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How to Get Rid of Insects on Herbs
- 1 How to Get Rid of Insects on Herbs
- 2 How to Kill Spice Bugs
- 3 Step 1
- 4 Step 2
- 5 Step 3
- 6 Herbs That Kill Bed Bugs
- 7 Limitations
- 8 Herbal Treatment
- 9 Potential
- 10 Another Option
- 11 Natural Antibiotics that Kill Superbugs
- 12 1. Colloidal Silver
- 13 2. Honey
- 14 3. Pascalite
- 15 4. Oil of Oregano
- 16 5. Tea Tree Oil
- 17 6. Olive Leaf Extract
- 18 7. Garlic
- 19 8. Echinacea
- 20 9. Goldenseal
- 21 10. Turmeric
- 22 Herbs That Kill, Control and Deter Fleas, Ticks & Mosquitoes
- 23 Wormwood
- 24 How to Kill Bed Bugs Naturally?
- 25 Best Ways to Kill Bed Bugs:
- 25.1 1.) Thorough Inspection to Kill Bed Bugs
- 25.2 2.) Wash Clothes and Bedding to Prevent Bed Bugs Naturally
- 25.3 3.) Vacuum to Get Rid of Bed Bugs Naturally
- 25.4 4.) Steam to Prevent Bed Bugs Naturally
- 25.5 5.) Alcohol to Get Rid of Bed Bugs
- 25.6 6.) Diatomaceous Earth to Kill Bed Bugs Naturally
- 25.7 7.) Essential Oils to Get Rid of Bed Bugs Naturally
- 25.8 8.) Heat to Kill Bed Bugs
- 25.9 9.) Peppermint to Kill Bed Bugs
- 25.10 10.) Mint Leaves and Cayenne Pepper to Kill Bed Bugs
- 25.11 11.) Baking Soda to Kill Bed Bugs
- 25.12 12.) Herbs to Get Rid of Bed Bugs Naturally
Home-grown herbs taste great, but bug infestations can ruin them.
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Both indoor- and outdoor-grown herbs can become a haven for insects looking for an easy meal. Common pests such as aphids, spider mites, mealybugs and four-lined plant bugs are well known for their unwelcome presence in any garden and are common among herbs and vegetable plants. Getting rid of these insects from your herb plants for good is a relatively easy feat that requires only diligence and some common household items that you probably already have sitting around.
Rinse your herb plants with clean, cool water. If your plants are outdoors, use a water hose on high pressure while standing 2 to 3 yards away from the plants you are spraying, to avoid damaging them. If your plants are indoors, use your kitchen sink sprayer. This will dislodge existing pests and their eggs that are lurking on the plants’ stems and leaves.
Inspect the plant for any remaining bugs, and remove them by hand if any remain.
Fill the spray bottle with 3 to 4 cups of cool water, then add in 1 tablespoon each of antibacterial liquid dish detergent and rubbing alcohol.
Replace the sprayer lid on the spray bottle, and gently shake it to mix the water, soap and alcohol.
Spray your herb plants until just wet with the mixture and allow to air dry. To prevent damage to the leaves of the plant, do not spray them in full sun. Morning or late evening application is ideal. If the herb plants are indoors, any time of the day is fine for application, but move the plant away from sunlight for about two hours after application.
Reapply the spray approximately every 30 days or after heavy rainfall to provide continuous bug protection that does not harm your herbs.
Rinse herbs with cool, clean water before eating.
How to Kill Spice Bugs
Things You’ll Need
Plastic bag or container
Sticky or pheromone traps
Try not to purchase more spices than you can use in a month or two, since the longer they sit, the more likely they are to draw bugs.
Sticky traps and pheromone traps are often available at garden and home improvement stores.
Have you ever reached for a spice jar and found small bugs inside? If so, you’re not alone. A variety of bugs have the same taste for spices as humans, including dermestid beetles and cigarette beetles. Although they won’t cause any ill effects if accidentally eaten, you don’t want to eat bugs in your favorite spices. Keeping these tiny critters out of your spices is a matter of deterrence and prevention.
Spice bugs often shed their exoskeletons and leave excrement in the spices, both of which you don’t want to eat. Dump the spices inside a plastic bag or container, and stick it in the freezer for three or four days. The cold temperature should kill the spice bugs. Then throw the spices and bugs in your trash can.
Place traps around your new spice jars. Sticky traps, which catch the bugs, and pheromone traps, which lure the bugs inside with an enticing aroma, are typically effective in keeping your spices free of bugs. Although the traps might not look too aesthetically pleasing, their presence around the spices is much better than a bug’s presence in your spices.
Keep your spices in heavy plastic or metal containers that contain screw-top lids. Such containers are typically bug-proof and will also keep your spices fresh. Spices that are kept in boxes or packages made of thin plastic or paper aren’t successful in keeping out bugs. Additionally, keep your spice area clean and free of any scattered spices or food, which will attract the small insects.
Herbs That Kill Bed Bugs
Lavender oil may be an effective herbal insecticide against bedbugs.
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Bedbugs are small, flat, brown insects that feed on the blood of humans and animals while the host sleeps. These insects can cause problems for the host, including rashes or bite sores. The most disturbing effect of an infestation may be the psychological discomfort created by the knowledge that as you sleep in vulnerability, a creature is feeding on your blood. There are ways to fight this infestation and restore peace of mind. Some of these options include herbal remedies that can act as insecticides to the bedbug.
Bedbugs are hardy insects. They can multiply in number rapidly and are able to survive up to a year without feeding. Due to the difficulty in ridding your house of these bothersome creatures, many experts, including the University of Kentucky’s Department of Entomology, advocate hiring professional services. These services will not use herbal insecticides. This is because the herbal remedies are not considered an effective option except in early stages of infestation when the number of bugs is relatively minimal.
Pyrethrin is an herbal insecticide produced from the chrysanthemum plant. It is a contact poison that affects the bedbug’s nervous system. This product is considered to be one of the safest insecticides for humans by the Pesticide Information Profile through Cornell University’s Extension Toxicology Network. It breaks down quickly, however, and is not effective in treating any residual infestation. The most productive use of this herbal toxin is when pyrethrin is combined with synthetic additives to increase the longevity of the pyrethrin.
The Natural Cure For website suggests trying some home herbal remedies with anecdotal evidence of success in fighting bedbugs. Three promising ones utilize tea tree, eucalyptus or lavender oil. Add about 10 drops of one of these oils into 1 cup of water. Spray the mixture in any area that may hide bugs. These oils purportedly act as insecticides to the bedbug.
The Natural Cure For website reports the use of black walnut leaf tea also may have some effect in fighting bedbugs. This tea creates an astringent effect that acts as an insecticide on the bugs. Sprinkle the tea in areas on and around the bed where the insects may hide. With this and any herbal options, you may not completely rid your house of the insects. Your best chance of success with herbal insecticides is to identify an infestation early.
Natural Antibiotics that Kill Superbugs
Longtime readers know that, due to the overuse of antibiotics by people and their over-use on factory farmed animals, todays antibiotics are, unfortunately, becoming less and less effective.
Even though bacteria have been an integral part of life on this plant since the beginning of time, man’s constant exposure of bacteria to antibiotics, (which kill even our “good” bacteria) has now resulted in the creation of “superbugs” that have a natural resistance to antibiotics.
Keep this in mind the next time you find you need something that will kill these superbugs and keep some of these 10 herbs that will do the job for you naturally.
1. Colloidal Silver
Silver has been used as far back as 1,500 years ago by the ancient Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians, even by the pioneers who first came to America. It’s been used for a variety of illnesses as well as to keep food and liquids from spoiling. Before 1938, when antibiotic use became common, colloidal silver was often used by doctors as their main way of fighting bacteria. Colloidal silver promotes healing in the body, while antibiotics harm our livers and kidneys. Silver stimulates your immune system, making it more active. Silver has been used as a disinfectant in the times before we had antibacterial soaps. Ancient Greeks knew that rich people who used silver utensils and plates had much few incidences of disease. Silver works against every illness and disease, including viruses. It never wears out and bacteria cannot develop a resistance to it. Silver is also not consumed, or used up, so it’s available to work over and over again.
Recent studies from the Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island, confirmed what we already know; that raw honey is one of the best all natural antibiotics you can have. One of the most unique properties of honey is that it can fight infection on multiple levels, so this makes it virtually impossible for bacteria to grow a resistance to it. Raw honey has a wide variety of compounds that are toxic to bacterial cells. Honey can actually weaken the strength of bacteria, which means that it can help cause bacteria to become more susceptible to modern day antibiotics. Honey that bees make from manuka flowers is perhaps the most potent of all honeys, but honey of all types, made from all flowers the world over, is still effective at killing these superbugs. This is not something recently learned, either. Honey has been used to fight infection for ages, right up until the introduction of antibiotics. Perhaps it’s time to return to some of the natural things we used to use. Read more about honey and its benefits.
This clay is found only in the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming but it has some impressive healing powers. When we use it topically, it can literally draw infection out of wounds within days, sometimes even within hours, and cause the wound to heal completely, without scarring. Pascalite was actually recorded as far back as 1930 by a fur trapper named Emile Pascal, who set his traps near a mountain lake in the Big Horn Mountains. He saw many, many animal tracks in that location and, after accidentally getting some pascalite on his chapped hands; he noticed that they healed very quickly. He began experimenting with this clay and soon found that it had a large number of topical uses, everything from burns to healing wounds, to removing infection. As you can see, this healing clay has taken on his name! The crystalline structure of this clay has the ability to store and then re-emit energy. This is according to Harvey C. Lisle, a chemical engineer who specializes in biodynamic.
4. Oil of Oregano
This essential oil is perhaps best known for its bacteria destroying ability, as well as being beneficial in the control of staph infections such as MRSA. Oil of oregano has antiviral, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, and anti-oxidant compounds. Oregano oil’s germ killing compounds were nearly as effective as many antibiotics, according to a study done in 2001, report the Science Daily Georgetown University. This extract, called carvacrol, can help hospitals and doctors remain free from the dangerous MRSA superbug. In fact, further studies show that Himalayan oregano oil was the most effective strain, more powerful than its European cousin, more effective against MRSA than 18 different antibiotics. Himalayan oregano grows high in the meadows of the mountainous regions of India and, up until recently, was considered nothing much more than a weed. Scientists are now looking into the possibility of using Himalayan oregano oil in products such as soaps, hand washes, and gels that can be used to fight the spread of infection without creating superbugs.
5. Tea Tree Oil
This is another very potent essential oil that has been discovered to be most effective in killing those antibiotic resistant bacteria. It’s important to note that in order to be effective, therapeutic grade tea tree oil must be used. Studies show that tea tree oil ointment, when applied inside the nose, and a body wash that contains this essential oil, can stop the growth of MRSA bacteria. Another study is being conducted to see if washing daily with a soap solution that contains 5 percent tea tree oil will help stop the colonization of bacteria, especially the deadly MRSA bacteria. Several recent studies show that tea tree solution must be at least at a 5 percent concentration to be effective, but at those levels, or higher, tea tree oil kill the bacteria completely and it is not strengthened by the solution. Using lower concentrations of this oil appear to weaken the bacteria, but then give it greater strength, so if you use tea tree oil, be sure to use a minimum of a 5 percent solution.
6. Olive Leaf Extract
This powerful extract has been used for centuries to fight bacterial infection and is now being used to fight MRSA infection in some hospitals in Europe. Olive leaf extract can provide important support to the immune system, while combating antibiotic resistant bacteria’s. Although olive leaf extract isn’t a panacea, it is something virtually everyone should think about taking when you want to optimize your health or fight a powerful infection. Olive leaf extract is of interest to scientists not only because of its antimicrobial activity, but because it appears to be more potent than any other known antimicrobial. This extract can offer all the benefits of being a broad spectrum antimicrobial while not harming beneficial microbes. This means it does not have any side effects, such as many antibiotics do, and won’t lead to secondary infections. Almost nothing can beat olive leaf extract when it comes down to antimicrobial power.
This super tasty, aromatic seasoning vegetable has been used all over the world not only in foods, but for its medicinal properties for thousands of years. It was commonly used in the 1700’s to fight off the black plague. Garlic has strong antifungal, antiviral, and antibiotic properties. Garlic just might be the ultimate natural antibiotic. With every new antibiotic man creates, he also creates a new and stronger superbug. This fact, then, begs the question: what will we do when scientists and doctors find that, one day, they simply cannot create an antibiotic to kill a superbug of epidemic proportion? What happens then? Garlic works as natural antibiotics, which, unlike laboratory made antibiotics, bacteria cannot develop a resistance to no matter how hard or how often they mutate. Garlic has been found to be stronger than penicillin against strep throat and other types of antibiotic resistant germs. It was found to not only kill these superbugs, but to improve the immune system and its ability to naturally fight off these infections diseases, viral and bacterial!
Echinacea has been used to treat a wide variety of infections and aging issues for centuries, especially by Native Americans. It was used to treat open wounds, diphtheria, even blood poisoning. Most people today know it only as a tea to treat colds and flu. The roots and the flowers of this beautiful flower (that is related to sunflowers) are also called the purple coneflower, and it makes a powerful medicine to use against the flu, colds, bronchitis, and all kinds of infections. Used for centuries to treat infectious disease and to improve the immune system, extracts of Echinacea are used today to treat AIDS and chronic fatigue syndrome. Echinacea stimulates the body’s natural immune system by causing it to increase the activity of white blood cells. One of the great things about Echinacea is that it’s considered to be super safe, even at high doses, even frequent doses.
This is perhaps one of the most popular herbs sold today, especially since it has recently gained a reputation as an herbal antibiotic. This popular immune system enhancer was used by the Native Americans as medication for inflammatory conditions such as digestive, gastrointestinal, or respiratory problems. Goldenseal is often sold in tandem with Echinacea for upper respiratory infections and for flu relief. It’s often suggested that goldenseal enhances the effects of Echinacea, however, both seem to work equally well in and of themselves. In research studies, goldenseal is known to reduce upper respiratory tract infections, as it has anti-bacterial as well as anti-inflammatory properties. The active ingredient in goldenseal has also been used as a treatment for diarrhea that has been caused by bacterial infections, including the diarrhea caused from cholera. Be careful when buying goldenseal as its recent popularity has demand exceeding supply, so some companies are using substitutions such as Chinese goldthread or Oregon grape. Always buy from a reputable source.
This is another popular herb/spice that has been used in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years to treat a variety of infections. It’s highly valued for not only its peppery flavor, but for its many medicinal properties as well. This herb also has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory qualities and is well known to very effective when treating bacterial infections. Turmeric can also be used topically for all types of skin lesions, including those caused by MRSA. This is the spice you find in curry, but don’t simply buy curry powder as many of them contain very little turmeric. Always buy pure, organic turmeric. This spice, which comes from India, is often called “the holy powder” because it has so many healthy compounds. It fights cancer, purifies the blood, as well as being a natural antibiotic. It’s interesting to note that in India, where this spice is eaten in large quantities, the top four most common cancers that are found in the USA are nowhere near as common in India. In fact, the risk of developing these cancers in India is 10 times lower than it is in America. So add some spice to your life, as well as healthy compounds, and be liberal with turmeric.
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Herbs That Kill, Control and Deter Fleas, Ticks & Mosquitoes
The presence of a wide variety of insects in gardens is a normal and expected aspect of gardening. There are a wide range of control options to control pests such as ticks, fleas and mosquitoes. This includes the more environmentally friendly options such as using plants and herbs with natural insect repellent properties. Using herbs in gardens is not only a better alternative for harmful chemicals but also provides fresh culinary herbs for use in the kitchen. Insecticides made with the extracts of these herbs kill a number of pests.
Rue (Ruta graveolens) is an evergreen herb with metallic blue, feathery foliage. The herb has disinfectant and insecticidal properties for getting rid of flies, mosquitoes and a number of other insects naturally. Rubbing the herbs over pets keeps away the fleas. Planting rue with other plants keeps beetles and slugs from the garden. The semi-woody plant grows to a full height of about 2 1/2 feet. Rue foliage has a medicinal and bitter smell upon crushing or cutting. The herb blooms with small, four petaled flowers during summer. Rue is easy to grow from seed and thrives in a range of soil types including poor soil. You also can grow the herb as an indoor plant.
Wormwood (Artemesia absinthium) is among the bitter herbs used for centuries to repel and deter insects including ticks, flies and moths. Wormwood grows to a mature height of about 3 feet and has gray-green foliage. The plant is covered with fine hair and blooms with yellow flowers during summer. Wormwood is widely used in traditional medicine both by itself or in combination with other herbs to relieve digestive and gallbladder disorders. Wormwood, also referred to as artemesia, grows naturally in the temperate and mild climates. The foliage of wormwood is used for making an herbal tea.
Mint (Mentha) is among the most recognized and most used herbs in the kitchen, which also keep away a wide range of insects with its strong scent. Mint is especially effective for deterring beetles and fleas. Keeping sachets of dried mint in closets keeps out moths and placing fresh mint in pantries helps deter ants. Rubbing the herbs over the neck, face and hands repels mosquitoes, and rubbing the herb over pets and mouths of horses and cows keeps them free from flies. Planting mint with cabbage and tomatoes gets rid of aphids, cabbage white butterflies and white flies.
How to Kill Bed Bugs Naturally?
In this article, we will discuss the best way to kill bed bugs. They are a common problem these days and almost everyone has dealt with a bed bug infestation. Not only their bites are very annoying but they are also potentially dangerous for your health. They are quite difficult to eliminate but you can get rid of the bugs without using any services of the professional exterminator. There are various effective chemicals available in local stores to kill bed bugs but the natural method is indeed the most efficient. Natural remedies will keep you on the natural side and get rid of them without any harmful insecticides that may pose a health risk. Use of insecticide is not only harmful to you but to your pet as well. Moreover, it contaminates the pure air around you.
Some Common Hiding Places of Bed Bugs:
Sometimes you can’t see a single bed bug but that does not mean your home is protected. You should spot their rust-colored dark spots or so-called the “happy trails.” Use a bright white flashlight to check the following places in the home or hotel room:
- Mattress and box spring seams
- Bed sheets
- Picture frames
- Cracks in the headboard and bed frame
- Bed skirts
- Upholstered furniture
- Electrical outlet plugs
- Behind loose wallpaper
Best Ways to Kill Bed Bugs:
1.) Thorough Inspection to Kill Bed Bugs
It is quite important to thoroughly inspect your house to kill bed bugs. You will get several signs of their infestation like the dark spots of dried bug feces are usually present along the mattress or where the bugs have resided. As soon as you find the signs of the bed bugs, began with the methods to get rid of them and save yourself from the bed bug bites. You should remove the gauze fabric underlying the box spring to access for inspection and possible treatment.
It is suggested to check all the cracks and crevices of bed frames. Pay special attention if the frame is made up of wood. The thing is thorough inspection is not possible and the treatment of the mattresses and box springs is hard and infested elements may need to be discarded. We all know that prevention is better than cure so put a bed bug proof bedding cover over infested bedding as it will trap the bed bugs inside and starve them to death easily.
2.) Wash Clothes and Bedding to Prevent Bed Bugs Naturally
Once you have inspected the areas in your home where bed bugs are mostly found, you will find clothes and beddings are the prone sites. Wash all the clothes and bedding to get rid of bed bugs naturally. However, if you cannot wash something then make sure you sanitize it thoroughly. Put it in the dryer or use a hand dryer for this purpose. Washing the clothes and sanitizing the things around for once will not do. This is something that you have to do regularly in order to prevent bed bugs naturally. The laundry area is one of the most ignored areas, so make sure you sanitize it as well. Moreover, wash the cushions, blankets, soft toys, pillow, pillow cases properly to prevent the bed bugs infestation in the future. Store all stuff in a plastic box to prevent reinfestation.
3.) Vacuum to Get Rid of Bed Bugs Naturally
After washing the clothes and beddings, clean your furniture and other places around which can be vulnerable to the infestation. For this, you can use a vacuum cleaner. Vacuum the carpets, mattresses, curtains, box springs, upholstered items and all the more wood furniture, baseboards, hardwood floors and everything with nooks and crannies. Do this twice in a day at least for a month. After vacuuming, dispose of the garb properly. Wear hand gloves and cover your mouth while taking out the cleaner from the machine. Put all the garbs immediately into the plastic bag and tie it tightly. Though the bag outside and do not keep it in your home otherwise the infestation may linger on.
4.) Steam to Prevent Bed Bugs Naturally
Washing and cleaning alone will not do, you have to steam them as well. After washing and vacuuming, you need to steam all the cushions, carpets, mattress and your clothes as well to get rid of the bed bugs thoroughly. Bed bugs can survive at the high temperature, therefore this is the best way to kill the bed bugs naturally. Also, make sure, it is dry steam. The wet steam will leave everything wet and then it could be a messy task to manage and it could further lead to the mold and mildew infestation.
5.) Alcohol to Get Rid of Bed Bugs
This is one of the best remedies to get rid of bed bugs naturally. Rubbing alcohol is generally used for sanitizing the stuff, thus it comes handy to prevent the infestation o the bed bugs. It sanitizes and inhibits the growth of the bacteria around. So spray rubbing alcohol in the areas which are prone to infestation. Moreover, it has a certain drying effect which immediately kills the bed bugs. Pour alcohol in the spray bottle and spray it around all the walls, nooks and corners. Apart from this, you can apply a coat of the rubbing alcohol on the furniture and walls to prevent bed bugs naturally.
6.) Diatomaceous Earth to Kill Bed Bugs Naturally
Diatomaceous earth (DE) is most commonly used treatment to eliminate bed bugs infestation. Using DE will give you two major benefits, killing bugs with sharp micro edges and by dehydrating them. The advantage of using diatoms (diatomaceous earth) is that it is chemical free and quite inexpensive. This remedy will give you instant relief from bed bugs infestation. It works as both a tool for prevention and natural treatment. If you are smart enough, use this remedy in conjunction with some of the other methods discussed in this article. Make sure to get it into all of the cracks and crevices of your home.
The working mechanism of Diatomaceous earth can be easily understandable from its origin i.e. it is made from the sediments of oceans, rivers, lakes, and streams. When bed bugs come into contact with diatomaceous earth its particles make their way into the cuticle of the exoskeleton and kill them.
7.) Essential Oils to Get Rid of Bed Bugs Naturally
Tea tree oil and lavender oil can help you keep the aggravating bed bugs away not only from your bed but from your house due to their strong and pungent smell. Simply, spray the tea tree oil or lavender oil all around your bed and other infected areas. It will effectively prevent the bed bugs from attacking while you are sleeping.
According to studies it has found that the lavender oils have natural and an effective bed bug repellent characteristic. The smell or taste of these essential oils repels the nasty creature in no time. To apply this remedy in the most effective way put dried lavender between two clean cloths pieces and then stitches them around the bed perimeter. The Lavender oil is also readily available in several health food stores. You will find it in concentrated form instead of dilute form and its fragrance lasts for a few weeks. Rub your bed frame and floor with lavender oil to kill and prevent bed bugs naturally.
8.) Heat to Kill Bed Bugs
Killing bed bugs by using dry heat is one of the most innovative methods. You just need to place your clothing, footwear, rugs, toys, stuffed animals, backpacks, and other items in the dryer for sometimes. It can easily remove bed bugs and their infestation. A normal clothes dryer when running for five to ten minutes, it usually generates temperatures of about 120, 140 and 160 degrees. It is always suggested to use high settings to kill bed bugs present in the clothing. Do not put sensitive clothing in high temperature. You can place them in direct sunlight. While working with dryer you should run it for more than twenty minutes.
9.) Peppermint to Kill Bed Bugs
Peppermint oil is considered as the most effective home remedy not only to kill bed bugs but several other household insects as well. It gives an odor that causes allergy reaction in the bed bugs. The oil is quite common and found in most of the houses. Bed bugs cannot tolerate the fragrance of scent of peppermint and hence, they die. Its smell obstructs the bed bugs and they are easily killed. There are several other oils also like lavender oil (already discussed) that can be used to get rid of bed bugs successfully. The scent of these oils is irresistible for these pests.
10.) Mint Leaves and Cayenne Pepper to Kill Bed Bugs
Though these two ingredients do not work in combined form but still considered as one of the most effective herbs to eliminate bed bugs infestation. Mint is so effective remedy that if you just place some mint leave here and there around the house, it will act as a natural bed bug repellent. The use of mint leaves to repel bugs originally started by Native Americans. They just used to crush the mint leaves and spread around sleeping areas to prevent bed bugs. They also used to fold mint leaves inside of the cradleboard of infant and small children.
You can also try adding the fragrance of mint leaves between your bedding and in the linen closets. Now, the cayenne pepper is helpful in stopping bed bugs from entering spaces into your house. You just need to sprinkle some of the spice in specific areas to avoid bed bugs and other pests crossing over it.
11.) Baking Soda to Kill Bed Bugs
Baking soda is considered as one of the most effective home remedies to kill bed bugs fast and naturally. Using baking soda is the most efficient way get rid of bed bugs infestation. You can use baking soda in several ways. However, the most commonly used method is to dip a paintbrush into baking soda and spread around the cracks and crevices and the possible region where they can hide. Do not forget to apply it to all surfaces of the mattresses. Leave the powder for a few days and then vacuum up all of the baking soda. This will remove almost ninety percentages of bed bugs but still you will need a second treatment to completely get rid of them. It actually acts as a drying agent to dry out the bed bugs.
12.) Herbs to Get Rid of Bed Bugs Naturally
Herbs like lavender, eucalyptus, mint, rosemary and eucalyptus are known as natural repellents. Therefore they work best to kill the bed bugs naturally. To get rid of the bed bugs you can use the dried or fresh forms of these herbs. You can use them in various ways. To prevent the bed bugs infestation in your wardrobe tie a bunch of these herbs together in your wardrobe. Or place the sachets of these herbs in your home.
Additional Tips to Kill Bed Bugs:
- Dismantle the bed frames in the infested as it will expose an additional bedbug hiding sites.
- Reduce all clutter to make your bed bug inspection easier. Be careful while transferring the infected items to other areas as it can also transfer the bed bugs.
- Properly clean your infested rooms. Scrub the surfaces with a stiff brush to dislodge eggs.
- Seal all holes where electrical wires enter walls and floor. Fill cracks around the baseboards and molding to reduce harboring areas.
- Avoid using insecticides and pesticides on the soft toys and other baby cribs.
- Do not use infested thing, this can spread the infestation easily.
- Do not use second-hand furniture and upholstery since they are more prone to the infestation.