Bed bugs feed on blood of humans and animals. They are tiny, oval and brownish to look at but their bite can cause severe itching and bumpy skin. The interesting thing about Bed Bugs is that though they are a complete nuisance and can bite, they do not transmit diseases.
Many commercial insecticides and insect repellents contain poisonous ingredients that are toxic to humans! Want to get rid of bed bugs effectively? Below are some easy ways-
BED BUG SPRAY
Take a Jar and add 1 tablespoon of witch hazel and 1 cup of water. Now add 5 drops of bergamot essential oil along with 5 drops cedarwood essential oil . Now also add 5 drops lavender essential oil and mix the entire solution for 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a spray bottle and spray it under and on corners of your bedding.
Lavender oil has always been used to address bug and mite infestations, especially bed bugs. Spraying concentrated lavender oil directly on bed bugs is lethal and could possibly destroy the larva and young ones on the spot. You can simply add a few drops of Lavender Essential oil across the corners of the bed frame and the strong scent will last for days. It destroys the existing bed bugs and their eggs and will leave a pleasant smell.
Bed bugs are very sensitive to heat, which is where steam cleaning comes into the frame. Steaming is an effective method to kill all stages of bed bugs. Steam cleaners emit steam at a minimum temperature of 100 degrees Celsius and bed bugs generally die at 40 to 50 degrees Celsius. Steam cleaners only use water and heat to create natural super disinfecting steam, they can obliterate bed bugs to a great extent.
Diatomaceous earth is a popular natural way to eliminate bed bugs. Diatomaceous earth (DE) kills bed bugs by absorbing the oily, protective layer that covers their exoskeletons. It’s an all-natural and non-toxic barrier that can both kill them and prevent them from moving freely throughout your house. You can simply sprinkle Diatomaceous earth on any cracks or crevices, behind electrical face plates or on the infested furniture, along moulding, bedding, mats, windowsills etc.
Peppermint oil kills bed bugs the same way that it causes allergic reactions in humans when used directly. Its strong scent because of its high menthol content effectively repels bed bugs. Peppermint oil is good for killing bed bugs when sprayed on them directly, not least because of its potent smell. Peppermint leaves can also be used! Just crush and spread throughout infested areas to distribute the oil, and the process should be repeated until all signs of bed begs are eliminated.