Bed bugs are blood-sucking insects that feed on humans and other mammals. These insects can be found in dark and dry places like cracks in the walls, furniture, and stairs. They can also be found in carpets and your bed.
This insect is nocturnal so they are more active at nighttime. While you are sleeping they’ll wake you up by biting you repeatedly. Bedbug bites don’t normally cause any pain but they can cause some itchiness and irritation. When the bedbug bites you it will feed on your blood for an average of 4 minutes before going back to their hiding place.
Some of the signs you should look out for are bed bug skins, eggs, bites, and dried blood. The skin of bed bugs look like a hollow bug, their eggs usually look a lot like tiny rice, and if you are bitten by bed bugs you’ll notice a group of red, itchy welts on your skin.
You can use home remedies to both kill the bedbugs and to stop the itchiness caused by bedbug bites. Not only are home remedies much cheaper than hiring a professional exterminator, but they also allow you to take fast action to get rid of these bugs as soon as you notice signs of them in your house.
Spray Natural Insecticide
You can spray bed bugs with a natural vegetable or fruit insecticide. These fruit and vegetable insecticides are made with canola oil and pyrethrins that is highly effective.
You could even spray bed bugs with some rubbing alcohol to kill off these insects and their eggs. Also, rubbing alcohol will help to repel these blood-sucking insects from infesting your home in the first place. Before you spray any alcohol make sure there is no flame in the area.
You can also make your own natural insecticide to kill off bed bugs. Head to your local health store and pick up some lavender, rosemary, and eucalyptus essential oils. Now all you have to do is add a few drops of these 3 essential oils into a cup of water and then spray it on the bed bugs to kill them.
Steam produces high temperatures that can easily kill off bed bugs and their eggs. You can go to your hardware store and quickly find steaming machines you can use on certain areas in your home to stop the infestation of these insects.
When steaming affected areas like your carpet make sure you take your time and keep the tip of the steamer 2 inches from the surface you’re treating. Make sure you get all cracks and any other dark, hidden areas bed bugs like to hide. Once done steaming check for bed bugs over the next couple of days. If you see any more signs of these insects re-treat the area with steam.
Cayenne pepper can help you prevent bed bugs from entering areas of your house by sprinkling some of it around a certain area and the bedbugs will avoid crossing it. You can also use mint leaves by placing them around your house to repel bedbugs. Another herb bed bugs don’t like is lavender and will avoid at all cost. Use the lavender oil by rubbing it around your bed and other areas where the bed bugs are active.
To help stop the itching caused by bedbug bites you can use some toothpaste. Toothpaste has great anti-inflammatory properties such as baking soda, which is great to help relieve itching and irritation. Simply take a little bit of the toothpaste and apply it directly to the affected area.
These are 4 great home remedies you should think about using if you ever encounter bed bugs. These insects don’t just attack homes; you should also look out for signs of bed bug infestation at hotels you go to.
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