4 Home Remedies for Bed Bugs

home remedies for bed bugs

If you get bed bugs in your home, you are in for a rough time. They are a terrible pest that is very difficult to get rid of, that breeds quickly, and feeds on the blood of your family at night. They are tiny creatures who can live in a variety of nooks and crannies, infesting your whole home. It is very expensive to hire an exterminator to fumigate your home, and many people simply can’t afford it or don’t want those harsh chemicals introduced to their homes. There are foggers that you can buy at the store, but they are dangerous to your family, and they don’t actually work. They don’t get into all of the little hiding places where bed bugs tuck themselves away. This is why home remedies for bed bugs are really the best option available to you.

Today, we’ll tell you how to recognize a bed bug infestation in your home, how they spread, and how to use home remedies to get rid of bed bugs.

How to Recognize a Bed Bug Infestation in Your Home

There are multiple signs to look for to recognize a bed bug infestation in your home. For example:

  • Itchy bug bites when you wake up (see image below).
  • Tiny black dots, fecal matter of the bugs, in or around your bed.
  • Actual bed bugs crawling in your home (see image below).

Bed bug bites look like this:

home remedies for bed bugs

Bed bugs look like this:

home remedies for bed bugs

How Bed Bugs Spread Between Homes

Many people fear that they can get or spread bed bugs through casual interaction with others. Fortunately, this is an unlikely scenario. Bed bugs do not like to hide on people or in their clothes. They prefer to hide in safer and more secure location. You are more likely to get or spread bed bugs from one home to another through luggage, bedding, backpacks, used furniture, and mattresses. If you have bed bugs, then you should avoid spreading them by not staying the night in other people’s homes or in hotels. If you must do so, then leave your luggage in your vehicle, and only bring in what you need. You should also not give away or sell any furniture in your home. Once you have bed bugs, you need to know how to manage the problem and get rid of bed bugs with a good bed bug home remedy.

1 Home Remedies for Bed Bugs with Baking Soda & Steam

Baking soda and steam cleaning are both very effective in home remedies for getting rid of bed bugs. The baking soda dries out the moisture from the bed bugs’ bodies and has antimicrobial properties that will quickly destroy them.  It also works as an effective home remedy for fleas. Then, the steam from a steam cleaner raises the temperature of all treated surfaces until the bed bugs can’t survive it. If you treat with steam that is 113 degrees F, then this is much too hot for bed bugs to live through it. The steam will also get through all of the materials where the bugs and eggs are hiding. Use the following steps to get rid of bed bugs with baking soda and steam.

You will need…

  • A lot of baking soda
  • A vacuum
  • A steam cleaner

The Process

  1. Spread baking soda in all of the nooks, crannies, and crevices of your home.
  2. Leave for 3 days.
  3. Vacuum up everywhere.
  4. Steam clean your carpets and furniture (avoid doing so around outlets).
  5. Repeat the process.

2 Home Remedies for Bed Bugs with Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne pepper is used to get rid of bugs in gardens and in homes. It is an antimicrobial that has a powerful smell to bed bugs and prevents them from spreading through your home and multiplying. This remedy includes oregano and ginger as well, which add to the smell in a solution that will help to get rid of bed bugs naturally without costing you an arm and a leg. Use the following instructions to create your own cayenne pepper home remedy for bed bugs.

home remedies for bed bugs cayenne

You will need…

  • 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of grated ginger
  • 2 cups of water
  • Boiling pot
  • Spray bottle

The Process

  1. Boil 2 cups of water in a pot.
  2. Add 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper, 1 teaspoon of oregano, and 1 teaspoon of grated ginger.
  3. Strain the solution into a spray bottle.
  4. Spray the entrances of your home and all bed bug hiding places.

3 Home Remedies for Bed Bugs with Diatomaceous Earth

If you have never heard of diatomaceous earth, or DE, then this is an excellent non-chemical bed bug remedy that you’ll want to know about and try. It will take 10 days or more to work, but it has a more than 90% mortality rate for the bed bugs in your home. DE is a white powder, crumbled from a soft rock. It’s used for many things and is considered safe. It destroys the exoskeleton, dehydrates, dries out, and kills bed bugs and other insects. Use this home remedy for bed bugs with diatomaceous earth.

You will need…

  • 1 bag of diatomaceous earth (you can purchase this at most stores).

The Process

  1. Simply follow the instructions on the bag to spread the DE throughout your home.
  2. Add the product to all cracks and crevices in your home, especially the areas around beds.

4 Tea Tree Oil in Home Remedies for Bed Bugs

Tea tree oil is one of the best and most frequently used essential oils in home remedies. It is nature’s own miracle insecticide, and it is used in treatments for lice and jock itch remedies, too. Tea tree oil is an antimicrobial, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral ingredient. It works to repel and kill bed bugs and other pests by soaking into the exoskeleton and suffocating the bug. Use the following home remedy for bed bugs with tea tree oil to eradicate the infestation in your home.

home remedies for bed bugs tea tree oil

You will need…

  • 2 cups of water
  • 30 drops of tea tree oil
  • Spray bottle

The Process

  1. Warm up 2 cups of water (not hot).
  2. Add 30 drops of tea tree oil to the water.
  3. Place this solution in a spray bottle.
  4. Spray your bedding, furniture, curtains, mattresses, etc. and all cracks and crevices.
  5. Repeat once each week.

Let us know in the comments how these home remedies for bed bugs work for your home.