Do you find yourself scratching your arms and legs at night because there’s an itch that won’t go away?
Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite!
We’ve all heard of this rhyme before. What exactly are these bed bugs that people keep warning us about?
Bed bugs are insects that share your bed. They’re small insects that feed on the blood of living beings like humans and animals. They can be found anywhere, on the sofa in your lounge or your very own mattress. They’re small in size, which is why they’re hard to detect, but once they’ve grown to their full size, they can be visible on white sheets. In this article, we will talk about how to get rid of bed bugs. Once they’ve inhabited a place, it’s very difficult to get rid of them, but it’s not impossible! Depending on the level of infestation, you can make use of the following things to free your house of these nasty insects.
1- Try Out the Vinegar
Vinegar acts as a poison for bed bugs. It kills bed bugs by destroying their nervous systems. Take the vinegar bottle out of your kitchen cabinet and pour some vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray it on your mattress, couches, and sofa sets in ample amounts so none of them can escape. Take your bedsheets and pillow covers and soak them in a tub of Vinegar for a few hours to clear your sheets.
Remember, every poison needs to be ingested in order to be effective. So, Vinegar only works on bed bugs and not their eggs, and if you want to kill the eggs, just Vinegar will not be enough!
2- Baking Soda Can Do Wonders
Another thing you can use out of your kitchen cabinet against bed bugs is baking soda! It is one of the top home remedies to fight bed bugs. The chemical formula of baking soda is Na2SO4, most commonly called: Sodium Sulfate. You can purchase baking soda from a nearby supermarket as well as a pharmacy. Sprinkle the powder on the locations you think are infested by bed bugs. This method is not highly recommended because it takes a long time for it to work. And it requires a lot of vacuuming!
3- Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous earth is an off-white, powdery mineral, and it has bleaching properties; it can be used to kill bed bugs quite efficiently. This is considered to be most effective in treating bedbug infestations. If you are looking to kill the bedbugs easily and economically, diatomaceous earth is the best option. Although it takes quite a while to start working, it is known to kill approximately 90% of the bedbugs. It is a natural insecticide, and when it comes in contact with any insect (bedbugs in our case), it basically strips them of their outermost shell, which causes death by dehydration. It is free of any harmful chemicals, and so it happens to be the eco-friendly route to get rid of these mean, pesky little insects that are troubling your sleep and life.
4- Essential Oils
Using essential oils to kill bed bugs sounds like an exceptional idea; I mean, if it works and it’s natural, then what’s the harm in not trying? Oils like lavender oil and tea tree oil can be effectively used against bed bugs. These kill the insects instantly and are easy to carry around with you! To make an easy-to-use spray, just add 30-40 drops of essential oil(like lavender, for example) in 40 ml of water. An added bonus is that if you spray them on bugs-infected areas, these oils leave them smelling pleasant.