10 Effective Home Remedies For Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are nasty little creatures that creep up through your sheets, live in your beds, and bite you and your family. Small and brown in color, it is easy to identify a bed bug bite from other bites. Bed bugs tend to leave their bites in threes or fives. Other bugs usually only bite once. If you have these kinds of bites, then it is most likely a bed bug bite.
The first half of this article will tell you how to kill and keep away the bed bugs naturally. The second half of the this article will tell you how to cure and reduce the itching of the bites themselves. If you want easy home remedies to your problems with bed bugs, then follow these tips.
#1. Clean the Sheets
One great home remedy to kill bedbugs is to wash your bed sheets in hot water. The hotter the water is, the better the chance that you will be able to kill all of the bed bugs. You can also get your sheets professionally dry-cleaned to kill the bugs. Either of these solutions should get your sheets bug-free.
#2. Wipe the Frame
Many people know to wash their sheets, but they forget about their bed frame. Wipe down your frame with hot soapy water or with cleaning chemicals to kill any bugs that may be on your bed frame or headboard. This will be able to kill any bugs that retreated from your bed sheets.
Since you can’t really wash, dry-clean, or wipe down your mattress very effectively there is one home remedy left for removing the bugs, and that is vacuuming your mattress. This will suck up and kill the bugs almost instantly. Make sure to get both sides of your mattress, as the bugs may be trying to hide. If you do all three of these first steps then your bed should be completely bug-free.
#4. Lavender Oil
If you are not sure if you got rid of all of the bugs, then one natural home remedy to repel them is with lavender oil. For some reason, bed bugs just really don’t seem to like this kind of oil. Rub it near the sides of your bed frame, headboard, and mattress to keep the bugs away. As a bonus, lavender is a very soothing scent that can help people fall asleep faster.
#5. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil can be used in exactly the same way as lavender oil. Apply this oil to the same spots on your bed to repel the bugs. Unfortunately, it does not smell as nice as lavender oil, but unlike lavender oil, it will kill any bed bugs that happen to stumble upon it. Tea tree oil is a great natural remedy for oral thrush too.
#6. Baking Soda
If you have bed bug bites, then chances are that they are rather itchy and annoying. However, there are easy ways to fix this problem, baking soda being one solution. Mix a tablespoon of baking soda with an equal amount of water. Mix the two until they become a paste. Spread this paste over your bites. Let the paste harden and stay on your bites for at least an hour. When the time is up, wash off the paste with warm water.
One of the best natural remedies to control the itching sensation that comes with bed bug bites is to rub some lemon juice on it. While it may seem like this should sting it can actually do a lot of good. Dip a cotton ball in some lemon juice and rub it over your bed bug bites. This should be able to dry out the bites, and therefore stop most of the itching.
#8. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera gel is a soothing solution to many skin issues, including bed bug bites. You can get the gel directly from the aloe vera plant, or you can buy the gel in bottles at most stores. While cooled gel works the best, room-temperature gel will work as well. Rub some of the aloe vera gel on your bites. This should help to soothe the itching and help to heal your skin faster as well.
#9. White Vinegar
If your bites are rather large and ugly, then white vinegar is the solution for you. The vinegar should help to reduce the itching, but more importantly, the size of the bite. Dip a cotton ball into the vinegar and rub it on your bites. This will probably sting a bit at first, but within half an hour your bite marks should be much smaller.
#10. Oatmeal Baths
If you have bed bug bites all over your body, and you just want to soothe all of them at once, then an oatmeal bath is an ideal solution. Fill up your bathtub with hot water, and then add in half a cup of uncooked oatmeal. If you like you can also add lavender oil as well. This should help to reduce the itching of the bites. You should stay in the bath for at least half an hour to be able to notice a difference.