Last Modified on Jun 18, 2014
As more people are travelling more frequently and even further than ever before, bed bugs are becoming more and more of an issue. But, if you are experiencing an issue with bed bug bites or with an infestation, don’t worry because we have some safe, effective treatment options for you. We suggest treating bites with apple cider vinegar or calamine lotion with zinc oxide and eradicating the pests from your home using cinnamon.
What Are Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs can be described as small, round, brown-colored insects that feed on the blood of animals and humans. These bugs have flat bodies that look somewhat like an apple seed. However, as they feed, their bodies grow or swell and become reddish in color. The bugs are typically most active at night and feed in a general area for three to ten minutes, leaving behind a collection of spots.
What Causes an Infestation?
The common misconception is that bed bugs come from a dirty place; however, the bugs can be found even in the cleanest of places. Generally speaking, the bugs are transported from an infested area to a new locale by a variety of means and can live anywhere. The most common hiding places for the bugs are linens, furniture with upholstery, mattresses, box springs, and bed frames, so hotels and other travelling locales are primary hosts to the pesky nuisances.
Do I Have to Call an Exterminator?
If you have discovered that your home has been invaded by bed bugs, you may want to call an exterminator as these individuals are trained to eradicate such issues. However, you can many times treat the condition just as effectively yourself.
What Are the Best Natural Remedies for Bed Bugs?
If you find that you have been bitten by bed bugs, we suggest you use apple cider vinegar or calamine lotion to treat the bites. We also suggest that you eliminate any existing bugs using cinnamon.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid. This acid helps relieve the itching and burning caused by bed bug bites.
2. Calamine Lotion
Calamine lotion contains an important compound zinc oxide. This compound helps relieve itching and reduce inflammation caused by bug bites.
The oil in cinnamon serves as a poison for bed bugs. Sprinkling your furniture and mattress with the spice should eliminate the bugs almost instantly.
If you’ve ever dealt with bed bugs, you know they aren’t easy to get rid of, but these natural remedies should help. Give our suggestions a try or add a few of your own to our list of reader-contributed remedies below!
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[YEA] Traveling this summer my husband and I stayed in a hotel that had a five star rating, and I was bitten by bed bugs. To releive the itching and burning I used Apple Cider Vinegar. It worked miracles immediately!
[YEA] I stayed at a hotel in New Orleans for a conference and was bitten by bed bugs all over my face, arms, legs, and chest. (We caught one and were able to take it to the front desk so it was definately bed bugs.) It took several days for the welts to appear, but when they did, they were bad. I looked on-line for 2 weeks to find help to reduce the swelling, redness, and itching. During those two weeks the bites continued to look and feel worse. I looked and felt terrible. I tried witch hazel, aloe, coconut oil, camphor, hydocortosone creme, antibiotic cream.. Nothing worked.
Someone mentioned Calamine lotion (make sure to get the one with Zinc Oxide in it) and within 24 hours of using it the swelling was gone, the redness was less than half of what it was, and it itching stopped. After 2 weeks the bites are finally healing instead of getting worse!!!! Thought I would share it here. Thank heavens we knew what happened and were able to treat our stuff with heat upon returning home so we didn't bring them home with us!!