In this article, we’ll look at home remedies for bed bugs, discussing natural products and methods to get rid of them completely.
Bed bugs are a tiny blood-sucking pest that feeds on human and animal blood. They have very flat bodies that make them slip in and out of very tiny or almost invisible cracks. They love the dark and are very active at night, making the bed their dining table, which accounts for why they are called bed bugs.
The way bugs appear and disappear is somewhat magical to the point that makes you wonder where the hell they came from.
Natural Solutions To Bed Bug Problems
Bugs, like most other blood-sucking insects, come from somewhere; the outdoors, friend’s house, the neighbor whose home is infested visits you carrying a bug on her clothe and sits on your couch during your travels while touring the world, buying used clothes or items and so on.
They can come from anywhere but once they are around, they are around for the stay because they love to stay. And so it takes more than a mere gut to get them out of your home for good.
Warning Signs of A Bug Infestation
Bed bugs can be very creepy and are quite capable of living with you without you knowing. Unfortunately, if you don’t know they are around, you won’t know how to get rid of them, and this might be quite infuriating.
The following are the signs that the bugs are around;
- Skin Bites
These little carnivorous insects like to take a tour around the body, and they like to take a sip of blood, here and there. So one of the obvious signs they are around is the evidence of skin bites by the time you wake from your sleep.
- Blood Stains On Your Sheet
Once you begin to see bloodstains on your bedspread, then there is no doubt that they are around, and it is a sign that the level of infestation is high. Taking an immediate decision is your next line of action.
- Black Stains and Dots
When you begin to notice black dots around a small crack, by the window or by the door, that is sure evidence that the bugs are around. The black dots could be their fecal matter (the waste of a bug) of the shedding of their baby skin as they grow to become adults.
- Egg Shells
Watch out for any speck of ivory material on your bed, furniture, or any other surfaces; you will find the eggs shells of bugs around.
- Living Bugs
There are also times when you get to meet the crawling pest while they’re moving from one place to another. They are very tiny who get bigger after they’ve been fed
Home Remedies to Get Rid of Bed Bug Permanently
You may be interested in getting rid of this pest but got stuck at some points. Check out the wonders of some of these homemade remedies you can use to get rid of the pest;
A vacuum cleaner can do the trick of eliminating the pest. If you are faced with an infestation, you can keep vacuuming every nook and cranny of your apartment thoroughly.
A strong vacuum cleaner with a firm hose extension is reliable to help you get rid of all the eggs and bugs in your couch, mattress, furniture, etc.
While vacuuming, pay attention to every detail of the house, the carpets, floors, every tiny crack, your chairs, bed, and all appliances, including electrical appliances.
Bed bugs are what they are- bugs, you never get to see them unless you are thorough.
- Use Steam
Steaming is another good option. A bed bug cannot survive at a temperature above 140 degrees F.
If there are places your vacuuming can’t reach, steaming will help fish them out and exterminate them in the process. But then you have to follow the steam cleaner’s manual to avoid damages to your home appliances and furniture’s
- Wash Clothes and Bedding
Both hot water and heat dryers will help kill the bug and their family. So washing your clothes and beddings in hot water will solve the problem for you but you need to ensure that those materials can tolerate hot water.
- Silica Gel
The silica Gel is kept in food products or shoe boxes to keep contents dry.
Surprisingly those gel can help exterminate insects and bugs. You have to grind the gel into a powdery form and then sprinkle it around you home but you must get your pets out if you want to use this method of extermination.
The silica gel is very powerful and inhalation of the product is very harmful to pets.
- Rubbing Alcohol
Alcohol is also a contact-killer of bugs, so you can pour some rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle and spray it directly at suspected areas of infestation.
- Hair Dryer
The hair blower will emit heat above 140 degrees F, and bugs can’t stand that temperature.
Just blast your hairdryer towards the area of infestation and they will soon be gone, and then you can have a good night rest.
- Baking Soda
Baking soda is known to absorb moisture, it can also absorb moisture out of the bugs- suck the life out of them.
To use baking soda, just spread it wherever you think the bugs might be hiding in cracks and holes.
Try as much as possible to vacuum from time to time as you reuse it.
- Diatomaceous Earth
I call Diatomaceous Earth a miracle killer of all creepy household pests including bed bugs. It is gotten from the sedimentary rock and grounded into a powder.
This product may be slow but it is quite efficient in getting rid of bugs and insects using its tiny shards against them.
But then, the tiny shards are also harmful to us, so don’t put them on your mattress or even sniff then. Also, keep your pets off the powder
HOME REMEDIES FOR BED BUGS WITH VINEGAR
Another effective home remedy that can work well in exterminating bed bugs is vinegar. You heard right. Vinegar can upset the functioning of an insect’s nervous system, bed bug inclusive.
But then, vinegar alone cannot deal with a bug infestation in your household, so for effectiveness, you can mix it with essential oils like tea tree oil, citrus oil, neem oil, lavender oil, etc. all of which are capable of penetrating the hard casing of the bed bug eggs and make it possible for the extermination of the bugs and their eggs.
Vinegar is the end product that has gone through the combination of alcohol and acid fermentation. It is a solution made up of acetic acid and water.
Vinegar is made an acidic compound because of the acetic acid content and therefore has antimicrobial properties. There are different types of vinegar, but most of them are at 2.5 pH levels. They usually serve as household cleaning agents, especially the white distilled types.
The acid level in vinegar makes it potent and dangerous to the nervous system of insects or bugs. It is a natural type of contact insecticide that implies that you have to spray directly to the bugs for it to work effectively in getting rid of bugs.
How to Make A Homemade Vinegar Bed Bug Spray
Homemade vinegar is much safer to use, unlike chemical insecticide, and is also cost-effective that can help manage an early infestation. Following the following steps to make a homemade vinegar bed bug spray
Step 1– Buy a white vinegar, but of course, you don’t have to buy if you already have one
Step 2- Get an empty spray bottle, you can make use of an old container or buy a new empty container
Step 3- Pour the vinegar into the bottle, you can add a few drops of tea tree oil, anise oil, and peppermint oil and shake properly
Step 4- Gently soak the area that has been infested, soak every crack and crevices. Just follow up on the signs of infestation and make sure every infested perimeter is soaked with vinegar.
After this, begin to spray directly at their hiding places. You will see them running out of their hiding places but the soaked perimeters will get them down.
To prevent another infestation, soak every infested surface- windows sills, walls, mattresses, carpets. Spray every area of the house and you need to do this time after time to completely get rid of them.
This method of bug extermination is safer, and you don’t need to keep your pets or younger children away to use it.
Vinegar alone can get rid of bugs on a short-term basis. If you need a complete eradication, you need to combine it with essential oils like, lemongrass, clove, tea tree peppermint, cinnamon, and lavender which will not only get rid of the bugs but get rid of their eggs as well.
Using homemade remedies to get rid of pest infestation will work as much as using those chemical insecticides or maybe work better especially when you are dealing with a bed bug infestation.
It is a cost-effective method, and sometimes, you don’t have to buy anything, especially when using your household appliances.
Apart from this, you don’t need to waste your time scheduling an appointment with an exterminator and have them bill you for consultation.
More so, you can avoid being exposed to toxic chemicals that may harm you or your pets.