5 Effective Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are tiny insects that feed on human blood and over the last several years became common problem. The bed bugs usually thrive in humid places, but today millions of people worldwide have issues with these pesky critters.
Bed bugs squeeze into tiny crevices in the furniture as well as mattresses. Despite the fact that these disgusting insects don’t transmit diseases, they leave red, itchy bites on the skin, and scratching might lead to severe infection.
The bed bugs are really tiny and it is almost impossible to spot them with the naked eye, but small stains of blood on sheets and linen are clear indication of bed bugs.
If you are victim of bed bugs you simply can call the local pest control company and get rid of these nasty creatures. However, you should be aware of the fact that pesticides and insecticides used in the process of cleansing contain toxic chemicals that are extremely dangerous for your and the health of your loved ones.
Experts explain that pesticides contain two types of chemicals, active and inert. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires the companies to list the active ingredients on the labels. While the active ingredients kill or repel the pest, the inert chemicals are used to attract the pests or to increase the shelf life of the product and companies are not required to list these ingredients on the product.
Luckily, there are many other methods that can help you to get rid of the bed bugs on a completely natural way. First of all it is important to mention that these insects are unable to survive extreme hot or cold temperatures, so you can remove them with methods such as steam cleaning, hot washes, and drying on high heat. In addition to that, you can use natural remedies to eliminate the bed bugs from beds, furniture, mattresses, clothing etc.
Below we are going to present you 5 DIY natural insecticides that are completely natural and safe for use:
Before you start with the process of cleaning, it is extremely important to locate the infestation because that is the only way to eliminate all traces of the bugs from your home. Generally speaking, bed bugs live in areas of the home where pets and/or people sleep. Therefore, you should check the seams of mattresses and other soft furnishings in your home, like sofa and seat cushions very carefully. Don’t forget to check the spaces between cushions, mattresses, bed frames and all areas in the bathroom that are possible hiding places.
- Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous Earth is a white powder, a chemical free sedimentary deposit that is formed from fossil remains. The D.E. efficiently destroys pests, including bed bugs. Namely, this powder has the ability to absorb the fat and oils from the insects and thus it actually dehydrates the bed bugs. The procedure is very simple: apply 100% Pure Diatomaceous Earth powder around the area of your home that are infested and after certain period of time you will notice dead bed bugs. After that, vacuum the powder up along with the dead bugs. Repeat this process after a several days and within 10 days the bugs will be completely destroyed.
Before you start sprinkling this powder, you need to wash all linens in the hottest water possible, and vacuum your home thoroughly.
Important note: any time you sprinkle D.E. put on a mask because if you inhale the sharp and jagged pieces of this powder, it might damage your lungs.
- Baking Soda
Baking soda is another efficient powder that will dry out the bed bugs. Namely, this white powder literally will such the moisture from bed bugs and ultimately will kill them. All you should do is to spread a light layer of baking soda throughout the areas of your home that are affected from bed bugs. Make sure to sprinkle baking soda from walls to the doorways and corners and any other area where bed bugs may have infested. Leave the baking soda to sit for 7 days and after that, suck up all the baking soda with a vacuum cleaner.
It is important to mention that baking soda is natural ingredient and it might take some time until the bed bugs are completely destroyed.
- Cayenne Pepper, Ginger, and Oregano Bed Bug Fighting Spray
Both, cayenne and ginger are powerful spices with a specific smell while the oregano essential oil has a strong smell that has the ability to repel the bed bugs. The combination of these ingredients in extremely efficient and you definitely should try it:
For the preparation of this spray, you will need:
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon grated ginger
- 1 teaspoon oregano essential oil
- 1 cup water
Method of preparation and use:
In a pan pour the water and add the other ingredients. Put the pan on heat and boil the mixture for about 7 minutes. After that, strain the solution and store it into a spray bottle. Spray the areas of your home, such as entry points of rooms, bed frames, mattresses, that have bed bugs. Repeat this process every few days until the problem is completely solved.
- Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil possesses potent antibiotic, antifungal, antiseptic, expectorant and antiviral properties that can be used for many purposes. This natural oil has the ability to inhibit viral and bacterial infections, but you also can use it to kill the annoying insects. Thanks to its antiparasitic properties, you can use tea tree oil to destroy the bed bugs and suppress their growth.
When it comes to minor bed bug infestation, tea tree oil will fight off it before the problem gets out of hand. For this purpose take a spray bottle and fill it with water and dilute 20 drops of100% pure tea tree oil. Spray the affected mattresses, walls, cabinets, curtains, cushions, etc. After that, wash the linens and all fabrics in the hottest water possible.
Use tea tree oil solution once a week until the problem is solved.
- Lavender/Peppermint Oil Pesticide Spray
Lavender essential oil is powerful bug repellent and very often is used to protect the clothes and linens from infestation of moths and other insects. This essential oil possesses potent insect-repelling properties and you can use to get rid of the bed bugs.
According to a recent scientific study, the combination of lavender essential oil and peppermint essential oil efficiently destroys the insects. Namely, the lavender oil has the ability to destroy the eggs and larvae of bed bugs and the peppermint oil offers powerful repellent action, as well.
How to prepare lavender–peppermint oil pesticide spray: fill a spray bottle with water and add 15 drops of lavender essential oil and 15 drops of peppermint oil. Shake well and spray the infested areas of your home. Use this DIY spray every day until the bugs are completely gone.