If finding one bed bug fills you with fear and dismay, the discovery of a bed bug infestation can result in nothing less than sheer horror. Distressing as bed bugs are, natural remedies are quite effective and work quickly. A home made spray that contains cinnamon oil is a solution that is pleasant for you but deadly to bed bugs, and it every works quickly.
Unfortunately bed bug problems are on the rise. No matter how clean you keep your home it is not too difficult to pick up bed bugs unawares and bring them to your own space.
While it is usually assumed that bed bugs come from cheap hotels, it is possible to get them from even expensive hotels, library books, used furniture or even neighboring apartments.
Bed Bug Spray Recipe
- 1 ounce cinnamon essential oil
- 8 ounce container of witch hazel
- 1 gallon water
Combine essential oil and witch hazel. Add the gallon of water. Put your solution into a spray bottle. Shake well before and during application. Spray on and around mattresses and bedding. Spray under the bed. Spray baseboards, other furniture and carpets as needed. A light misting should be adequate. You don’t need to drench everything. Repeat the process every three days for a couple of weeks, then move to a weekly or monthly spraying as needed.
Cedar is also an effective remedy for many different bugs. You can make your own cedar spray using an ounce of cedar oil instead of cinnamon oil in the above recipe, or you can purchase a premade cedar spray.
Food grade diatomaceous earth, usually found at farm and home stores or online, works to kill small bugs but dehydrating them. You can sprinkle diatomaceous earth onto furniture, under furniture, into carpets and along baseboards. This remedy is preferred over the cinnamon or cedar oil remedies for those who are sensitive to smells. It can take longer to work, however.
Using the hottest setting on a hair dryer and heating up all of the areas where bed bugs are suspected can kill the bugs and their eggs.
Natural Remedies for Bed Bug Bites
Apple Cider Vinegar
Mix 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and 2 tablespoons of water in a container. Use a cottonball to apply the solution to bites as often as desired to reduce itch and inflammation.
If you have many bites, turmeric, taken internally can relieve the itch and help the bites to heal more quickly. Take 1 teaspoon of turmeric in a glass of milk. Follow the remedy with a glass of water to avoid the risk of constipation from the turmeric.
Baking soda and water can be mixed together to make a paste that will relieve the itch and irritation of bed bug bites.
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***Many thanks to Tara from Tennessee for sharing her special recipe for home made cinnamon oil spray with us!***