Not only can you repel bed bugs with sprays and powders, but you can also take preventative measures within the home and while traveling that will decrease the chances that these critters will make their way into your home.
Cleaning with High TemperatureThis is a common sense approach to repelling bed bugs. Wash your bed sheets and linens in hot water regularly. Vacuum floors on a regular basis, paying special attention to baseboards and the area where floor and walls meet since these are areas that are most bed bug like to hide.
Vacuuming the mattress is also helpful, using the suction wand to scrape against seams and folds. When returning from a trip, immediately wash all clothes and dry them on a high heat setting, and vacuum your luggage. After vacuuming, immediately seal the bag with tape and throw it away outside.
Mattress CoversMattress covers are great for preventing bed bugs from hiding in your mattress. This bed bug treatment will repel bed bugs by eliminating a place for them to hide, and will also kill any live bugs that happened to be trapped inside the mattres-s before it was covered. But remember that bed bugs can survive for up to 1 year.
Bed Bug SpraysThere are several bed bug sprays that are safe to apply to bedding and clothing and are made of all natural ingredients. There are naturally occurring ingredients such as enzymes and oils that bed bugs cannot stand, and can be sprayed directly to your bed and belongings to decrease the chances of them visiting your home uninvited. To repel bed bugs while traveling, use sprays on your bed, clothing, and luggage.
1. Rest EasyThis is an all natural bed bug repellent made of cinnamon oil, lemon grass oil, mint oil, and clove oil. It is a contact killer, and bed bugs cannot stand these ingredients. The only complication with this spray is that it must be allowed adequate drying time, since it will not work if it has been wiped off of a surface. Let it dry, however, and it should work just fine.
2. Kleen FreeThis works to kill bed bugs by breaking down the protein in their bodies. Bed bugs have high protein contents in their outer shells. This spray can be applied anywhere, including clothing and bed sheets.
There are other sprays available that are said to repel bed bugs, but most of them are toxic and contain harmful pesticides that should not contact skin or areas that skin could come into contact with.
Bed Bug PowdersThere are pesticide powders on the market that can be applied to floors to repel bed bugs. For consumers who wish to use a more natural approach,
Diatomaceous Earth, or DE, is a powder that works just as well as other powders without any harmful side effects. Just be sure that when applying, you use a dust mask or a respirator in order to avoid breathing in any unsettled powder. DE has an abrasive property that kills bed bugs on contact.