The bed bug situation I've been reading in the news is getting out of hand. There's a dog, named Lola, that can sniff out bed bugs in Britain to let you if there are bed bugs around and one named Snoopy in New York City. I don't have a trained bed bug sniffer, so I'm just gonna just keep the bed bugs away, period. Wanna know what you can use without having to sleep in a sleeping bag if you're gonna be traveling? Spritz your bedding with essential oils. But for at home, I give a spring cleaning to include essential oil. I strip my mattress of all linen and spritz my entire mattress, including the seams, the sides, the buttons, everything, even pillowcases, and take it from the room to be laundered in hot water. If the pillows can be laundered, I do so. If not, spritz the entire pillows real well with essential oils, too. If you have help some strong muscular help, move the entire bed away from the wall, vacuum the floor and the slats and the bed frame and the entire bedroom real good, making sure to get around the dark areas all around the base board and legs of your bed. This might be a good time to clear the clutter and get some good disinfectant on the baseboard as well. If you have a foundation mattress, spritz it with essential oils and the underside of your top mattress as well, if you can. You want to make those bed bugs unwanted everywhere and give them no place to hide or be comfortable. Essential oils will do the job. Then every time you change sheets or every other night, spritz around the bed or on your sheets and go to sleep enjoying an aroma of the essential oils of your choice, and smile knowing bed bugs can't tolerate essential oils. Don't forget to wash your sheets, pillowcases, shams, and bed shirting in hot water before placing back on your 'bed bug zone-free bed. Make your entire bedroom a place that bed bugs will run from. Check out my website to see the newest entry of the essential oils I use to banish bed bugs in any bed I sleep in and not allow any infestation to get started. Those bug bites hurt! So don't let 'em get started to get ya.
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