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What are some natural treatments for bedbugs?

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The most natural way to get rid of bedbugs is by using extreme temperatures, as well as vacuuming, washing and giving a full laundry service to anything that can be machine washed and dried. To remove bedbugs with extreme temperatures, special machines and services might be needed.

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Bedbugs cannot withstand heat above 122 degrees Fahrenheit, and they also can't easily survive in freezing temperatures. Using freezing temperatures still may not completely get rid of the bedbugs unless the infested item is exposed to the cold temperatures for days. Smaller items can be put in a freezer, and larger items can be put outdoors in a sheltered area in some climate zones.

The method of killing bedbugs with heat instead of cold is more effective. There are special machines and services specifically created for killing bedbugs that will heat a room to 122 F. Laundry items can also be exposed to these high temperatures in the dryer, further killing the bugs on fabrics where bedbugs may hide.

Once all bedbugs are removed from a home, it's important for the inhabitants to take precautions so that they don't come back. Linens and clothing should be cleaned regularly, and any secondhand clothing or furniture should be thoroughly checked for bedbugs before using the items.

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