How To Kill A Bed Bug Infestation In Your Books!

By | June 18, 2016

If you have a bed bug infestation it is possible if you have books near your bed that you are going to end up with at least some of these nasty bugs in your books.

You might even find bedbugs in the books that you get from your local library.  Our local library in Denver had to fumigate some books that were returned to the library after some books were returned from an apartment that had an infestation.

So here are some tips and ideas that you can use to kill a bed bug infestation in your books no matter where you get them.

How To Kill A Bed Bug Infestation In Your Books

It’s a well known fact that bed bugs like to hide close to where you sleep.  You can use this fact to get rid of bed bugs in your books.

If you are anything like me you have book shelves filled with some of your favorite books in your bedroom.  You might also keep books near your bed that you are reading on a night stand.

The unfortunate fact is that these books are going to be a perfect place for the bugs to hide when you have an infestation.

These books are also going to be a very hard place to get the bugs out of once they are infested.  But it can be done.

You probably don’t want to use any sprays on your books because these can stain them.

Using Heat Or Cold To Kill Bed Bugs In Your Books

What you can do is use either heat or cold.  Put the books in a black trash bag for a while in the sun and the heat will kill the bugs and their eggs.

You can also put the books in your freezer a few at a time for several days or in a trash bag outside if the temperature gets below freezing for several days.

But both of these methods could damage the glue that holds your books together or make them brittle.

How To Kill Bed Bugs In Books With Diatomaceous Earth

So my favorite method is using diatomaceous earth.  You can read more about it here but the basics are that the diatomaceous earth is a finely ground powder that is safe to use and won’t harm your books or you.

Diatomaceous Earth is one of my favorite products for getting rid of these bugs.

You can often find diatomaceous earth in your local hardware store or at Bed Bug Supply which is an on-line store that will give you discreet and quick delivery right to your door way.

The idea that you are using is that the bugs, even though they are infesting your books, are going to want to feed.

This means that from time to time they are going to have to leave the books to feed.

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So use a puff of diatomaceous earth to create a  fine mist of the powder on the shelves, around and on your books, and around the foot of the shelves to make it impossible for the bugs to get from the books to you without crawling through the powder.

It will take a bit but the that this works is that the powder will kill the bugs by ripping open their stomachs and drying them out.

This way you won’t have to damage your books but you’ll still get rid of the bed bugs

Conclusion to How To Kill A Bed Bug Infestation In Your Books

A bed bug infestation can infest your entire home but the majority of the time you’ll find these bugs around any place that you sleep.

So even if your bed is infested and you start sleeping on a sofa these bugs are eventually going to find you again.

This makes it important to treat these bugs no matter where they are in your home.

If you have any other questions about how to kill a bed bug infestation in your books or any other problems with these bugs just use the comment section below and I’ll answer as soon as I can!

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