[toc]Bed Bugs are small parasitic insects which suck the blood to gain nourishment for their survival. Bed bugs usually spread by being carried from one carrier to another. These parasitic insects hide in the clothes, mattresses of the beds etc., and come out only a person comes in contact with their hiding place. The feeding of the blood by the bed bugs from humans is not at all painful, as they release substances which immediately numbs the area from where they are feeding. They also release chemicals which stop the blood from coagulating, so that the bed bugs can feed without interruption.
Mild allergic reaction like Red bite marks and itching on the body, are the only two symptoms which a person experiences when he/she is bitten by a bed bug. The bed bug bites are often treated with a normal astringent and antiseptic cream. Below mentioned are some very effective herbal remedies for repelling bed bugs and driving them away.
9 Herbal Remedies For Bed Bugs
Lavender is one of the best bed bug repellent herbal remedy available. The taste and smell of Lavender helps in getting rid of the bed bugs by repelling them and prevents them from coming back. Lavender is also very effective in reducing the pain, irritation of skin and redness associated with bed bug bites. This herb helps in providing a soothing sensation to the skin and is a natural antiseptic.
Lavender can be mixed with water or alcohol and applied on the bed bud infected areas to get rid of them. It can also be sprayed on the body and used for washing clothes to repel bed bugs from biting. Fresh or dried Lavender flowers can be used to make sachet and kept under the mattress to repel bed bugs and prevent them from coming back.
Cayenne Pepper is another very powerful herbal remedy used since ancient times by the people to get rid of bed bugs. The smell of Cayenne Pepper is very unpleasant for the bed bugs which causes them to flee the mattresses and furniture. Cayenne Pepper does not kill the bed bugs but only repels them.
Cayenne Pepper can be sprayed on the surfaces inhabited with bed bugs to drive them away. It can also be used in form of sachet in combination with other herbs and placed strategically on the mattresses to repel the bed bugs.
Garlic is yet another very effective bed bug repellent available since ancient times. Garlic has a very pungent smell and taste which helps in repelling the bed bugs and prevents them from coming back. Garlic can be used in combination with cayenne pepper for better effect.
Garlic cloves can be placed under the bed and mattresses to repel the bed bugs and even destroy their larvae. Garlic can also be used in form of sachet, sprays etc.
Peppermint is yet another herbal remedy very effective in not only repelling the bed bugs but also eventually killing them. Pulegone is the main constituent of Peppermint which irritates the bed bugs and drives them away from the beds and mattresses. It is also very effective in destroying their exoskeleton, which ultimately kills the bed bugs.
Peppermint oil is especially very effective in getting rid of bed bugs and prevents them from coming back. It can be used in form of bed bug repellent sprays on the furniture and beds. It can also be rubbed on the skin to avoid bed bug bites.
Tea Tree oil has been used since centuries as a powerful herbal remedy to repel and kill the bed bugs. Tea tree leaves contain terpenoids, which help in repelling the bed bugs and other insects as well. Tea tree oil is also mainly used to repel the bed bugs but not kill them.
Tea Tree oil sprays can be used to coat furniture surfaces infected by the bed bugs. Tea tree oil can also be applied to the surface of the skin to get relief from bed bug bites and prevent them from biting you again.
Eucalyptus oil is yet another very effective and useful herbal remedy to get rid of bed bugs. Eucalyptus oil is non-toxic in nature and its smell is very effective in repelling bed bugs. The oil of Eucalyptus helps in killing the bed bugs and its larvae, thus preventing their population from growing.
Eucalyptus oil is a very effective insect repellent and can be used to spray beds and other surfaces to prevent bed bugs and drive away the existing ones.
Black walnuts is very effective in destroying the bed bugs and their larvae, thus eliminating them completely. Black walnut is a very effective natural insect repellent and is used for getting rid of bed bugs. Black Walnut contains chemicals known as juglone, which at as natural bed bug repellent.
Black walnuts can be spread on the bed mattress to drive the bed bugs away and prevent them from coming back. It can also be combined with other herbs like rosemary, thyme etc., to form a sachet for repelling bed bugs permanently.
Rosemary has also been used traditionally to get rid of bed bugs. Rosemary contains chemicals which help in repelling insect and driving them away from the mattresses. Rosemary oil is equally beneficial and effective in killing the eggs of bed bugs and keeping them at bay.
Rosemary does not kill the bed bugs but only helps in repelling them. The taste and smell of Rosemary is very irritating for the bed bugs and encourages them to flee the mattress. Rosemary can also be scattered under the mattress or used in form of sachet to prevent bed bugs.
Canola oil is very effective in killing the bedbugs and preventing them from infecting the bed mattress. Canola oil also helps in arresting the growth of the eggs of bed bug, thus preventing them from hatching and growing in number. Canola oil is used for making many herbal formulas for bed bugs.
Canola oil can be used to scrub the bed bugs infected furniture. It can also be used in for of sprays and herbal sachet in combination with other herbs like cilantro, thyme, rosemary etc., to repel the bed bugs and prevent them from spreading further.