Bed bugs are small, non-flying insects known to infest bedding, among other locations in the home. In the 1940s and 1950s, they were all but eradicated by use of strong pesticides like DDT. Restrictions on strong pesticides have lead to a renewal of their presence. Bed bugs prove difficult to remove from mattresses, box springs and bedding. Fall asleep and the bed bugs come out and bite. The bites are more annoying and irritating than dangerous but elimination of bed bugs remains a high priority. Tea tree oil treats the bites but now many people are using the oil to attack the cause.
Create a barrier for bed bugs by using tea tree oil to keep them away from your bedding. Accomplish this by what Green Living Tips calls "creating a moat." Make sure your bedding does not touch the floor. Place containers under each bedpost and fill them with tea tree oil. This discourages the bed bugs from getting into your bedding, mattress or box spring. If you do not have bedposts, place the tea tree oil filled containers around the edge of the bed to have the same effect.
Mix tea tree oil and water in a spray bottle. Use trial and error to determine the proper mixture. Proper mixture depends upon your sensitivity to the oil and its effectiveness. Natural-Remedy-Review suggests anywhere from 5 to 20 percent tea tree oil. Make sure the spray comes out as a fine mist. Spray all the bedding, sheets, mattress and box spring along with the carpet and any perceived openings in baseboards or walls. Heat kills bed bugs so apply some after spraying. Use a hair dryer or some other source of hot heat like steam heat. Heat will dry out the bedding and kill the bugs.
Tea tree oil has a history of being effective in treating infections. Its history with bed bugs is based upon personal usage and not any scientific studies. Natural remedies are preferable to spraying pesticides in your bedroom. No side effects have been reported with tea tree oil except occasional sensitivity to skin. Avoid skin contact until you know how your skin reacts.