When we crawl into bed at night, the last thing we want is to have any bugs join us. We do everything we can to ensure we don’t have any type of bugs around our home by getting a professional to spray our yard, inside cabinets, and even the attic. However, what about the tiny bugs that we may not be able to see? What about bed bugs?
Perhaps you just moved into a new home, or you just came back from staying in a hotel while on vacation. Now you are finding little tiny bed bugs throughout the bedrooms of your home. You have heard of how other people have dealt with bed bugs in the past, but now you are overwhelmed with what to do next. Dealing with bugs outside can be a pain, but when they invade your home – it’s a completely different story.
According to Earth Clinic, bed bugs are brown, small, and round insects that bite humans and animals while feeding off of their blood. Their bodies start out looking flat, almost like a plant seed, and as they feed on more and more blood, their bodies start to fill up and become even a little red. They usually feed at night, which is why we have such a hard time spotting them. The good news is, they do not transmit disease however.
These insects are tricky because usually they arrive at your home from somewhere else you may have picked them up from–most popularly, hotel rooms. They can infest the cleanest of homes or even the dirtiest of homes. They love hiding in your bed frames, box springs, mattresses, furniture, and even your linens. The even more bad news is that the females can lay hundreds of eggs according to WebMD.
Once you discover that you have a bed bug problem, you have two options. You can either call an exterminator, or you can try to eliminate the problem yourself with home remedies. Earth Clinic recommends that if you want to go the natural home remedy route, that cinnamon actually acts as a poison to bed bugs. By sprinkling cinnamon around your bedframe, mattress, and linen areas, you can eliminate them right away. Livestrong recommends that you sprinkle the infected areas with baby powder, as the powder will actually suffocate the bed bugs.
If you or any of your family members have been bitten by bed bugs, here are some home remedies to treat the bites:
- Aloe – The amino acids and active compounds can reduce the inflammation caused by the bite.
- Apple Cider Vinegar – This type of vinegar contains an acid called acetic, which can help give you relief, especially when those bites start burning or itching.
- Basil – By crushing up some basil leaves, and applying it directly to your bite area, it can help relieve your itching.
- Calamine Lotion – Zinc oxide lies within calamine lotion, and so applying this on the areas that have been bitten can reduce any inflammation or itching you may be having.
- Peppermint – Since this has a cooling tendency, by placing a few drops on your bite area, you won’t remember it is there, which means you won’t try to itch it and can let it heal.
- Tea Tree Oil – Serving as an antimicrobial agent, this oil helps remove any bacteria left behind from the bite according to Dr. Mercola.
- Witch Hazel – The tannin chemicals found within witch hazel can help fight bacteria, and can reduce swelling and itching from bites.
Bed bugs, like any other infestation of insects, are not easy to get rid of. However, if you have recognized that you do in fact have an infestation in your home, that is step one. Eliminating them is step two, while treating any bites or preventing them from returning is step three. It is doable to get rid of them, you just have to stay on top of the problem.
Sealing any cracks in your home with caulk is another good way to eliminate bed bugs, as well as other unwanted pests from your home. Remember to wash your linens often, examine around your bed area for bed bugs, and try to eliminate clutter.