Treating Bed Bug Bites with Home Remedies

When it comes to bed bug bites, they can be really annoying, itchy and even painful at times. Fortunately, there are a number of over the counter medications as well as natural home remedies that will effectively treat the bites.
For many people, using natural home remedies offers an inexpensive answer to the issue of bug bites without having to use any medications that might cause an allergic reaction. However, the home remedies are generally less expensive and some can be made from products may be within your home already.

Common Home Remedies for Bed Bug Bites

All of the natural remedies that are listed are designed to take away the itchiness from the bed bug bites. While the redness will take time to fade away, by treating the itch first these products will help induce healing by preventing you from scratching the area in general.

Baking Soda and Water: Baking soda is arguably the most useful product that you will find in the home. In addition, baking soda is dirt cheap as well and when mixed with a little water to form a paste it can be spread on the bites which will take away the itchiness and help heal the wound.

Just mix a little baking soda with water until you come up with a paste that is not too thick or too runny so that it will stay on the area that is affected. Let it sit for around an hour until it is dry and then gently wash away the mixture, then pat the area with a towel or cloth until it is dry. This should take away any itchiness, but if it comes back you can simply re-apply the paste.

Aloe: The gel that is created from the aloe plant is how many people treat bed bug bites in general for a couple of reasons. The gel almost immediately takes away the itchiness while the natural antibiotic and antifungal properties keep the area from becoming infected. If fact, if you keep aloe plants around your home, all you need to do is take off a tip and rub the bitten area with the natural gel.

Lemon Juice: Lemon juice has an astringent that can be applied directly to the affected area which will help to clear away the itchiness. Lemon juice is quite common and inexpensive which makes for a cheap way to take away the itch and allowing the bite to heal properly.

Witch Hazel and St. John’s Wort: These are two natural astringents that work much in the same fashion as lemon juice.

Peppermint Oil: This is another natural product that can be used in your bath. Simply pour in half a cup of peppermint oil into your bath water and it will relieve the itching very quickly. Plus, the smell alone is certainly nice.

Overall, there are plenty of natural treatments for bed bug bites that you can use to take away the itchiness without having to resort to over the counter medications.

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Treating and Controlling Bed Bugs

Controlling Bed Bugs

Treating and Controlling Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are one of the most annoying pests that plague humans. They are so tiny that they are difficult to see, but the bed bugs are persistent in biting your skin and feeding on your blood. The bites themselves can leave behind irritated skin and specks of blood on your bedding and sheets.

Proper Treating and Controlling Bed Bugs

There are a number of treatments that you can use to rid your bedroom of bed bugs. However, you must keep in mind that using poisons actually has little to no effect since they only consume blood. Still, there are simple, natural ways to get rid of these pests.

Wash Bedding & Clean the Carpets: You’ll want to remove all the bedding and properly vacuum the carpets which probably will not get rid of the bugs, but it is a start so that you can see if the bugs have been eliminated. Be sure to brush the mattress as well as vacuum it to get rid of the eggs left by the bed bugs to keep them from multiplying.

Heat: Heat is one of the most common treatments used in eliminating bed bugs. Basically, the mattress and box springs are heated which in turn kills the bugs. This is a very effective method, but you may need professional equipment.

Seal the Mattress: One of the simplest and most effective means to control the bed bugs is to seal the mattress with a plastic bed sheet. This should be placed directly over the mattress and under your bedding as it will prevent the bugs from crawling up through the mattress to get to you. Since bed bugs may live for up to a year before dying, that is how long you will have to leave the plastic on your mattress.

Controlling Future Infestations

If there is one advantage that people have in controlling bed bugs, it is that they can only enter the home in one manner and that is by being carried with your luggage or by other people. Bed bugs cannot survive for long out in the elements, so the only way they can get into your home is by being carried in your belongings that were exposed at another infestation or by other people who come into your home.

While this may sound simple to stop, you’ll have to take a few precautions to ensure that you can prevent an infestation from occurring.
Keep your Luggage Away from Walls & Bed: If you are travelling, you might stay in a place where bed bugs are present. Be sure to keep your luggage off the ground and away from your bed. Wash your clothes if possible before leaving the hotel or put your dirty clothes in a sealed bag.

Clean Up After Guests: If someone else is staying with you, be sure to clean up their room as soon as possible to destroy any bed bug infestation before it occurs.
By taking a few steps, you can keep bed bugs from entering your home. Plus, be sure to react quickly once the first signs of bed bugs are present.

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Preventing Bed Bugs from Entering

Prevent Bed Bugs

How to Prevent Bed Bugs from Spreading

The common bed bug is a most uncommon pest. It is a parasite that is only interested in you, so that means it does not feed like other insects nor is it bothered by the poisons and pesticides that kill most pests. They are tiny and difficult to see and many people mistake the bite of bed bugs for mosquitoes or other causes that leaves the infestation unchecked.

How Bed Bugs Enter the Home

However, you do have one important advantage on your side. Bed bugs can only enter your home in a specific way. Unlike virtually all other insects that can crawl in through the yard, bed bugs cannot live long in the open environment. There is basically only two ways they are getting into your home

  • In your clothes or luggage while returning from a trip.
  • In someone else’s clothes or luggage entering your home.

The inherent weakness of bed bugs is that they are highly specialized insects that are specific to living off human blood. When you take away their ability to travel into your home, you’ll never have to worry about a bed bug infestation. However, it is still possible to miss a potential entry of bed bugs if you are not diligent.

How to Keep Bed Bugs at Bay

The first and foremost rule to preventing bed bugs from entering is to monitor your own travels so that you do not bring any of the pests with you back home.

Travelling: If you are travelling, especially in another country there are steps you can take to prevent bed bugs from coming back home with you.

  • Keep your luggage off the floor and away from the walls
  • Keep dirty clothes in a separate plastic bag
  • If you notice bed bugs where you are staying, wash everything out including luggage

Bed bugs do not go very far on their own, so put your luggage up in places where they cannot reach them. By keeping your dirty clothes in a separate bag, you are preventing any bed bugs from invading the rest of your luggage. Finally, if you should notice some bed bug bites after a night’s stay, get out of there and be sure to wash your clothes and your luggage.

Guests: The only other way bed bugs can get into your home is if you have company that brings them inside. However, there are some steps you can take to help eliminate the threat.

  • Encase the mattress and box springs in plastic wrap or sheets
  • Wash all bedding once the guest leaves

If your guest stays on the sofa, you will want to provide them with bedding so it can be washed once they leave. If you have a guest room that only guests will stay, the bed bugs will tend to stay in that room. However, by simply washing the bedding after your guest leaves as well as sealing up your mattress, you will effectively stop the bed bug invasion.

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Bed Bug: Tips for Travelers.

What can I do to prevent picking up bed bugs?

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Bed bugs are small and parasitic insects which have been categorized as common household pests. They tend to hide in the numerous cracks and small holes around the house that they have infested. The most common places that they can be found after an infestation are the mattress, upholstery, carpets, etc. These nasty pests are known for their tendency to bite humans after which the skin has a wheel-like appearance on the place where it has been bitten. These can lead to the skin feeling itchy, becoming red, and in some cases allergies or even rashes. The effect of a single bit by a bed bug can last up to a few days.

Probably one of the most common ways that these bugs may enter your household is by ‘hitchhiking’. This means that while you are traveling somewhere you visit a place that has been infested with these nasty pets, there is a big chance that they will latch onto your clothes and luggage and travel with you bac to your own place. Does this mean that you should stop travelling at all? Of course not! You just have to follow some basic bed bug tips for travelers.

 

Here we will check out some of these tips that will help you avoid getting any unwanted bed bug visitors:

  • Before you check into any kind of hotel, look up some of the reviews that previous customers have left on reliable websites over the web. It is for your own good that you stay away from hotels which have reports about bed bugs.
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How to prevent bed bugs in hotels

 

  • Once you have checked into a hotel, keep all of your luggage in the shower after you have made sure that it is completely dry and check out all the possible places for infestation thoroughly. These places include the headboard of the bed, the mattress and its seams, any picture frames, upholstered furniture, carpets and so on. If you manage to find any signs of bed bugs in these places, move out immediately. Otherwise, you should keep your luggage on high surfaces such as tables or luggage racks.
  • Once you come back home, the first thing you should do is put all of your clothes in the laundry. If you have been in an infested area, do not put your still unwashed clothes on a bed or any other kind of furniture for that matter, not even the carpet. Use as hot water as the fabric can withstand for the best results.
  • Any suitcases, briefcases or purses also have to be debugged. You can vacuum them thoroughly. Since the bed bugs are not capable of withstanding the cold, you can try lowering the temperature to beyond -5°C over the counter cialis. However, this activity has to be continued for a minimum of 5 days and most preferably for at least a couple of weeks. After all, you have to give the cold enough time to reach the core.

 

Even though you might have thoroughly checked the whole hotel room, there is still a chance that bed bugs might enter your clothes or luggage during your travels on public transport or from other people’s clothes. So you have to be aware of some good ways that you can get rid of the pests.

 

There are several different bed bug pesticides and insecticides that you can find on the market. The most common group of pesticide that is used against these pests is Pyrethroids. This is a chemical compound that has a similar composition to that of pyrethrins which can be obtained from the extracts of chrysanthemum flowers. This pesticide is a contact one which means that it works only when the insects touch it after which they suffer from paralysis and death. Insecticides such as Organophosphates are widely used throughout the United States. However, recently most of them have been banned from being used by the public due to the high level of toxins they have.

You can try using some sort of bug spray to try and eradicate the infestation. They are usually quite safe, odourless, and biodegradable; and tend to vaporize in no more than 30 minutes after having been used. Spraying is easy and everyone can do it. It can be a good way to kill of pesticides. However, the best way is prevention so the first thing you should always do is follow the bed bug tips for travelers.

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