While most of us have heard of bed bugs, some may not know that the number of bed bug infestations are steadily on the increase. In fact, only a decade or so ago, many of us had heard of bed bugs but not nearly as many of us had actually seen them. The problem is particularly prominent in the United States.
Bed bugs are small insects that love to feed on human blood, and they can be found in a variety of climates and places throughout the world. Bed bugs have very flat bodies and they can fit into very tight spaces. This means that they can live in parts of our furniture that we may not be able to see them in, where they can hide out and reproduce. Bed bugs don’t transmit diseases. However, they certainly leave bites that can become red and unsightly, as well as being extremely itchy. In some cases, the bites can be so itchy that they impede a person’s ability to get to sleep. If a person scratches their bites too much, then they may bleed and become infected.
Bed bugs aren’t always easy to spot, but you can be suspicious of them if you notice things like small blood stains on your bed sheets. Your first reaction might be to call some form of pest control, but you need not shell out the money for that right away. There are plenty of natural remedies that can be used to help eliminate or reduce the amount of bed bugs in your home without the use of any dangerous chemicals. In this article, we’re going to outline some of the most common and effective home remedies for fighting off bed bugs.
Home Remedy #1: Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous earth is arguably the most effective form of natural bed bug control on the planet. In fact, this substance is used in large-scale agricultural production because it’s a highly effective way of killing many different types of bugs without using any chemicals.
Diatomaceous earth is made from fossilized remains of small sea creatures. It contains a lot of silica and is able to kill even hard-shelled insects like bed bugs. Diatomaceous earth can be found in agricultural stores and hardware stores, and food-grade diatomaceous earth, which can kill intestinal parasites, can be found in health food stores.