Does Tea Tree Oil Kill Bed Bugs? Does It Treat Bed Bug Bites?

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Before purchasing a product, we always look for the home remedies to deal with the pests.

Have you heard about tea tree oil for bed bug treatment?

Probably, Yes, you have heard about it.

You may be thinking,

Can tea tree oil kill bed bugs?

Can we use it as our primary weapon against these insects?

And, Will it work on the bed bug bites?

In this article, I’m going to show you exactly what you want to know about tea tree oil and bed bugs. All you’ve to do is read on…

What is Tea Tree Oil? (In Brief)

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Tea tree oil is an essential oil that is obtained from the plant Melaleuca Alternifolia, an Australian plant.

It’s known for its antiseptic properties and the ability to treat wounds. People also use it for treating bug bites.

Using Tea Tree Oil for Bed Bug Bites

Tea tree oil is a wonderful home remedy to get relief from pain & itching of bed bug bites. It contains natural anti-inflammatory properties that reduce swelling & redness of the skin.

Its antiseptic properties also reduce the risk of infection from these insect bites. It can also be used on wounds. It’s great for acne treatment.

Whether you have an open wound or you’ve bug bites, I recommend diluting the tea tree oil before use. Use of concentrated form directly can result in harmful effects on the skin.

Warning: It should not be consumed in any form (concentrated or diluted). It may affect the immune system, cause diarrhea, confusion, and drowsiness. In extreme, it can lead to coma.

Should I Use Tea Tree Oil for Killing Bed Bugs?

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Advocates of tea tree oil suggest that spraying diluted tea tree oil on the bed sheets, mattresses, and other places will kill bed bugs.

Sorry to say,

It’s not effective.

But, if you use the concentrated form, then it’s harmful to humans. Even, some people may experience skin irritation upon contact. It is also not good for pets.

Bed bugs can hide in various places like in cracks, within the bed frame, furniture, and on many other places. Thus, spraying an ineffective solution on a small percentage of these bugs will not eliminate them from your house.

The Conclusion

The diluted tea tree oil is not effective in eliminating bed bugs from your house.

While, the concentrated oil can kill some of them, but, it’s not safe for humans & pets.

So, I will not recommend the use of tea tree oil for bed bug treatment in your house.

Instead of that, you can use organic & natural bed bug killing products that are safe for humans & pets. You can also use bleach for small bed bug infestation.

Along with tea tree oil, you can use household steamers to kill bed bugs.

After killing these insects, don’t forget to use mattress encasements. Check this article, to find out the best bed bug proof mattress covers.

Have you used tea tree oil for insect bites? Please share your views.

Dinesh Kumar
Hello, I'm Dinesh. I have 4 years of experience in dealing with pests. I try to provide you the best information that'll help you to make the pest control process easy & affordable. In recent years, I've helped hundreds of homeowners to protect their home from pests like bed bugs, cockroaches, fleas, house flies, snakes, rats and other pests.

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