Bed Bugs Nz How To Get Rid Of Them
How to get rid of bed bugs – the signs that say you have them, and how to prevent them
Bites, blood spots on the bed sheets, black spots on the mattress. these are all signs of a bed bug infestation
- 14:15, 20 AUG 2018
- Updated 16:15, 20 AUG 2018
Ugh, the slow-dawning and horrifying realisation that you have bed bugs.
The tiny bloodsucking creatures love to live in the crevices between bed frames and mattresses.
Bedbugs feed exclusively on blood, crawling out from their hiding places at night to bite you. They aren’t thought to transmit diseases, though.
Bedbugs tend to prefer fabric or wood over plastic and metal, and often hide near to where you sleep – for example, under the mattress or along the headboard.
They can surprise you though – by hanging out away from the bed in other furniture, along the edges of carpets and even behind mirrors – or inside smoke alarms.
Although difficult to get rid of, it’s not impossible. Here’s a guide to working out if you’ve got bed bugs, and how to treat the problem as soon as possible.
How can I tell if I have bed bugs?
The quicker you can act to treat the problem, the easier it will be, so look out for these seven signs:
What do bed bugs look like?
Bed bugs are nocturnal, but they prefer to feed on a deeply sleeping host, which for human beings is in the few hours before sunrise.
These appear as itchy, red welts that can be flat on the skin or raised.
The majority of bites will appear on the chest or back, neck, hands, feet or face. However, bed bugs can bite any area of exposed skin.
The bites tend to appear in clusters as they crawl around testing areas multiple times to find the best source of blood. So the bites can show up in groups, rows or zig-zag lines.
The bites may cause a rash or fluid-filled blisters. In more severe cases, they can become infected with bacteria if scratched – signs of infection include pain, increasing redness and swelling
How do I treat bed bug bites?
A mild steroid cream or antihistamine can help relieve itchy bites.
You might need antibiotics for worse reactions – see your GP if you experience pain, redness, swelling or other signs of infection.
Signs and symptoms of bed bugs
1. Blood stains on bedding
You’re not going to like this, but you do need to know about it: when you move in your sleep and squash a blood-filled bed bug that’s just fed, it’ll leave little blood smears on your sheets, duvet covers an pilowcases.
Still, at least you’re getting closer to the truth.
2. Bed bug poo stains
These look like black felt tip marks on fabric. Usually found on the edges of mattresses, or on bedsheets.
These stains are digested blood – the bed bugs’ fecal matter.
Again, sorry. Rest assured, it sounds grim, but it isn’t dangerous.
Wipe the stains with a wet rag – if they smear, you’ve got a positive sighting for bed bug faeces.
3. Bed bug eggs and egg shells
Female bed bugs can deposit one to five eggs a day, and may lay 200 to 500 eggs in a bed bug’s lifetime.
Under normal room temperatures and with an adequate food supply, they can live for more than 300 days.
This is why taking quick action to treat the problem is best.
Bed bug eggs are translucent to pearly white in color and when first laid, are coated in a shiny film to help them stick to surfaces.
Bed bug eggs are shaped like a grain of rice and very, very tiny – around 1mm. Still visible to the naked eye, but a magnifying glass helps.
Empty shells will be less shiny and look flattened.
They’re more likely to be find where the bed bugs are hiding, especially on rough wood or fabric surfaces.
4. Bed bugs’ shed skin (or shells)
Don’t let this spoil the classic cinema snack for you, but bed bug shells look like tiny, translucent popcorn kernels.
After hatching, the bed bug starts life as a nymph. They look like adult bed bugs, except they’re smaller and lighter in colour.
As they mature, they’ll shed their skin 5 times, once at each new stage of development.
Look for the evidence in the usual bed bug hangout joints – box springs, mattresses, wooden furniture and framing, and so on.
5. What do bed bugs look like?
Spotting an adult bed bug going about its business in your home is one of the last ways you’ll become aware of an infestation, but it’s worth knowing what to look out for.
They’re brown, oval and flat, ranging in size from 4.5mm to as long as 7 or 8 mm when fed – approximately the size of an apple seed. They turn a reddish color after feeding – because they’re then swollen with blood.
6. The musty smell
You’ll know it if you ever sniff it – and your instincts will tell you it’s not good.
Bed bugs have glands that release pheromones when they’re disturbed, to warn the rest of the group.
The odour is musty and repellent.
Bad news: if you can smell them, you’ve got a severe infestation on your hands.
Slightly better news: if only a trained bed bug sniffing dog can find it, might be catching the problem early. Hopefully.
How to get rid of bugs
How to treat or kill bed bugs?
David Cross, Head of Technical Training at Rentokil Pest Control, has the following tips for treating bed bug bites:
“There are many natural remedies and ‘old wives tales’ on what you can use to help reduce the inflammation and itching associated with bed bug bites. Below are just a few of these you may want to try after washing your bites with soap and water, and then drying"
- Calamine lotion:This relieves itching and also helps to dry rashes and protect the skin
- Baking soda and water:Make a paste with baking soda and water, and apply it directly to the skin. Let it dry before wiping away with a cotton pad
- Toothpaste:The menthol contained in toothpaste is said to be a good anti-itch remedy. Apply a generous amount to the bite to soothe the burning sensation and relieve the itching
- Witch Hazel:This provides a mild anaesthetic effect that helps to calm the itching caused by bites
- Aloe Vera:Both “fresh” Aloe Vera or gel works well against insect bites. The active substances and amino acids present in Aloe Vera help relieve itching and burning sensations
- Lemon juice:This has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. It is also a natural astringent. Lemon juice can help dry rashes and itchiness while reducing redness and swelling”
Prevention and steps
1. Strip your bed
Apart from possibly leading to unpleasant skin reactions, the bed bug bites are also keeping the pests alive, as they feed on your blood.
If they can’t feed, they can’t breed, keeping the infestation alive.
Strip your bed of all sheets, pillowcases, and other bedding, and seal them in plastic garbage bags to keep bed bugs from escaping and infesting other parts of your home.
Take the bags straight to the washing machine, and wash them using the hot water setting.
Then, dry the bedding on high heat if their tags allow it. This heat treatment will kill any bed bugs or eggs hiding in your bedding.
Use a vacuum cleaner to remove any bed bugs, shells, fecal droppings, or eggs that might be along the seams of your mattress, pillows, box spring, and along the cracks and crevices in the bed frame, headboard, and footboard.
Follow up the vacuuming with a high-pressure steamer to kill bed bugs and eggs hidden deep within furniture.
While the mattress and box spring are left to dry, spray down the joints of the bed frame, headboard, and footboard with a contact spray and residual spray.
Once the mattress and box spring are dry, encase them in sealed bed bug encasements.
Move your bed away from any other points of contact, like walls, nightstands, and other furniture.
Tuck in or remove any hanging skirts or sheets, and remove any storage under the bed that is touching any part of the frame.
The only thing your bed should be touching is the floor via its legs. Place bed bug interceptors under each leg – they look like cups that the bed bugs fall into when trying to climb up the legs of the bed.
The cups will help you monitor how quickly the bed bug population in your home is dwindling as they lose access to feeding on your blood.
If your bed has a solid base rather than legs, you’re best off throwing it out.
3. Hunt and destroy all bed bugs in your home
Clothes, books, and other personal belongings shouldn’t be left on the floor, as they make treatment more difficult and add hiding places for bed bugs.
Seal them in garbage bags and store them in another room.
Any clothing that was picked up from the floor or removed from dresser drawers should be dried on high heat for at least 45 minutes.
Once treated, clothing that you don’t normally wear should be stored inside garbage bags outside of the infested room.
Then, vacuum and steam along baseboards, window sills, and the edge of the carpet.
Make sure you clean the vacuum and steam cleaners afterwards.
A portable bed bug heater can be used to clean items that can’t be washed or vacuumed, such as books, shoes or luggage.
You can also use bed bug sprays and powders to kill the pests in hard-to-reach areas.
Powders can be left undisturbed to do their work, but sprays will need to be reapplied every two weeks for a few months.
How do you get bed bugs?
Bed bugs can be transported easily in luggage, clothing and furniture.
Once in your home, they can quickly spread from room to room. They don’t jump or fly, but can crawl long distances.
Top tips to prevent bed bug infestations:
inspect your mattress and bed regularly for signs of an infestation, and get professional advice if you think you have bedbugs
avoid buying second-hand mattresses and carefully inspect second-hand furniture before bringing it into your home
keep your bedroom tidy and remove clutter
Bedbugs aren’t attracted to dirt, so they’re not a sign of an unclean home, but clearing up any clutter will reduce the number of places they can hide.
Once treated, they should be dead within a few weeks, depending on the severity of the infestation.
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Bedbugs are small, oval, brownish insects that live on the blood of animals or humans. Adult bedbugs have flat bodies about the size of an apple seed. After feeding, however, their bodies swell and are a reddish color.
Bedbugs do not fly, but they can move quickly over floors, walls, and ceilings. Female bedbugs may lay hundreds of eggs, each of which is about the size of a speck of dust, over a lifetime.
Immature bedbugs, called nymphs, shed their skins five times before reaching maturity and require a meal of blood before each shedding. Under favorable conditions the bugs can develop fully in as little as a month and produce three or more generations per year.
Although they are a nuisance, they are not thought to transmit diseases.
Where Bed Bugs Hide
Bedbugs may enter your home undetected through luggage, clothing, used beds and couches, and other items. Their flattened bodies make it possible for them to fit into tiny spaces, about the width of a credit card. Bedbugs do not have nests like ants or bees, but tend to live in groups in hiding places. Their initial hiding places are typically in mattresses, box springs, bed frames, and headboards where they have easy access to people to bite in the night.
Over time, however, they may scatter through the bedroom, moving into any crevice or protected location. They may also spread to nearby rooms or apartments.
Because bedbugs live solely on blood, having them in your home is not a sign of dirtiness. You are as likely to find them in immaculate homes and hotel rooms as in filthy ones.
When Bedbugs Bite
Bedbugs are active mainly at night and usually bite people while they are sleeping. They feed by piercing the skin and withdrawing blood through an elongated beak. The bugs feed from three to 10 minutes to become engorged and then crawl away unnoticed.
Most bedbug bites are painless at first, but later turn into itchy welts. Unlike flea bites that are mainly around the ankles, bedbug bites are on any area of skin exposed while sleeping. Also, the bites do not have a red spot in the center like flea bites do.
People who don’t realize they have a bedbug infestation may attribute the itching and welts to other causes, such as mosquitoes. To confirm bedbug bites, you must find and identify the bugs themselves.
Signs of Infestation
If you wake up with itchy areas you didn’t have when you went to sleep, you may have bedbugs, particularly if you got a used bed or other used furniture around the time the bites started. Other signs that you have bedbugs include:
- Blood stains on your sheets or pillowcases
- Dark or rusty spots of bedbug excrement on sheets and mattresses, bed clothes, and walls
- Bedbug fecal spots, egg shells, or shed skins in areas where bedbugs hide
- An offensive, musty odor from the bugs’ scent glands
If you suspect an infestation, remove all bedding and check it carefully for signs of the bugs or their excrement. Remove the dust cover over the bottom of the box springs and examine the seams in the wood framing. Peel back the fabric where it is stapled to the wood frame.
Also, check the area around the bed, including inside books, telephones or radios, the edge of the carpet, and even in electrical outlets. Check your closet, because bedbugs can attach to clothing. If you are uncertain about signs of bedbugs, call an exterminator, who will know what to look for.
If you find signs of infestation, begin steps to get rid of the bugs and prevent their return.
Getting rid of bedbugs begins with cleaning up the places where bedbugs live. This should include the following:
- Clean bedding, linens, curtains, and clothing in hot water and dry them on the highest dryer setting. Place stuffed animals, shoes, and other items that can’t be washed in the dryer and run on high for 30 minutes.
- Use a stiff brush to scrub mattress seams to remove bedbugs and their eggs before vacuuming.
- Vacuum your bed and surrounding area frequently. After vacuuming, immediately place the vacuum cleaner bag in a plastic bag and place in garbage can outdoors.
- Encase mattress and box springs with a tightly woven, zippered cover to keep bedbugs from entering or escaping. Bedbugs may live up to a year without feeding, so keep the cover on your mattress for at least a year to make sure all bugs in the mattress are dead.
- Repair cracks in plaster and glue down peeling wallpaper to get rid of places bedbugs can hide.
- Get rid of clutter around the bed.
If your mattress is infested, you may want to get rid of it and get a new one, but take care to rid the rest of your home of bedbugs or they will infest your new mattress.
While cleaning up infested areas will be helpful in controlling bedbugs, getting rid of them usually requires chemical treatments. Because treating your bed and bedroom with insecticides can be harmful, it is important to use products that can be used safely in bedrooms. Do not treat mattresses and bedding unless the label specifically says you can use them on bedding.
Generally it is safest and most effective to hire an experienced pest control professional for bedbug extermination.
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How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs
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Bed bugs were once a common public health pest worldwide, but declined in incidence through the mid 20th century. However, bed bugs have undergone a dramatic, worldwide resurgence since they have now evolved resistance to common insecticides.  X Research source Bed bugs are one of the great travelers of the world and are readily transported via luggage, clothing, bedding, and furniture. To get rid of bed bugs, act at the first signs of infestation and use an integrated pest management approach involving prevention, sanitation, and chemical treatment. Bed bugs can be persistent, so you’ll need to demonstrate a greater level of persistence if you want to eliminate them.
You are at an increasing risk of bed bug infestation in your home. Bed bugs are found throughout the world and are becoming more common in New Zealand.
Identify the problem
Adult bed bugs are small (3-5mm), oval, wingless parasitic insects. When they have recently fed they will be reddish brown, but when they haven’t fed for some time they will be pale and almost translucent. When just hatched from eggs bed bugs are tiny (only just visible to the naked eye) and pale.
Bed bugs hide in cracks and crevices during the day and come out at night to feed on blood. They are attracted to the food source (us) by body heat and carbon dioxide from our breath. They feed by using their hypodermic like mouth parts to penetrate the skin. They then inject ‘saliva’ which contains anti-coagulant proteins to stop your blood clotting. When sleeping you are unlikely to feel the bite as it is happening this may be due to the fine nature of the bed bug hypodermic mouth parts or anaesthetic proteins in the bed bug saliva. It is the proteins in the saliva that cause itchy inflammation reactions and reddened marks in about 50% of people they bite. Many of those with bed bug infestations may not be aware of the presence of a bed bugs because they have no reaction to the bites. The first sign of infestation my be blood or bed bug faeces marks (like a tick with a black ballpoint pen) on sheets, find the bugs themselves hiding in seams or when some susceptible person in the house is bitten. There is currently no evidence that bed bugs transmit disease even though pathogens have been found in their gut.
The Bed Bug is wingless (its wings are vestigial – reduced in size and not used) and therefore likely to be found near to where the host sleeps; in the mattress or bed frame, behind wallpaper, in spaces behind skirting, seams of curtains, electrical sockets, under the edge of carpets and in furniture.
Because they ingest up to seven times their own body weight in blood in one feed, they can survive long periods between feeding. After mating takes place, bed bugs will lay up to 200 eggs. The nymphs that hatch out are miniature versions of the adult. There is no larval stage. The nymphs will moult several times over a period of 6-18 months before becoming an adult.
It is not true that bed bugs are a sign of a ‘dirty’ home. bed bugs will infest the cleanest home, hotel, motel or backpackers. They are easily transported in luggage and other items moved from one sleeping place to another.
Check out how to identifybite markshere.
To get rid of bed bugs follow these steps:
- Search> Thoroughly check all seams, cracks and joins around beds, curtains, carpet edges, skirting boards, picture frames, electrical sockets and other furniture in the affected and adjacent rooms. Evidence of bed bugs can include adult bugs (3-5mm), nymphs (small as 1mm), blood smears that look like tiny black ‘ticks’ or ‘crosses’.
- Spray> Use KiwicareNO Bed Bugs Total Solution BoxcontainingNO Bed Bugs Total Protectionspray concentrate andNO Bugs Super Fumigator. Dismantle the bed and other furniture. Open cupboards and drawers and lean the bed mattress and bed base upright against a wall in the room to improve exposure to the spray and vapour. Spray all areas where signs of infestation are found and all other possible hiding places withNO Bed BugsTotal Protectionspray. Vacate the room/s and allow spray to dry for several hours.NO Bed Bugs Total Protectionspray lasts up to 6 months killing adult bed bugs, making female bed bugs lay sterile eggs and preventing young bed bugs reaching maturity.
If possible ‘hot wash’ (60C for 40 min) all clothing and bedding from affected rooms. Items that cannot be washed in a ‘hot wash’ can be bagged and placed in a freezer at -20C for at least 24 hours. Place bedding in a plastic bag for transport to your washing machine, being careful to make sure no insects are dropped on the way.
- Fumigate> Use aNO Bugs Super Fumigator, as found in the NO Bed Bugs Box, (orNO Fleas Bug Bomb) fumigator to kill adult bed bugs and penetrate into areas that cannot be treated directly. Follow the directions on the side of the fumigator. It will also flush the bed bugs out of hiding places so that they come in contact with sprayed surfaces. Keep room/s sealed for as long as possible, up to 24 hours. If the Bed Bug infestation has become established it may be necessary to repeat this treatment.
Thoroughly vacuum all parts of the house where the bed bugs have been found. Dispose of the vacuum bag immediately by sealing in a plastic bag and placing in bin outside.
UseNO Bed Bugs Total Solution Boxspray every 2-3 months to prevent bed bugs returning.
- Download the 1-2-3 Bed Bug Control Programme
- Watch the video on How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs
Bed Bugs in Luggage >Bed bugs are often accidentally transported in luggage and clothing. While travelling always check and shake clothes before packing. A light spray of luggage withNO Bed Bugs Total Protectionwill help prevent your luggage becoming the transport for unwanted hitch-hikers.
Prevent Bed Bug Infestations in the Future >If you have had an infestation it is important to continue preventative treatment for 3 months after the last sighting of a bed bug. Consider how the bed bugs could have been introduced; luggage? Boxes, furniture* or other material brought into the area from other premises? Check these and treat withNO Bed Bugs Total ProtectionorNO Fleas Total. Clear away clutter in rooms that might provide hiding places for bed bugs. Seal and fill cracks and crevices where bed bugs might find shelter, taking care not to leave spaces where they can hide more difficult to treat.
In high risk places such as hotels, motels, backpackers, and other places people congregate to sleep it is wise to routinely carry out a search for signs of bed bugs so that treatment can be carried out promptly. It may be appropriate to carry out preventative treatment on a regular basis (every two months) where there is high turnover of travelling people who might have come in contact with bed bugs elsewhere.
*Second hand furniture is a common way for bed bugs to be unknowingly moved from one home to another. If you are considering buying any used furniture, or you have purchased some recently, check it carefully and consider treating it withNO Bed Bugs Total Protectionspray as a preventative measure.
How to Kill Bed Bugs Naturally (and Fleas too!)
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How to kill bed bugs naturally is really a very simple process, and can be effective for removing fleas as well. Using natural products means you get the double benefit of knowing that these little invaders are gone and that you haven’t replaced them with a house full of nasty chemicals.
Bed bugs and fleas breed very fast, so the sooner you can get them under control the easier your natural pest control process will be. Here is our simple guide on how to kill bed bugs naturally (and fleas too!).
How to Kill Bed Bugs Naturally – in 10 Simple Steps:
Step 1. Isolate the Problem
Inspect your entire house for bugs, and make sure every room that is infested is closed off. Don’t go moving toys or furniture from one room to the other, as you risk spreading the bugs even further.
Try to dedicate at least a whole day to getting rid of your bed bugs, as you may not be able to use some of your rooms as clean them. Try to keep your family particularly young children and pets out of the way during the whole process, as you don’t want the bugs to jump on them and use them as an escape route.
Step 2. Find the Bugs
Bed bugs are pretty crafty, they are tiny and they like to hide in little folds in fabric, like the seams on your mattress, or in the corners of your bed frame. Fleas have similar habits, but they tend to prefer a nice plush carpet to bounce around in.
Bed bugs are happy to hang out in areas well away from your bed too. Other favorite hiding places may include your favorite armchair, curtains, or in your folded clothes (yuck!). Cracks and crevices in your walls and skirting, behind picture frames and wall outlets, anywhere dark and protected is the perfect place for bed bugs to hide.
mattress seams are a popular spot for bed bugs – photo by Ventura.org
Step 3. Hot Washing
Bed bugs and fleas cannot handle high temperatures, so this is an efficient natural way to kill them in a big group. Put all your infested bed sheets, clothes, and curtains in the washing machine and wash in very hot water (140 °F) and dried for at least 20 minutes.
If there are some things that cannot be laundered, such as shoes and toys, you can try putting them in the clothes dryer at high heat for approximately 10 – 20 minutes to kill the bed bugs.
Step 4. Encase your Mattress
As you can guess from their name, your mattress is usually the most popular place to find bed bugs. Of course mattresses are nearly impossible to clean, as any moisture from washing or steam cleaning gets absorbed quickly and turns into damp and mold (which is more unhealthy than bugs).
A mattress encasement is a fitted sleeve that your mattress slips into, locking in the existing bed bugs, and keeping any new ones out. The bugs locked inside cannot bite through the encasement, therefore they can’t bite you and will eventually die from lack of food and air.
You can find these cases on Amazon, and they are a small investment that can make a big difference to the longevity of your mattress.
Step 5. Go Hunting
Catching and killing bedbugs yourself is a natural (and satisfying) form of revenge. Bedbugs can be forced from their hideouts, by using either a putty knife or a playing card. Once the bedbugs have been forced out of their hiding space, you can catch them with sticky tape or crush them in tissues.
Another great tactic you can try is using special “climb up traps” for the legs of your bed. These are called Interceptor Cups on Amazon. The bugs climb into them and cannot get out, because the inside surface of the cup is too smooth for them to climb up.
These are used by pest control professionals to test for infestations, as well as helping to catch the bugs. They are both very cheap and re-usable. Over the long term, they can also help you keep track of how many bugs are still around, and if your natural efforts have been effective.
Step 6. Vacuuming
If physically catching bedbugs is not your cup of tea, you can use your vacuum cleaner instead. Use the hose of your vacuum cleaner around small, hard to reach areas like the seams of your mattress and the corners of your bed frame.
Give your carpet a very thorough vacuum using the highest suction setting. Using this technique maybe far more effective for fleas than trying to catch them with your hands, as they are very fast and slippery.
Step 7. Use Natural Bug Killer
Everything I have mentioned so far may have been obvious to you already, but here is the best natural killer for bed bugs and fleas – Diatomaceous Earth. This stuff is amazing for all kinds of pests, for as soon as the bug touches it, it cuts through their hard shell and dries them out from the inside.
Diatomaceous Earth is a natural product itself, made from fossilized shells, therefore it is tough and hard enough to cut through the tough little bodies of bed bugs, fleas, and even ants.
You can get Diatomaceous Earth products like this on Amazon.
It usually comes in a powder form and is available in Food grade (some types are even fit for human consumption). With this in mind, you can be comfortable spreading this natural product around your home without harm to your family or pets.
The most effective way to use it is to lightly dust your bed frame and other affected areas, and vacuum it up after a few weeks. Don’t forget areas where your dog or cat likes to roam, like their bed, scratching post or favorite spot on the lounge. Diatomaceous Earth powder can be messy to use, so I recommend using a powder duster like the one below to help spread the powder neatly around your home.
A Powder Duster will help you apply the Earth neatly around your home.
Step 8. Throw them Out
This final step is about making sure that the bugs that leave your house stay gone. Make sure that every vacuum and garbage bag that leaves your house is tightly sealed to prevent any escapees.
And if you just can’t seem to get rid of every single bug, it may be time to admit defeat and start throwing things out. Bed bugs and fleas breed frequently and rapidly, and sometimes the best solution is simply to get rid of that old mattress or those armchairs and send those bugs back to nature.
Step 9. Bring in the Professionals
This may seem contradictory if you are looking for a solution to kill bed bugs naturally, but not all fumigators are made equal. There are plenty of professional pest controllers who take a more natural philosophy, by using less harmful and naturally based chemicals to solve your pest problem.
The best kind of pest controllers will get rid of your infestation quickly and efficiently, with the least amount of harm to your family, pets, and property. By doing a little bit of extra searching you may find someone who knows exactly where to find the bugs and what to use to target them at their source in the most natural way possible.
Step 10. Protect your home with Natural Oils
Once again Mother Earth provides the perfect natural solution for protecting your home from bed bugs – by using natural oils. Lavender oil is considered highly effective against bed bugs, as they seem to find the smell and the taste very unpleasant.
Tea tree oil, Eucalyptus and Peppermint oils are also not attractive to bugs and are totally harmless to humans (some are even beneficial!). All of these oils are easy to apply. If you are using a concentrate, dilute a few drops of the oil in water and spray around your room using a spray bottle. All of these oils are safe and easy to use on both hard surfaces and fabrics.
If you want to leave a more lasting impression, you can also leave a few drops in key bed bug hiding places, like the corners of your bed frame. Not only will you be bug-free, but your home will smell beautiful and clean.
Getting rid of bed bugs naturally can be a simple process, and if done thoroughly at first you will succeed in protecting your home from these invaders for a long time. Remember that prevention is the best cure, and by using natural products around your home you can easily stop these bugs in their tracks!