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3 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Bed Bugs at Home

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The best way to get rid of bed bugs is by enlisting the help from professional bed bug exterminator through the used of chemicals and heat treatment. However, some natural remedies are believed might help to treat the infestations that might occur.

How to prevent bed bugs naturally with home remedies?

  • Baking soda
  • Baby powder
  • Lavender oil

Find out more whether these DIY natural remedies below will effectively help you to get rid of bed bugs in your home.

Baking Soda

When talking home remedies for bed bugs, baking soda is one of the most versatile home remedies in your pantry and often a popular option. But can baking soda kill bed bugs?

Baking soda is absorbing the surface fluids on the waxy layer of a bed bug’s shell and cause them to dehydrate. Additionally, the small granules of baking soda can cut into a bed bugs shell and cause internal bleeding.

Method

The method around this popular DIY bed bug treatment is to sprinkle baking soda around the areas which bed bugs typically inhabit such as the mattress and the area around your bed. After a few days, you’re supposed to vacuum it up and repeat the process.

Can baking soda kill bed bugs?

There is no scientific evidence to suggest that baking soda is a successful home remedy for bed bugs. Baking soda actually breaks down when it comes into contact with water, so the idea that it can absorb the thick fluids found on a bed bug shell is quite questionable.

Although it may seem to work in some instances it is not a guaranteed fix to fully remove a bed bug infestation from a property.

Baby Powder

Who would have thoughts that baby powder is also a popular home remedy for bed bugs? Baby powder, or any powder containing talc is toxic to bugs of most kinds. But, how effective is it?

Method

There are two methods for using talcum powder to get rid of bed bugs. They are:

  1. Sprinkle baby powder around the bed bug hotspots such as around your bed frames and/or underneath your bedroom furniture.
  2. Create a trap by putting some baby powder in a bowl and placing them underneath your bed. Bed bugs will be able to get into the bowl but the baby powder will make it too slippery for them to get out.

Can baby powder kill bed bugs?

Like with baking powder, there is no scientific evidence to support the idea of talcum powder getting rid of bed bugs by causing them to dehydrate. This is because the powder is not sharp enough to penetrate a bed bug’s exoskeleton.

However, using talcum powder as part of a bed bug trap does have some success, but it does not fully eradicate a bed bug problem.

Lavender Oil

Lavender oil have has many uses that you never imagined at home. Long time known to support the body's own healing system; a few drop of lavender oil are good for relaxation and stress-relief.

On other hand, lavender oil turns out can also be used as natural remedies to kill bed bugs at home that worth to try. It is because lavender oil produces toxic smell that bed bugs really hates. Does lavender oil effectively repel bed bugs?

Method

You have to mix 10-15 drops of lavender oil with 50 ml water in a spray bottle. Spray it directly into the areas where the bed bug infestation can be seen.

Can lavender oil kill bed bugs?

Though lavender oil could repel bed bugs away from the area; it can not mean that your bed bug problem is completely done.

Bed bugs may just avoid the area where you sprayed the lavender oil. Afterwards, they will move away and shift around to find another spot in the house suitable for mating and breeding.

Get Rid of Bed Bugs: DIY vs Professional Help?

Combining both residual spray and steamer: Rentokil’s new bed bug treatment program promotes a fast knockout with longer residual control.

It also comes with a fast response service team who can attend to your urgent bed bug worry right away. Because we understand the urgency if bed bug bites are keeping you up all night.

If you think you have a bed bug problem, get in contact with Rentokil today.