We live in the age of home remedies and DIY hacks.  Bed bugs aren’t exempt from this movement.  There are countless people that just want a quick fix for. One of the simplest proposed solutions that you might have seen mentioned online is using dryer sheets to treat bed bugs. Simply put, this is not going to work.

The false method seen online states that you should place dryer sheets under your mattress, in drawers, or underneath sofa cushions, pretty much everywhere that you might think a bed bug might try to live. The theory is that the scent from the dryer sheets will drive away the bed bugs and ultimately get rid of your problem. Unfortunately, this myth and isn’t backed by any scientific findings: There’s no proof that dryer sheets will kill or repel bed bugs.

With a closer look, you may start realized other issues that would quickly arise when trying to treat bed bugs with dryer sheets. Even if the dryer sheet repelled bed bugs, it would only result in those pesky bugs moving to another space to avoid the dryer sheets. Instead of solving your bed bug problem, this would make it worse by causing the bed bugs to spread. Basically, this means that if you were to place dryer sheets everywhere, you would be faced with one of two dilemmas. Either your bed bugs will not die and continue to thrive as normal or your bed bugs will disperse to areas without dryer sheets and continue to live.

Using dryer sheets will not get rid of bed bugs and shouldn’t be taken seriously as a method to help clear up your infestation. Instead, you should speak with a professional that will provide you with the best solution for treating your bed bugs in a cost-effective way.

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