Get Rid of Bed Bugs Fast Naturally By Applying Diametecous Earth to Prevent Further Activity vs Steam and Laundering Everything You Own vs a Homemade Tea Tree Oil Bed Bug Repellent
Edited by Donna, Eng
The chemicals in the pesticides used to treat a bed bug infestation can be just as bad as the allergic reactions and respiratory problems that occur as a result of exposure to these common pests. The bed bug is an insidious attacker, nesting in floor crevices, extension cords, furniture crevices, pillows, comfortable and your mattress.
To get rid of bed bugs naturally, it is imperative that you act fast! Here is what you need to do to halt the infestation and prevent ones from occurring in the future.
The Tell-Tale Signs That You Have Bed Bugs
One of the reasons it is so difficult to deal with bed bugs is because it is like dealing with an unseen terror. They can bite you, even when they are at a size that is microscopic. Furthermore, they don't actually have to bite you for you to have a reaction to them. Thirty percent of people are allergic to the dead bodies, excretions and yellowish white shells they leave behind after a young one hatches.
To confirm that you are dealing with bed bugs and not some other type of infestation such as carpet beetles, fleas or dust mites, do the following:
- 1Bed bug bites are raised bumps that look like mosquito bites usually occur in threes. The nickname for this is the "Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner." However, you can also have single bites. You may also have welts, raised areas of inflammation surrounded by bright pink that indicate an allergy to the bugs and you and your pet may be incredibly itchy.Examine yourself and any pets for bed bug bites and reaction.Advertisement
- 2If you see little black specks, red specks, or even the bugs themselves, then you need to act immediately. Bed bugs also leave little white or yellow shells that indicate that they have hatched youngster there. It is recommended that you throw the mattress out.Look under your bed's mattress and along the seams of the mattress.Advertisement
- 7This is a favorite habitat of bed bugs because they feed off the tiny particles of flesh that cling to your clothing. Immediately throw out any infested clothing.Look inside your clothing drawers.
Once you have confirmed that you have them, whether you can see them or not, use one of the methods below to remove them
Method 1: By Applying Diametecous Earth to Prevent Further Activity
Diatomaceous earth is a chemical free agent that consists of very tiny sharp shards of a chalk like substance. It is chemical-free but the sharp bits of the chalk help cut the bed bugs legs so they cannot migrate and also the dry dust kills helps kill the dust and eggs.
Diatomaceous earth can cause respiratory issues, because it is dust, so you are not advised to apply it everywhere. In essence, it is dirt, that can be hard to clean up. Take the following steps to apply diatomaceous earth effectively:
- 1Lift your bed frame and mattress up and sprinkle a thin layer of the diatomaceous earth, which has the consistency of dust, between the mattress and bed frame and also underneath your bed. If you are not throwing your bed out this will help reduce the bed bug activity within your bed.Apply beneath your mattress frame and between the frame and the mattress.
- 3Apply around plumbing and any nooks or crevices.Apply the dust at the back of kitchen and bathroom cupboards.
Method 2: By Applying Steam and Laundering Everything You Own
Bedbugs hide everywhere, in your shoes, your clothes hangers, your kitchen appliances and in cosmetics. Cleaning your entire dwelling can be a daunting prospect, but it must be done, or you could be so overwhelmed that you may not have any choice but to have a pesticide treatment.
After you have thrown out everything that you believe might be infested your counter-attack on the bed bug invasion by taking the following steps.
- 1Disinfect the mattress with Dettol or similar anti-bacterial sanitizer and use a hand steamer, such as the H20 steamer to kill any bugs and their eggs. Let air dry, in the sun if possible or simply throw open your Windows and let the sun and fresh air in your home.Start with the bedroom and throw out your mattress if necessary.Advertisement
- 3Be sure to wash on using the hot setting and to dry for at least 45 minutes. For items that are dry clean only, you may have to tumble dry them for 45 minutes beforehand to avoid taking your bug infestation to the dry cleaning establishment. You can steam leather items with a hand steamer, paying close attention to steaming the seams in the lining of the clothing.Remove all clothing from drawers and closets and launder it.
- 5Bed bugs die when kept at a temperature below 22 degrees F for three days. If it is winter and it is cold outside, then you can place your bed, linens and clothing outside and solve the problem that way. Otherwise you can use a freezer. This is helpful for clothing that cannot be washed or dry cleaned. Make sure the freezer is set to a temperature that is cold enough before you try this method.Consider putting your sheets, clothes and pillows in the freezer.
- 6The contents of all shelving, including everything on your kitchen shelves must be removed and the shelves sanitized with disinfectant, wiped thoroughly and then steamed with a hand steamer. Then apply a Homemade Tea Tree Oil Bug Repellent Spray (recipe below) to clean it. It is best to store your things outside or in one corner of your home to try and contain any remaining infestation. It is also a good idea to steam the inside of your refrigerator and stove.Empty all cupboards and closets in your home and steam the surfaces.
- 7Spray the tea tree oil everywhere. Do not wipe clean. It is strong smelling but the scent will evaporate within five minutes. Then steam all of the surfaces, including all floors, paying special attention to any crevices or cracks.Apply Homemade Tea Tree Oil Bed Bug Repellent with a mop or rag to all surfaces, including the floors.
Method 3: By Applying a Homemade Tea Tree Oil Bed Bug Repellent
Tea tree oil is quite effective when it comes to repelling bed begs. The best way to use it is in conjunction with steam to make a homemade concoction.
You will need:
- 100% strength tea tree oil (available at drug stores and natural health stores)
- A eight ounce glass spray bottle (use glass bottles always and not plastic because tea tree oil degrades plastic)
- 1Fill the glass spray bottle with six ounces of water.Advertisement
- 3Cap the bottle and shake the mixture well.
- 4Spray the infested areas as required.Advertisement
You can double or triple the recipe for making this batch if necessary. You can use it with a lesser dilution or even full strength but be aware that tea tree oil can eat away at wood and fabrics, as well as cause discoloration. It is best to use it diluted.
Also note that it is normal for the mixture to turn a milky white after a day or two and that it is still safe to use.
Tips and Tricks
- It is crucial to remove pets from the home while you are cleaning and applying tea tree oil as tea tree oil is very pungent; it can be hard on the respiratory system of smaller pets like hamsters and cats
- Be aware that dormant can be triggered into action by vibrations, so clean gently when using vacuum cleaners to avoid another infestation.
- Do bring your laundry back in the same bags that you took them to the Laundromat in or to your own washer and dryer or you could just bring them back into your home.
- After drying your clothes, be sure to clean out the lint trap to avoid infestation of yourself and others
If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please post in the comments section below.