Bedbugs are small parasites that feed on our blood and dead skin cells. They are so tiny and we can’t see them with the naked eye. These disgusting parasites reproduce really quickly.
Their eggs are as big as a speck of dust, which means that they can be easily brought into your home through clothing, linens, used furniture and baggage.
It can be quite challenging to eliminate them from your home. However, you need to do this on time because they can lead to rashes allergies and even psychological problems in some cases.
How to tell if you have bed bugs at home?
Itching sensation is the first symptom that occurs when you get in contact with these bugs. In fact, the itching is the place where the bug has bitten you.
This area can be swollen and reddish. Also, you may notice blood stains on the pillows and sheets.
Another sign that you’ve got a bed bug infestation is the bed bugs’ feces. You should look for these among your mattress and sheets.
Getting rid of bed bugs
It may be difficult to get rid of these bugs, but however it is not impossible. It is very important to clean every corner of the house affected by these parasites.
Wash the curtains, clothing, bedding, linens, etc. Make sure to vacuum every area of your house, including the furniture and furnishing. Do this on a regular basis.
After you are done with the vacuuming, remove the bag and throw it out in the garbage right away.
Another thing to try is freezing the infested items at -17C. They are not able to survive these temperatures. You can also try steam. To clean the affected areas, make sure to use 60C.
Natural Home Remedies for Bedbugs
These are the most effective natural treatments for bed bugs:
1. Diatomaceous Earth
It is a non-toxic insecticide which is typically used for eliminating pests in the garden. It is completely safe to use and the best part is that you can use it even in the unapproachable areas throughout the house.
Spread it around your house, within the bed or the areas that are affected by pests. Let it act for 3 days. Then, vacuum the entire house. Make sure to throw the vacuum cleaner bag in a trash outdoors.
2. Tea Tree Oil
The effectiveness of this oil against bugs is scientifically confirmed. To make your spray, you should mix 2 tsp. of tea tree essential oil with 50ml of drinking water.
Transfer the blend in a small bottle and apply in the affected areas. Repeat this procedure until you eliminate the bugs.
3. Clove Oil
Clove oil is natural insect-repellent that offers powerful insecticide properties. It has an acidic smell that can destory the parasites.
You should mix 1 tsp. of clove oil with 1 mug of drinking water and transfer the blend in a bottle. Apply if needed.
4. Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender essential oil is a natural insecticide that is extremely effective against bedbugs. Its effectiveness is mostly due to its odor. Also, it can act as a cytotoxin and eliminate the parasites quickly.
Mix 10-15 drops of lavender oil with 50ml of water. Transfer the blend in a spray container and shake well. Spray around the house.
Also, you can mix lavender and peppermint. You need 15 drops of peppermint and 15 drops of lavender. Transfer the mixture in a container. Shake well before use.
Thyme essential oil act as a powerful bedbug repellent and deterrent. You should tie the thyme stick inside a 100% cotton cloth and burn this in your bedroom or area that might be affected by the bedbug pests.
Also, you can place a few thyme leaves in small net bugs and place these bags in the affected areas. Change the bags every 3 days. You should repeat this procedure for 1 month until the bedbugs are eliminated.
6. Citronella Spray
This oil offers powerful insecticide properties, having the ability to kill both bedbugs and the eggs. It can increase the level of acidity within the insects and remove them from insides.
You should add 10 drops of the oil in a bowl with water. Transfer the blend in a spray container. Shake well and apply throughout the house.
7. Bean Leaves
Studies showed that bean leaves have trichomes, tiny hairs on the outside which connect onto the actual bedbugs’ hip and legs and capture them.
You should put bean leaves in every area that might be affected. The bugs will be trapped in the leaves. Throw them outdoors in the trash.
8. Eucalyptus Oil
Eucalyptus oil is commonly used as a beauty ingredient found in perfumes and other items. However, this oil can act as a pest repellant as well.
You should mix 30 drops of eucalyptus oil with 2oz. of drinking water and half an oz. of vodka or witch hazel. Transfer the liquid in a spray container and spray every part in your house.
9. Sweet flag
A semi-aquatic plant, sweet flag is known for its potent therapeutic and insecticide properties. Recent studies claim that sweet flag has antifungal and antimicrobial properties that can effectively destroy bedbugs.
You should steam 1l of drinking water. Add 50gr of turmeric and 100gr of the sweet flag into the water. Let it simmer for 1 hour. Then, transfer the mixture in a container and store it for 1 day.
The next day, you should dilute it with water within 1:10 ratio. Use the blend to spray your entire home.
10. Orange Oil
This is another powerful bug remover. To create your own orange oil spray, you should mix 2 oz. of orange oil, 4l of drinking water, 1 mug of fragment tea and 1 oz molasses.
Shake the bottle well and spray your home with the mixture. This will immediately eliminate the bugs.
11. Neem Oil
For a long time, the neem oil is used for different insecticidal and medicinal properties. In fact, the seeds, the leaf and the tree, everything is used for medicine and is very beneficial.
According to studies, the cold pressed neem oil can repeal a lot of pests, and it is highly toxic.
To make your own spray, in 4 ounces of water put 1 ounce of concentrated neem oil. Also, put ½ tsp. of soap to emulsify the mixture. You will need to mix well. Take the mixture and put it in a spray bottle.
You can use it to spray and wipe walls, sheets, beds, and crevices. Use it in all places where the bed bugs hide.
In the first 3 days, you will need to spray 3 times per day. Then for 18 days, you will need to use this solution, but you will only need to do that every alternate day.
The essential oils are effective when it comes to eliminating bed bugs because they act as cytotoxins. Which means that they destroy the membranes of the bed bugs.