall is 41/4” in diameter.
  3. The paper tape draped on the Interceptor provides a fibrous surface. This fibrous surface makes bed bugs climb up the exterior surface. You can replace this tape with paper tape available in your local pharmacy.
  • Place a spacer or risers under legs of the bed to elevate the legs. You can also use a wooden block or plastic pieces. The bed  can be elevated like so when the size of bed bugs is too large to fit in the climbUp Interceptor.how to stop bedbugs from biting you
    Bed bugs trapped in Interceptor

     

  • Prevent the ClimbUp from cracking on padded carpet. You can easily do this by distributing the weight of the bed equally.
  • Apply Vaseline on frame of the bed to avoid bed bugs scaling it to bite you.
  • Place the legs of bed into a vessel filled with soapy water so that when bed bugs climb up it, they fall into the soapy water and drown.how to stop bed bugs from biting you
    The legs of a bed in a vessel filled with soap water

how to stop bed bugs from biting you
Placing boric powder

  • Make use of talcum powder as lubricant for the ClimbUp surface.

how to stop bed bugs from biting you
Protecting a sofa from bed bugs with the help of ClimbUp

  • To permanently prevent bed bugs, treatment by an exterminator is necessary.
  • These exterminators make use of a combination of insecticides and heat methods.
  • Discard heavily infested furniture.
  • Visit pest control companies and follow their instructions as well as that of any professional exterminator visiting your house.
  • Avoid placing traveling bags and other luggage against furniture.
  • Some herbs like lavender, rosemary, eucalyptus and thyme effectively repel bed bugs. You can spread them around your bed and other areas.
  • One very good repellent is black walnut. It is easily available at local by food stores.
  • Avoid setting bags on beds, floors and against walls.
  • Checking your vehicles before sitting to detect any bed bugs.
  • Be observant and do not freak out.
  • How to stop bedbugs from biting you. Follow this remedy

Soak highly causatic, dry soap in isopropyl alcohol overnight. In the morning, boil the resulting solution in water. Sprinkle this solution on the mattress, carpet and other furniture. Let it dry for eight hours, and vacuum it. Repeat this after a week. This method should kill any existing bed bugs.

Some early bed bug remedies are

  • Arsenic
  • Turpentine
  • Gasoline
  • Fumigation

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21 Responses to “How To Stop Bedbugs From Biting You”

  1. Valerie says:

    Does insect repellents like “OFF” stop bed bugs from biting?

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    • ED B says:

      @Valerie: Hello, Valerie – I’m fighting the b-bug battle right now(apt. bldg.). While researching the topic from 20 different angles, I ran across 1 or 2 articles that speciafically stated: Do Not Use Off, Raid or any other regular type insect repellants…a person is supposed to be best off using the methods that are out there for bbugs only. ???

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    • Gregory says:

      @Theresa: its my second time as well in less the six months too. :( why me?

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  3. pissed says:

    This is really starting to pissed me the fuck off.!!!is bed bugs r in ur home how do u pervent from getting bit..!!!

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    • EdB says:

      @pissed:
      If u live in a single dwelling (hse or duplex) have the pros come in and treat the situation properly…you’ll go nuts trying to find a quick fix. And make sure the ‘pros’ are planning to return for at least one follow-up. If u r living in an apt or even a 4-plex or 6-plex, u will quite likely to re-locate and start over. Yeah…shitty! REAL shitty! But, there’s too many people in an apt or multi-dwelling to co-operate so the job can get done properly and it will most likely carry on ’til it’s a health hazard. That’s my situation and I think I’ll be moving quite soon. They are baaaad. Read on while ur on the net, there is alot of tips & hints and it’s NOT impossible to win the war. Good Luck.

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  4. herbme says:

    I’m not sure if I got them at a motel in Florida but can you leave things in a car where it freezes every night and get rid of them before you even bring them into the house? I don’t have any symptoms but my husband has raised bumps on his waist so when we got home we took off our clothes on the porch and left everything outside.

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  5. herbme says:

    He gets chiggers really easily and he’s thinking that’s what it is but we want to be sure.

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  6. Hersey says:

    So, yea i am in the middle of a bed bug problem right now. Damn bugs, just want to burn them all!! This is the first time i have ever encountered them, so i am still learning, any advice will help. Right now i am doing an experiment, I have 4 bed bugs captured, in a container no way of escaping, i even cut off the air supply, just want to see how long they will live. And it seems like they have troubles with plastic surfaces, every time they try and climb the sides they fall right back down. They want to make me suffer, ill make them suffer

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    • Paul Ramos says:

      I live in a small one bedroom apartment it has upstairs & downstairs. I have bedbugs & No beds at all. I sleep in the living room on tile floor with no blanket or pillow and still get bit up. Its 4:47 a.m & im still up & tired & very itchy .. im tired of the sleep less nights. We can’t afford to move :( .. we threw out most of are furniture & we still endlessly get bit. Im just so tired of the pain.. HELP :(

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    • Andreww Ramos says:

      BEDBUGS ARE KILLERS:(I live in a small one bedroom apartment it has upstairs & downstairs. I have bedbugs & No beds at all. I sleep in the living room on tile floor with no blanket or pillow and still get bit up. Its 4:47 a.m & im still up & tired & very itchy .. im tired of the sleep less nights. We can’t afford to move :( .. we threw out most of are furniture & we still endlessly get bit. Im just so tired of the pain.. HELP :(

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  7. Bugged333 says:

    This is my first time ever with the SOBs :( . I will be moving soon and calling in a company to see if I could make use of their Bed Bug detection dog to see if I can salvage anything because my parents don’t want to contribute to getting all new furniture. I’m also scared for the electronics -sigh- I am 80% sure the bugs were here when we moved in 3 months ago.

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  8. Bugged333 says:

    BTW the Climbups are great I haven’t had a bite since Using them except once when I slept. And a wire touched the bed. I assume I am delicious cuz no one other than me get’s bitten in the house and when I slept in my brothers room they found me within a few days

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