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Why Natural Remedies Don’t Work for Bed Bugs

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Because of the prevalence of bed bugs, there is no shortage of ideas and methods circulating around the internet for how to get rid of them. While it may seem convenient to simply use household or natural remedies to rid your home of bed bugs, the truth is that this does not work. In this blog, we’re going to explain why each of these natural and home remedies will not suffice to manage your bed bug infestation. To truly rid your home of these pests, contact your local and trusted bed bugs exterminator right away for guaranteed professional assistance.

Cayenne Pepper

There are plenty of articles online that claim cayenne pepper will kill bed bugs presumably from the antimicrobial properties of the spice. However, dusting your home with red pepper is more dangerous for potential ingestion by children or pets. Plus, cayenne pepper’s notably red color easily stains furniture and carpet. All in all, this is not a feasible solution for a bed bug infestation.

Diatomaceous Earth

According to the National Pesticide Information Center, diatomaceous earth is made from the fossilized remains of tiny, aquatic organisms called diatoms. Their skeletons are made of a natural substance called silica. Over a long period of time, diatoms accumulated in the sediment of rivers, streams, lakes, and oceans.

It’s believed that the rugged shape of the substance (as seen under a microscope) penetrates the exoskeleton of bed bugs and slowly causes them to dehydrate. While this might seem promising, this also causes danger to children and pets, can cause damage to the lungs, and it has not been proven to kill bed bugs.

Essential Oils

While they might smell great and double as effective cleaning agents, essential oils such as tea tree, clove, and thyme are not effective at preventing or killing bed bugs. While the pungent aroma and high acidic pH of clove oil might drive some bugs away from that specific area, it’s not guaranteed that the entire infestation will vanish. In fact, this might cause a more severe infestation as they spread throughout your home to get away from the essential oils.

Baking Soda

Baking soda has been thought to be an effective natural insecticide. However, the amount needed to suffocate any existing bed bugs would be insurmountable.

Rather than relying on the internet to provide ineffective remedies, contact the pros to get it done right the first time.

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