Bed bugs are certainly something that everyone dreads and that are surrounded with a great deal of mystery. For many, it seems as if the only way to fight the infestation is to call an exterminator and use harsh chemicals that may be dangerous to your family and your pets. There are some natural solutions however that can greatly reduce the severity of the infestation or that can completely remove them without any pesticides at all. This blog post will share tips on how to fight bed bugs naturally.
Tips to Fight Bed Bugs Naturally
Cleaning and Containing the Infestation
The first step for those that want to go natural with removal is to thoroughly clean every surface in your home and pinpoint and contain the infestation. Say you find a bed bug in one room of your home. You should immediately quarantine that room and keep the infestation limited to that one space. You can do this by doing a full home clean to make sure they have not traveled outside of the affected area and to make sure that there are no places they can hide. This also helps you to make sure you are removing any live bugs that you find and that you are able to limit the extent of the infestation as a whole. Things like mattress encasements, bug interceptors for the feet of your bed, and moving furniture away from walls and removing any low hanging fabrics can help deprive the bugs of access to their hosts and can begin to kill them.
Fresh and Dried Herbs
There have been studies that have found that bed bugs are allergic to certain herbs and therefore will avoid them if they are present in the home. Generally, any herb that is very pungent will help to force bed bugs out. Things like peppermint, lemongrass, lavender, thyme, tea tree and eucalyptus are all major deterrents that will help force the bed bugs out and that will help you to start to control the infestation. Though there is no definitive proof that only herbs will remove bed bugs, they will help to deter them from certain areas. Adding the essential oils of these herbs to your laundry may help as will adding dried herbs to your sheets and your infested rooms.
Essential oils are going to be a bit stronger than the dried herbs and may be the best option for those that want to help rid themselves of a bed bug infestation. Essential oils can be rubbed on furniture, added to laundry, and applied to individuals as well to help ward off bed bugs and they are a bit easier to use than dried herbs. Essential oils can be added to pressure points on your body where bed bugs commonly like to feed and can help reduce the number of bites.
Professional Heat Removal
Though all the methods that we have discussed thus far can help to contain and reduce the size of the infestation, the only sure fire way to get rid of bed bugs entirely without pesticides is to contact a professional company like All Bed Bugs Begone to have a heat treatment done. In this case, heat is used to kill both live bugs and larvae and eggs at any stage and no chemicals are used at all. In most cases, the heat that is used does not even require that the family leave the home. This is a very safe and effective means of ridding your home of bed bugs and can help you to control and get rid of any infestation.
Bed bugs are not the end of it all. With the right natural remedies you can get rid of your infestation and can avoid using harsh chemicals and other pesticides that may be dangerous for your family.