Bed mites are the worst nightmare that can happen to anyone. It is incredible how quickly they multiply, namely a bed can hold in average up to 1.5 million mites, awful isn’t it?
They feed on human dead skin cells and sweat, which we have a lot in our beds thus making them possible to spread really quickly. Bed bugs are really tiny creatures, 5 mm long with brown color. They can cause health issues like allergies and asthma, and because of that we need to quickly remove them from our home.
However, they are very difficult to get rid off as they hide in the nooks of a room, electrical outlets, wallpaper and bedding. During the day they are usually quiet, but at night they become more active by stinging the skin of their victims and thus feed on their blood. Their bites leave red and painless traces, but in some cases, large blisters can appear thus causing allergies or asthma attacks.
5 Efficient Natural Solutions against Bed Bugs
Do not make the bed in the morning
Although this may sound to you strange and unorthodox, you should really leave your bed undone before going to work. During sleeping our body releases up to a liter of sweat, which is the ideal environment for all sorts of mites and bed bugs that thrive on dead skin cells and sweat. According to Dr. Stephen Pretlove, a lecturer at the University of Lincoln in England this method of leaving the bed undone is very effective. This expert conducted several studies on mold, mites and pathogens, and maintains that leaving the bedding exposed to the light of day and fresh air is a good way to kill these creatures. This will dehydrate and thus eliminate these dreadful microscopic insects present in our bed.
Spread bean leaves on your bed
This method comes from Eastern Europe and by implementing it you will create a kind of invisible wall against bed bugs. Bean leaves have microscopic eyelashes that cling to the legs of bed bugs, and thus capture them. Therefore, spread a few bean leaves around your bed, sofa and in the nooks in your room and leave them for a while in order for the bed bugs to cling on them. After that remove them and burn the leaves along with the bugs caught on them.
Bed bugs cannot stand temperatures over 65 ° C; therefore the use of a steam cleaner will be very useful in this case. Use it on the bedding, textiles and on all corners of the house at a temperature of 120 ° C to 180 ° C. You can as well as use a vacuum cleaner if you do not possess a steam cleaner. Just nicely vacuum the slots between each piece of furniture, and after that wash them with hot soapy water.
Regularly wash your sheets
You should wash your sheets, covers and pillowcases with hot water once a week according to Carolyn Forte, director of the cleaning laboratory at the Good Housekeeping Institute (UK). This regular wash with hot water will prevent the spread of bed bugs, and mites.
Use diatomaceous earth
Diatomaceous earth is a natural insecticide consisted of earth and fossilized shells, which can quickly dehydrate and destroy bed bugs. Apply it by sprinkling a thin layer of it on the infested places of your mattress and on every corner of the room.
Plus, make sure to sprinkle it on the carpet, under the furniture and footboard. Leave it to act for a whole day, and the next day, vacuum up the places where you used diatomaceous earth. Repeat this procedure for several days that is till the bed bugs are completely gone.
Have in mind while applying it to close all the windows in order to prevent drafts and make sure to wear gloves to prevent the occurrence of dry hands.