Bed Bugs Be Gone! That’s what many say when using certain essential oils. I have no personal experience in getting rid of bed bugs but I think that’s because I use and diffuse my essential oils often.
Unlike chemical sprays, unadulterated and undiluted essential oils are not toxic to us and the environment, and are safe when used correctly. Essential oils do not necessarily get rid of insect pests through smell alone but rather by the essential oil disrupting the waxy coating found on many species of insects bodies. The essential oils work by coating the insects waxy exoskeleton which then causes the insect to loose water from their body and become dehydrated and die.
As for eggs and larvae, the essential oils simply kill them provided, again, if the super-fine mist of essential oil comes into contact with the insect material.
Please also note that there are many natural and nontoxic solutions that will also cause death to an insect by the same means. For instance, undiluted dish soap, such as Dawn, will also disrupt an insects waxy body coating – you’ve seen the commercials of rescue worker’s using Dawn dish soap on wildlife to remove oil from birds and other beautiful critters when there have been oil spills, the soap breaks down the oily, waxy coating on feathers and skin, freeing the critter or bird from certain death. Thus, any substance that disrupts the waxy coating on an insect will cause it to dehydrate and die. I just don’t know of any possible way to get Dawn dish soap dispersed into the air via diffuser without completely ruining the diffuser and leaving a soapy residue on everything in the bedroom, so this is why people have chosen to use essential oils.
Diffusing Purification Essential Oil Blend for Bed Bugs
Diffusing with a ‘cold-air’ essential oil diffuser is an all-natural way to put a micro-fine mist of essential oil into the air so that either the scent or essential oil itself can draw-out insects from hiding places and so the mist comes into contact with the insects waxy body coating.
How to Diffuse to Get Rid Bed Bugs
During the day, while you’re at work, turn on and fill your diffuser with Purification essential oil blend using the highest diffusing setting. Allow the diffuser run all day. Do this every day until the bed bugs are gone.
The TheraPro Diffuser (a cold-air diffuser) produces a micro-fine essential oil mist in the air which slowly settles and makes contact with the bed bugs body. Shortly after that the bed bug will die of dehydration; so you’ll want to do a thorough vacuuming often, here is more information on getting bed bugs under control.
Added Benefits: Diffusing Purification oil can also help prevent mold and disrupt micro-organisms that cause colds and flu.
Caution: Do NOT leave pets in the room when a diffuser is running all day; too much of even a good thing can be overkill for those we cherish!
Purification Bed Bug Sachets for Under Your Mattress
These little sachets are placed between your mattress and box-spring. I do not know if these work or not. If you would like to give it a try and find out here’s how to make them…
- Cut 8 – 4″x4″ squares of gauze type fabric and sew each square on 3 sides.
- Take 2 cotton balls and sprinkle each with several drops of Purification essential oil blend.
- Place 2 cotton balls in each sachet and sew up the open side of fabric.
- Place each sachet between your mattress and box-spring, spending them out in a grid layout.
- Refresh cotton balls every 1-2 months with Purification.
For more tips and recipes using essential oils visit The Lavender Guides
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