Bed bugs are tiny, oval-shaped insects that sneak into your bed, carpet, and furniture, and bite or crawl upon you while you sleep or just sit and watch TV.
After they have beaten you, red and itchy spots appear all over your body. What is more, the worst thing is that you might experience an allergic reaction to the bites of these little pests.
The symptoms of bed bug bites include:
- Red, swollen areas with a dark red center
- Hives or blisters at the bitten area
- Bites grouped together in a small area, or forming a line
Bed bugs can bite you anywhere on the body. However, they usually attack areas exposed while sleeping, like your hands, legs, arms, and face.
So, what can you do to eliminate these bugs? First, you need to vacuum your entire house, including your bed, linens, furniture, curtains, clothing, etc. You can also use steam to clean every crack and crevice. However, there are also some natural remedies that can help you get rid of the disgusting bed bugs more quickly.
Home Remedies That Will Help You Get Rid of Bed Bugs
Tea Tree Oil Spray
This oil is a powerful insecticide. Add 2 teaspoons of it in a spray bottle with 50 ml of water. Shake well before use, and spray in everywhere you think they live. Repeat this technique every day until you’re sure there are no bed bugs in your bed and room.
Not only that it kills bed bugs, lavender oil can also kill their eggs. Add 10 to 15 drops of it to 50 ml of water and pour the liquid into a spray bottle. Then, just spray in areas you expect to find them. Furthermore, you can also use lavender powder or soap to spray the infected areas.
As an alternative, put fresh lavender flowers or leaves around the places they usually appear. You can even mix 10-15 drops of this oil with the same quantity of peppermint oil to create a powerful insecticide against bed bugs.
Lemongrass, or citronella, is a natural bed bugs repellant. Just pour ten drops of it into a spray bottle filled with some water, and shake well before spraying the infested areas.
You can use this essential oil to repel insects, bacteria, nematodes, weeds, fungi, and mites. Just pour 2 ounces of water into a spray bottle, and add 1.5 ounces of vodka or witch hazel, and 30 drops of eucalyptus oil.
Shake well and spray the affected areas. Do this every 2 hours.
Orange Essential Oil
D-limonene in the orange essential oil acts as a nerve toxin which kills insects and bugs minutes after getting in touch with them. Add 2 ounces of orange oil, 1 ounce of blackstrap molasses, and 1 cup of compost tea into 4 liters of water. Pour everything into a spray bottle and shake well. Then, just spray the areas where you expect to find bed bugs.
Neem essential oil is said to inhibit the growth of larvae. Simply mix 4 ounces of water with 1 ounce of concentrated neem oil into a spray bottle. To emulsify the solution, add half a teaspoon of soap and stir well. Then, spray sheets, beds, crevices, walls, and other spots you expect to find bed bugs. Repeat this 3 times a day, 3 days in a row. Then, do this every other day for a total of 3 weeks.
This plant has antibacterial, anti fungal, and antimicrobial properties. To prepare an effective natural bed bug repellent, add 50 g of turmeric powder and 100 g of sweet flag into 1 l of water and boil everything for one hour. Store the solution in a container with a lid and let it sit for 24 hours.
Filter and dilute it in water 10 times the amount of the solution. Use a spray bottle to apply the solution in and around the infested areas.
Bean leaves have trichomes, microscopic hairs on their surface which entangle bed bugs onto them. So, to use them in the fight against these pesky bugs you need to scatter them in the affected areas and around the house.
Then, wait for several days before replacing the leaves with new ones. But, if you notice there are bugs even the first day, make sure to get rid of them immediately and replace with fresh leaves.
Clove oil has a pungent smell and high acidic pH levels which help repel bed bugs. All you have to do is pour a cup of water into a spray bottle and add one teaspoon of clove oil. Then, shake and spray the infested places.
This natural product is a non-toxic insecticide which helps control pests in the garden and home, without harming people or nature. Its fine crystalline powder form appears attractive but what it does is trapping and tearing up these pesky little bugs.
Sprinkle or spray food grade Diatomaceous Earth on the floor, bed, the crevices, and other infested areas. Allow it to stay for up to 3 days before vacuuming up the entire house.