The Best Way to Get Rid of Bedbugs & Microscopic Pests Posted on 13 Nov 10:18
Your bed is that one place you can always feel safe, warm, and cozy. But what if I told you that there are likely some very real (and very nasty) crawling critters sharing that space with you? Well… there probably are.
You might be shocked to find out that your bed, throw pillows, carpets, and drapes are home to thousands of microscopic pests including parasitic bedbugs and dust mites. These little critters make their home in your linens and can be found in especially large numbers in your bed. This is because dead skin cells, blood, sweat, and other body fluids can tend to build up there, providing a food source for these types of bugs.
While you might think that your linens are clean, it is very likely that they a breeding ground for bugs. This year, the national Pest Management Association suggested that bedbug infestation is actually on the rise, reporting an 81% increase in calls to pest companies since 2000.
HOW TO PREVENT THE GROWTH OF BEDBUGS AND DUST MITES
Heat Things Up. When you are washing sheets, pillows, and other bedding remember to always use high temperatures. This way you’ll be able to kill off everything: microscopic bacteria, bedbugs, and those tiny dust mites that can so easily irritate your sinuses and cause allergies.
Steam Clean Furniture. Soft couches, upholstered chairs, and even carpet can become a hiding place for crawling tiny bugs. The only way to effectively clean these types of items is with a good steam. The bugs simply can’t tolerate it and the vapors help to get into hard-to-reach areas they might be hiding. Always remember to use a dry steam so you don’t harm any materials with water.
Vacuum Regularly. If you want to get rid of tiny insects, make sure you eliminate their populations on light fixtures, curtains, and in small spaces around your home. Purchase a high-quality vacuum and use any tools or attachments provided to get deep into crevices. Clean weekly to avoid an infestation.
Don’t Make Your Bed. It might go against every housekeeping instinct you have – but don’t make the bed. If you want to keep biting bedbugs and allergy causing mites and at bay let the sheets stay tousled. Bugs breed in warm and moist places so the air flow of an unmade bed is actually shown to keep their numbers down. (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/4181629.stm)
HOW TO KILL THEM OFF FOR GOOD
No matter how often or how well you clean there will always be something you will miss. Let’s be honest… these bugs feast on one of the most disgusting diets out there, but they can also survive without food for about a year. What troopers! So if you really want to get rid of them, spraying surfaces and linens with a natural antibacterial essential oil is the best way to know they aren’t surviving your cleaning efforts. Here are the 5 best essential oils for killing bedbugs and mites (that also smell fantastic):
Lemon - The fragrance of fresh lemon is ideal for a natural linen spray because it carries the usual scent of a home cleaner. The active compounds contained in lemon essential oils are also some of the most powerful antiseptic, antimicrobial, and bactericidal substances in nature. Use this oil to kill off bugs anywhere in your home while simultaneously lifting your mood!
Peppermint - This cool and refreshing essential oil provides a range of qualities that kill off bugs in your home. It offers antibacterial, antiviral, and insecticidal properties along with a naturally clean fragrance that works well with other essential oils. And as if that wasn’t enough, peppermint is also a powerful deterrent for pests so they’ll stay away for longer!
Lavender - This floral essential oil is antimicrobial and antibacterial, but it also has the unique ability to deter bugs from biting. It’s a natural repellent, so it is ideal for those who are particularly concerned that there are already a large number of bugs living in their home. Lavender makes a great addition to any linen spray because it is also known to help reduce mental and physical stress. Not only that - it also improves sleep quality, so it is perfect for the bedroom!
Clove - It has a strong and distinct fragrance that can be overpowering for some people, but clove essential oil is one of the most antimicrobial and antiseptic (anti-infectious) substances on the planet.
Eucalyptus - Most people love the clean scent of eucalyptus oil. It effectively kills off all types of germs and microscopic bugs due to its antiseptic qualities. Add this to any natural home cleansing spray and fire at will at bed sheets, couches, pillows, and carpets.
THE BASIC RECIPE - All Natural Linen Spray
To get started, follow this very basic recipe and adjust it as you desire. You can use any single oil or combine several for a scent that works best in your home.
1.5 cups distilled water
30 drops essential oil
1 ounce (2 tablespoons) witch hazel
- Combine all the ingredients in a large measuring bowl (preferably one with a pouring spout).
- Stir to blend all the liquids together.
- Pour this blend into a spray bottle. (Any size will work and, if using a smaller bottle, just store leftovers in an airtight jar in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use it.)
The best thing about using essential oils to kill bugs is that you won’t destroy the non-toxic environment of your home. After all, some of the most important people (and animals) in your life live here with you and you don’t want to use a pesticide that will harm them. So kill those nasty critters in a clean and natural way with essential oils and boost the ambiance of your home at the same time.
A NOTE ON QUALITY
Healing Solutions essential oils are made with the highest quality plant ingredients and are verified pure using rigorous testing processes. We test all of our oils so our customers can depend on the consistent quality of our products. In this case, you can rest assured that our essential oils will work to help rid those microscopic pests in your home!