Bed bugs were common over eighty years ago. They thrived in unsanitary housing conditions in poor neighborhoods. In England, some parents wished their children a good night with the rhythm “sleep tight and make sure the bed bugs don’t bite!” By the mid-twentieth century improved living conditions had all but eliminated the bed bug in western countries. However, in the twenty-first century, the bed bug has made a surprising return. Although the problem is not as prevalent as it was in earlier years, enough people have been affected to create an interest in home remedies.

1. Baking soda

One of the great advantages of home remedies is that they use items that are commonly found in the kitchen or bathroom cabinet. Baking soda is a classic case of one of these substances that people always have close at hand, and it has an additional advantage of cheapness. If you spread baking soda around the cracks where the bugs are located, you should find it makes a difference. It’s antimicrobial and drying properties destroy the bugs that come into contact with it. The recommended procedure involves laying down the baking soda and leaving it in place for a couple of days. After this, vacuum up the soda and apply it a second time.