How to get rid of bed bugs in Nigeria,Effective Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs Naturally in Nigeria, bed bugs eradication in Nigeria, what chemical kills bed bugs and their eggs?
There is nothing more irritating than the bite of a foul smelling beg bug. The bites can cause anxiety, skin irritation and even an allergic reaction. It is a nightmare to even think that your house has been attacked by bed bugs. Bed bugs are basically parasites which belong to the cimicid family. They are oval, small and brown-coloured insects that feed on blood. The most common bed bug is called ‘Cimex Lectularius’, which feeds mainly on human blood.
Although bed bugs are usually more active during the night time, they aren’t nocturnal in nature. The eggs of bed bugs are so small (like a dot) that they can come along with visitors, luggage, used clothing, used furniture, etc. These creatures cannot fly; however, they can move swiftly over ceilings, walls and also over floors. Bites from these insects can cause harmful effects to your health such as allergic symptoms, skin rashes, itching, pain, skin discoloration, hives and wheels, skin eruptions etc.
In order to keep your house free from bed bugs, you must try some homemade natural repellent sprays. Read on to know more:
A very strong industrial chemical (insecticide) that kills every insects it comes in contact with including the annoying bed bug….. Sniper is used to fumigate hostels against bed bug and other insects during during holidays and it is very effective when also used with care at home. Spread or drop sniper in all crevices and corners of your rooms and watch it kill all beg bugs instantly including their eggs… Note that you are not supposed to stay in the same room you fumigated with sniper until after 24 -48 hours to avoid organophospate poisoning.
According to Bedbugbites: Camphor oil can be used for repelling bed bugs. However, you must not apply camphor oil to the skin. Camphor oil can be absorbed by the skin where it can cause an allergic reaction as well as blood toxicity especially in children. Overdosing on camphor oil can cause nausea, vomiting, and even convulsions and palpitations. In order to use the camphor oil to repel bed bugs, you can add it to some rubbing alcohol or water and spray it around the bed. However, this is not an efficient way of getting rid of bed bugs using camphor. You must use an integrated pest management program, especially when you are battling a large infestation.
Clove oil has the properties which can repel insects and also kill them. Cloves contain an acidic pH and it also has a pungent smell, which doesn’t allow the bugs to survive and therefore kills them. Take about one tsp of clove oil and mix it in a cup of water. Transfer this solution to a spray bottle and sprinkle it on the bug-affected zones.
4. Neem Oil
Neem oil is famous for its insecticidal and therapeutic properties. The cold-pressed oil of neem leaves is highly toxic in nature and it can be harmful for the insects. Take about an ounce of neem essential oil (in concentrated form) and mix it in 4 ounces of water. Thereafter, add half a teaspoon of soap to blend it nicely. Once you are done with the solution, spray it on your sheets, beds, walls and all the possible places and corners where bed bugs can hide. Initially, repeat this process thrice a day. Later, you can do it on alternate days for about 18-20 days in total.
5. Lavender Oil
This is also a very effective insecticide for bed bugs. Lavender oil kills the eggs of the bed bugs as well. Take 50 ml of water and add about 10 to 15 drops of lavender oil and mix it well by shaking, transfer the solution to a spray bottle and spray it on the affected areas.
6. Eucalyptus Oil
This is an excellent repellent for bed bugs. The oil of eucalyptus shows ovicidal activity and also has insecticidal properties which helps to repel weeds, fungi, mites, bacteria and insects. Take 1.5 ounces of vodka, 2 ounces of water and about 30-35 drops of eucalyptus oil. Transfer all these to a spray bottle and shake it nicely, then spray this solution on the bug-infested zones. Spray after every 2 hours to get the desired result.
7. Orange Oil
The d-limonene present in the orange oil is believed to be an insecticide. This substance is actually a nerve toxin that destroys the bed bugs within a few seconds. Take about one ounce of blackstrap molasses, one cup of compost tea and two ounces of orange oil and add all of these to about four litres of water. Mix all the content nicely and spray it onto the bug-infested zones.
8. Thyme oil
Thyme oil has insecticidal properties that can repel bed bugs easily. Take some thyme leaves and put them in net bags and place them in the affected areas. On every 3rd day, discard the old leaves and fill the bags with fresh thyme leaves. Go on with this procedure for about one month to get a bug-free house.
9. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is an awesome insect repeller. This oil has a property to damage the cell membrane and thus is a very efficient insect killer, especially when it comes to killing bed bugs. Take about 50 ml of water and add 2 tsp of tea tree oil, mix it nicely and transfer the solution to a spray bottle. Spray it profusely on all the bed bug-prone areas. Use it daily and shake it well before every spray.
10. Baking soda
Baking soda or sodium bicarbonate also is a wonderful response to the issue of how to get rid of bed bugs in our homes. Baking soda works very effectively in killing the bedbugs even before you know it. It sucks the moisture present on these tiny parasites and this eventually causes their death. You will need half bowl of baking soda and a vacuum. Put the soda at all the places affected with the bugs and vacuum all the soda after three days. Repeat the process and your home will be free of bed bugs in no time.
Apart from its use in the kitchen, vinegar can also be used to kill bedbugs. However, it is important to remember that though vinegar can kill bedbugs by destroying their nervous system, it cannot kill their eggs. Apply white distilled vinegar on the edges of the things that show signs of infestation and then spray vinegar liberally on the bedbugs. That way, they will not be able to scurry away and escape from the vinegar sprays.
12. Over-the-counter Insecticides
They may kill adult beg bugs but are not effective in getting rid of their eggs…. Over the counter insecticides like Raid, Sheltox, Mortein,Baygon etc are available in supermarkets but are not effective in mass fumigation.
13. Oregano oil
The strong smell of oregano oil especially when mixed with ginger and cayenne pepper repels bedbugs.
There are now private fumigation companies in Nigeria that will help get rid of pests, bugs and reptiles from your homes.
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