Treating bed bugs is not like treating ants or roaches, which is why having the proper tools is crucial to your success. Using bleach, 409, roach traps and other common household items will not work against bed bugs. Also, many of the natural remedies to treating bed bugs will not work either. Bed bugs are becoming more and more resistant to even pesticides including pyrethrum, which have been used for years as a contact killer against bed bugs.
We suggest when treating bed bugs to use products labeled for bed bugs and to follow the safety instructions closely.
For those looking to treat bed bugs naturally one of the best and only ways to do it is through heat. Some pest control operators have large heating equipment that work on propane or electricity and can heat your entire home above 117 degrees fahrenheit. This kills all stages of bed bugs including the eggs. If you live in an apartment, this may not always work as bed bugs could still pass back over from the neighbor after the treatment. The treatment takes about a full day and cost between $1500 and $3000 so it’s not for everyone.
Steam can also be used well against bed bugs. Using a steamer with end tip temperature above 185 degree fahrenheit will kill bed bugs on contact. The Vapamore MR-100 is a popular residential steamer used for bed bugs. Although steamers work well, they only work on contact so a good residual pesticide and powder is suggested after the steam treatment.
In summary if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Many of the all natural remedies for bed bugs just don’t work and home cleaning products should be avoided as a treatment. Look for products that are labeled for bed bugs and if you have to go natural, turn to heat, steam and diatomaceous earth as a treatment. Remember to dry all your clothing on high heat to kill all stages of bed bugs and then place in hefty big bags or sealed garbage bags. For papers, books magazines, shoes and other items that cannot be placed in the dryer, we suggest purchasing a PackTite heat treatment device.