Bed bugs are a growing problem, not only in the US but worldwide.
These tiny pests can be found anywhere from your home to public transportation and hotels. They feed on human blood and need constant access to their host.
As if that’s not enough, they can cause allergic reactions, rash and welts on the skin, and bites that will itch for days. Bed bug infestations are not just an uncomfortable problem to deal with; they’re also expensive because you may need to pay for professional help or purchase unique bedding to get rid of them.
Can you stop them? Well, yes!
The best way to prevent them is by making sure that you don’t bring any home with you after travelling or staying at a hotel.
If you find yourself infested with bed bugs, some natural remedies will help get rid of these pesky creatures for good!
Here are five natural remedies for bed bugs:
#1- Tea Tree Oil
Many people use tea tree oil to remedy many things, including insect stings, cuts, burns, scrapes, rashes, acne, psoriasis, athlete’s foot, ringworm, dandruff, eczema, poison ivy, sunburn, and even toothaches.
Although it works well against both bacteria and viruses, it’s an excellent bed bug killer too.
#2- Lemon Juice
Lemon juice is another effective treatment option for getting rid of bed bugs. The citric acid in lemon juice helps break down proteins, making it easier for other chemicals to penetrate the body.
If used regularly, lemon juice could kill bed bugs faster than tea tree oil alone. You’ll want to mix equal parts of water and lemon juice before applying this mixture directly onto the affected area.
Let it sit for about 10 minutes before washing off. Then, repeat every few hours until all signs of bed bug activity disappear.
#3- Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous earth is an all-natural powder that kills bed bugs. It absorbs their fat and oil, dehydrating them until they die.
Then, sprinkle or spray the infested areas with Diatomaceous Earth; you must allow it to sit for at least seven days before seeing results–up to 10 if you’re unlucky! But rest assured: more than 90% of your pests won’t survive this killer chemical-free treatment option.
Remember to vacuum the area afterward to remove the bed bugs.
#4- Borax Powder
Borax is one of nature’s most powerful cleaners. You can apply borax powder to your mattress, box spring, pillows, sheets, blankets, etc., to eliminate bed bugs without using harsh pesticides.
#5- Essential Oils
Essential oils like lavender, eucalyptus, peppermint, rosemary, clove, cinnamon, thyme, cedarwood, bayberry, orange, grapefruit, lemongrass, geranium, basil, chamomile, marjoram, patchouli, vetivert, sandalwood, and pine are beneficial for killing insects.
These essential oils contain compounds called terpenoids, which are responsible for giving plants their scent.
There are several ways to treat bed bugs naturally. If you’ve tried everything else and still haven’t gotten rid of them, try using one of these methods. Remember, though, that while each method does its job, none of them will completely eradicate bed bugs. So make sure you keep regularly checking for new ones.
You might consider calling pest control professionals if you think you have a severe case of bed bugs.