Studies have shown, bed bugs date back to almost 115 million years ago, even before mankind walked on mother earth. It is also believed that these primal creatures fed on bats and early humans. Since these bugs have existed forever, they have been closely related to human species and proved to be a nuisance. During World War II bed bugs were exterminated by fumigation of Zyklon B.
However, due to its adverse effects, DDT was widely introduced in 20th century. Today bed bugs are completely resistant to DDT or similar insecticides. What’s more, these toxic compounds are proving to be detrimental for atmosphere. Therefore, using homemade, natural remedies has become extremely necessary.
So let’s start exploring our options of how to get rid of bed bugs safely, naturally and without an exterminator:
Safe, Cheap Bed Bug Removal from Your Home
Vacuum Cleaning Bed Bugs
Vacuum cleaning the affected areas thoroughly. And daily. A strong suction would ensure complete wipe out. Empty out all the dead bugs in an area as much far away from your home as possible.
Vinegar Repels Bed Bugs
The most reliable, protected method is to pick up an ingredient straight from your pantry, i.e. vinegar. Yes, spraying vinegar on those tiny criminals would inhibit their rapid growth. Although this is not a permanent solution, it can keep away pests for a long time. Try bringing vinegar directly in contact with the bugs to kill. Also, if convenient, soak your beddings in concentrated white vinegar for prompt results. Tip: Spray vinegar in every crook and corner or under tight places that could be their potential hiding place. However, the issue with most contact killer sprays is that they simply don’t get rid of bed bug eggs.
Essential Oils Deter Bedbugs
Essential oils are famous for treating many diseases and infestations. One such remedy for bedbugs is Tea Tree Oil. It cannot kill the bed bugs or eggs but can act as a repellent. Make a dilute solution by adding ten drops of tea tree oil in a spray bottle filled with water. Generously spray this mixture underneath the bed or inner spaces of furniture, especially if these are old or worn out.
Diatomaceous Earth: Best Natural Bed Bug Solution
Diatomaceous Earth is a miracle powder and one of the best antidotes for battling against bugs. It is made of sedimentary rocks that are powdered into white talc. Food-grade diatomaceous earth is safe, cheap and effective. The powder contains sharp-edged particles that penetrate the exoskeletons of bed bugs thus making them devoid of fluid retention essential for their survival.
Baking soda stops bed bugs too
Baking soda, a multipurpose substance. It is known to absorb moisture from different materials and also has the same effect on a bed bug’s body. Dehydrating their skin will eventually kill them. But there is a downside to this treatment; it will take a humongous amount of bicarbonate to do the job we’re looking for.
Steam Cleaning: Pricey But Good to Get Rid of Bed Bug Eggs
The fastest method to eradicate this agonizing invasion is to steam them to death. Steam cleaning (wet or dry) every possible place in your home will make sure that no area is left untreated. The high temperature of 140 degrees or above will guarantee banishing both adult bedbugs and their eggs for good. Just follow the steam cleaner’s instructions carefully.
Use Protective Mattress Covers Against Bed Bugs
Keep your beds encased in a protective cover that will suffocate these irritable beasts to death. A large sized Ziploc bag or a special bed bug mattress cover will starve them of human blood, making them vanish for keeps.
Natural Herbs to Eliminate Bedbugs
Many herbs such as mint, lavender and thyme are also effective against fleas and bed bugs. Avoiding chemicals and opting for natural cures is a great step but needs a lot of patience and religious routine treatment.