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How to Kill Bed Bugs: Does Baking Soda Works?

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

DIY methods we can use to get rid of bed bugs

Baking soda for example, is often a popular home remedy. But does baking soda works?

The Baking Soda Method:

One of the DIY method to deal with bed bugs in Singapore- 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.

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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.

Is banking soda an effective remedy to control bed bugs?

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.

Quick facts about bed bugs

Bed bugs in Singapore are becoming increasingly 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 Singaporeans are well-travelled. Bed bugs are often found in lodging areas and can be carried in on suitcases and personal clothing.

Bed bugs are tiny and flat like apple seeds

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.

Bed bugs can return even after a bed bug treatment

Bed bugs can recur after a bed bug treatment or despite maintaining a spot and clean home. This is because bed bugs can travel and latch themselves on our body or belongings and drop off at any locations that they are brought in. They also can move from location to location in search for new hosts for food source. In addition, some bed bug solutions may be inadequate or carried out with compromised efficacy. For instance, inconsistent or well-scheduled treatments, missing out potential nesting area or application with incorrect dilution rate or inferior active ingredient quality. Above all, a thorough site inspection is necessary to prevent neglecting treating critical hot spots.

Find out more about the Enhanced Bed Bug Treatment Programme.

Types of bed bug control programmes for a home

There are various bed bug packages available to address your bed bug infestation concerns. These include:

  • One off treatment covering either residual spray or steam treatment
  • Combination of residual spraying and steam treatment with two to three services
  • Integrated bed bug treatments comprising inspection, residual spraying, steam treatment and monitoring
  • Bed bug inspection and outreach programme
  • Bed bug treatments with different warranty periods and choice of active ingredient

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