bugs (cimex lectularius) are insects that can be found in
areas where humans reside. They are nocturnal and
survive by living on human blood and so are most commonly
found in bedding and sleeping areas, including carpets and
mattresses. They are more prevalent in 3rd world
countries but are not uncommon in western households,
especially with the increase in world travel.
Common hygiene techniques enhanced with essential oils
that are effective against parasites can readily rid an area
of these pests. Bites and their uncomfortable itching
can also be treated effectively with essential oils.
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mahogany flat, crimson rambler, heavy dragoon, chinche bug,
Oils, blends & products
Oils & Blends:
Clove, Lavender, Lemongrass, On Guard, Peppermint, Purify
Essential oils based
Melaleuca, Terra Shield
Removing from areas
• Using a spray bottle mix 1/4 cup of water with 15 drops
of Lemongrass or Clove/Peppermint. Strip bed and spray
the mattress (carpets if suspected). Wash bed linens and add
a small towel with 3-5 drops of Purify to the dryer.
For the first few days spray the sheets and pillow cases once
a day. Diffuse same oils for 3 - 4 hours with mattress
stripped and closet doors open.
• On Guard using the same protocol will also be effective.
For relief from bites
Purify (Lavender, TerraShield) applied topically to the
Experiences and Testimonials of others
Skipper - My college age daughter found a bed bug in her
bed, I had her spray the bed and pillows with an On Guard
/ water mix. Any other ideas?
Loryjean - Susan Lawton suggested Clove and Peppermint in
a spray bottle for bedding. Check the carpets, too.
Pat - Purify and or Terra Shield will get rid of those
Rob - Mix 1/4 cup water to 15 drops Lemongrass. Shake
well and spray the mattress well. You can also spray the
bedding and pillows daily before bed time. When you wash
bedding, put a few drops of Melaleuca and/or Lemongrass in
your cycle then while drying, put a few drops of Purify on a
small hand towel and put in the dryer.
Diffuse Purify or On Guard in the bedroom.