Bed Bugs – Are They Worth Burning Down the House? Bed bugs are well-known as one of the most difficult of all pest to eradicate. And it is always best if you hire a professional, but in many cases, people can’t afford one.
Do-it-Yourself Bed Bug Treatments Growing in Importance
So, you turn to the Internet and search for “How to get rid of bed bugs, or bed bug killers.” And with one click, hundreds of do-it-yourself ideas and methods pop up.
Unfortunately, rubbing alcohol is right up there with Diatomaceous Earth and Bed Bug Bombs. Through extensive testing, even professional products are moderately effective at controlling these pests.
Alcohol and Bed Bugs
This assumption and misuse of alcohol has been the source of many house and apartment fires. From what you read, you can assume if you saturate a mattress or couch, it will kill the bed bugs. This can be no further from the truth.
Alcohol doesn’t kill the egg stage, dries quickly, leaving no residual or further control. And because it is highly flammable, it’s hardly worth burning down the house.
We’ve heard people confess they used two and sometimes three gallons of alcohol and still had bed bugs and couldn’t figure out why.
Can I Get Rid of Bed Bugs Myself?
Important! “If” you see the bug, you can kill the bug. Problem with bed bugs, is that they are extremely good at hiding. Bed bugs are much easier to eliminate closest to their introduction phase. But, if you’ve had them for a while [4-5-6 months], and if you’ve been self-treating, it may be very difficult.
There are techniques that can kill bed bugs on contact, but proper application is important. You have to find and directly hit the bug in order to kill it. However, it’s those hidden in cracks and crevices, behind baseboards, or under carpet edges or behind walls that present a problem. And without knowing which products are used and the exact strategy, people often fail.
How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs Without Burning Down the House
You do have a fighting chance of getting rid of bed bugs on your own, but it is going to take education, patience and a lot of hard work. (Especially if you’ve had bed bugs for more than a few months).
We wrote a book outlining each step of proper bed bug elimination starting with what you need to know about their nature. It’s like understanding your enemy and all their tactics before you go to war. This prepares you so you can find all their hiding places for complete elimination.
Then, it walks you into a step by step procedure so that you don’t miss a beat. It’s called, “How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs on a Tight Budget”. You can even get it for FREE on Kindle.
The best part is, if you have any questions or don’t understand anything, you can reach out to the IBBRA for answers. We also encourage people to share the information they’ve learned with friends and families.
We are always here to help!