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Free, Easy Bedbug Cures

Updated on September 27, 2010
Your bed is your nest, your sacred space. It should not be a bedbug habitat!
Your bed is your nest, your sacred space. It should not be a bedbug habitat!
Nasty bedbug bites!
Nasty bedbug bites!


Free & Easy Bedbug Cures!


Just the thought of bedbugs makes me start to itch! It just grosses me out. I am paranoid about bugs, dirt, crime and germs to begin with, now it is even worse!


Bed bugs are reaching epidemic levels with Ohio in the forefront. That’s only a few states away from Wisconsin, so I am getting ready to battle these little bloodsuckers!


The easiest way to get rid of bedbugs….freeze them out!


If you were traveling and you think you may have picked up bedbugs, simply leave your luggage outside. If the weather is below freezing, the bedbugs will die. Make sure to open that luggage up so that all the bugs freeze. I would suggest taking all your clothes off in the backyard and leaving those in the freezing cold temps also, including your shoes! With bedbugs you cannot be too careful!


If you think your entire house may be infested, simply turn off your heat, drain your water pipes and go somewhere else for a few days, just make sure you stay at a place that is not bedbug infested. If your house sits in freezing temps for a few days, all the bedbugs should freeze to death. Just make sure it is well below freezing before you try this. To me, this is the best and most economical way to get rid of bedbugs, and it treats the whole house, all at once!


I would think that freezing the bedbugs is the easiest way to get rid of them, if its not below freezing outside you can always use a freezer. However, if you live in a place where there is never a freeze, you will have to try deep steam cleaning. This might not work as well, but at least it is less expensive than getting a bedbug exterminator.


There are other ways of keeping bedbugs at bay. Always wash your clothes in hot water and use hot water and bleach for all whites, bedding, and bath towels and cloths. If you wash your bedding once a week, this method should zap the few bedbugs dead that you may have brought into your environment and will prevent a whole house infestation.


A lot of people use cold water to save money, but no amount of savings is worth the risk of bedbugs. Use HOT water on all your whites, and bedding, you will be healthier in the long run, as HOT water also kills cold and flu virus. And, don’t forget the bleach, it is a super germ fighter. In fact a friend of mine never used bleach as she was into saving the earth. One winter as she and her family were down with a cold every few weeks she asked me why I never got colds and flu, I told her I always use hot water and bleach on all my whites and beddings, and that I only have WHITE towels and wash cloths so that I could bleach those as well. She took my advice and it has been over 3 years now, and no one in her family has come down with a cold or flu! Yes, it really matters how you do your laundry!


I hope this will help those afflicted with bedbugs. I believe that we can get back to bedbugless status once again, and hopefully in my lifetime. So go out there and fight the good fight! It makes no difference if your freeze them out or steam them out, the only good bedbug, is a dead bedbug!

Goodnight, sleep tight, don’t let the bedbugs bite!

Do you know someone who has a bedbug infestation problem?

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      gion 6 years ago

      It can be a common problem in most cities. In Seattle, they recommend spraying with cedar oil, as you would for moths. It supposedly kills them on contact, and isn't harmful to skin, clothes, pets.This is allegedly the safest method to eliminate them.Hopefully I won't have to find out.

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      Neale 6 years ago

      How do I freeze them out in SE Asia it nevr drops below 70 here :-)

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      Sunnyglitter 7 years ago from Cyberspace

      I had no idea you could kill bedbugs by freezing them to death. Very interesting!

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      dreamreachout 7 years ago

      Magzz, Blake published a hub dedicated to you!! Do visit as we are waiting for your footfall there!! Cheers!!

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      dreamreachout 7 years ago

      Magzz, You seem to be mighty busy .. Just enquiring about your whereabouts as you have been missing the last 4/5 days!! Take care and cheers!!

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      Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 7 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      GREAT INFO! Never knew you can freeze them out! WOW! I voted useful!!!!! Much love...

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      magnoliazz 7 years ago from Wisconsin

      Thank you Dallas and Warrior for your comments!

      LOL...Warrior, I think you are right! Either this woman is a very sound sleeper or dead drunk to have that many bites! If I felt something crawling on me I would have that bed ripped apart in a minute.

      How can one avoid bedbugs in the first place? An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and nothing could be so true here.

      They experts say that cleanliness is not a factor here, but I would have to disagree. In a house that is not clean, any number of vermin could gain a foothold.

      I think it is important to keep a minimum of clutter in the home so you can notice something strange right away.

      Bedrooms should be aired and cleaned at least once a week, and mattresses ( including the box spring and frame and headboard)should also be cleaned and turned and inspected once a week to ensure that nothing odd is sleeping with you!

      I am getting a bit paranoid over this. If I had a bed with bedbugs on it, I would probably burn it.

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      warrioRR 7 years ago from Rawalpindi Pakistan

      What is Error message doing here Dallas?

      Well nice Hub Magnoliazz but Cure is the 2nd part first we need to know how we avoid our selves to being biting by these bugs.

      and the lady in the foto I think she were drunk when she biting by bedbugs because how she let the bugs to bit her in such space.

      this is the only her back what about her whole body? LOL

      Well Nice Creation

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      Dallas W Thompson 7 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

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      Harvey Stelman 7 years ago from Illinois

      Mag, Moving is always good. NY leads the country, but they do have more of everything. They are infesting Chicago now. I wonder if THEY are the #1 war for the USA to fight. Thanks for the info.

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      Pamela Lipscomb 7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      OMG! How did that woman sleep through all those bites? Nasty creatures and hard to get rid of.

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      ralwus 7 years ago

      LOL Well, then it must be true. You know of course I like to tease, and we don't have any, yit. My one neighbor travels all over the globe and I have put a bug into his wife's ear to be on the lookout for them. Creeped her out too. My wife bought some of those electronic high pitched thingys to ward off bugs, don't know if it will help or not. Take care sweet Magnolia. Charlie

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      magnoliazz 7 years ago from Wisconsin

      Ralwus, YOU are an evil man! You really know how to get to a person! Hey, I heard on CNN that Ohio was the most infected state over all! Have your wife check you all over for bites. LOL!

      Dreamreachout, its so good to see you here! Thanks for you comment too.

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      dreamreachout 7 years ago

      magzz, great to read a hub of yours after a long time!! this hub will surely help people from the tropical countries!!

      i replied to your comment on the amitabh hub!!


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      ralwus 7 years ago

      Well Mags, New York City is actually ground zero for those little blood suckers. Cincinnati is number five on the big cities that are infested with them, but it won't be long when they will find you as I just sent you a parcel post. LOL Sleep well darlin' magnolia. haha

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      magnoliazz 7 years ago from Wisconsin

      LOL...thank you Ralwus for stopping by and leaving a comment. You live in Ohio, ground zero for bedbugs! I don't blame your wife for being upset about this, this is war! The women of America must unite and fight off the invasion of bloodsucking bedbugs!

      50 Caliber, thank you for leaving a comment too, know Ralwus, he can always make us laugh no matter what.

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      50 Caliber 7 years ago from Arizona

      Frozen, microwaved shoes for dinner? LOL.

      Good topic and cure for those infested,voted up^^^^, 50

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      ralwus 7 years ago

      LOL microwave them too and your purse, shoes and that poor woman up there, I wondered how soon someone would hub on this matter. Yeah, they're getting closer to you Mags. hehe My wife is freaking out too.