A quick Google search will bring up hundreds, if not thousands of DIY methods to get rid of bed bugs.  Many of these results haven’t been tested, and nearly all of them are unconfirmed and not backed by any science what-so-ever.  These “old-wives-tale” methods could spread your bed bug problem to other rooms, making the problem much harder to treat, or they could cause major damage to you or your home due to fire, water damages or health risks.

Don’t fall for these hoax treatments! 

Foggers/Bug Bombs

Although there are many products on the shelf that claim to be effective against bed bugs, many are completely untested and ineffective.  Foggers and bug bombs are one of those completely ineffective treatments in eliminating a bed bug infestation.  In most cases where bug bombs have been used the infestation is spread out over multiple rooms or hidden inside walls and under carpeting.  Bugs will try to move away from the treatment area to avoid the annoying fumes.  This pushes them into places where they wouldn’t normally go, and makes future treatments much harder.  Depending on what was used and when the treatments were applied, this DIY methods can also make professional heat and other treatments impossible or dangerous.

 

Diatomaceous Earth

This DIY treatment is one of the top search results found online.  The substance is easy to find at animal feed stores and hardware stores which makes this method a popular one for people to try.  Diatomaceous earth works by dehydrating the bugs, however for bed bugs to be affected they must walk through the power multiple times to cover their body with the powder.  Also, nymphs and eggs are not affected by this method at all since they are usually well hidden inside furniture or your mattress.    Additionally, dust pesticides like Diatomaceous earth can harm humans and animals if breathed in.  This makes K-9 inspections impossible and could affect the ability to treat with heat or chemicals, especially if not cleaned properly.

 

Off-The-Shelf Pesticides

Like foggers and bug bombs, off-the-shelf pesticides may claim to kill bed bugs, but in most cases they are not properly tested and could be dangerous for your health.  Most people know that pesticides are not safe to breath in.  However that does not stop people from dumping them all of their bed and living areas in an effort to kill bed bugs.  Not only is this very dangerous to you and your families health, it can also cause the bed bug infestation to spread, making your entire home inhabitable.

 

So what does work?

IBBRA encourages you to never perform a DIY bed bug treatment unless the method has been tried and approved by actual pest professionals.  The most effective DIY treatment is rented bed bug heat equipment.  RentBedBugHeaters.com and IBBRA are dedicated to help those that want to perform DIY treatments make smarter and more effective treatment decisions.  Find a bed bug heater rental provider near you by searching our provider map.  IBBRA also offers other DIY options though our online store where you can find many IBBRA approved heaters and heat treatment accessories available for purchase.  All products sold in the IBBRA store have been tried and tested for effectiveness and quality!