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Tea Tree Oil: Tea tree oil has a bunch of uses, you probably know it as the thing that helped you get rid of your children’s lice! I know that’s what my experience with it is. But it turns out that the same reason it kills lice is the same reason it can banish bedbugs from your home.
Thyme: The strong astringent properties of thyme essential oil works in a similar way to tea tree oil in order to kill or drive bedbugs from your home.
Lavender: Lavender has been used for years to keep scorpions at bay from homes in southern France, and it’s an excellent deterrent to bedbugs too! Plus this is a favorite if the bedbugs (real or imaginary) are keeping you awake at night. Lavender has properties that help you relax and send you into a good night’s sleep.
Lemongrass: Lemongrass is highly acidic (and so should never be applied directly to your skin) but those acidic conditions are something bedbugs will not like. It destroys their eggs and makes it hard for them to breed.
Clove: The pungent smell of clove is both delicious and energizing. But the essential oil is acidic and, like lemongrass, is something bugs just can’t stand. So use this in your living room and kitchen to clear the bedbugs from other spaces.
How to make this work.
You’ll need a spray bottle and an essential oil (or combination) of your choice.
Put about 30 drops of essential oil and water into your spray bottle: shake vigorously and then spray all over your soft surfaces! (I sprayed and then open the curtain to let the sun shines on the mattress as bed bugs afraid of light.)
Other things to keep in mind to help cut bedbug infestations:
Wash your clothes and other fabric in hot water that came in contact with the infested area.
Use a dryer! Tumbling drying your clothes when you have an infestation for twenty minutes can kill bugs before you leave the house and you can avoid bringing them to work or school.
Examine the corner of the mattress, and spray with your chosen essential oils, regularly.
Remove clutter from your bedrooms – and check your hardcover books! Bedbugs will hide in the crevices and spines of your books.