Home Remedies To Help Control Bed Bugs

By Ann Hills / 3 years ago

Bed bugs are a nuisance if left unchecked. They are hard to spot immediately because they do not make any sound and they are quite good at hiding. In fact, the only way for you to know they are around is when you discover suspicious bites on your skin or blood stains on your beddings.

If you have a bed bug problem, there are a few ways you can control the infestation. There are short-term and long-term solutions which either come in chemical or non-chemical form. The ideal approach is to use a combination of these solutions to eradicate these troublesome pests once and for all.

You can use the following home remedies to tackle a bed bug infestation:

Wash Everything in Hot Water

Hot water is quite effective at killing these bugs. High temperatures are an effective way to kill them without using any chemicals:

  • Remove all the beddings, pillow cases, and sleeping attire and put them in plastic bags.
  • Seal the plastic bags to prevent the insects from jumping onto other furniture as you carry the beddings to the washing area.
  • Wash everything using the hot water setting of your washing machine.
  • If the fabric allows it, dry everything on high heat.

This procedure will kill all the insects and eggs that are lodged in your beddings.

As you clean your beddings, vacuum clean everything else in your bedroom. Vacuum all the furniture, carpets, mattresses, curtains, and box springs. Vacuuming dislodges all the remaining bugs, eggs, and shells left in your bedroom.


As you vacuum, pay attention to any cracks, crevices, upholstered furniture, and wooden furniture. Once you finish vacuuming, dispose of the vacuum bag where it will be handled appropriately.

Steam Cleaning

If you are tackling a serious infestation, hot washing and vacuuming everything won’t be enough. Steam cleaning will prove particularly effective because it is even hotter and it penetrates even the hard to reach areas of the fabric. Use dry steam rather than wet steam to avoid ruining your fabric.

You can buy your own small steam cleaner or hire a bed bug company that uses industrial grade heating solutions. As a plus, hiring a company that specializes in bed bug removal will entail enlisting professional help.

Use Diatomaceous Earth

It is a powder that is made from organic remains of small aquatic creatures. It absorbs oils and fats from the pests thus dehydrating them. Sprinkle it in cracks and any other place where you may have spotted the bugs. It will take care of the rest.

Diatomaceous Earth is 90% effective. It is most effective if you use it after cleaning your beddings and vacuuming the bedroom as we have discussed above. It usually takes up to 10 days to kill the bedbugs. Apply it several times to exterminate the pests.

Essential Oil Solutions

Most essential oils have antibiotic, antiseptic, and pesticide-like properties. They are as effective at handling insects as they are at tackling bacterial and viral infections. They can, therefore, do a decent job eliminating bed bugs from your home. The notable ones include:

  • Tea tree Oil: It has proven effective at fighting small infestations. Dilute a few drops of the solution in water and put it in a spray bottle. Spray this solution around your bedroom once a week to exterminate the pests.
  • Lavender Oil: It is an effective bed bug repellant that you can use to both kill the insects and keep them at bay. It also destroys the eggs and larvae. It is often used together with peppermint.
  • Peppermint Oil: It is often used together with Lavender. It is best known for its repellant property. Peppermint leaves can also be crushed and deposited around the house to repel bedbugs.
  • Oregano Oil + Cayenne Pepper + Ginger: They can be used together to create a potent powder that bedbugs find very irritating. To make the solution, add these ingredients to some water and bring them to a boil. Spray the solution where bed bugs hide around the house.

Baking Soda

Apply a layer of the powder around the areas where bed bugs love to hide – mostly the doorways and the corners. Allow it to settle for one week and then vacuum it. Baking soda dehydrates the pests thereby killing them.

Do not allow bedbugs to interfere with your sleep. The only positive from all this is that they are not known to spread any serious disease. Use one or a combination of these remedies to handle the problem. Consider washing (with hot water) and vacuum cleaning as the fundamental steps before you use the other remedies. If the infestation gets out of hand, seek professional help.

About the author

Ann Hills

My name is Ann Hills and I am a food blogger and a yoga teacher. When I was a child, I often got around my mother and watched her cooking in our kitchen. My mom always says to me that: “Kitchen is the heart of any home”. I strongly believe in her saying that’s reason why I prefer spending my money to make my home better than other stuff.

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