11 Natural Remedies to Eliminate Bed Bugs for Good – Recipes Included

5. Thyme

Thymol concentrate or thyme oil are good as bed bug repellents and are also good deterrents when it comes to the egg by mites.

How to Make

Take a thyme stick and tie it in a cotton cloth. Burn that in the infested room or around the areas in your house where you believe the bed bugs live.

Another thing you can do is to put thyme leaves in net bags. Place these bags in the infested areas.

Every third day you will need to replace the old bags with new ones. To be sure that the bed bugs are killed, you will need to this for 1 month.

6. Citronella Spray

Citronella or more commonly known as lemongrass is effective essential oil that can help kill bed bugs and their eggs.

It is believed that this oil can increase the acidic condition within the parasites and that will eliminate them. And the smell also helps to eliminate them.

How to Make

In a small bowl of water put 10 drops of citronella oil. Put the mixture in a spray bottle, and all you need to do is spray and shake. And wait for the essential oil to do its work.

7. Bean Leaves

According to studies, bean leaves have trichomes i.e. microscopic hairs on their surface. These hairs entangle the bugs which mean they stop them. The hairs hook onto the legs of the bugs and trap them.

How to Make

Put kidney bean leaves everywhere around the house. You can even put them under your mattress.

Leave them for couple days and then replace them with fresh ones. If you want, you can replace the leaves every day.

This works because when you throw out the leaves, the bug won’t be able to return.

8. Eucalyptus Oil Spray

You can see eucalyptus trees in a lot of places. The essential oil that is in its foliage is used in perfumes, good and pharmaceuticals. Also, it is used as a repellent.

It is believed that the eucalyptus oil can exhibit ovicidal activity. Also, it can act as a repellent against mites, bacteria, nematodes, fungi, weeds, and insects.

How to Make

Make your own eucalyptus oil spray. You will need to mix 2 ounces water, 30 drops of this oil and 1,5 ounces vodka or witch hazel.

Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and shake it. Spray the mixture everywhere you believe that there are bed bugs. Remember to spray every 2 hours when you are at home.

9. Sweet Flag

Acorus Calmus i.e. sweet flag is perennial, a semi-aquatic plant that you can find in America and Eurasia. It has gained importance thanks to its fragrant and rhizome oils. It is used for medicinally and insecticidal properties.

According to recent studies, it also has antibacterial and antifungal properties. And its antimicrobial property is what makes the sweet flag useful when it comes to eliminating bed bugs.

How to Make

Make a spray by boiling in 1-liter water,  50 grams of turmeric powder and 100 grams sweet flag. Boil the mixture for 1 hour.

After one hour, take the mixture and keep it for 1 day in a closed container.

After one day, you can dilute and filter the mixture in 10 times the water.

Finally, put it in a spray bottle and spray where you need to.

10. Orange Essential Oil

This essential oil has d-limonene. The d-limonene is known as an insecticide. It is actually a nerve toxin that can kill the insects and bugs within minutes.

How to Make

Make your own solution. In 4 liter of water mix 2 ounces of orange essential oil, 1 cup of compost tea and 1 ounce of blackstrap molasses.

Mix all things together. Put the mixture in a spray bottle, shake and spray.

11. Neem Oil

For a long time, the neem oil is used for different insecticidal and medicinal properties. In fact, the seeds, the leaf and the tree, everything is used for medicine and is very beneficial.

According to studies, the cold pressed neem oil can repeal a lot of pests, and it is highly toxic.

Also, it has high properties when it comes to larval growth inhibition.

How to Make

To make your own spray, in 4 ounces of water put 1 ounce of concentrated neem oil. Also, put ½ tsp. of soap to emulsify the mixture.

You will need to mix well. Take the mixture and put it in a spray bottle.

You can use it to spray and wipe walls, sheets, beds, and crevices. Use it in all places where the bed bugs hide.

In the first 3 days, you will need to spray 3 times per day. Then for 18 days, you will need to use this solution, but you will only need to do that every alternate day.

The essential oils are effective when it comes to eliminating bed bugs because they act as cytotoxins. Which means that they destroy the membranes of the bed bugs.

Start today and stay safe from bed bugs.

Source Plos | Academic Journals | NCBI | The Royal Society Publishing | Journal of Economic Entomology | Economic Botany | Wiley Online Library

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