How To Get Rid of Bed Bugs Naturally
Bed bugs suck…. that’s a fact. And if you have ever had to deal with them, then you know they can literally make your life a living hell. They bite you, they make you itch and worst of all…they can be an absolute pain to get rid of. For this reason, you want to be sure you follow the correct steps to get rid of bed bugs to save yourself time and money. I am one for doing things the good old organic way when I can, so this article is going to focus on how to remote these biting pests without chemicals.
Identify all infested areas
If you’ve got bedbugs, you want to find them early before they start to reproduce. It’s much easier—and cheaper—to treat a small infestation than a big one. Yet smaller infestations can be harder to detect.
Search for bedbugs yourself, or hire a professional to do an inspection. Some inspectors use specially trained dogs to hunt down bedbugs by scent.
Bedbugs’ small, narrow bodies enable them to squeeze into tiny spots—like the seams of a mattress or couch, and the folds of curtains.
Also look for them in places like these:
- near the tags of the mattress and box spring
- in cracks in the bed frame and headboard
- in baseboards
- between couch cushions
- in furniture joints
- inside electrical outlets
- under loose wallpaper
- underneath paintings and posters on the walls
- in the seam where the wallpaper and ceiling meet
- Use a flashlight and magnifying glass to go over all of these areas.
Signs You Have Bed Bugs
Look for these signs that may indicate you have a bed bug infestation:
- There may be blood stains/spots on the bed sheets
- Carefully inspect your mattresses, bed frames, floors and walls for any signs of the bed bugs them selfs. Be sure to check cracks and crevices carefully
- Inspect your mattresses, bed frames, floors and walls for signs of bed bug feces – these will be rusty brown spots or smudges
- There may be a musty odor from the bugs themselves
What Do Bed Bugs Look Like?
First of all, let’s take a look at what bed bugs look like. The main physical characteristics of bed bugs are:
- Resemble a tick
- Around 1/5 of an inch long
- A rusty brown color
- No wings
How to prevent bed bugs naturally with home remedies?
- Baking soda
- Baby powder
- Lavender oil
Find out more whether these DIY natural remedies below will effectively help you to get rid of bed bugs in your home.
When talking home remedies for bed bugs, baking soda is one of the most versatile home remedies in your pantry and often a popular option. But can baking soda kill bed bugs? Baking soda is absorbing the surface fluids on the waxy layer of a bed bug’s shell and cause them to dehydrate. Additionally, the small granules of baking soda can cut into a bed bugs shell and cause internal bleeding.
The method around this popular DIY bed bug treatment is to sprinkle baking soda around the areas which bed bugs typically inhabit such as the mattress and the area around your bed. After a few days, you’re supposed to vacuum it up and repeat the process.
Who would have thoughts that baby powder is also a popular home remedy for bed bugs? Baby powder, or any powder containing talc is toxic to bugs of most kinds. But, how effective is it?
There are two methods for using talcum powder to get rid of bed bugs. They are:
- Sprinkle baby powder around the bed bug hotspots such as around your bed frames and/or underneath your bedroom furniture.
- Create a trap by putting some baby powder in a bowl and placing them underneath your bed. Bed bugs will be able to get into the bowl but the baby powder will make it too slippery for them to get out.
Lavender oil have has many uses that you never imagined at home. Long time known to support the body’s own healing system; a few drop of lavender oil are good for relaxation and stress-relief. On other hand, lavender oil turns out can also be used as natural remedies to kill bed bugs at home that worth to try. It is because lavender oil produces toxic smell that bed bugs really hates. Does lavender oil effectively repel bed bugs?
You have to mix 10-15 drops of lavender oil with 50 ml water in a spray bottle. Spray it directly into the areas where the bed bug infestation can be seen.
Stripping the bed
The first step is to remove the bedding and isolate the bed.
To do this:
1. Strip the bed linen directly into a double plastic bag, to reduce the chance of spreading the bugs.
2. Wash bedding in hot water for at least 30 minutes and then dry at a high temperature for 30 minutes. Seal and discard the inner plastic bag when you put the linen in the washer.
3. Vacuum to remove any remaining bed bugs and eggs as far as possible. This may not remove deeply harbored bed bugs.
4. Dispose of the contents of the vacuum cleaner outside, into a sealable plastic bag.
5. Ensure the bed frame is free of bugs by spraying it with a pesticide.
WAYS TO HELP FIGHT THE BITE
Most skin-applied pest repellents must be registered by the EPA before they can be marketed, but that hasn’t stopped people from concocting their own remedies. Essential oils have gotten a lot of press for pest prevention in the last few years and have been especially touted as effective treatment around pets and kids. Even though consumers may deem essential oils safer to use as a pest repellent for skin than other options, it doesn’t make it true, and it certainly doesn’t mean they’re more efficient.
In terms of the most widely talked about bed bug repellents, homemade options often include diatomaceous earth. Because of its abrasive properties, it works by absorbing water-protecting fats and oils from the outer layer of a bed bug’s exoskeleton. The hope is that once sprinkled on a mattress or applied to cracks and crevices, bed bugs will come in contact with the powder and ultimately dry out and die from dehydration. It can be easily evaded, though, and bed bugs are notorious for spotting and avoiding such traps.
Peppermint Leaves and Oil
When people search for information about how to get rid of bed bugs naturally, peppermint likely comes up as one of the options. Supposedly, its scent keeps bed bugs away, and people are thus encouraged to utilize it throughout their homes. One specific method indicates that the leaves should be crushed and spread throughout infested areas to distribute the oil, and the process should be repeated until all signs of bed begs are eliminated. Not only does it seem to be a time-consuming process but also a messy one likely to yield minimal results.
Black Walnut Tea
It is said that black walnut tea offers bed bug repellent properties. Consumers are told that placing used tea bags throughout their homes and attempting to cover bedding and any open cracks can help eliminate both bed bug eggs and adults. However, there is no data to support this claim and you’re more likely to waste time than get rid of parasites.
There are purportedly many ways to use petroleum jelly as a bed bug repellent. A popular method is to smear it across a bed frame and headboard and down the bed legs. The thought is that pests will get stuck when crawling up the bed in search of a host, but what if bed bugs are already hiding in the mattress? Not many things will stand between beg bugs and a blood meal, and petroleum jelly isn’t one of them.