Bedbugs are tiny insects that feed on live animals and human bodies. Due to their tiny size, bed bugs are easily transported from place to place via luggage, clothing, furniture, bedding, and even human bodies. Hence, they can be found anywhere, whether in a home or public place such as hotels.
Bed bugs cannot fly; however, they can move anywhere undetected due to their tiny size. Bed bugs have flat bodies that require almost no space at all for them to fit in and move without hassle.
How Bed bugs Feed
The only food bed bugs need is you. They feed on human blood. Usually, they identify the presence of a human by the Carbon dioxide concentration around. When bed bugs bite, you can identify it by spots on your skin usually around your ankles. Bed bugs used to be a common public health issue sometime in mid-twenties. They declined but in recent times have undergone a worldwide resurgence since they are now resistant to common sprays and insecticides.
Getting rid of bed bugs can be difficult. Most chemical solutions sold in the market can be expensive and might cause harm to human health. However, there are many other proven methods of getting rid of these pests and you will find this in this article.
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How to get rid of Bed bugs
Check the Common Hiding Spots
The first thing you must do is check out the places you believe the bugs might be hiding. There are a number of places in your house that they might really like. Their common spots are usually dark, warm and wet. Ensure you check them all and clean them up. Pay special attention to the insides of your furniture, under your mattress and bedsheets, under wall decorations such as wallpapers, etc. Beg bugs can also be found in electric sockets, so try to carefully disassemble the nearest one to your bed.
Mint leaves are easy to find in Nigeria. They also serve as a natural repellent to insects. Most insects hate the smell of this plant, including bed bugs.
How to use mint leaves to get rid of bed bugs in the home
Crush some mint leaves into smaller pieces and put it around your sleeping area, both for children and adults. You can also dry up mint leaves and put them between your clothes and mattress. The mint leaf will dry up the bed bugs in the soonest time. Ensure you repeat this exercise every 3-5 days for the best results. The use of mint leaf is an effective way to get rid of bed bugs from entering your homes.
Essential oils such as citronella, eucalyptus, tea tree oil, lavender, mint, and rosemary work are most effective in potency and time in getting rid of bed bugs in your home or office. If you want to make use of tea tree oil in your home, you must be very careful especially if you have children or pests as this can be very harmful to them. This method is clean and stress-free.
How to make use of Essential oil in getting rid of bed bugs
Put a few drops of essential oil on a ball of small cotton wool and rub it on common hiding places of bed bugs such as the bed frame, bed, corners of your furniture, etc.
Repeat this exercise daily till you see results.
This is one of the best solutions in getting rid of bed bugs in your home. Turmeric powder includes a substance called curcumin. This is a strong antimicrobial substance that creates non-conducive conditions for bed bugs. Curcumin depletes the oxygen level inside the mattresses and this leads to death of the bugs. The bug will die in these conditions after a few minutes. All you need is a bowl of turmeric powder. Carefully spread the powder on your bedding materials and other hiding places. Do this exercise regularly so as to get rid of the bed bugs faster.
This is another effective way of getting rid of bed bugs. Baking soda works by sucking out the moisture present on the bugs and this eventually causes their death. You will need half bowl of baking soda. Put the soda in all the common hiding places of the bed bug, then clean up the soda after three days. Repeat the exercise and your home will be free of bed bugs in no time.
Vinegar is a common kitchen ingredient and hence is one of the most common ways to get rid of bugs. However, vinegar can only kill bedbugs by destroying their nervous system, it cannot kill their eggs.
How to use vinegar in getting rid of bed bugs
Apply white distilled vinegar on the edges of the home materials that show signs of bug infestation, such as beddings. You can also put vinegar in a spray bottle and spray liberally on the bedbugs.
Rubbing alcohol is used in killing insects by dissolving their cells. The skin of the bedbugs dries up if it comes in contact with rubbing alcohol, then they die. This can be used successfully to treat the infestation of bedbugs.
Cayenne pepper, ginger, and oregano
Make a mixture of cayenne pepper, ginger and oregano oil in getting rid of Bed bugs. It is one of the most trusted ways to get rid of bugs. Oregano oil is a spice mostly used in Italian foods. You can get it at a super market. Cayenne pepper is what is often referred to as ‘Sombo’ in Nigeria. Cayenne pepper is grinded Sombo. The spiciness of ginger and cayenne pepper and the strong smell of oregano oil repel the bed bugs. All you need is one teaspoon of cayenne pepper, “shombo” one teaspoon of grated ginger and one teaspoon of oregano with one cup of diluted water. Mix these natural ingredients together and boil for about seven minutes. Strain the solution and then spray this liquid at the entrance of the rooms. Wear a hand glove and keep your nostrils covered up for security purposes. Do it regularly to get rid of bed bug infestation.
If you ever find yourself in the position of a bed bug infestation, ensure you treat it quickly with any of the remedies mentioned above.