Having bed bugs is a nuisance and embarrassing all in one. If a bump or two appears on any part of the body it might be a good time to check just to be sure. Once an infestation has gotten bad it is very hard to eliminate bed bugs. That is why there are so many bed bug remedies, both professional and natural, that you can find.
There is professional grade extermination called Bed Bug Patrol. It is widely used and raved about due to its natural ingredients and effectiveness toward this problem. It has a few chemical ingredients in it that you should make yourself aware of before using it just to be sure there will be no ill side effects of it for the family. It uses peppermint oil, clove leaf oil and a concentrated amount of sulfuric acid, sodium salt and monododecyl ester which is another kind of acid that kills these bugs.
There are all natural remedies that do not contain these acids as well. It is possible to spray the home and bed with the same peppermint oil and clove leaf oil as is used in the pesticide and this will help. After this a thorough vacuuming is necessary. Every crack, crevice, outlet, lamp shade and of course, the crevices in the furniture needs to be done too. The bed is another place to use the vacuum. The attachments should reach into the creases and seams of the mattress and box spring.
After this all the bedding should be washed with borax soap in water no less than 120˚ water. Heat kills these little pests and their eggs. Also, using the dryer on high will also give a little extra boost for killing them. Anything that is not washable or able to be put in the dryer on high should be sealed into a plastic bag and left for not less than two weeks. This will give enough time for them to starve.
These critters live within ten or fifteen feet of where you sleep. They are only active at night. Any space that is warm will be a place they might hide. Finding them and eradicating them from the home will help with peace of mind. Once you properly sanitize bed bugs, the rashes that were caused by their presence will be gone too. Once they are gone going over the house again in a couple weeks will be an added bonus for the whole family.