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Natural pesticides for bed bugs

Ban bed bugs naturally.
Ban bed bugs naturally.
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Go green with these natural pesticides for bed bugs. The ingredients might surprise you. Most are found in your kitchen or herb garden. Bed bugs are invasive and as difficult to get rid of as roaches. The difference is, bed bugs bite! Stop letting bed bugs infest your home. Use these all natural pesticides for bed bugs.

The sun

The heat and radiation of the sun kills bed bugs and their eggs. Wash all clothing and bedding in hot soapy water. Hang it in the sun to dry while you use natural pesticides in the home. On a hot day, wrap mattresses in plastic and leave in the sun after spraying with natural pesticides. The additional heat will help accelerate the power of the pesticides.

Soapy water

Soapy water kills bed bugs on contact. Make a soapy pesticide by mixing all natural, biodegradable dish soap with water. Mix dish soap in a spray bottle filled with water. Resting bed posts in containers of soapy water will keep bed bugs from climbing up and into the bed. Grease bedposts with petroleum jelly as a water repellent bug slide. Bed bugs do not jump or fly so this is their only path to the food source (you).

Mint and lavender

These pleasing herbs are deadly to bed bugs. Make a mint and lavender tea as a green pesticide for bed bugs. Spray baseboards, cracks and crevices with the tea. This is also nice to use on mattresses, pillows and bed covers. The fresh scent of lavender keeps bugs away as it floats you to sleep. A lavender and mint sachet works great under the pillow or between mattress and box springs as a bed bug deterrent.

Garlic, cayenne and oregano

These potent natural pesticides fight bed bugs with their pungent aroma. Put a couple cloves of garlic and a tablespoon each of cayenne powder and oregano in a tea ball or cheesecloth. Simmer in a pot of boiling water. Pour into a spray bottle when cooled. Spray baseboards, cracks and crevices in the whole house to keep bed bugs at bay. Spray between mattress and box springs to discourage infestation.

Tea tree oil and other personal repellents

These pesticides are safe for most people to apply to the skin. Simply mix 10 drops of essential oil with ½ cup olive oil and use as a lotion. The essential oils that work best are tea tree, oregano, and lavender. Bed bugs often bite between toes. Check for allergies by applying a small amount first. Wait 24 hours to see if there is a reaction. If not, put a generous amount all over the feet, legs and toes. The added bonus to these natural pesticides is their skin softening and healing properties.



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This article was previously published by this author on Yahoo! It has been updated and revised for Examiner.

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