Effective Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs Permanently
By: Pinki Mon, 06 July 2020 10:43 AM
Bed bugs are one of the most troublesome insects, for they feast as you sleep after a tiring day, and you wake up to see bites and subsequent rashes. Regardless of what its name might suggest, bed bugs aren’t restricted to beds. They can manifest everywhere in our house especially in drawers, behind the wardrobes and inside our clothes too. They hide inside little crevices during light and come out during dark.
These bed bugs are parasites which feast on the blood of warm-blooded animals, which includes humans. Unlike the mosquitoes, they do not spread any contagious diseases, and their bites aren’t harmful. However, the rashes and itches caused by their bites make for a lot of frustration which affects the quality of sleep.
The first symptom of a bed bug infestation is the bites. The rashes- like bed bug bites are evident signs of red or rust-coloured bugs in your bed. Try to find them by dusting out your mattress and the covers. Even the tiny black dots are the indication of eggs which will grow into bed bugs soon after.
Here are some age-old proven home remedies to get rid of bed bugs permanently. These natural remedies for bed bugs are effective against the bed bugs and are less harmful to us compared to their chemical counterparts.
* Baking Soda
Baking soda has significant drying and house cleaning properties. It is known to absorb the moisture from the body of the bed bugs. With its antimicrobial properties, it drives away the bed bugs.
Sprinkle some baking soda over the crevices and the sides of the bed and vacuum clean the bed and the bedsheets on alternate days.
* Vacuum Cleaner
Vacuum cleaning is the best thing to resort to, given the incredibly tiny size of these insects which easily get into the tiny gaps of fabric.
Once you spot these tiny red insects on your sheets, remove out the bedspreads, and vacuum clean the entire mattress to suck out the ones inside the mattress. You would have to do this a couple of time before they are completely gone.
* Bean Leaves
As a part of the traditional and authentic Balkan method of trapping the bed bugs, rather than driving them away, Bean leaves are highly effective in killing the bed bugs quickly. They were researched upon, and a paper has been published by the Researchers at the University of California Irvine and the University of Kentucky, regarding the concept of killing bed bugs using Bean leaves.
Sprinkle some bean leaves in the crevices and the sides of the bed you find the bed bugs on. These leaves have microscopic hooked hairs (Trichomes), which pierce into the feet of bed bugs and eventually kill them.
* Tea Tree Oil
The anti-microbial properties of Tea Tree Oil are well appreciated concerning getting rid of pests.
You can clean your house with tea tree oil and mop floors with the oil mixed in half a bucket of warm water. Alternatively, you can have a few drops of tea tree oil mixed with the water in a spray bottle. Spray this fluid all over the walls, the curtains, furniture, carpets, mattresses, pillowcases, cupboards, shelves, and clothes.
* Mint Leaves
One of the best pest repellants in the list of home remedies, mint leaves have a pungent smell that drives away the insects.
Spread some crushed mint leaves over the mattresses and the child’s cradle board. Also, you can place packets of crushed mint inside cupboards and under the sheets of the bed.
Lemongrass has a very strong smell, which is quite irritating to sensitive noses. It along with the immense anti-microbial properties clears out the bed bugs within the deep layers of the mattress.
Spray some Lemongrass oil mixed with water onto the mattresses and the adjoining walls. The strong pungent smell is unbearable by the bed bugs making them flee away.
One of the best essential oils, Lavender oil, is effective against pests though it possesses a pleasant odor. This scent nauseates the bed bugs, making them o in search of a new home.
Use lavender oil in the form of soap or the powder to be spread across the surfaces of the mattresses and the walls. Alternatively, you could make use of some fresh lavender leaves which can be placed under the sheets of the bed.