Bed bugs. Yep, I had them, as nasty as that sounds. What’s scary is that I didn’t even know I had them until I had tiny bumps on my body that I thought was just an allergic reaction to a new laundry detergent I made.
It wasn’t until my friend suggested that I look for bed bugs that I found out that was the cause of my bumps. Of course, I scoffed at her for the bed bugs comment, and then secretly looked for the signs.
Since I am against using chemicals in my cleaning agents, I needed to find a natural way to get rid of those buggers.
How I Got Rid of Bed Bugs
- Washed all clothes and linens. I used the hottest setting on my washer and dryer without putting my linens and clothes at risk. I did have to break it up because my linens can go in at the hottest, while my clothes could only go in at the next level down from the hottest.
- Used a natural pesticide. I found a natural pesticide at Lowes. All you have to do is sprinkle it on your bed. When the bugs walk through it, they carry it with them and then die later. The good thing about the dusting is that it usually hits the eggs and kills them, too.
- Applied tea tree oil. I also found out that if you combine tea tree oil with lukewarm water and spray it on everything, it can kill and keep bed bugs away. I’ve already done this type of treatment once since I treated my bed with the natural pesticide, and I plan on doing it every couple of weeks now to keep them away.
- Used interceptors. When I was researching bed bugs and how to get rid of them naturally, I found special cups called interceptors that you can put underneath the legs of the bed. Its shape prevents bugs from crawling up the bed to the mattress. Genius, if you ask me! I invested in some of those for all of the beds in my house.
No More Bumps or Bed Bugs
I’m bump and bed bug free now. I haven’t told my friend about the whole ordeal, but I want to because of how successful I was with it. I just can’t bear to admit that I was sleeping with bugs.
If you’re sleeping with bugs, don’t worry–one in five people have them in their home. Just get rid of them and keep them gone naturally.
About the Author
Kaitlyn has been using natural remedies for just about anything for the past two years. She loves how they are not only effective, but healthy for her and her family. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family, traveling, and learning more about natural remedies.