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How to Kill Bed Bugs: Does Baking Soda Work?

Have you ever tried kill bed bugs on your own before? Bed bugs in Indonesia are treated very seriously due to its bites and great number of female bed bug eggs lays. Each time a bed bug bites on humans, it is possible to develop an allergic reaction with itching and redness at the bitten area.

Are there DIY methods we can use to help us get rid of bed bugs? Baking soda for example, is often a popular home remedy. But does baking soda really works to prevent bed bugs infestation?

Further reading: The online article 'Myth Busting: DIY Bed Bug Treatment' first appeared on Rentokil UK deBugged, The Pest Control Blog.

The Baking Soda Method – One of the DIY method to deal with bed bugs in Indonesia is by sprinkling baking soda around the key hotspot areas bed bugs typically inhabit such as the mattress and around the bed. After a few days, you’re supposed to vacuum it up and repeat the process.

Why is Baking Soda Used? It is commonly believed that baking soda is able to absorb all the fluids on the waxy layer of a bed bug’s shell causing them to dehydrate. The small granules of baking soda can also cut into a bed bug shell and cause internal bleeding.

Does Baking Soda Works? There is no scientific evidence that baking soda works in getting rid of bed bugs successfully. In fact, baking soda breaks down when it comes into contact with water therefore the idea of it being able to absorb fluids is questionable. It is not guaranteed to fully remove a bed bug infestation completely.

Bed bugs in Indonesia are increasingly become one of the common pest problem. They are efficient hitchhikers and easily transported. An increase in global travel is also leading to an increase of bed bug cases as Indonesians are well-travelled. Bed bugs are often found in lodging areas and can be carried in on suitcases and personal clothing.

Further reading: Shocking facts about bed bugs infestation

Bed bugs may be tiny, but their impact to your home can be huge. Known to be challenging to treat as they shelter in the narrowest of gaps such as seams of mattresses, bedframes or behind furniture, bed bugs live by feeding on blood by injecting their saliva into your skin, then sucking out blood for 10 minutes.

Bed bugs are attracted to body heat and carbon dioxide that is evaporated from human skin. One meal can last each bug about 3 days, in warm temperature but by lying dormant, it can survive for up to a year without a meal.

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