How to Kill Bed Bugs With Flea Treatments

Items you will need

  • Bath tub

  • Flea shampoo

Bed bugs are an all too common nuisance within the home. These pests invade our sheets and parasitically feed off of our bodies at night, spreading disease and causing sickness. Some people may even be allergic to their bites, causing the victim to swell up and develop red sores all over his skin. Fortunately, bed bugs can be killed with common flea treatments and a bit of ingenuity.

Removing Bed Bugs

Fill the bath tub with hot water and mix in a healthy dose of the flea shampoo; at least 6 fluid ounces.

Place the infected sheets, comforters and pillow cases into the bath tub and let them soak for 10 minutes.

Remove the soaked cloths, which should now be free of bed bugs and wash/dry them as you normally would.

Drain the tub and thoroughly rinse it using the shower head.

Tips

  • Washing the sheets, comforter and pillow cases will remove the bed bugs, but if they’re breeding or have left any eggs behind in the mattress, then it will be an ongoing battle. While the cloths are soaking, spray down your mattress with anti-flea spray. Also, as a preventative, consider placing cedar chips underneath your mattress or purchasing cloth bags of cedar. Cedar is a natural insect repellent and is often used in pet stores to eliminate mites and fleas and is even used in dog beds to repel pests.

Author

Brenton Shields began writing professionally in 2009. His work includes film reviews that appear for the online magazine Los Angeles Chronicle. He received a Bachelor of Science in social science and history from Radford University.