Natural Bed Bug Solutions That Kill Bed Bugs Super Fast
How would you feel if we tell you that you can kill bed bugs using natural bed bug solutions? Better still, what if we also tell you that many of these natural solutions can be made by you at home or procured easily without spending much money? Naturally, you would feel great, won’t you? Well, with this post your search for natural solutions to bed bug problem ends. However, before we begin, there are a few things you must understand about bed bugs:
- Bed bugs don’t spread diseases. So this answers a commonly asked question: can bed bugs kill you?
- Bed bugs feed on our blood and sometimes our pets’ blood (it seems they find our blood tastier).
- If bed bugs are present, you are probably going to have a hard time at night. That’s the time they are active, and as said above, they need our blood to stay alive.
- If you have bed bug bites and are not able to enjoy a restful night’s sleep, probably your home is infested with bed bugs.
- Bed bugs love to hide under mattresses (that’s their most favorite hiding place). And that’s the reason they give you a tough time at night.
- Bed bugs multiply quickly. What does this tell you then? If you suspect your house is infested with bed bugs, take action quickly. Delaying action will only make matters worse, so much so that then the only solution left to you would be to rope in professionals, who often charge a hefty fee in severe infestation cases.
Take the hint and use these all-natural and affordable (even sometimes free!) methods to get rid of bed bugs menace.
- 1 7 Top Natural Bed Bug Solutions
- 2 Some Additional Home Remedies to Kill Bed Bugs
- 3 Spray to Kill Bed Bugs at Home
7 Top Natural Bed Bug Solutions
Wondering how to get rid of bed bugs naturally?
Here are top 7 natural bed bug solutions:
Thanks to its strong antimicrobial properties, thyme is an effective bed bug killing solution. Using a cotton cloth, tie a thyme stick and then burn it close to the affected area.
Alternatively, you can get rid of bed bugs by placing some thyme leaves in net bags and leaving those bags in places where bed bugs are likely to be present, like your mattress, cupboards, under the cushions, and bed corners.
Another effective solution for killing bed bugs, mint leaves are easily available and easy to use. Crush a handful of mint leaves and sprinkle them around the areas where bed bugs live. To keep your mattress and linen closets free of bed bugs, put small packets of dried mint leaves there.
Black Walnut Tea
This is yet another very powerful bed bug killing solution. You can place black walnut tea bags in the infested areas, like corners of your room, bed creases, closet area, etc. These leaves possess anti fungal and antibacterial properties which forces bed bugs out of their hiding places and assists in killing them.
You can also use black walnut tea to prepare a potent herbal sachet. Mix one part of lavender, one part of mint, two parts of sweet flag, 3 parts of thyme, and three parts of walnut (black). These herbs when mixed give off a smell that repels bed bugs, forcing them to abandon their hiding areas in a hurry.
Tea tree oil
This essential oil is quite famous for its potent anti-microbial properties.
You can use it in two ways to make your home bed bug free.
You can use tea tree oil for cleaning your home. The other method is to add a few drops of this essential oil onto your clothing, as well as the infested area. Take a cup of moderately warm water and about 50 drops or a teaspoon of tea tree oil to it. Pour the solution into a sprayer and then sprinkle it on your mattresses, cupboards, drapes, linens, beds, furniture, and clothes.
This is another favorite natural bed-bug killing solution of many homeowners—and it is easy to understand why. Lemongrass kills bed bugs effectively and is readily available almost everywhere.
Lemongrass kills these irritating, little creatures by increasing acidic level in them. Bed bugs also just can’t stand the smell of lemongrass, and quickly run away from wherever its smell is present.
Clove works pretty much the same way as lemongrass. Its smell is unbearable for bed bugs, who can’t wait to get away from areas where you have sprinkled a few drops of clove oil.
Clove also makes it hard for bed bugs to survive because it alters the acidic level in them. For best results, simply sprinkle drops of clove oil on the pillows, bed sheets, and other infested parts of the home.
Beauveria Bassina is strong natural pesticide and so makes for an effective weapon against bug infestation. Use it to make your home bed bugs free within three to five days.
Some Additional Home Remedies to Kill Bed Bugs
Want to know to more about how to get rid of bed bugs naturally? Well, here are additional top 7 efficient bed bug solutions.
This is a chemical-free powder, and that’s why so many homeowners prefer it. The other reason is its ease of use.
Take some diatomaceous earth and spread it around the house. Alternatively, you can target specific areas where bed bugs population is concentrated. While this product takes some time to start working—about 10 days—it’s mighty potent at killing bed bugs.
Diatomaceous earth has a mortality rate over 90 percent. What’s more, you don’t need a lot of it to kill bed bugs. Just spread a small amount of it, especially around the cracks in walls and those hard-to-reach spaces around the bed corners. It pushes bugs toward death by dehydrating them.
What diatomaceous earth can do, baking soda could do equally well, if not better. Just spread it around the places where you suspect bed bugs dwell, and within a few days, they will be wiped out.
Baking soda works pretty much the same way as diatomaceous earth, that is, it kills bugs by dehydrating them.
Cayenne Pepper is another substance you can use. What gets rid of bed bugs is the strong antimicrobial property of this compound.
Just take 1 teaspoon of each cayenne pepper, grated ginger, and oregano. Next, put them in a small bowl of water and boil them. Using a sprayer, spray this solution in those parts of home where you suspect bed bugs are hiding. The solution has a smell which bed bugs hate. And it is that which drives these pesky, little creatures away for good.
Did you know that you can use your simple hair dryer to kill bed bugs?
Yup, killing bed bugs naturally is that easy!
If there is one thing that these creatures can’t tolerate, that is high temperature. You can easily get rid of bed bugs by setting the hair dryer at its highest setting and keeping it on for about an hour.
Position the dryer toward the infested area to kill the hiding bugs and their eggs. And yes, don’t forget to vacuum the treated area afterwards.
You can use the cleaner’s suction wand to get rid of bed bugs from the perimeter of your living-room carpet, mattress’s seams, box spring, under baseboards, and crevices.
This is a traditional method used by people in Balkans to trap bed bugs. Because this is an effective natural method of removing bed bugs, you should too try it.
Spread some bean leaves on the floor where you suspect bed bugs are living. Soon these leaves will trap the bed bugs. These leaves have microscopic hooked hairs which kill bed bugs. What these microscopic hairs do is that they pierce the feet of bed bugs.
Crush a few Indian Lilac leaves and spread them on the infested parts of your home. A handful of these leaves are enough to kill bed bugs.
Indian Lilac works in two ways. It has strong antimicrobial properties which effectively kill bed bugs. Bed bugs hate the smell of Indian Lilac, and so they quickly move away from areas where they are applied and, equally importantly, don’t come back.
Spray to Kill Bed Bugs at Home
There are many ways to kill bed bugs naturally, perhaps none more effective than sprays. What’s more, you can make these sprays on your own.
Two most effective natural bug-killing sprays are lavender and cedar. However, before we look at how you can make these sprays and use them, let us understand the steps you need to perform to effectively treat a bed bug infestation.
Here are the steps:
- Remove the bed sheets, as well as curtains and other cloth items, including those stored in the drawers and closets.
- Get hold of a big plastic trash bag, put all your clothes, bed sheets, curtains, etc. in it, and strongly tie the plastic bag.
- Put the bag into the washing machine and let its contents drop into the washer. Use the highest heat setting to wash and dry. High heat kills bed bugs, as well as their eggs, and that’s why it is necessary to use the highest heat setting only.
- Remove the mattress, but keep in the infected room only.
- Now vacuum the room. You might want to empty all your drawers first, though.
- Spray your home-made bed spray thoroughly, including areas which are hard to reach.
- Once your bed sheets, curtains, etc. have dried, you can reassemble the room. You are strongly recommended to use a bed-bug cover for your mattress. This is because killing all bed bugs, especially those hiding deep down into the mattress, is not easy, even with the most potent natural bed bug spray. If you decide to use a bed-bug mattress cover, keep it on for at least 10-12 months.
- As a precautionary measure, spray the furniture and carpet at least once a week for 1-2 months.
Now you know how to spray, let’s see how you can make and use lavender and cedar oil spray.
Lavender oil spray
To make a lavender oil spray, put 1 teaspoon of lavender oil into a cup of lavender hydrosol. If you wish, you can use plain water in place of lavender hydrosol. Once you have mixed the two, pour the solution into a spray bottle, preferably a glass one. Next, rigorously shake the bottle and then spray it on the carpets, bedding, clothes, and furniture. You mustn’t forget to thoroughly wash the teaspoon with which you added lavender essential oil. Essential oils, and lavender oil is no exception, shouldn’t be ingested in any circumstance.
Cedar oil spray
You can create cedar oil pretty much the same way you created lavender oil. Take a cup of water and add one teaspoon of cedar essential oil to it. Pour the solution into a spray bottle and shake it thoroughly. Finally spray the solution onto bedding, linen, curtains and furniture.
One advantage of using essential oils like cedar and lavender to kill bed bugs is that they can be used in more than one ways. For instance, you can also use add cedar or lavender oil to a portable steamer and use it to kill bed bugs. Steam not only kills bed bugs but also their eggs, so this method is even more effective.
If you wish, you can apply lavender essential oil and cedar essential oil directly. Sprinkle a few drops either of these two essential oils in the corners and hard-to-reach places of your home. However, don’t apply essential oil in its undiluted form onto your clothes, bedding, furniture, and carpets, because it might damage them.
There’s another method you can use to kill bed bugs. Take some cotton balls and apply a few drops of lavender essential oil onto it and leave the balls in places where bugs are most likely to be, such as dressers or closets. Better still, use clay balls instead of cotton balls.
Lavender essential oil stops being effective after a short while when you use it with cotton balls. However, it remains an effective bug-killing substance for a longer time when clay balls are used.