7 Simple and Natural Ways To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs
Bedbugs aren't really a topic we relish talking about, but they are far more common than we'd like to think. That's why it's important to shed some light on bed bugs, how we get them, and, even better – how we can remove them naturally. That's right; you don't have to use heavy-duty chemicals to eliminate these pests. Here are 7 simple and natural ways to get rid of bed bugs.
Although their populations seemed to have been kept in check over the past several decades, in recent years, bed bugs have been making a major comeback. The reasons for this are many, and can be discussed in greater detail in another article. For now, it's important to know what bed bugs are and how to detect them, so we can send them packing. Bed bugs are from the Cimicidae family. Bed bugs are crawling insects that do not fly. Fully-grown bed bugs are about the size of an apple seed. Their bodies are flat-backed and oval-shaped, and they are a brownish-red colour that becomes redder after they've had a blood meal. The bed bug's flat body enables it to crawl into tiny, narrow spaces, and bed bugs are expert hiders. Evidence of bed bugs are their droppings, which look very much like tiny black spots, sometimes mixed with stains of blood. They also like to hang out in groups. A gathering of bed bugs can be detected by their scent, which has been described as “sickly-sweet”. Bed bugs are nocturnal; they only come out at night to feed on their human hosts. Just the thought of bed bugs lurking in a mattress or near the bed can be enough to give anyone insomnia. It's difficult to imagine something sucking our blood while we are in our most relaxed and vulnerable state, but please do know they are completely eradicable and there are measures you can take to prevent yourself from ever getting them as well.
Bed bug infestations can happen to anybody, regardless of income or cleanliness habits. Bed bugs don't care how rich you are or how often you change your bed or vacuum your carpet; they only care about getting enough to eat. Bed bugs can be picked up in hotel rooms, motel rooms, lockers, cars, and theatre seats – wherever people go, bed bugs are sure to follow. They will hitch rides in clothes, footwear, luggage, purses, laptop bags, and anything else they can burrow into. Bed bugs can also crawl through cracks in walls and travel from room to room, apartment to apartment. As prevention is always better than the cure itself, it's very helpful to know there are natural bed bug repellents you can use while you're travelling, that can potentially keep you from bringing them home. These natural bed bug deterrents are essential oils like peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil, rosemary oil, cinnamon oil, tea tree oil, thyme oil, clove oil, and lemongrass oil. Pick 2-3 of your favourites and blend a few drops of each into a cup of distilled water. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and spray it all over your belongings to keep the bed bugs at bay. You can also combine a few drops of your favourite oils in a cup of carrier oil like grapeseed oil, olive oil, or almond oil, and rub it into your skin at night to keep bed bugs from biting. As with any herbal remedy, natural remedy, or essential oil, always be sure to do some extra research before you start using it.
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