Bed Bug Protocol using Young Living Essential Oils
Bedbugs (or bed bugs) are small, elusive, parasitic insects of the family Cimicidae. Bed bugs may have originated in the Middle East, in caves inhabited by bats and humans The term usually refers to species that feed preferentially on human blood; all insects in this family live by feeding exclusively on the blood of warm-blooded animals. The name 'bedbug' is derived from the insect's preferred habitat of infesting houses and especially beds or other common areas where people may sleep. Bedbugs, though not strictly nocturnal, are mainly active at night and are capable of feeding unnoticed on their hosts.
Bedbugs have been known by a variety of names including wall louse, mahogany flat, crimson rambler, heavy dragoon, chinche and redcoat.
Adults grow to 4–5 mm in length and 1.5–3 mm wide. Newly hatched nymphs are translucent, lighter in color and become browner as they moult and reach maturity.
Bedbugs use pheromones and kairomones to communicate regarding nesting locations, attacks, and reproduction. The life span of bedbugs varies by species and is also dependent on feeding. Bedbugs can survive a wide range of temperatures and atmospheric compositions. Below 16.1 °C (61.0 °F), adults enter semi-hibernation and can survive longer. Bedbugs can survive for at least five days at –10 °C (14.0 °F) but will die after 15 minutes of exposure to –32 °C (–26 °F). They show high desiccation tolerance, surviving low humidity and a 35–40 °C range even with loss of one-third of body weight; earlier life stages are more susceptible to drying out than later ones. The thermal death point for C. lectularius is high: 45 °C (113 °F), and all stages of life are killed by 7 minutes of exposure to 46 °C (115 °F).
Bedbugs are obligatory hematophagous (bloodsucking) insects. Most species only feed on humans when other prey are unavailable. Bedbugs are attracted to their hosts primarily by carbon dioxide, secondarily by warmth, and also by certain chemicals.
With the widespread use of DDT in the 1940s and 1950s, bedbugs mostly disappeared from the developed world in the mid-20th century, though infestations remained common in many other parts of the world. Rebounding populations since about 1995 present a challenge because of developed resistance to various pesticides including DDT, and organophosphates. DDT was seen to make bedbugs more active in studies done in Africa.
Bedbugs would seem to have all the prerequisites for passing diseases from one host to another, and at least twenty-seven known pathogens (some estimates are as high as forty-one) are capable of living inside a bedbug or on its mouthparts, yet there are no known cases of such transmission. Extensive laboratory testing indicates that bedbugs are unlikely to pass disease from one person to another.
The salivary fluid injected by bedbugs can cause skin to become irritated and inflamed, although individuals can differ in their sensitivity. A few cases of bullous eruptions have been reported Anaphylactoid reactions from the injection of serum and other nonspecific proteins are observed and the saliva of the bedbugs may cause anaphylactic shock, though rarely. In rare cases of intense and neglected infestation, sustained feeding by bedbugs may lead to anemia. Secondary bacterial infection (i.e., infections from scratching itchy skin too much) are possible. Systemic poisoning may occur if the bites are numerous.
The World Health Organization reported in 2008 that bedbugs may cause bronchial asthma through the release of airborne allergens and that numerous bedbug bites may cause victims to become more susceptible to other diseases, as well as causing "general malaise".
— The above information courtesy of Wikipedia.
Natural Remedy for Bed Bugs
The following information comes from Janet McBride: Since the recent outbreak of bed bug infestation, many remedies have been tried with little to no success of destroying the eggs. Now, the bed bugs are escalating because of global travel; the increase of homeless and underground communities; the popularity of "flea" markets and 2nd-hand merchandise; and worst of all, the bed bugs have become Super Bugs in that they have mutated from the DDT!
Oil lovers prefer the eco-friendly approach, and research shows that tree oils work best against parasites and menacing insects. Gary Young touts the praises of Palo Santo oil as the first choice for insect repellant. This Ecuadoran tree develops a resin to protect against infestation, and it is from that resin that Young Living distills the Palo Santo oil. Eucalyptus has been used historically for bed bugs, and Eucalyptus Blue is the first anti-viral Eucalyptus Oil. Native American Indians relied on pine needles and Cedarwood chips in their mattresses to ward off ticks and fleas. So, let's consider a logical approach to attack the bed bugs at home and especially on vacation:
Bed Bug Spray Recipe:
10 drops of Palo Santo Essential Oil
6 drops of Eucalyptus Blue Essential Oil
5 drops of Cedarwood Essential Oil
Combine with 4 oz. Distilled Water in a dark glass Spritzer bottle.
You can also make Mattress Sachets:
To go after nesting eggs, combine Cornstarch or Baking Soda in Cotton Tea bags with Palo Santo, Eucalyptus Blue and Cedarwood. Place bags on underside of mattress.
Washing Bed Linens: Thieves Cleaner and Purification Essential Oil Blend
Bug Bites: Lavender and Purification Oils
Diffuse: Purification, Palo Santo, Eucalyptus Blue
Spray on Bed Between Linen Changes: Thieves Spray
Travel Diffuser for summer and use one of our Home Diffusers Continuously!
I had a horrible cough for 3 months and finally defined it as my mattress. So I eliminated bed bugs (or something in my mattress) by spraying Thieves cleaner, eucalyptus and purification. Took the same process and used it in my laundry for my bed clothes and PJ's. — Vivian in Kentucky
I heard Janet on a Minneapolis radio station and decided to try the Bed Bug Busters kit with Amazon oils. It seems to be working all right! — Jon K., Minnesota
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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Don't expect the same results unless you are using Young Living Therapeutic Grade™ Essential Oils and supplements. Also each person is unique and different in chemistry and toxicity levels, as well as emotionally and spiritually, so an oil that is suggested for an issue may not work as well as another. If a change is not apparent within three minutes, try another oil.