Bed bugs are a common occurrence in many households. Getting rid of these microscopic organisms is a major headache and a nightmare for any homemaker. They infest every nook and corner of your home and refuse to go unless eliminated completely.
They have a natural tendency to hide in cupboards, under bed sheets, in your clothing, soft toys and even in curtains. In order to make your home completely bug free you have to ensure that the bed bugs are killed along with their eggs. These organisms tend to multiply at a fast speed and before you know it you will again be saddled with the problem of bed bugs.
You know your house has been raided by the bugs when you appear with red welt like markings on your skin every morning. These are a result of being bitten by bed bugs. In fact sleeping at night becomes impossible because of the intense itching the bugs cause with their bites. The skin becomes inflamed, red and itchy. The bugs can be gotten rid of if you are regular and persistent in your approach. We recommend herbal remedies for eliminating bed bugs as these are safe, effective and not very expensive.
Herbal Remedies for Treating Bed Bugs
The most effective herbal remedy for bed bugs is Indian Lilac. The leaves of Indian lilac are extremely bitter in taste and release chemicals that are effective in killing the micro-organisms and their eggs.
Indian Lilac is also known as Neem and is found growing mainly in India and other Asian countries. Take 300 grams of the lilac leaves and wash them thoroughly. Put the leaves in a liter of boiling water and boil them for 15-20 minutes. Let the water cool down and then discard the leaves. In this water add half a liter of very hot water and soak your infected clothes in this for an hour. Do not add detergent. After an hour transfer the clothes into a bucket of hot water into which very strong detergent has been added.
Soak the clothes again for 15 minutes and then wash as usual. Squeeze the clothes or put them in the dryer. Hang the clothes only in the sun. The heat from the sun is very effective in eliminating the bed bugs as well as their eggs. This treatment should be done for all clothes, linen, soft toys and upholstery in the house. Do this treatment every alternate for two weeks.
Bathing with neem water twice a day will ensure that bed bugs do not infest your body. Taking neem water bath at night will also help you sleep peacefully if your bed is under bug attack! To protect your home from bed bugs prepare pouches that contain dried neem leaves. Place these pouches in your cupboards, shelves, boxes and even under the mattresses. The pouches can also be inserted into the sides of the sofas and cushions.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree essential oil has antibacterial properties that make it very effective in the treatment of bed bugs. The essential oil is a little expensive but it will ensure that you never suffer from the problems of bed bugs again.
Add 300ml of tea tree essential oil to a bucket of very hot water. Soak your clothes in this water for 40-60 minutes. Wash the clothes as usual with a very strong detergent. For last rinse put 50ml of tea tree oil in hot water. Soak the clothes in this water for 10 minutes. Squeeze the clothes with hands and dry them under very hot sun. Do this treatment for all clothes, curtains, soft toys as well as bed sheets. This treatment should be done every day for a week.
Pour tea tree oil in your bucket of warm water and bathe with this water to eliminate the bugs from your body. Take a spray bottle and pour the essential oil in the bottle. Spray the oil onto your sofas and cushions to kill the remaining bed bugs. Do this twice a day for three days.
Like tea tree oil, garlic too has antifungal properties that make it beneficial in the treatment of bed bugs. Take the needed quantity of garlic and peel it properly. Crush the pods lightly. Place the pods in medicated gauze and tie a knot securing the pods well. Prepare 20-30 such pouches and place them in all nooks and corners of your home. Don’t forget to place the pouches in between the sofa spaces, under the sofa cushions, in cupboards and under your mattresses.
Keep the garlic pouches for 24 hours and then replace them with fresh garlic pouches. Do this daily for 7-10 days to get rid of the bed bugs completely. Thereafter, do this treatment once a week to ensure that your house remains bug free for always.
Don’t try to diffuse the smell of garlic with air sprays and room fresheners. Simply leave the doors and windows open to eliminate the pungent smell of garlic from your home. Don’t worry too much about the smell as you will get used to it soon. Besides, it is important in order to get rid of the bed bugs.
This is an aromatic herb that acts as a repellent for bed bugs. The bugs cannot seem to tolerate the aroma of lavender. spray lavender spray on your bed sheets, pillow cases, on the mattresses as well as on your clothes.
Prepare pouches of dried lavender flowers and place them in the cupboards, in between the sofa cushions and underneath your mattresses. sleep with the lavender pouch kept next to your pillow. not only will you sleep better but also remain free from the bites of bed bugs.
Cayenne pepper is an herb that is popularly used as a spice in many foods. Because of its spicy taste, the herb is ideal for getting rid of the bed bugs. The herb acts as an irritant for the bugs and helps eliminate them successfully. But fresh pepper from the market and keep it under hot sun for couple of days to dry it completely. Prepare pouches using dried cayenne pepper and place the pouches in all the places that have been infested by the bed bugs. Keep the pouches away from the reach of children.
The problem of bed bugs using herbal remedies can be solved easily and completely. However, you need to be very thorough in your treatment of the bugs. Human bodies as well as animals (pets) carry the bugs with it. While treating your house don’t forget to treat yourself as well as any pets with these remedies. If you are still carrying the bugs on you your home will never be rid of them. Also, don’t forget to use these herbal remedies inside your car. There are very strong chances that the bugs have infested the upholstery of your car as well. So clean your car properly with hot water and herbs.