There are numerous natural, organic and bio-pesticides available on the market for bed bugs but there are also several home remedies to get rid of bed bugs. They are far safer for kids, pets and people with sensitivities, compared to chemical pesticides.
Home remedies can safely kill bed bugs
- Use canola oil or rapeseed oil and pyrethrins. These herbs attach to the bug’s nervous system. They are also effective in killing the eggs.
- Black walnuts are also very effective in eradicating bed bugs from your house.
- Spread some mint leaves in those areas which are more prone to bed bugs. The pleasant smell of mint is unpleasant for bed bugs, thus it repels bed bugs.
- Spreading Lavender is also a home remedy to get rid of Bed Bugs. The smell of Lavender oil is a big turn off to bed bugs. You can also use lavender sachets placed in your closets and wardrobes. Its pleasant smell is very effective in preventing bed bugs. To make a Lavender sachet is not rocket science. First of all, dry some Lavender flowers. Then put the dried flowers between two pieces of fabric, and sew these pieces around the edges.
- For best results, rub lavender oil on your bed frame. You can also add some drops the water used to mop the floor.
- Some special covers are available on the market made from special fabric. These covers can easily trap any bed bugs present in your mattress.
- One of the best known herbs to drive away bed bugs is Cayenne pepper.
- Treat your mattresses with steam as high temperature is very harmful to bed bugs.
- Always wash bed sheets and clothing in hot water. This not only prevents bed bugs ,but also kills already present.
- Frequently remove your mattresses and place them in direct sunlight, the sun since temperatures of over 113 degrees Celsius are said to kill bed bugs. This home remedy can also be used to destroy any lingering bed bugs.
- Scatter some “diatomaceous earth”, especially in your bedroom. Diatomaceous earth is composed of algae fossils which causes jagged edges in diatomaceous earth. These jagged edges cut the surface of bed bugs causing them to bleed to death when they crawl across it.
- Always remember that the bedcover or sheets should never touch the ground otherwise bugs can easily crawl up and suck your blood while you sleep.
- Placing toys, footwear, clothing, rugs, stuffed animals, bags and other non-launderable things in the drier for some period of time removes not only bed bugs, but also many other home pests. This removes bed bugs but after that do not forget to clean the laundry room as bed bugs can make their unwelcome comeback to other parts of the house from the laundry room.
- Spraying alcohol is not a definite fix, but can kill some bed bugs on contact.
- You can also make your own herbal spray. Mix 10 drops each of lavender, eucalyptus and rosemary essential oil in one cup of water. Fill a clean spray bottle with this mixture. Spray the infested area. Do not forget to wear gloves as contact with essential oils can cause health problems.
- Spread some boric acid powder on the infested area. Never apply boric acid directly to mattresses.
Some safety tips
- Keep the spray out of the reach of children.
- Never spray on mattresses, sofas or other areas of direct human contact. Though organic, these sprays can be harmful.
It is far better to take care of few dos and don’ts. Try to prevent yourself falling into the temptation, where an extreme condition persuades you to use toxic chemical pesticides, which are harmful not only to bed bugs, but humans too. These home remedies are safer and cheaper. Stop reeling from bed bug agony, make use of home remedies to get rid of bed bugs.