If you happen to spot bed bugs in your home, it’s natural to be scared.
Bed bugs can disrupt your life if they’re not identified and dealt with appropriately.
Infestations can also be a major financial burden…
(Not to discount the physical injury and emotional trauma that bed bugs cause).
While you may need to hire a pest control service in many cases to completely eradicate an infestation.
This isn’t always the case.
Pest control is expensive – So if you can’t afford it don’t feel like you’re out of options.
there are ways to kill bed bugs quickly using household items.
The following are some common chemicals and household solutions to kill bed bugs yourself.
Here’s What Kills Bed Bugs Fast
There are certain solutions that you can use to successfully mitigate a bed bug infestation:
(Results will vary)
Alcohol To Kill Bed Bugs
One of the most effective DIY solutions for killing bed bugs instantly is diluted rubbing alcohol.
Alcohol kills bed bugs as soon as it makes contact with them.
It also evaporates quickly, which makes it safer to use than other forms of alcohol.
Keep in mind that while alcohol is effective at killing bed bugs quickly…
It’s not a full proof method.
You may run into the following 2 obstacles:
- Bed Bugs Hide
When it comes to hiding, bed bugs are outstanding. So spraying them with alcohol may be difficult when in hard to reach places.
Recent studies found that 99 percent of alcohol concentrations only managed to kill 40 to 60 percent of bed bug adults sprayed.
2. Alcohol Doesn’t Affect Bed Bugs in ALL Life Stages
Are smaller and harder to spot. Therefore it’s more likely you don’t see them when spaying alcohol.
Alcohol also doesn’t affect bed bug eggs either.
As it quickly evaporates following the initial application.
So Can Rubbing Alcohol Kill Bed Bugs?
On contact, alcohol will kill bed bugs.
The tricky part is making sure EVERY bug in an infestation is identified and sprayed.
Even if you leave one bed bug alive..
It could easily result in a second infestation in a matter of months.
You’re better off hiring professionals who can fully eliminate the infestation using contact spray, which is a professional-grade insecticide for which rubbing alcohol is a poor substitute.
Combined with residual sprays, contact spray can permanently remove an infestation.
A relatively newer treatment method is the heat treatment.
This is typically more expensive, but can eradicate an entire infestation in just ONE treatment.
Diffusing Essential Oils for Bed Bugs
Essential oils and combinations of them have been employed to kill bed bugs for hundreds of years….
Along with DDT, these methods of killing bed bugs almost eradicated infestations entirely in the 1950s.
Although since then bed bugs have made a comeback.
However, some are still ideal for use in the home as an effective means of killing bed bugs instantly.
Oils work by suffocating bed bugs.
A recent 2018 study on oregano essential oil and others have found these oils to be reliable when used to kill bed bugs in the home.
Although the fact is…
That these tests took place in controlled settings where bed bugs didn’t have the opportunity to thrive and feed.
If an essential oil solution doesn’t make contact with each bed bug in an infestation.
(similar to alcohol)
The chances are that they will survive and spread fast.
The main appeal of essential oils is their chemical-free nature that makes them more favorable over perceivably harmful insecticides.
Using essential oils may be a more “natural” way to get rid of bed bugs, but today’s professional-grade chemicals aren’t as damaging as they used to be.
With EPA regulations in place to ensure they’re safe to use.
What Chemical Kills Bed Bugs?
The EPA has over 300 chemicals that are safe to use against bed bugs.
Still, if you prefer homemade solutions…
Essential oils could work in conjunction with rubbing alcohol as safe alternatives to kill bed bugs on contact.
How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs in Your Mattress
You’re not going to want to spray toxic chemicals or rub alcohol all over your mattress…
because that could be damaging to your health.
You will want to be extra careful with the home remedies that you use to remove bed bugs from your mattress, or any furniture that’s close to where you sleep.
Here are a 3 ways to remove these pests from your mattress:
Wrap all of your sheets/blankets into a sealed bag and then properly clean your bedding.
You should wash/dry everything on high heat to ensure it kills all bed bugs that are attached.
Separate your mattress from your box spring, and then run a vacuum over both of them.
Make sure to vacuum around all viewable areas where these insects could be living.
For best results use a vacuum with a HEPA filter.
3. Mattress Cover:
You can purchase a special bed bug proof mattress encasement that covers both your mattress AND box spring.
This provides 2 benefits….
All bed bugs that were on your mattress will be trapped inside and eventually will starve.
All bed bugs that were outside your mattress can no long get into your mattress to hide.
They’re easier to spot and be dealt with.
Other Proven Bed Bug Treatments
Bed bugs are known to be elusive with an incredible ability to survive under adverse circumstances.
For this reason, you may need to try a few different treatment methods until you find the one that works.
If you’re experiencing a particularly nasty infestation…
You can try a combination of some additional treatment methods like:
This is a chemical you can buy from your local hardware store that can kill bed bugs within a few days of contact. This powdery substance will slowly dehydrate bed bugs over time as it damages their exoskeletons.
The beauty of this method is that bed bugs spread it themselves as they contact other bed bugs. It’s also safe for indoor use and safe for humans which is a big plus.
Bed bugs communicate with each other through the use of pheromones, one of which is called Histamine.
A biologist at Simon Fraser University has let bed bugs bite her thousands of times to support her research on an effective bed bug trap.
They came up with combinations of chemicals that successfully lure bed bugs into a trap that contains, and eventually kills them.
Click here for our complete guide to bed bug traps.
What Bed Bug Treatments Don’t Work?
Rubbing alcohol and essential oils are potentially effective at killing bed bugs instantly.
Albeit not as effective as professional treatments…
But the following 3 methods are far less likely to give you the results you want.
1. Vaseline or Adhesive Tape:
Using double-sided tape or Vaseline is a frequent recommendation among homeowners because of their perceived ability to keep bed bugs from climbing legs of the bed:
Trapping them in place like fly paper.
In spite of this widespread myth…
Tape, Vaseline, and other types of traps:
Will almost NEVER work.
Bed bugs are too smart to fall for this.
In lieu of adhesive traps, you may want to try traps such as pitfalls with a smooth surface that bed bugs can’t climb up.
While this won’t immediately kill bed bugs on contact, these traps can help keep bed bugs from feeding on you at night.
2. Hair Dryers:
Killing bed bugs with heat is a method that many homeowners are likely to consider.
And hair dryers may seem like a relatively safe tool.
The truth is that while they can kill a bed bug or two, hairdryers don’t ordinarily exceed temperatures of…
150 degrees Fahrenheit.
Which isn’t sufficient for killing bed bugs instantly.
For this method to be effective, you would need to aim the hairdryer at bed bugs for minutes at a time, which can make for a time-consuming process.
To kill bed bugs with heat, they have to be exposed to temperatures well above 120 degrees Fahrenheit for multiple hours.
3. Clothing Irons:
Another tool that some might try to instantly kill bed bugs is a clothing iron.
Like the hair dryer, the thought process is it can apply heat directly to bed bugs.
Irons might be able to reach hotter temperatures than hair dryers, but you won’t be able to reach deep into the cracks/crevices where bed bugs might hide…
Especially hard surfaces on which you can’t safely use clothing irons.
If you want to use heat to kill bed bugs with efficiency…
Industrial grade portable heaters and steamers can give you better results.
Regardless of the household items you choose to quickly get rid of a bed bug infestation…
None are more effective than professional extermination services.
If your goal is to completely eliminate an existing infestation and prevent bed bugs from returning in the future:
Consider hiring a pest control team with the training and equipment needed to get the job done right.
Click here more information on the Do’s and Don’ts of DIY methods for bed bug treatments.
Bed Bug Treatment SummaryHere is a breakdown of the popular bed bug treatments we went over in this article (in order of effectiveness).
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You Could be Eligible for Compensation
Professional bed bug treatments are extremely expensive, so if you’re suffering from an infestation…
You may have some options.
If you’re a renter:
And currently have an active bed bug infestation, you may be able eligible to sue your landlord and get financial compensation.
If you’re in a temporary residence:
Like a hotel, motel, or Airbnb, and suffered bed bug bites, you may have a case against hotel management.
For more information – Learn about how you can sue a hotel for your bed bug injuries.
Get in touch with a lawyer today to discuss your unique situation, and help determine whether you have a case to receive compensation for your losses.
Get a free consultation and call (855) 733 9217 to get in touch with a specialist.
No fees unless you win your case.