What Are Bed Bugs and What Is Their FREAKING Problem?!
Having just come off an exasperating bed bug infestation, the infuriating anger and agony that their nasty bites cause is still fresh on my mind. How could they have invaded my premises – I take pride in keeping my home neat and guest-ready every day! (I later found out that one of my guests actually had a severe bed bug infestation and they probably transported a few of the critters to my place. Bed bugs only need a few days to breed and multiply before they take over the entire house).
I’m sure you know what bed bugs are. The 6 legged, almost microscopic wingless insects are parasites, meaning they feed by sucking out their hosts’ blood.
They love brooding in and around the bed area, hence the name, bed bugs. They have the power to ruin every single night of peaceful sleep by relentlessly biting you without a hint of mercy. They love sticking to dark colored clothes, cushions and furniture, where they are hard to spot. But they can also be found hiding out in metal and plastic items and appliances, so no spot in the house is safe!
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How I Successfully Got Rid of Bed Bugs Naturally
Two words – essential, oils.
It’s possible to use entirely natural methods to rid your living quarters and your belongings of bed bugs, all it requires is a lot of patience, a lot of cleaning and complete, thorough dedication.
You need to clean out all your clothes, either by washing them with natural insecticides, washing them in hot water or by steam cleaning them.
You need to vacuum, and vacuum all over again, all corners of your house, your furniture and your carpets.
And in combination with some potent essential oils for bed bugs you can potentially annihilate the pesky parasites forever.
List of Essential Oils for Bed Bugs
1. Lavender (where to get it)
This floral, slightly herby and fragrant oil has a lovely strong smell that everyone loves but bed bugs hate! Many people testify to lavender’s bed bug repelling effects, including myself. You can use lavender essential oil during your bed bug elimination stage, as well as after as a way of preventing re-infestation.
Read more: Lavender Oil for Bed Bugs
2. Tea tree (where to get it)
Tea tree oil, also known as melaleuca, is native to Australia where the aboriginals used them for a variety of health and skin-related issues including treating bug bites. Tea tree oil is highly antimicrobial and antibacterial that it kills bed bugs and their eggs. It has a strong disinfecting smell that also helps deter the bugs.
3. Thyme (where to get it)
Care should be exercised with some essential oils like thyme as they are not safe for pregnant ladies and young children. Otherwise, thyme is another powerful essential oil with natural insecticide qualities that can help repel, kill and prevent beg bugs.
4. Lemongrass (where to get it)
Lemongrass is rich in properties and compounds that repel many bugs including bed bugs. Lemongrass can also kill the bugs and prevent their eggs from hatching. It’s strong yet pleasant smell cannot be bared by bed bugs and prevents them from accessing areas where lemongrass has been applied.
5. Clove (where to get it)
Clove has a pungent strong smell that can help deter bed bugs. It is also rich in a compound called eugenol, which may be toxic to the bugs and kills them. Douse all dark corners that may be hideouts for bed bugs with clove oil to prevent them from breeding and multiplying.