2 treatments will work with fleas..not sure about bedbugs..
can't hurt to try
I would not be comfortable putting borax on a mattress that I intend to lay on a lot later on.
But ..... I suspect many people would be quite comfortable doing so.
They are difficult to deal with with out the highly toxic chemicals, but should be dealt with. a steam cleaner will help to get them out of the folds of furniture and curtains, vacuum, DE, sticky barriers on the legs of beds and couches. bed bugs are elusive but fortunately very unlikely to pass diseases from one person to another. Cleaning out the clutter and sealing cracks and holes in woodwork can also work for reducing insect infestation. Be sure he washes his sheets regularly.
I recall reading that malaria would have been eradicated in the 1970s if DDT's effectiveness had not been squandered by farmers. DDT on bednets and the eaves of houses would not have been a problem for birds of prey, either.
I expect future generations will be angry at us for trivial use of penicillin and related compounds, too.
Seems like you can only buy ortho-boric acid at stores now, but can get the old stuff from bio-deisel folks.
Make sure to get the fine powder, not the chunkier stuff.
Don't think boric acid is toxic, it is an inhalant problem.
They still put it in the eyedrops for newborns....
Would mix some up with a little soap in a sprayer, and do the back of picture frames, under drawers, bedframes etc.
Powder gets blown into any holes you can find, and spread around perimeter of room, and sweep into edges and cracks.
This is what they use for termites now. think it works on all insects. Don't think 20 mule team will do much. it is borax (alkali) not boric acid.
I went through the bed/room with a fine tooth comb. Actually, a pair of tweezers and a headlamp, literally scouring ever surface. I plucked all the ones I could find, and anything else that looked odd, and put them in rubbing alcohol (which I then set on fire outside, just to spite the little buggers). I then vacuumed with a powerful vacuum (hepa filter, all corners including baseboard molding, etc), sealed the beds/pillows up in bags (1.5-2 years minimum), set sticky traps around the legs of the bed, and waited. No more bites or bugs. Two and a half years later I still don't have the desire to take that mattress out of it's bag, though. ops:
Also found an article regarding heat to kill bedbugs and associated eggs, would feel much safer about heat-treating than just about anything.
Just my two cents....
btw here is the msds for salt
and vitamin C
just to illustrate a point.
He mentioned candida, but this guy also is convinced he is infested with bird mites. That is a disorder, but it has nothing to do with mites, it has to do with thinking you have mites or bugs on you without having them.
have him go for a screening.
I use boric for all bug infestations. Works like a charm.
Will kill all fungus in the garden tho.
here is the other borax site
a. FOOD GRADE diatomaceous earth. READ UP ON IT FOR YOURSELF FIRST. (LEGAL DISCLAIMER). Yes, wear a mask, but the amount you dust with is miniscule. It kills by cutting their shells and dehydrating them. It is effective as long as it is there. Meaning if you vacuum it up you must replace it. Benign, except for breathing a LOT in. You can de-worm your pets, livestock (intestinal worms only), yourself, etc. Safe for kids, pets, everything except bugs. Good against cockroaches and also ecto-parasites. Be aware that you don't want to use swimming pool DE because it has been altered and is carcinogenic. FOOD GRADE IS GOOD, SWIMMING POOL VERSION IS BAD!!! Is often available at animal feed stores. Very cheap. I have found this product, with permithrin mixed in, at Ace Hardware.
b. natural repellent spray. 1% peppermint oil, 1% clove oil. 98% water. Fragrant. Perhaps use around the room more so than on mattress.? Great for travel since you don't really control hotel hygiene and it might be enough to keep them away from you for the duration of your visit. Thoroughly wash clothes at home BEFORE putting back into storage. Also, de-bug suitcases, etc with the rubbing alcohol. See item 'd.' below.
c. mattress cover. Go to WalMart/chain stores. Look for mattress liners intended for incontinent people. Cheap effective barrier between bugs and mattress.
d. high octane rubbing alcohol. CHEAP/DANGEROUS (FIRE). This you must use CAUTION with. Don't be smoking the big cigar while applying. Is very flammable. However, if you are careful and spray down your mattress it kills eggs. It evaporates quickly but until it does treat it like it will burn your house down if used incorrectly. Last resort since the others work so well.
If you are battling them, understand that they can survive for a LOONNNGGG TIME. Figure at least a half-year of constant corrective procedures after the last bite/sighting/bug.
I lived in a place that was rampant with bed bugs. It was a life-changing event.
Other words of advice. If you discover bed bugs in/on your bed DO NOT DRAG THE MATTRESS THROUGH THE HOUSE!!! Think about how you move stuff. If you have bedding, put it in a bag or some sort of sealable container before moving it. This is hard to do, as you really really will want to 'get rid of them', but dragging them around through your house is the worst option!
Good luck and stay vigilant! If you have ever had these nasty little visitors you'll understand what I'm talking about.
As for the heating/freezing options they work very well. However, they require a lot of energy (okay, freezing a house in Alaska is free for half the year, but what about your pipes/etc.). Get DE and be HAPPYHAPPYHAPPY.
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I am wondering if this is the same study...There is an article in the April 2013 issue (the most recent) of Natural History about this method and refers to it as 'old Balkan folk wisdom'. They tested and showed the results under magnification...pretty deadly looking little 'hooks' on those leaves. The article said that they were not able to duplicate the same action with an artificial surface. This article sites 'the Journal of the Royal Society Interface' fas the source for the information.
Morgan...I may be repeating the information in your link but I can't open it on a kindle. ALMOST makes me want to find some bed bugs to give it a try.
Well done, Anna!