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									Invisible Gardener Secrets to
  Natural Bed Bug Control
   How to manage and control
   bed bugs naturally

                          another ebook by The Invisible Gardener

  "Sleep tight bedbugs "
Cimex lectularius (Cimicidae)        You may need to perform your          •     Housing.

This article is written to help      inspection at night when bedbugs      Infestation is possible any where

you with the natural way to          are active. Use a magnifying glass    the proper growth conditions

control and remove bed bugs          and a flash light to better spot       are met. Steam clean once a

and not the standard chemical        them with. There are companies        month: A living Host, warmth

methods, therefore I am not          that use dogs to sniff em out.        and moisture.

mentioning any                                    See Dog Power            •     Animals.

chemical methods                                  Contacts under           Cats, dogs, most pets can carry

here.                                             Resources at end of      bedbugs into the home. Give

Diagnosis of a bedbug                             this article.            your dog a bath and give your

infestation in your                               Some conditions          cat a good flea combing. Dip flea

home is difficult, since                           that can increase        comb into alcohol and see if you

bedbugs are active primarily at      bedbug infestation:                   see any in the liquid. Steam

night. If you have signs or          •      Climate.                       Clean all pet bedding once a

symptoms, immediately inspect        Bedbugs really love tropical wet      month. Use the Ultimate flea

your home for insects.               areas, although they can be found     trap to catch and monitor any

Thoroughly examine crevices in       in all climates and in all types of   insects. Check their hiding

walls, mattresses and furniture.     homes.                                places and steam clean it.

                                  Please Dont Use Pesticides
Which is worse.. bed bug bites or chemical pesticide poisoning?
Let The Invisible Gardener Help you..
Bed Bugs aren't fun especially when you are the one getting bitten,
or your child is getting bitten. Here are some safe methods I have
learned and have developed in Controlling bed bugs naturally.
                                                                            Bed Bug?
Andy Lopez
The Invisible Gardener

Check list

• Check the mattress as well as the   such as frame, head board, any

box spring (steam clean everything). wooden structure that supports

• Take every thing out of the         it and steam clean it.            • Specimens should be
                                                                        collected into small
drawers, dressers, etc., and Dry      • Check the underside of          break-resistant plastic
                                                                        pill bottle. They may also
Vapor Steam clean everything as you chairs, couches, beds,
                                                                        be secured to a sheet of
                                                                        white paper using clear
go. Dismantling bed frames will       furniture , any other equipment
                                                                        packaging tape. These
expose any bugs hiding.               and steam clean it                containers should be
                                                                        packaged carefully to
• Clean up the garage, throw away     • Check upholstered furniture     prevent damage/
                                                                        crushing, and be sent to a
anything you haven't used in a few    cushions, and steam clean it      knowledgeable expert for
                                                                        positive identification.
years, steam clean what you keep      • Check underneath area of        Here is a form that may
                                                                        be downloaded and
then steam clean the whole garage.    rugs and carpets, steam clean     printed for this purpose.
• Check and steam clean the           it.                     

• Check cracks in the bed supports

                                                        Locating Dogs
                                      Do an internet search for dogs and Bed Bugs then
                                      add the name of your city. Here is an example
                                      "Dogs and bed bugs in Los Angeles"
                                      keep every thing in quotes. See resources at end of
                                      this article.

Getting Control                                               Vapor?
In order to get under control your              Dry Vapor Steam Cleaning is a
current bed bug problem, you must
follow these basic check list:               chemical free way to clean and
                                             remove chemicals, dirt, stains, and
• Check and steam clean drapery,
                                             also kills bed bugs, dust mites, fleas
curtains                                     and their eggs, spiders, ants, most
• Check any clothing you haven't used in
                                             insects, as well as mold, germs,
                                             spores and dangerous bacteria.
a year, throw away or steam clean and
                                                 A vapor steam cleaner often
then wash in hot water or send to            looks like a vacuum cleaner but with
                                             steam instead. Vapor steam
                                             cleaning originated in Italy, and
• Check and steam clean your car inside      uses true steam, usually 200 to 260
and under neath it.                          degrees Fahrenheit, or hotter. Vapor
                                             steam cleaning sanitizes, deep
• Check and steam clean all doors,
                                             cleans and deodorizes in one easy
windows                                      operation without using dangerous
• Check behind all electrical switch         chemicals. Of particular interest to
                                             allergy sufferers, is that the heat of
plates, remove and steam clean it. Do not
                                             the steam penetrates the pores of
attempt to steam clean any electrical        any material being cleaned, so that
                                             the dry steam instantly kills dust
                                             mites, bed bugs, spiders.viruses,
• Check wallpaper, paintings, posters, etc   molds, and fungi. Does not leave
and steam clean.                             things wet!

                                                Please visit my website for some dry vapor
                                                models The Invisible Gardener Reccomends
Many great dry vapor models available     
       Essential Oils to the rescue...
Essential oils are highly toxic to all insects. Humans should becare
too when using. Avoid getting iinto eyes, breathing the vapors can
make you dizzy and it is dangerous if you are pregnant. Talk with
your doctor before using to insure you have no allergies to essential
oils as some folks do.                                                          Be Carefull
                                      • Steam with a good dry vapor

• Check and steam clean all cracks    steam cleaner.

in walls and repair.                  • Steam and vacuum

• Check and steam clean               everything and and empty or

telephones, radios, clocks.           dispose of the vacuum bags in
                                                                            Avoid breathing in the
• Vacuum several times per week       plastic bags, sealed.
                                                                            vapors from essential
and dispose of bags.                  • Essential Oil sprays such as
                                                                            oils especially if you
• Dry Vapor Steam Clean and           cinnamon, citronella, lavender
                                                                            add essential oils to
then wash all of your sheets,         etc, should be used around cracks
                                                                            the water that goes
clothing, pet beds etc in hot water   and crevices in your home and
                                                                            into the steam
at least 97 F (36 C). add a few       then repair them. Just add 2          machine as the
drops of any essential oil you like   drops per quart water. A good         machne will intensify
most like peppermint or lavender      spray is natural citrus cleaner       the essential oil
to the wash. Change linens once a     like OTKO. This will kill the eggs    vapors.
week. Steam clean regularly to        on contact as well as adults. Use

make sure.                            at full strength in a sprayer.

                                        Dry Vapor and Essential Oils
                                        You can increase the effectiveness of the dry vapor by adding
                                        a few drops essential oil to the gallon unit of water. Be careful
                                        when adding essential oils to any vapor machine since you
                                        could end up inhaling more then you really want to. That is
                                        why I suggest only adding a few drops per gallon water.

                        Not all essential oils are the same. Make sute they are
 Test yourself          100% Organic and Natural!
 Before                 Visit my website for a good source of organic essential oil.
                   ask your doctor                  
Take essential oil with you when traveling.....

   When               Traveling                                                           Invisible
                          on the road.....                                                 Secrets

When travelling take with you a bottle of essential oil and spray the rooms before you use them, keeping
an eye open for signs that they are there all ready!
                                                                          have hitched a ride. Better yet

Are you allergic to Essential                                             steam clean before entering
Oil? Ask your doctor
                                        • Inspect antiques and other      home if you know you came

• Reduce hiding places of bed           secondhand furniture              from an infested home or

bugs by thoroughly steam                thoroughly before bringing        country.

cleaning all rooms then                 them into your home. Steam        • Vacuum around the home at

vacuum afterwards to                              clean and allow to      least once or twice a week,

remove any eggs.                                  dry.                    paying attention to areas under

• Ward off bites by                               • Employ the            bed and furniture. I would

wearing clothes                                   regular services of a   Steam Clean the area first and

misted with your                                  professional steam      then vacuum.

favorite essential oil.                           cleaner.                • Steam clean or discard any

Apply a small amount                              • Use bed netting's     old furniture, including bed

on to your hands and                              sprayed with            frames and mattresses. Use

rub on exposed skin. Make sure          essential oils to keep off        steam and or essential oil sprays

you are not allergic to essential       pests.                            around cracks and crevices in

oils first.                              • Inspect any room you're         your home.

• Wash clothing using an                about to use while traveling      • Scrub between steaming

essential oil like lavender or          for obvious signs.                infested surfaces with a stiff

citronella by adding 1/4 oz in          • Check your luggage after        brush to dislodge eggs, and use a

the wash.                               trips for insects that might      vacuum to remove .

 Darn Bed Bug!                                                             Invisible Gardener

Dry Vapor Steam clean everything as
              you go
•   Allow everything to dry as   penetrate walls and floor, and

steam many cause molding.        fill cracks around baseboards
                                                                     Bites on skin
•   Learn to use citrus oil to   and cove moldings to further
                                                                     Here is where a good trained
control molding. Try OTKO        reduce infestation but steam it
                                                                     dog comes in handy. Hire a
•   Mattresses and                                first before
                                                                     trained dog expert to
box springs should be                             you do any
                                                                     determine if you do indeed
covered with a special                            repairs.
                                                                     have these bed bugs. They
mattress cover. Once                              •   I suggest
                                                                     have a great nose for this and
they are installed,                               you contact a
                                                                     are usually 99% correct.
inspect the covers to ensure     licensed pest control operator

they are undamaged; if any       who is knowledgeable and

holes or tears are found, seal   experienced in managing bed

these completely with duck       bug infestations thru the dry

tape or other tape. Any bugs     vapor steam method.

trapped within these sealed      What are you looking for?

covers will die.                 •     blood stains
                                                                     Orangetko available on my
•   Caulk and seal all holes     •     Insect excrement              website under Products:
                                                                     Healthy Home Clean and
where pipes and wires            •     intense, sweet odor           Green

Many professional companies offer steam as a method of pest control

Get           Expert help?                                                                  Invisible
                          its ok to get expert help to do the steaming for you...            Secrets

   Dry Vapor is hot and can burn you..
           Dry vapor steam controls water: all steam methods increase the likelihood of mold
growing in the home, but dry vapor steamers significantly reduce that mold potential because it
is not as wet and drys faster.

                                      heat may melt it.                  degrees.

HOT HOT                               • Do not steam electrical          • Water chamber must carry 1 to

       Steam is hot enough to         outlets.                           2 gallons water.

burn you and steaming has the         • You should wear a respirator     • Length of cord to work with.

danger of vaporization of             since steam is going to

essential oils or any thing natural   vaporize any thing added            visit my website for details on
added, and it can also cause mold     besides water and it will also

growth if over used.                  vaporize anything that is on

You can add essential oil or citrus   any surfaces, pesticide or

oil to the steam but be careful not   household cleaning products.,

to breath it in. Use only 2 drops     or what ever is on it.

per gallon water.                     What to look for in a Dry Vapor

• You can steam furniture, floors,     Steam machine:

baseboards, walls, ceiling, etc.      • Dry Vapor Steam

Careful around plastics as the        • Heat at the tip is over 200F

Steam at 200 F plus, must hit bed bugs directly so check your

steamer temperature at tip or ask sales person before buying

about this.
You can never vacuum too much

  Vacuum                  VACUUM                                            Invisible

Vacuuming is one of the most effective
     ways to remove bed bugs
• Warranty on the machine.


• Vacuuming is one of the
                                            thoroughly, every
most effective way to
remove bed bugs and
                                            • Vacuum the
dirt that provides
                                            furniture, the bed
them with shelter (it
                                            frame, the floor, and
works for many
other insects, too).
                                            Key things to look
• To manage bed bug
                                            for in a vacuum,
infestations, it’s best
                                Power storage, container size, A
to vacuum each area
                                decent length of cord, A good

They Escaped!
   Dispose of the bag or into a plastic bag and
   seal to avoid any bed bugs escaping.

More about using Essential Oils
warranty on the vacuum.

Using Natural Essential Oils
                                        Spray it everywhere around the
• Not all essential oils are natural.
                                        house every day. On the
ask questions
                                        furniture, bedding, around the
• Learn to use essential oils to keep
                                        front door, in the closets. Spray
the bed bugs from even finding you
                                        your clothing before you enter
is a very important part of bed bug
                                        the house. Have a bottle of it
                                        ready to use out front. Folks can
                                                                            Remember not all
                                        just spray themselves as they
Cinnamon oil and most any other
                                        enter. Several drops of essential   essential oils are the
Essential oils
                                        oil in the washing machine with
• Fill a spray bottle with water and
                                                                            same. Make sure it is
put maybe 4 drops of lavender oil
                                                                            100% organic and
(cinnamon oil works great too) in it.

• Lavender is a cheap natural                                               100% natural.
essential oil you can easily get.
                                        OTKO is a Citrus Essential Oil

                                               Essential Oils made from natural sources of
                                              lavender works really well against all forms of
                                             bacterial, fungual and mold problems as well as
                                                       kills on contact most insects.

                                                          More on using essential oil and where to buy at
                                                          my website:

Natural Insecticide Formulations
each load of wash is smart too.

                                                                                Filae Piratae
Basic Tools                            rugs then vacuumed up. This

-Insecticidal dusts break down the     will control any bed bugs that

insect’s outer waxy coat and cause     use the rug. It will also control

the bug to dry out quickly. Garden     the eggs if they hatch nearby

Grade DE can be used as a dust         the boric acid.

which will stay permanently when       -See Essential Oil
                                                                           Just remember that it is very
placed in between walls and in attic   You can add a few drop to
                                                                           powerful stuff and that you
or basement as long as it does not     laundry as well as to the mop
                                                                           should start out slowly as not
get wet. Never use pool DE.            water. Add a few drops into a
                                                                           to get over powered.
Contact insecticides are those that    quart sprayer with water. Mist

kill the bugs shortly after they       the area several times per day.

come into direct contact with the      I would start out with 2 drops

product or its residue.                per quart but you can go as

Boric Acid can be scrubbed into        strong as 1/2 oz per quart.

                                          Not all DE are a like
                                         Never use pool Grade DE. OK to use
                                         Food or Garden Grade. Perma -
                                         Guard is one of the best.

Check out my website for more info on
using garden grade DE and where you
can buy...
Using Traps
One of the easiest ways to monitor and control
bed bugs is to use natural sticky traps which have                       Filae Piratae
a small light shining on a sticky mat.

-Traps                               Dog Power Contacts

 Sticky traps are a very effective Bill Whitstine, the Florida

way to monitor you bed bug           Canine Academy in Safety

population and to reduce as well.    Harbor, Fla.,

  I like using Ultimate Flea trap    Pepe Peruyero, J&K Canine          Sticky traps work
which has a sticky mat onto which Academy in High Springs, Fla.

a light shines down from above.      Linda DeVelasco, Bed Bug

The light besides giving off light   Solutions Inc. in Des Plaines,

also gets hot which attracts the     Ill.

bed bugs as well as fleas,            Carl Massicott, Advanced K9

cockroaches, etc.                    Detectives, New York City


                                            Flea Trap?
                                     The Ultimate Flea trap also catches bed
                                     bugs and allows you to monitor their

                            Check my website for resources

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