Bed Bugs have been in the news quite a bit over the last year or so. The little pests can be quite the nuisance and don’t just infect dirty homes. The bed bugs can appear in the cleanest of environments, or even nest during the moving process if your belongings aren’t properly sealed. Bed bugs can cause painful itching, redness and sores all over your body, so it’s important to do everything you can to prevent them AND get rid of any existing infestations. The recipe below will help kill the bed bugs, keep them away AND it is great for traveling. If you are planning on staying in a hotel in the near future, just bring a small container of the mixture along with you and spray the perimeter of the bed to help ensure you don’t get in contact with any of these critters.
There are some new products on the market that are advertised as bed bug ‘traps’. We haven’t tried any of those, but we always encourage using natural ingredients as your solution. Not only is the following recipe green, it is also safe to use in case it comes in contact with the skin.
Bed Bug Prevention Spray:
10 Drops of Peppermint Essential Oil (Supreme version works best)
10 Drops of Clove Essential Oil
10 Milliliters of Pure Alcohol (rubbing alcohol)
1 Empty Plastic Bottle with Sprayer Top
Combine Peppermint Essential Oil, Clove Essential Oil and rubbing alcohol into spray bottle. Shake vigorously. Spray around head boards, the perimeter of the bed, bedding and anywhere else the bed bugs may be residing. You can also wrap soaked fabric around the legs of the bed to keep them away.
TRAVELING TIP: Soak cotton balls in the mixture and put them into your suitcase. This will ensure the bugs don’t crawl into your suitcase at your next hotel visit. You would be surprised how often bed bugs travel from hotel to your home thru your travel bags. Prevent this with the soaked cotton balls!