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11 Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs Naturally

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Remedies To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are a nightmare. While commercially available repellents can take care of them, they will cause some serious damage to our health, too. It is best to try some natural bed bug repellents like essential oils like tea tree oil, lavender oil or citronella. Other bed bug eliminators include kidney bean leaves, thyme, clove and diatomaceous earth.

Bed bugs are parasites that belong to the cimicid family. They are small, oval, brownish insects that feed exclusively on blood. While there are quite a few parasites of the cimicid family that feeds on animal blood, thecimex lectularius, the common bedbug, is the famous one as it prefers feeding on human blood. While an adult bed bug has a flat body, and looks pretty much like an apple seed, after feeding, its body swells and also turns a reddish color. Bed bugs usually feed on their hosts quite unnoticed.

Though bed bugs are believed to be more active during the night, they are not nocturnal creatures. A female bedbug can lay hundreds of eggs in its lifetime. These eggs are usually the size of a speck of dust and can be brought into your house along with adults, via luggage, used furniture, used beds, clothing, etc. Bed bugs cannot fly. However, they can move quite quickly over floors, walls, and ceilings.

While some adverse health conditions may be caused as a result of bed bug bites, like skin rashes, allergic symptoms, and even psychological problems, bed bugs are unknown to transmit any disease pathogens. 1

Is Your House Infested?

One of the most evident signs of bed bug infestation is finding itchy areas on your body when you wake up after a sleep. These itchy areas may also present as small red bumps. Small blood stains on your sheets or pillow cases, bed bug excrement on the bed and bed linen or walls, egg shells or shed skins in areas where bed bugs usually hide, and sometimes even a musty odor from the bugs’ scent glands are some other giveaways to a bed bug infestation.

Since bed bugs have flattened bodies, it makes it easy for them to hide in the tiniest of spaces, like mattresses, box springs, bed frames, and headboards. Though bed bugs do not have nests, they tend to live in groups. Over time, they tend to scatter through the bedroom, moving into any crevice or protected location, and even to adjoining rooms.

If you suspect that you may have a bed bug infestation, remove all bedding and dust covers and blankets, box springs etc. and check it carefully for signs of the bugs or their excrement. You must also check the area around the bed, including inside books, telephones, radios, carpet edges, and even electrical outlets.

Ways To Exterminate Bed Bugs

Once you have identified a bed bug infestation in your house, it is understandable that you want to jump right in and eliminate them. But this will be a long, drawn-out battle, and there is nothing like patience and preparation to win it.

Getting rid of bedbugs begins with cleaning up the places where bedbugs live. Now, this is not an easy task as it includes washing and drying bedding, linens, curtains, clothing, etc. in hot water and then meticulously checking that it is indeed bed-bug free. The cleaning up process also calls for some heavy-duty vacuuming. The entire house, furniture, linens, furnishings etc. need to be regularly vacuumed. After each vacuuming session, ensure you remove the vacuum cleaner bag into another plastic bag and place it in the garbage bin outside the house.

Another way to get rid of these bugs is to freeze them. Although bed bugs can live for up to a year in a cool room, they cannot withstand freezing temperatures. Freezing infested items for at least two hours at -17°C should kill them off.

Like cold, steam too can help get rid of bed bugs. Steam can penetrate mattress linings, crevices and cracks effectively and efficiently. Steam cleaning infested items and rooms at about 140°F (60°C) can destroy bugs as well as their eggs without damaging the surroundings. 2

Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs

You can also try out some natural insecticides to get rid of the bed bugs and their eggs. In this regard, plant essential oils have gained importance as a significant natural source of pesticides. They represent a market estimated at $700 million. The total production of essential oils in the world is estimated to be around 45000 tons. 3 Most essential oils affect the inner cell membranes of insects, causing cytotoxic effects. It is this property that proves beneficial when tackling any kind of bug or insect infestation. 4 And while the essential oils are toxic to the bugs, they are safe for humans. Here we look at some essential oil based natural insecticides as well as some other less harmful repellents to help get rid of bed bugs.

1. Tea Tree Oil Spray

Studies show that tea tree oil is an effective insecticidal. The essential oil of tea tree effectively disrupts the permeability barrier of cell membrane structures, thus resulting in the loss of chemiosmotic control and fatality. It is this membrane-damaging property of tea tree oil that makes it an effective natural insecticide in fighting bed bugs. You can use the homemade spray in hard-to-reach places, like cracks, crevices, and furniture joints. 5

To Use:To make a natural insecticide with tea tree oil, mix two teaspoons of tea tree oil with 50 ml of water. Pour it into a spray bottle and shake well. Spray liberal amounts of the natural insecticide in all areas where you think bed bugs are living. Use this application daily until all the signs of bed bugs have disappeared. Remember to shake well before each application.

2. Lavender Oil

Like tea tree oil, lavender essential oil can also be used as an effective natural insecticide to kill bed bugs. Lavender oil is also believed to destroy bed bug eggs as well. It is also said that it is the smell of lavender that kills the bugs. \However, the oil probably acts as a cytotoxin and thus kills the bed bugs. 6

To Use:To make a spray, mix 10–15 drops of lavender oil with 50 ml water. Shake well, pour into a spray bottle and use in areas where the infestation is seen. You can also use lavender soap or powder as a spray. Another method is to place fresh lavender leaves or flowers in and around the infested areas to get rid of the bed bugs.

A combination of lavender oil and peppermint oil was also found to be highly beneficial in exterminating bed bugs. 7

To Use:Add 10–15 drops of lavender essential oil and 10–15 drops of peppermint oil into a spray bottle. Fill it with water. Then shake well and spray in affected areas.

3. Citronella Spray

Citronella, or lemongrass as it is more commonly known, is another essential oil that can repel and kill bed bugs as well as its eggs. Citronella oil is believed to increase the acidic condition within the bugs, thus effectively eliminating it. Like lavender, the smell of citronella is also believed to help get rid of bed bugs. 8

To Use:Add 10 drops of citronella oil to a small bowl of water. Pour it into a spray bottle, shake thoroughly, and spray in affected areas to get best results.

4. Eucalyptus Oil Spray

The evergreen, mighty trees of the eucalyptus can be seen in most places across the world. The essential oil found in its foliage is widely used in food, pharmaceuticals, perfumes, etc. It is also used extensively as an insect repellent. Eucalyptus is believed to exhibit ovicidal activity, as well as insect repellency against bacteria, fungi, insects, weeds, nematodes, and mites. 9

To Use:To make the spray, take two ounces of water, 1.5 ounces of witch hazel or vodka and 30 drops of eucalyptus essential oil. Pour all this into a spray bottle and shake well to mix it. Then spray the solution on the affected areas. Repeat the spraying every two hours of so.

5. Essential Oils Of Orange

Orange oil contains d-limonene which is classified as an insecticide. This is a nerve toxin which kills the bugs and insects within minutes of contact. 10

To Use:Make a spray solution by mixing 1 cup of compost tea, 1 ounce of blackstrap molasses and 2 ounces of orange essential oil in 4 liters of water. Mix all this together well and spray in the affected areas.

6. Neem Oil

For generations, neem oil has been used for various medicinal and insecticidal properties. The tree, the leaf, the seeds are all used for medicinal purposes with beneficial results. Studies show that neem oil, especially cold pressed neem oil, has high toxicity, and antifeedancy and can repel a number of pests. 11 It was also shown to have high larval growth inhibition properties. 12

To Use:To make a spray solution, add 1 ounce of concentrated neem essential oil to 4 ounces of water. Add ½ teaspoon of soap in order to emulsify the solution. Mix it well. Then spray and wipe down beds, sheets, walls, crevices and all other potential bed bug hiding places. Do this three times a day for the first three days. Then shift to treating your home every alternate day for a total of 18 days.

7. Sweet Flag

Sweet flag oracorus calamus, is an uncommon, semi-aquatic, perennial plant found in Eurasia and the Americas. Valued for its rhizome and fragrant oils, this plant has been used medicinally as well as for its insecticidal properties, since time immemorial. Recent studies have also revealed that the sweet plant possesses antifungal and antibacterial properties. 13 The antimicrobial property makes the sweet flag effective against bed bugs.

To Use:To make a spray, boil 100 grams of sweet flag and 50 grams of turmeric powder in one liter of water. Boil this for an hour. Then keep the solution in a closed container for 24 hours. The next day, filter and dilute the solution in 10 times the water. Transfer to a spray bottle and spray lavishly in affected areas and its surroundings.

8. Bean Leaves

Did you just think “folk lore” when you read the word kidney beans? Well, push that thought aside. Studies have shown that the leaves have microscopic hairs called trichomes on its surface that entangle the bugs onto it, literally stopping them in their tracks. Unlike a Velcro effect, the trichomes actually get hooked onto bugs’ legs, trapping them. 14

To Use:Scatter kidney bean leaves all over the house, especially in infested areas. You can also place the leaves under mattresses. You can either wait for a couple of days before getting rid of these leaves or opt to use fresh leaves every day for a few days. Since the bugs are stuck on the leaves, getting rid of the leaves will ensure the bugs never return.

9. Thyme

Thyme oil or thymol concentrate are effective bed bug repellents. They are also shown to be effective deterrents for egg laying by mites. 15

To Use:You can tie a thyme stick with a cotton cloth and burn it near the infested area, or in the infested room. Alternatively, place thyme leaves in net bags and place them in and around the infested areas. Remember to replace these bags with fresh leaves every third day. Continue the process for up to a month to ensure all bed bugs have been killed.

10. Clove

Like most other essential oils, clove oil too possesses insecticidal and insect repellent properties. It is believed that the acidic pH of cloves, as well as its pungent smell, disturbs the survival of the bugs, thus destroying them. 16

To Use:Mix 1 teaspoon clove essential oil with 1 cup water. Pour into a spray bottle, shake well, and spray in affected areas.

11. Diatomaceous Earth

Diatomaceous earth (DE) is a non-toxic insecticide that is used for the protection of stored products and to control pests in the home and garden. It is a natural product that harms neither the earth nor people. It can be conveniently used in any space, even crevices on walls and other inaccessible regions. DE comes as a fine crystalline powder. Fine for the human eye, but the crystals trap and tear up the bed bugs. 17

To Use:Spray or sprinkle food grade DE on the bed, the floor, the crevices, and other areas where bugs are likely to hide. Let it stay for up to three days. After three days, vacuum or broom up the entire house.
Some other products that work effectively against bed bugs are baking powder and boric powder. While boric powder is toxic, baking powder is harmless for humans.

Also, remember that most essential oils should be effective in getting rid of bed bugs. This is because, as mentioned, the oils function as cytotoxins, destroying the membranes of the bugs. So, go ahead, get started on ridding your home and hearth of those pesky blood suckers.

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Disclaimer: The content is purely informative and educational in nature and should not be construed as medical advice. Please use the content only in consultation with an appropriate certified medical or healthcare professional.

How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs Fast – 8 Home Remedies That Work

Are you having bed bugs infestation at home or maybe bed bugs have even started biting you and sucking your blood? No problem, in this article I’m going to tell you effective home remedies on how to get rid of bed bugs fast and permanently. And will youSay Bye Bugs!

To begin with …So what are bed bugs?

Bed bugs are flat, small and wingless insects that mostly feed on blood.

You can find them in homes and you can easilytransport them to different places through luggage, clothing, and furniture.

These tiny insects hide easily from view during the day when they are not active.

Their preferred habitat is usually our homes.

They hide in mattresses, bed frames and bedding, furniture, carpets, clothing and other household furniture.

Bed bugs are parasites that operate very efficiently in the dark and when seen close up, they may appear in different colors.

A large population of bedbugs may produce a coriander-like odor (1).

Characteristics of Bed Bugs

The following are characteristics of bed bugs

Nocturnal

As stated earlier on, bed bugs are nocturnal,which means they are most active during the night.

They feed on your blood when you are sleeping comfortably in your bed at night.

Furniture-dwelling

Understand that bed bugs infest all kinds of furniture within your home. Cribs, sofas, and beds included.

Bed bugs may be hiding at themovie theatre, hospital waiting room, on the train or the bus, even at your own workplace.

In short, they are almost everywhere, even maybe they are on your seat right now ..lol

Health Hazard

Most bedbugs feed on their hosts while they sleep and draw blood in a painless way.

They feed on their hosts by injecting a small amount of saliva into the host’s skin.

An individual becomes sensitive to theirsaliva and chemicalsafter weeks of feeding and may eventually develop an allergic reaction.

Some allergic reactionsmay prove fatal if you don’t give them proper medical attention.

However, this situation may bevery unlikely.

Usually, most people that bed bugs bite don’t show any symptoms and often have no idea about the bites.

This makes it more difficult to prevent or identify potential infestations that may pose a threat to one’s health.

However, some may becomeill and nauseous.

Also, you can contact scars and skin infections from scratching the bites from bed bugs(2).

Hard to See and Kill

It is almost difficult for the normal human eye to see bed bugs.

Bed bugs are able to withstand and recover quickly from a difficult condition which includes temperature.

Without the right tools, these vicious tiny creatures can survive for many years within your furniture or bed.

In fact, these pests are able to stay alive for up to 1 year without feeding.

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What are the Main Causes of Bed Bugs?

Note that there is no association with bed bugs and filth.

Why did I say that? … It is because

These tiny creatures donot care if one is clean or dirty.

Even vacant and occupied clean homes may have bedbugs in them.

They can survive for over two months without any food since they are adaptable to different conditions.

The riskof having bed bug infestation increases each time you invite people into your home.

Also, they hide in your luggage and can stick to your clothing when you go topublic or common places.

A careful visual inspection should allow a person to detect bedbugs or their droppings.

How to Get Rid Of Bed Bugs Fast at Home

This section will show you how to get rid of bed bugs.

However, there is a certain thing you must do before carrying out the major operations.

First of all:

Identify the Infested Areas

The first step you need to take is to find bed bugs infested areas in your home(3).

Be sure to double check your bedroom or anywhere in the home where people sleep and keep pets.

Take a closer look at the spaces between the mattresses, cushions and other possible hiding places.

Do not leave other furnishings and electrical appliances out.

In addition,inspect your surroundings because bed bugs can be hiding everywhere.

All these are important to determine the extent of the infestation.

After efficiently marking out the infested areas,you can go ahead to get rid bugs.

So What Kills Bed Bugs Home?

The following are safe, effective and legal methods will put you through.

1. Use a Vacuum Cleaner for Bed Bug

Vacuum cleaning involves the use of an electrical apparatus to collect dust from the floors and other surfaces.

You can use the vacuum cleaner to suck up and eradicate bedbugs from your bedroom.

Use a Vacuum Cleaner for Bed Bug

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Follow thesteps below to ensure that you completely do away with the bugs.

  • Concentrate on the infested areas
  • Avoid pressing hard against your bed cover of fabric to prevent the bed bugs from moving away from the surface.
  • Remove the vacuum bag and seal it properly. A tape will suffice.
  • Place the vacuum bag into a plastic container.
  • Seal it and dispose of it in the trash.

If your vacuum cleaner does not have a bag, empty it and dispose of away in a sealed plastic bag.

Vacuum cleaners do not necessarily kill bedbugs.

However,they greatly reduce the armies of bedbugs in your home.

2. Freezing Bed Bug

You can get rid of bed bugs using freezing conditions.

This method is particularly useful in killing bedbugs in smaller items.

Freezing makes ice to form inside the bedbug which causes injury or death to them.

Although,bed bugs can live for a long period before they finally die.

Vacuum Cleaner for Bed Bug

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However, you should take certain precautions when freezing household materials.

Household items that you can freeze include cloth items, shoes, pieces of jewelry and toys.

Do not freeze electronics with LCD screens or panels.

The temperature of your freezer is quite important because bed bugs die quickly under very low temperature.

Place infested items in a freezer that is at or below 0 o F (-18 o C) and leave it for at least 4-6 days.

Ensure that you do not set your freezer above 0 o F as the eggs and little bed bugs may survive.

3. High Heat Bed Bugs Treatment

Another way on how to get rid of bed bugs is the use of high heat.

This method is applicable if you cannot see all of the bugs or all of their eggs.

It will discover the bugs and kill them irrespective of their hiding place.

You will need to get aheater and have it installed in your home.

You need to heat your home up to 140 o F for about two hours.

This kind of treatment will kill the majority of the begs and their eggs as they cannot survive such high heat for a long time

However, you need to take certain precautions.

Ensure that you follow the precautions listed below.

  • Do not stay at home during this treatment.
  • Staying in a place with high heat can pose health hazards.
  • Make sure your home is suitable for the treatment.
  • Get a professional to double check your walls and windows to prevent the heat from escaping the building.

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4. Hot Steam for Bed Bug Treatment

Hot steam is a very effective method on how to get rid of bed bugs once you apply it correctly.

It kills bed bugs in their different stages of development without posing a threat to the environment.

The steam can find its waythrough tiny cracks or spaces on household furniture.

It also eradicates bed bugs infestations inside mattresses.

A steam cleaner is very necessary for this method.

Although steam cleaners are quite expensive, it is possible to rent one.

How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs With Hot Seam

To get rid of bed bugs fast, follow the steps below carefully.

  • Mark out the infested areas.
  • Thoroughly vacuum all the areas you plan to steam.
  • Apply the steamer on all surfaces of the infested area or where you think the bed bugs may be hiding.
  • Ensure that the fabric you are applying the steam on is not wet.
  • Just in the case the fabric is wet, reduce the amount of steam generated by the steamer.
  • Turn on or use a fan in the infested area. This will ensure proper circulation of air to dry the area of materials you have steamed.
  • Repeat these steps until you are almost sure that the bed bugs are dead or eradicated.
  • Note that bed bugs that do not come in contact with the steam will survive.

But first a warning:

Take the following precautions before and while steaming for your safety.

  • Make sure that you always read and understand the directions in the manual that came with the steamer.
  • The steam produced from a steamer is very high so, do not let children near the steamer.
  • In addition, always direct the steam away from yourself.

5. How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs with Baking Soda

Baking soda is an effective home remedy for bed bug. It helps eliminate moisture from the body of bed bugs due to its drying properties.

It loaded with antimicrobial properties which kills bed bugs.

Just sprinkle some baking soda around the crevices and cracks or wherever you find bugs.

And remember:

Vacuum the baking soda after few days and you can repeat the process again.

6. Tea Tree Oil for Bed Bug

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This is one of the best essential oils with high antimicrobial effects.

In fact,the antibacterial properties help you kill any unwanted microbes like bacteria, viruses, and fungi (4).

How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs With Tea Tree Oil
  • Add some tea tree oil drops on the infested area.
  • Prepare a solution with warm water and tea tree oil.
  • Put the diluted solution of tea tree in a spray bottle and spray it on the walls, furniture, carpets, clothes linens, beds, drapes, cupboards, and mattresses
  • Do this once a week to kill the bed bug

7. Lavender homemade Bed Bug Killer

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Use lavender essential oil, soap or powder to treat bed bugs.

You can also put lavender leaves on the infested area to keep bed bugs away.

This is one of the effective homemade bed bug killers that nauseates them.

8. Bed Bug Spray

Using bug sprays and other chemicals can help get rid of bed bugs. Bug sprays are quite effective.

These chemicals kill the bugs on contact.

Bug sprays are easily affordable but one may need to purchase multiple bottles for effective treatment.

Bug spray can prevent further infestation when applied correctly but you may need to search for bed bugs in hidden places.

Make sure you read and understand the instructions of the bug spray before application.

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Finally,

Ensure that you keep the infestation from expanding even after applying any of the methods(5).

Bed bugs like to hide in inaccessible locations, so they produce more eggs and multiply.

Continue checking for the presence of bed bugs, at least every 1 week, just in case any eggs remained or you missed a spot.

In addition,ensure that you seal anything you remove from your home properly in a plastic bag and also dispose of it properly.

Do not discardusable furniture if you can eliminate the bed bugs from it.

If you cannot completely get rid of bed bugs from a particular, discard it responsibly.

Also, you should place interceptors under the legs of the furniture in your home to catch bed bugs and prevent them from climbing.

Now, are you ready to get rid of bed bugs permanently at home? Try one of these home remedies on how to get rid of bed bugs at home, give us feedback the comment box below.

Home Remedies to Get Rid of Bed Bugs Naturally

After writing how to get rid of roaches?, how to get rid of fruit flies?, how to get rid of ants?, and how to get rid of fleas?, we are now writing home remedies to get rid of bed bugs naturally. Bed bugs are small, wingless insects that feed on the blood of animals and human. They crawl out at night and bite you, when you sleep and leave behind red, itchy bumps. They can’t fly but they can move quickly over floors, walls, and ceilings. As they are not attracted to dirt, a bed bugs infestation has nothing to do with your personal cleanliness. Getting bed bug bites are every individual’s worst nightmare, especially if it is your own bed at home. It can bite at all possible areas in your body, causing itching, rashes and blisters around the affected area.

The fear of the thought that the crawling, creepy pests are hiding in your bedroom is good enough to keep you awake throughout the night. With an intention to make your sleep peaceful, we are explaining the best home remedies to get rid of bed bugs naturally to free your bed and rooms from bed bug attacks.You must inspect you whole house, before you start using the home remedies for bed bugs. Inspection will help you to decide that, which remedy you should for which area. So, before explaining the home remedies for bed bugs, the first step is about inspection for bed bugs.

Home Remedies to Get Rid of Bed Bugs Naturally

1.) Inspection Before You Start

Before you choose any home remedies to get rid of bed bugs naturally, it is very important to do the inspection. The first thing before choosing anything or apply anything is to perform an inspection and note it down. You should inspect and see how much is the infestation and accordingly choose the best home remedy for bed bugs. When you are inspecting for these creatures, check for live and dead bugs, rusty stains caused by the bugs being crushed, small spots of reddish black fecal material, cream colored tiny eggs and pale yellow skins that nymphs shed as they grow.

  • The most common places where they hide are in your mattresses, cushion, behind the headboards, in the folds of curtains, along carpet edges, the junction where the wall and ceiling meet, under loose wallpaper, in electrical receptacles, crack in wood molding and other dark cracks.
  • Bed bugs most often seen, where people sleep because you are their source of food. Also, remember that they tend to prefer wood or fabric over plastic and metal.
  • When you will inspect them make a note of inspection and disinfect that infested areas also. Seal up any cracks or hole around baseboards and molding that the bed bugs might be using to hide.

2.) Silica Gel To Starve Them

Silica gel is among the best home remedies to get rid of bed bugs easily and naturally. More over silica will not harm anyone in your family, unless otherwise someone eat silica. The fine grind silica gel will get stick with bed bugs skin and can’t be removed easily. This will dehydrate the bed bug and causes them to death. For this, you need to grind some silica gel and apply it all over your bedroom. You can easily get the silica from nearby store or online. You have seen the silica pouches, when you purchased any new electronics or home ware. Silica is kept in that to keep the moisture away from those items. Any this silica property will help to suck everything from bed bugs. You can put some silica gel along the walls, around the bed and on your mattress and under your mattress. Do the inspection after a week and replace the silica gel after 4-5 weeks.

3.) Make Use of Lemongrass

Lemongrass power is a successful and powerful home remedy for bed bugs. It works very well against the bed bugs and killing the bed bugs their eggs. You can use the lemongrass oil , instead of powder. Both work in similar manner but power stays for long time then oil. Lemongrass power will release oil and bed bugs comes over them and expands the acidic level inside the bugs to a disturbing degree. Bed bugs are such pesticides, which cannot handle the acidic level in their body and even they can live in acidic environment. This outcome in making the bed bugs dead.

Their eggs are excessively killed through the utilization of lemongrass. These bugs need ideal conditions with a specific end goal to survive. There is a certain degree of temperature, acidic level, odor and a particular environment, which is suitable for the bed bugs to survive and reproduce as well. They can’t withstand certain smells, acidic levels and inordinate warmth. Therefore, lemongrass is a compelling home solution to get rid of bed bugs.

4.) Take Help From Baking Soda

Baking soda is one of the kitchen staple that you can use to get rid of bed bugs. The best part is that it is safe for your pet and children as well. Baking soda has drying properties that helps to absorb the moisture from bed bug body and starve bed bugs to death. In addition to this, it has antimicrobial properties that kills the bed bugs. Once you check for bed bugs, spread baking soda in the crevices, cracks and wherever you identify their symptoms of presence. Leave it for a night and clean the place next day. Spread the baking soda again next day. You can leave the baking soda below and above mattress and whenever bed bugs comes in contact with baking soda, it will stick to their body and suck everything from their body. Repeat the same until you get satisfactory results.

5.) Use The Hot Steam Treatment

Even if you remove bed bugs using hot water and washing of the fabrics in your bedroom, you may not be able to kill the eggs laid inside the mattresses. And once, you leave them unattended, they may give life to new bed bugs, which will again create nuisance. Therefore, it is better to get rid of the last trace of infection by cleaning the mattresses to hot steam. The eggs cannot survive hot steams and destroying them will help you to sleep without any nightmare.

Steam cleaners emit steam at a minimum temperature of 100 degrees Celsius and bed bugs generally die at eh 50 degrees Celsius or about 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Steam clean your infested mattress, upholstery and the items that cannot be washed. You can go for dry steam or a low vapor steamer that leaves behind less moisture.

6.) Make Use of The Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is another effective home remedy for bed bugs. It help keep the bed bugs away from your bed due to its strong and pungent smell. So, you can spray the oil all around your bed and any other infected areas to get rid of bed bugs from attacking you while you are in deep sleep. Take all beds components apart, then clean, vacuum and hot steam the infected areas and spray them all down with the tea tree oil. Use the spray bottle to spray around the entire house. To make this spray mix 18 oz of water with 18 drops of tea tree oil and spray this solution to the entire house. The beds, carpets, and furniture.

You can even use wintergreen alcohol to kill the bed bugs instantly. It is not expensive and easily accessible. You need to pour the wintergreen alcohol into a spray bottle and spray the solution directly on the bedbugs and nests. The wintergreen burns the bugs, when they come in contact. You can also drench your box spring and mattress with this as well to prevent bed bugs.

7.) Use The Lavender Oil

It is said that lavender oils are natural and very effective as bed bug repellents. The smell or taste of the herb repels the nasty creature in no time. To apply it most effectively, put dried lavender between two cloth pieces and sew them around the bed perimeter. Lavender oil is also easily available in the health food stores. It’s in concentrated liquid form and its fragrance lasts for a few weeks. So, in order to prevent your body from bed bug attacks, all your bed frame and floor can be rubbed with lavender oil to get rid of bed bugs.

8.) Spraying Some Isopropyl Alcohol

Rubbing alcohols are generally used to disinfect the bitten area of your body. You can also use it by spraying the alcohol in the areas, where the bed bugs thrive. It helps to clean the infected areas. Alcohol has a dehydrating effect on the eggs of the bugs and kills them. Sprinkle some alcohol on the bugs to kill them instantly. However, the effect of sprinkling alcohol will remain only for a shorter time. A solution of 70-90% isopropyl is preferred to kill bed bugs. Pour alcohol in a spray bottle to use it on the bed bugs and eggs.

9.) Sprinkling Diatomaceous Earth

The main ingredients in the diatomaceous earth are the soil, which is made up of the tiny fossils of algae. The jagged edges of this soil, cut the bugs and they succumb to death due to excessive bleeding. Therefore, you can sprinkle the diatomaceous earth around your bed and protect yourself from its attack. It is harmless to human, its tiny particles cut the waxy shells of bed bugs can cause them to become dehydrated and die. You need to spread a small amount of this chalky substance around your house, including areas, where the wall meets the floors, behind light switch face plates, where carpet meets the walls behind picture frames, on baseboards and into all the cracks and crevices.

You will also like to dismantle your bed and lightly dust the powder on all the joints and crevices. Make sure to use food grade diatomaceous earth. A light dusting will come, if you will use a lot of diatomaceous earth and it becomes airborne. You also need to wear a dust mask to avoid getting an fine particles in your lungs. As long as it stays dry, diatomaceous earth will continue to work even for after months.

10.) Use The Vacuum Cleaner

Once the fabrics are washed properly, try to vacuum out the dreaded creatures from your computers, tables, wardrobes, cots, mattresses, etc. Bed bugs love hiding in corners or cracks which are generally inaccessible and need to be sucked out with the application of vacuum.

Vacuum the carpet floor and your entire house, mainly the areas that are infested. Also vacuum your entire mattress, box spring, bed frame and joints. As wood and fabric are bed bugs favorite places. Make sure to vacuum items made of these materials, even the ends of your curtains. Try to cover all the cracks and holes before vacuuming so they can’t run there to hide. Try to vacuum your house at least once a week.

11.) Cayenne Powder Will Help

Another home remedy that will help you to get rid of bed bugs is cayenne paper. It has antimicrobial properties that kills the bed bugs. So, once you have checked for bed bugs and found them take a tablespoon of the cayenne powder, grated ginger and oregano in a bowl. Add some boiling water into this mixture. Pour this mixture into the spray bottle and shake bottle to mix all the ingredients thoroughly. Spray this solution at all the places that are often visited by the bed bugs. The smell of this mixture will drive the tiny creatures and they won’t be able to breath.

11.) Use the Indica Leaves

Indica leaves have been used to treat the infestation of bed bugs and roaches since ages. It has antimicrobial properties that helps to eradicate these small creatures. In addition, the leaves have strong smell that is not liked by the bed bugs. Crush some Indica leaves and spread it around the suspected places. Alternatively, a boiling water add some Indica leaves. Leave it for a few minutes. Later strain the solution and take a bath with this. This will help to treat bed bug bites. In addition to this, you can use Indica oil to get rid of bed bugs.

12.) Sun Bathing For Items

As specified above, bed bugs cannot tolerate high temperatures and hot weather. You ought to sun-douse your bedding for the duration of a complete day if steaming your bed does not work to get rid of bed bugs.

  • Sunlight and radioactive waves are very beneficial to avoid bed bugs. More than 90 degrees Fahrenheit temperature is all what is needed for killing these parasites.
  • When you hold your sleeping cushion under the open sun, it warms up to more temperature than 90 degree Fahrenheit. This surely kills all the bed bugs and their eggs too.
  • In the event that you are living in a tropical atmosphere, it is a lucky charm for you to use the sunlight as a natural remedy as the sunlight is very intense in the tropical areas.
  • Wash all your garments and cot related apparel in boiling hot water and dry them in immediate daylight. Bugs can’t resist to the hot temperatures and have a tendency to bite the dust.

13.) Use The Cloves Oil

Cloves have pungent smell and acidic pH that rip off the moisture from the bed bugs body. Since bed bugs cannot stand the acidic condition created by cloves therefore, they die. Simply spread clove oil into all the crevices and infested areas. You can also place some cloves in all the nooks and corners to get rid of the bed bugs. However, clean the area later so that it does not come in the contact with pets and children.

14.) Spread Some Mint Leaves

Once you have check for bed bugs, you can use mint leaves to get rid of bed bugs. Meant leaves are considered to be repellents thus it is wonderful remedy to get rid of bed bugs. In addition to this, you should always keep mint leaves handy to prevent the infestation of bed bugs. Crush some dried mint leaves and spread them at the areas where you suspect bed bugs or where you have identified their symptoms. The best way is put dry mint leaves in the sashes and place them on the mattresses and closets. This is the safest way to use mint. Or simply spray mint oil on every nook and corner.

15.) Use The Pyrethrum

Pyrethrum is combination of dried flower. For this you need heads of C, Coccineous and chrysanthemum. Both the flowers are natural insecticides. It will breakdown their nervous system. Thus, this is one of the wonderful home remedy to get rid of bed bugs. However, if you find difficult to get this concoction then simply use an insecticide that has pyrethrum as a main ingredient or canola oil to cure bed bugs infestation.

16.) Use Black Walnut Tea

This is one of the safe herb and natural remedy to get rid of bed bugs. Black walnut tea is believed to be natural insecticide and repellent. Moreover, it has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties that destroys bed bugs. Sprinkle some dried black walnut tea on the infested areas or you can also place tea bags at the suspected areas such as creases of the bed, corners of the room, closet area etc. Alternatively, in a bowl mix lavender, mint leaves, sweet flag, thyme and black walnut. Pour this mixture into the sachet and hide this sachet at the conspicuous areas they are visited by bed bugs. The strong aroma of this mixture will definitely work in your favor.

17.) Use The Scented Sheets

The smell of scented sheets is appalling to the bed bugs as they cannot tolerate different nature of smells. The bed bugs are fond of surviving in normal environment, which has a certain level of heat and odor. If you put the scented sheets under your mattress, between the pillows and inside your cupboards as well, it may help to get rid of the bed bugs through the unfavorable smell. The smell created by the scented sheets cannot be tolerated by the bed bugs to survive.

The idea of buying scented sheets is a novel idea, which is not known by many people. Many people hesitate from using some natural home remedies like using garlic or turmeric powder because they may not like the smell of that particular remedial product. But the smell of the scented sheets may not be unfavorable for the human beings to adjust in but it definitely is not appalling for the irritating parasites.

The scented sheets are available in different scents of flowers and fruits, which can make the environment of your room refreshing, but intolerable for the bed bugs at the same time. So you can easily adopt this simple and a very comforting way to get rid of the bed bugs.

18.) Use The Lilac Leaves

Lilac is also one of the great home remedies to get rid of bed bugs easily. To use this method, take few lilac leaves, crush them and place on the prone area. The antimicrobial properties and smell of this plant helps destroy bed bugs excellently. Alternatively, you can also boil some handful of leaves in water for 15 mins. Strain the water and bath with this solution. It will help reduce the infection on the skin. Also, it will keep bed bugs away from you.

19.) Use The Thyme Sticks

Thyme also works great in dealing with bed bugs and other sort of insects. To use this method, put some thyme sticks in a cotton cloth and burn it in each of your room and close to the infested area in order to prevent bed bugs. Alternatively, you can also place this cotton cloth, in the mattress, cupboards, corners under the sofa, under the cushions and other places. Make sure you replace these bags after every 3 days.

20.) Encase Your Mattresses and Pillows

Once you have cleaned, hot water washed and steam washed your mattresses, you may take help of encasement as a last option. With proper encasing of mattresses, bed bugs may not be able to find escape routes easily. You might as well encase the pillows to prevent bites on your face and neck areas.

21.) Wash All Your Fabrics

Any clothes or items coming in contact with the infected bed like linens, shirts, bed sheets, etc. need to be washed properly with hot water. Bed bugs cannot withstand very hot water and the easiest way to kill them is to use extremely hot water while washing infected items.

Try to wash your infested clothes and bedding from hot water and dry them on a hot cycle is effective way to get rid of bed bugs. A temperature of 50 degrees Celsius or 120 degrees Fahrenheit can help to kill these bed bugs at all stages of their life cycle. Wash all your clothes, sheets and other bedding at the hottest possible setting for about 30 minutes or more. Then place all the clothes in the dryer and run it on high heat for about 10-20 minutes. For items that can only be dry cleaned, use a hot dryer for at least half an hour.

Home Remedies for Bed Bugs

You take care of your house. You vacuum the rugs, clean the windows, and keep the bathrooms spotless. Guests visit, and they feel like a cleaning service makes daily trips to your house. Now imagine one morning you wake up to find that you have tiny bite marks on your body. Upon further inspection, you realize that there are small bugs in your bed. That’s right. Bed bugs.

What do you do?

Your first instinct might be to think that your house isn’t clean enough, but that may not be the case. Rest assured, bed bugs can come from several different places and are rarely a reflection of housekeeping skills. Here are some home remedies for bed bugs.

How Do People Get Bed Bugs?

Like most bugs, bed bugs come from outside the house. If you live in an apartment or any other shared living situation and have a bed bug infestation, it could be that they came from an adjoining apartment through cracks in the floors and walls.

Pesticide foggers like bug bombs don’t get rid of bed bugs, but instead, displace them– they go searching for a new home. For that reason, you want to avoid using bug bombs to deal with the infestation. I

f it makes you feel any better, if you live in a shared housing situation, it’s possible that your infestation is the result of one of your neighbors bug-bombing an infestation.

Introducingused furnitureto your house is another way bed bugs find their way inside. Be wary of used furniture, especially upholstery. Check and treat any pieces of furniture carefully before bringing them into the house. Check used clothing and books as well.

Even if it’s brand new, pay close attention to any furniture that has beenstored or transported in the back of a truck.

Finally, if you stay somewhere with bed bugs, they can also hitch a ride on you, your family, or your guests, either via your clothing or in your luggage.

How to Detect Bed Bugs

Bites on your skinare the first sign of a bed bug infestation. If you have unexplained bug bites, especially first thing in the morning, you might want to start checking around for other signs of an infestation.

Check your mattress for the visual signs of bed bugs. If you have them, you may see red or rust-colored stains, indicating crushed bed bugs.

Signs of Bed Bugs

  • Red/RustyStains
  • BlackDots
  • EggShells
  • Tiny,Living Bugs

You might also see tiny black dots, which are bed bug excrement, and egg shells (around 1mm, a pale yellow color) resulting from the bed bugs reproducing. Finally, you may see the bugs themselves walking around.

Make sure you check every surface down to the box spring, and anything surrounding the bed as well. Check curtains, baseboards, behind wallpaper and even under the carpet. Bed bugs prefer fabric and wood to plastic and metal, so check any wooden furniture as well.

If you suspect you have bed bugs, call a professional exterminator to confirm it for you.

Bed Bugs and Your Health

Bed bugs bite because they live on blood, either human or animal blood. They feed on your blood for about ten minutes, then swell and turn red. Their bites are painless but can become itchy, but unlike mosquitos, they are harmless and do not transmit diseases.

However, if you scratch the bites, you can cause an infection. One characteristic of bed bug bites?

They are numerous, and they have a tendency to appear in straight rows. If you seemultiple bites arranged in a straight line, there’s a good chance you’re looking at bed bug bites.

How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs

The best way to get rid of a bed bug infestation is tocall an exterminator. They’ve dealt with bed bugs before and know how to do a thorough enough job to keep them from returning. An exterminator is your best bet, just to make sure you take care of the problem completely.

However, there are some things you can do at home to get rid of bed bugs and to supplement a professional.

Treating an Infestation

Usehot waterto wash all clothes, linens and anything fabric that may have contacted the bugs. Heat will kill anything hiding in your linens. Use a dryer to dry everything as well, because a dryer will hit the bugs with a double dose of heat.

Just make sure you pay attention to the tags on the fabric, as your linens may be dry clean only. Dry cleaning can also kill bed bugs, but make sure you inform the dry cleaner of the possible infestation.

Treating an Infestation

  • WashAll Clothes, Fabric and Bedding With Hot Water
  • Vacuum
  • SteamYour Mattress and Box Spring

Once you’ve given your bedding the heat treatment, follow up by vacuuming all areas of the infested room(s).Vacuuming will remove any bugs from the nooks and cranniesin which they may be hiding.

Use a brush to loosen all bugs and eggs. Make sure you clean out your vacuum thoroughly afterward and dispose of any vacuum bags outside of the house. Use a steamer on things like your mattress and box spring. Steam will take care of remaining eggs.

Finally,coveryour mattress, box spring, and pillow in a completely closed bug-proof cover. Sealing up your bedding with a cover ensures that anything left will not be able to escape or feed and will eventually starve. Starvation can take up to a year, however.

Prevention

Whether you’re looking to prevent bed bugs from re-infesting a room or looking to avoid one before it happens, there are a couple of things you can do. Start by making sure that your house isspotless.

Messy rooms and improperly stored items create a lot of places for bed bugs to hide, so the less attractive your home to bed bugs, the less likely you are to experience an infestation.

Preventing an Infestation

  • Clean Your House
  • Prevent Bed Bugs From Climbing Your Bed
  • Make a Habit of Cleaning
  • Inspect New Items for Bed Bugs

Remove bridgesfrom the floor to the bed. Keep bed bugs out of bed by keeping blankets from dragging the floor, and don’t use the bed as storage for anything.

Bed bug interceptors are relatively inexpensive and are placed under the feet of the bed, preventing bed bugs from reaching the legs and climbing to the bedding. Consider using them. Finally,prevention is ongoing. Clean often, checking for signs of a recurrence.

The earlier you catch bed bugs, the easier they are to clean out. Inspect all used items that you introduce to the house. When staying in a new place, check that bed for bugs. When returning from a trip, clean everything you took, including your luggage.

Home Remedies for Bed Bugs

The best ways to get rid of bed bugs are pesticides, heat treatment, and thorough cleaning, but there are a few home remedies that might help.

  • Silica gel(the packets included in various products to ensure dryness) ground up and applied to affected areas will stick to the bugs and dehydrate them. Be very careful to avoid inhaling the silica gel, and it is probably best to avoid using it if you have pets or kids. Baking soda can also work for the same purpose.
  • Tea tree oilin your laundry and sprayed in affected areas will repel bed bugs, as well as lavender oil. Mix lavender oil with eucalyptus and rosemary oils and water to make a repellent spray.
  • Sprayingrubbing alcohol can kill some bugs on contact.
  • Scented dryer sheetstend to deter bed bugs. Placing a layer of them on your bed may keep them from visiting you.
  • Double-sided tape.Much like bed bug interceptors, double-sided tape prevents bed bugs from reaching your bed in the first place. Apply the tape to the underside of your bed near the legs and the bugs will get stuck on it. Just be sure to keep your blankets from touching the ground, or some of the bugs will be able to reach the bedding.

Bed Bug Removal Recipe

  • Cayenne Pepper– 1 Tsp
  • Ground Ginger– 1 Tsp
  • Oregano Oil– 1 Tsp
  • Water– 1 Tsp

You might have ingredients for this simple homemade bed bug repellent right in your kitchen. The strong smells of cayenne, ginger, and oregano repel bed bugs and other insects, too. If you know where the bed bugs are entering the room, use a mixture of cayenne pepper, ginger, and oregano oil to keep them away.

Mix the ingredients in water, strain it, and use a spray bottle to apply the solution at entry points. Make spraying a regular habit, and you’ll prevent the bugs from entering. To keep other insects from getting into your home, spray doorways and windowsills.

Sleep Well

If you have bed bugs or are just worried about preventing an infestation, rest easy — there are plenty ofnatural bed bug repellentsand ways to kill bed bugs available.

Bed bugs can happen to anyone and even if you keep a tidy home, random variables, like your neighbor setting off a bug bomb next door, mean that an infestation can happen anytime.

In this article, you learned how to detect bed bugs, as well as a few home remedies for bed bugs, including how to repel bed bugs naturally.

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10 Best Home Remedies For Bed Bugs

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Being bugged by bed bugs and losing precious sleep over it is a common occurrence which most people would have experienced at some time or the other. These tiny, crawling insects (they can’t fly), also known asCimex Lectularius,suck the blood of humans and are a menace that needs to be eradicated.

To make up for their inability to fly, these persistent pests make it up by scrambling at incredible speeds on almost any surface. However, they do not get attracted by unhygienic conditions and can invade the cleanest household at any time.

You might have allowed some of them to tag along from some hotel or resort you stayed at recently as they love crawling into open suitcases and bags and hitch a ride to wherever you are headed. Once they enter your house, they can spread to every nook and corner and cause havoc in your lives. While there are no shortcut remedies short of calling in the bug exterminators, there certainly are some amazing home remedies for bed bugs that work.

What attracts bed bugs into our homes?

  • Dirt or grime do not attract bed bugs
  • They hop onto blankets and pillows that you carry along while traveling
  • Warmth, human blood, and carbon dioxide attract bed bugs
  • Bed bugs are active between 10 pm and 6 am when most people are asleep

Symptoms of Bed Bug Bites

  • A cluster of red welts or bumps that are itchy
  • Itching does not subside for quite a while, even after frantic scratching
  • The bites are not toxic, though the vigorous scratching can cause bleeding

10 Best Home Remedies For Bed Bugs

10. Cold Treatment

Procedure:

  • Hang your clothes out in the cold during winter season
  • You may also keep the bedclothes and clothing in a freezer for a while
  • Alternatively, wash the clothes and sheets in very cold water or soak in ice
  • Continue this treatment for a few days to eliminate all bed bugs
  • Repeat the process once in 2 or three months

How does it work?

It is rather simple logic – bed bugs just can’t stand the cold. They are used to the warmth of human bodies or warm blankets and bed sheets. Hence this alternative cold treatment has a very repulsive effect on them, leaving several of them dead, and the others scurrying away to safer climes. It is better to keep away from your furniture and refrain from using your carpets for a couple of days until all the bed bugs are exterminated. Once you are sure the bugs haven’t had a chance to recoup, you may start using your clothes and household articles as usual. Cold treatment is probably one of the cheapest and most effective of all home remedies for bed bugs that work.

The remedy may not work, if:

  • The temperature is not cold enough to discourage bed bugs
  • If some clothes or bedclothes are left out and allow the insects to thrive

9. Lavender Essential Oil

Procedure:

  • Take 6 to 8 drops of undiluted lavender essential oil
  • Fill a spray bottle with water and mix the lavender essential oil
  • Spray the mixture on the bed frame, legs, and below the carpet
  • Mix lavender oil in water and mop the floors in your house
  • Repeat the process continuously for a week or so

How does it work?

Lavender essential oil is a natural product that is effective as a bug repellent. The herbal oil has a strong odor that is quite unbearable by the nasty little bed bugs and sends them scuttling for cover. If you are unable to find lavender essential oil (it should be available on Amazon), you may use dried lavender, which can be inserted between the bedclothes or placed in the closet or wardrobe. Alternatively, you can sew some dried lavender between two pieces of cloth and place the cloth at the foot of your bed. The undiluted liquid retains the potency, and the effect lasts for a couple of days, keeping the pesky bed bugs at bay.

The remedy may not work, if:

  • You don’t use fresh, undiluted lavender essential oil
  • All the clothes, bedclothes and carpets are not covered

8. Tea Tree Oil

Procedure:

  • Take 6 to 8 drops of undiluted Tea Tree Oil
  • Fill a spray bottle with water and add Tea Tree Oil
  • Spray the contents on clothes, bedclothes and furniture
  • Repeat process twice a week 2 to 3 times

How does it work?

Tea Tree Oil is a wonder herbal oil that has excellent antimicrobial properties. It has great antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties and rids the house of harmful bacteria and germs. Spraying the water mixed with Tea Tree Oil helps get rid of bed bugs as they cannot stand the strong scent of this oil and scamper away to find new places to inhabit. Make sure all the furniture in the house is sprayed with this mixture as bugs tend to find safe places in the cracks and crevices in the furniture during the day.

The remedy may not work, if:

  • Some areas that bed bugs frequent are left out while spraying
  • Genuine, undiluted Tea Tree Oil is not used

7. Neem Paste

Procedure

  • Pluck a bunch of fresh Neem leaves
  • Crush the leaves to make a paste
  • Take a spray bottle, fill water and add Neem paste
  • Spray under the cot, near the furniture, under the carpet, etc.
  • Repeat the process twice a week for 2 to 3 weeks

How does it work?

Neem is a wonder medicinal tree that has some amazing curative properties. It is an effective antimicrobial agent and has some very good antibacterial properties as well. Neem has a strong odor and a very bitter taste and acts as a strong repellent against bed bugs. Spraying Neem water or simply spreading some fresh leaves in the areas bed bugs frequent is enough to keep these pests away. Neem is probably one of the safest and most effective home remedies for bed bugs that work. Applying Neem paste on areas bitten by bed bugs gives relief, making it one of the best home remedies for bed bug bites as well.

The remedy may not work, if:

  • You can’t find any fresh Neem leaves in your area
  • Dried Neem powder is used, it will work at half the potency

6. Steam Treatment

Procedure:

  • Get a steam cleaner (a machine that’s available on (Amazon)
  • Steam clean the areas infested with bed bugs
  • Alternatively, you may use heat treatment
  • Simply use a hot iron to iron bedclothes and clothes at high temperature
  • Repeat either process once or twice a week for 2 to 3 weeks.

How does it work?

Although bed bugs like warmth and thrive in a warm atmosphere, they cannot survive in very high temperatures. When treated with very high temperatures like steam or very hot iron the bed bugs get killed due to the excess heat. Hence, this is one of the easiest and safest home remedies for bed bugs that work. Make sure that while steam cleaning, you turn the carpets over and cover the areas completely. Bed bugs cannot survive in temperatures exceeding 50°C or 150°F as the steam will permeate through the fabric and destroy all the bed bugs and any eggs they may have laid.

The remedy may not work, if:

  • Extremely hot iron is used on nylon or other soft material which will melt at such temperatures and ruin the clothes and furnishing material.
  • Hot steam does not reach into the cracks or crevices if any in the areas you are cleaning.

5. Cayenne Pepper, Oregano, Ginger

Procedure:

  • Take 1 teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper Powder
  • Take two fresh Oregano leaves and dice them
  • Take one finger of ginger and peel and grate it
  • Boil all three ingredients in 500 ml of water
  • Strain and fill in a spray bottle and spray cots and furniture

How does it work?

Cayenne pepper is a natural repellent for most pests, and works wonderfully on bed bugs and drives them away. When Oregano and raw ginger are mixed with Cayenne pepper, the mixture is so very potential that it has a devastating effect on bed bugs and makes sure they are eliminated without a trace. The advantage with this concoction is that it is organic and has no harmful effect on humans. What’s more, it is easy to prepare and not very expensive too. This probably makes the Cayenne pepper mixture one of the most effective home remedies for bed bugs that work.

The remedy may not work, if:

  • You are unable to reach bed bugs hiding deep in cracks or crevices.
  • Some areas in the house are not disinfected as the bugs will find a safe haven in those areas.

4. Boric Acid

Procedure:

  • Sprinkle some Boric Acid (Borax) powder in the bug-prone areas
  • Alternatively, fill the vacuum bag of the vacuum cleaner with Boric Acid
  • Pressure vacuum the areas that are infested with bed bugs
  • Vacuum under the carpets and the furniture as well
  • Repeat the process a couple of times a week for the next 2 to 3 weeks

How does it work?

Boric acid is an excellent bed bug repellent and helps get rid of the pesky bed bugs that infest your homes. Spraying the cots, furniture, carpets, and other areas that bed bugs frequent helps rid your home of the bed bug menace. Ensure that the kids and pets are kept at a safe distance while using this method to clear off the bed bugs. You may use this process as many times as required as it is one of the easiest and most effective home remedies for bed bugs that work.

The remedy may not work, if:

  • All areas infested by bed bugs in the house are not covered. Bed bugs can survive without food for long periods of time and resurface after the toxic effects have subsided.

3. Baking Soda

Procedure:

  • Sprinkle baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) in cracks and crevices
  • Cover all the furniture in the house, including the cots
  • Repeat the process twice a week for 2 to 3 weeks

How does it work?

Baking soda has a tendency to absorb moisture wherever it is present. When the bed bugs come in contact with the baking powder the moisture in their bodies is absorbed, and the bugs suffocate to death. Moreover, baking soda has excellent antimicrobial properties that have been tested and proved, hence spraying the house with baking soda does a lot of good by destroying harmful bacteria.

The remedy may not work, if:

  • Some areas in the house are left out, giving the bed bugs a chance to survive and multiply within the house.

2. Rubbing Alcohol

Procedure:

  • Take about 500 ml of undiluted rubbing alcohol
  • Take a spray bottle and fill it with the rubbing alcohol
  • Spray the bed bug-prone areas in the house
  • Repeat the process twice weekly for 2 to 3 weeks

How does it work?

Rubbing alcohol, also known as 2-proponal, propyl alcohol or isopropyl alcohol is very bitter and works as an excellent repellent on bed bugs. Spraying 91 percent proof rubbing alcohol in the bed bug-prone areas helps exterminate them completely. Make sure that pets and children are kept away from the areas where the chemical is being sprayed. Note that rubbing alcohol should not be consumed by humans as it is poisonous, with the lethal dose being a little more than 200 ml.

The remedy may not work, if:

  • 91 percent proof rubbing alcohol is not used. Diluted forms of rubbing alcohol seldom work with the same effect and may leave behind some bugs that have survived and which can later multiply.

1. Fresh Mint Leaves

Procedure:

  • Pluck a bunch of fresh mint leaves
  • Crush the mint leaves and extract the juice
  • Take a spray bottle and fill with water and add mint juice
  • Spray mint leaf juice mixed with water in bug-prone areas
  • Repeat process twice a week for 2 to 3 weeks

How does it work?

Fresh mint has a strong, pungent odor which acts as an effective repellent on bed bugs. If fresh mint leaves are available you may use them; else you may have to purchase peppermint oil and add a few drops to the water in the spray bottle and spray all the bug-prone areas in the house. The strong smell of mint is a deterrent for bugs that quickly vanish from the scene the moment they sense the smell. Fresh mint is a natural product that has no side effects whatsoever and is safe to use in all households making it the perfect choice as one of the best home remedies for bugs that work.

The remedy may not work, if:

  • There are no reasons why mint leaves or mint oil should work as an effective repellent on bed bugs unless the spray does not reach all areas infested by the bugs.

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7 Comments

I used the pesticides to kill the bugs in my bed rather than trying these natural remedies. Is that okay?

There are chances that the chemical contents in pesticides may harm you later or it may have some side effects on you. Our suggestion would be to go with the natural way itself.

wow! A nice article to get rid of bed worms

Do bed bugs spread disease? if yes, what health risks do bed bugs pose?

Bed bugs usually causes allergy Gaspar Evan

Thanks, i tried these remedies. It is helpful to reduce the bed bugs in my home.

mint leaves juice works well on the bedbugs, it has a very good effect on them.

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