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- Feb 19 2018
Home remedies for bed bugs
What are Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are parasites and they are small, oval, brownish that feed exclusively on blood. The common bed bug is the Cimex lectularius. Prior there were very few problems related to bed bugs but now problems are increasing day by day. They have flat bodies which allow them to squeeze into tiny crevices in furniture as well as mattresses. They are attracted to mattresses as well as other furniture, the cracks of doorways, dresser drawers, shelving units and other areas ripe for handing. They do not transmit disease, they leave red, itchy bites that can be so bad that it is impossible to sleep. In severe cases, they can even cause anaphylactic shock.
It is difficult to see signs of bed bugs with naked eyes but the most common signs are small stains of blood on sheets and linen. There are multiple ways to get rid of bed bugs naturally. These insects are unable to survive extreme hot or cold temperatures, which means like steam cleaning, hot washes, and drying on high heat can be used to eliminate them from bedding, furniture, clothing and so on.
There are some natural insecticides which can help you to get rid of the bedbugs and their eggs.
Tea tree oil Spray
It is an effective insecticidal, disrupts the permeability barrier of cell membrane structures, results in the loss of chemiosmotic control and fatality. Mix two teaspoons of tea tree oil with 50 ml of water. Pour it into a spray bottle and shake well. Use this spray daily until all the signs of bed bugs have disappeared. Shake well before use.
It is said that smell of lavender kills bed bugs. However, the oil probably acts as a cytotoxin and thus kills the bed bugs. Mix 10-15 drops of lavender oil with 50 ml of water. Shake well and pour into a spray bottle and use in areas where infestation is seen.0
It is commonly called as lemongrass and it can repel and kill bed bugs as well as its eggs. It increases the acidic conditions within the bugs and effectively eliminate it.
Eucalyptus Oil Spray
It is widely used in food, pharmaceuticals, perfumes etc. and it is extensively used as an insect repellent.
Orange oil spray
It contains d-limonene which is classified as an insecticide. This is a nerve toxic which kills the bugs and insects within minutes of contact.
Clove oil spray
Clove oil possesses insecticidal and insect repellent properties. It has acidic PH as well as pungent smell which disturbs the survival of the bugs, thus destroying them. Mix 1 teaspoon of clove essential oil with 1 cup of water. Pour into a spray bottle and shake well.