DIY or Do It Yourself Treatments for Bed Bugs

An internet search for Do It Yourself Bed Bug Solutions will generate a number of different results including those containing lavender, borax, diatomaceous earth, baking soda, salt, or even alcohol-based solutions — each of which seem to have varying levels of success. We know exactly how hard it is to get rid of bed bugs, and we know that doing so can be a costly expense, so we’ve included as much information as possible regarding DIY solutions, but we want to caveat that most of these options have very limited effectiveness.

One of the challenges that we face is that most research indicates that bed bugs continue to become increasingly resistant to chemicals, and that by-and-large, chemicals of any kind, including items that you may have in your pantry, have little to no effect on bed bug eggs despite the claims that you may find online. This means an infestation will continue to linger for months, and perhaps even years, at a time.

We’ve included this options for the sake of trying to cover the topic thoroughly but want to try and set the expectation ahead of time that these options will have limited, if any effectiveness.

 

Diatomaceous Earth

We rate this DIY Solution as:
Limited Effectiveness for Eradication

Diatomaceous earth is a naturally-occurring sedimentary rock that can be ground into a fine white powdery substance which often has an abrasive type of feel. The abrasive nature coupled with its physico-sorptive properties of the substance can erode the natural lipid protective layer that insects posses and can result in a dehydration effect that can be fatal to those bugs that encounter it. Diatomaceous earth has proven highly effective against pests such as roaches, but tends to have a limited effect on bed bugs.

Bed bugs however, tend to avoid the substance where possible, reducing its effectiveness on any bugs or eggs that have eluded contact.

We encounter diatomaceous earth on a daily basis when treating our customer’s homes and are sad to say that its effectiveness as an eradication method is limited.

Directions: Think gourmet baker sprinkling powdered sugar on a cake: powder generously in areas that bed bugs are known to travel.

 

Lavender

We rate this DIY Solution as:
No Effectiveness for Eradication, but Effective as a Repellent.

While lavender will not actually kill or address the source of your bed bug infestation, lavender can be used as an effective repellent to try and keep them at bay. It is not a 100% solution, but bed bugs in general do not appreciate the smell of lavender so they will avoid it somewhat. An added benefit of lavender use is that it is also an excellent sleep aide.

Directions: Combine 1 teaspoon of lavender oil in one cup of water. Apply to mattresses and box springs by misting with a spray bottle.

We recently posted a blog about essential oils’ effectiveness against bed bugs. Check it out!

 

Salt

We rate this DIY Solution as:
No Effectiveness for Eradication

Sadly, salt falls into a similar category as baking soda and the general consensus of laboratory testing is that salt has no effectiveness for eradicating bed bugs. The waxy protective coating that bed bugs have developed, protects them from solutions that may dehydrate other insects.

 

Isopropyl Alcohol

We rate this DIY Solution as:
Limited Effectiveness for Eradication

Alcohol has been used to anesthetize and preserve organisms for centuries. As such, misting live bed bugs with isopropyl alcohol does have a limited effect on visible bed bugs.

We rate this as limited due to the elusiveness of bed bugs however, and that more often then not, for every bed bug that is visible, there are dozens more that have evaded detection.

It should also be noted that alcohol is highly flammable and cause irritation to eyes and lungs if inhaled or contacted. It can also damage some fibers, so apply with caution.

 

Borax

We rate this DIY Solution as:
No Effectiveness for Eradication

Borax has numerous Do It Yourself uses, but it unfortunately has met its match when it comes to a DIY Solution for bed bug eradication.

Rumors online have indicated that it functions similarly to diatomaceous earth and that it erodes or damages the exoskeleton of the insect, thus causing them to die; but these claims appear to be false based upon numerous accounts.

While this may have worked during our grandparents generation, the exoskeleton adaptation and the thickening of their skin that has naturally developed over time seems to have overcome this as a DIY option.

 

Baking Soda

We rate this DIY Solution as:
No Effectiveness for Eradication

We wanted to discuss baking soda really briefly, because their is quite a bit of speculation that baking soda has the ability to function similarly to diatomaceous earth, or has the ability to dehydrate bed bugs due to its absorptive properties.

Based upon our research however those claims seem to be largely false. The waxy protective layer on their exoskeletons acts as barrier protecting bed bugs from the erosive or absorptive characteristics.

 

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TRS Extermination specializes in Bed Bug Heat Treatment using the latest and greatest technology available. The extermination process used is the most affordable and effective solution to kill bed bugs, guaranteed. The treatment is quick, efficient, and completed in approximately 6-8 hours. Your home — and most importantly your family — will be 100% bed bug free in less than one (1) day!

You don’t need to deal with bed bugs alone! View our bed bug heat treatment bed bug photos and videos.

 

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The TRS Approach to Eradicating Bed Bugs

TRS Extermination is the leader in the Cincinnati bed bug treatment industry. Our innovative technology and convective heat methodologies have proven to be the most effective system for a complete bed bug eradication solution.

We use portable direct-fired heaters. These eco-friendly devices elevate the ambient temperature to a level that is lethal for bed bugs yet safe for the contents of your home. The unit disperses and convects heated air throughout the room so that it warms every location that pests might hide... even places chemical treatments cannot easily reach. Heat treatments eliminate the requirement to use toxic pesticides inside your home and the potential for lingering chemical residue. Our professionally-trained technicians can safely eliminate the bed bugs in one treatment without damaging your home.

 

Read more reviews for TRS Extermination at the BBBI agree with all the positive reviews. My initial call was handled very professionally...they were truly understanding of my “horror” at finding a bed bug. Ryan called me back within the hour and was able to come out that same afternoon. He conducted a thorough inspection, and even though no additional bugs were found, he still provided some helpful advice on how to monitor for them, including a CO2 device. All of this was provided at no charge. They will be the very first people I call for any pest problem. Very professional, experienced and honest.

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4/27/2019

Why does TRS Extermination Recommend Heat Treatment?

Bed bugs are dangerous pests that are becoming extremely prevalent in Cincinnati and Dayton. These parasitic insects typically accompany you home after travel to a friend, relative, or after staying in a hotel. Their numbers declined in this country after the Second World War, but this trend reversed after the ban of DDT. Named for their tendency to attack their prey in beds, this nocturnal parasite can live in carpeting, furnishings, books, electronics, walls and electrical systems with cracks and/or crevices. They sleep and breed in these hidden locations during the day and then come out at night to feed on you and your family. Their bites are painful and can trigger allergic reactions. With the ban of DDT, heat treatment has become the most reliable way to exterminate bed bugs and their eggs. Failure to kill all the eggs guarantees the infestation persists and will continue to be bitten.

Heat treatments are 100% safe to you, your family, your pets, and your home and belongings — including your electronics, TVs, and computers — and 100% lethal to all stages of bed bugs, including their eggs.

 

How it works.

Unlike chemicals, heat kills bed bugs wherever they may be hiding: in furniture, in the walls, along the floors, in computers and electronics.

Our trucks are discreet. We could be a plumber or a contractor. We do not advertise to your neighbors that you have bed bugs.

 

Understanding Bed Bugs

For many people, bed bugs have become the modern-day boogie man. Killing bed bugs with heat allows you to take your home back.

This page is the gateway to answers for question we often hear about bed bugs: What do bed bugs look like? Home remedies for bed bug bites, Do-it-Yourself options to control bed bugs, and How to detect signs of bed bugs.

When in doubt, take a bed bug photo of what you’ve found and text it to us at 513-604-6332 and we’ll let you know what you have.

If you still need help, TRS Extermination provide treatments 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to help you kill bed bugs fast with safe, clean, effective heat.

 

Found a bug? — Don’t panic!

We offer free bed bug identification.

Text a picture to 513-604-6332.

Unlike some other insects, finding you have bed bugs is not a statement on the cleanliness of your home. Bed bugs don’t care if your home is clean or dirty or if you are rich or poor — all they want it to live around you and feed on you for dinner. Discovering you have bed bugs need not induce panic. Follow some simple tips and your experience will be more pleasant than if you ignore your bed bug problem.

TRS Extermination offers a free bug identification service. Simply text us a picture of the bug you found to 513-604-6332 and we will help you know what pesters you.

Most importantly, call a professional bed bug exterminator at the first sign of bed bugs. The sooner you contact a professional who can kill all the bed bugs and their eggs in one visit, the sooner you will be bed bug free. Next, realize bed bugs will probably be found throughout your home, so don’t throw away your mattress, bedding, or any other furniture. Thirdly, prepare for a bed bug treatment by eliminating clutter on and around furniture and throughout your home. Lastly, relax (as best you can) and know relief is on the way!

 



Choose the Right Bed Bug Treatment Option

TRS Extermination offers two effective treatments for eliminating bed bug infestations. While both treatment options are effective, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons of each treatment to decide what is best for your situation. The biggest determining factors you will want to consider are your budget and your patience for ending your bed bug problem.

Our helpful staff will be glad to help walk you through your options and help you choose the right solution!

 

Thermal Remediation

Bed bugs gone in 1 visit
Kills all stages of the bed bug lifecyle
Non-toxic treatment

Treating bed bug infestations with thermal is a 1-day process to completely eliminate your bed bug infestation. Heat treatments kill all stages of the bed bug life cycle, and can have you bed bug free as soon as the treatment is done.

This process takes approximately 6-8 hours (depending on the size of your home). While it is completely non-toxic your family and pets must stay out of the house while the treatment is in progress.

Heat treatment is the best option for those wanting to immediately rid themselves of a bed bug infestation.

Aprehend Treatment

1 Hour application time
14 days to be “bed bug free”
50% less than Thermal Remediation

Unlike heat treatments, our Aprehend spray treatment takes around 2 weeks to completely kill all of the bed bugs in your home. This treatment method involves spraying Aprehend in areas where bed bugs like to hide.

Bed bugs must cross the sprayed areas in order to be eliminated. Because the bed bugs reproduce quickly, you will have to wait for any eggs to hatch and those nymph’s to walk through the treated areas before they are killed.

During this 14-day period, you will continue to see bed bugs in your home.

The benefit to the Aprehend treatment is the price. The typical Aprehend bed bug treatment is 50% less than the cost of thermal remediation.

Found a bug? — Don’t panic!

We offer free bed bug identification.

Text a picture to 513-604-6332.

Unlike some other insects, finding you have bed bugs is not a statement on the cleanliness of your home. Bed bugs don’t care if your home is clean or dirty or if you are rich or poor — all they want it to live around you and feed on you for dinner. Discovering you have bed bugs need not induce panic. Follow some simple tips and your experience will be more pleasant than if you ignore your bed bug problem.

TRS Extermination offers a free bug identification service. Simply text us a picture of the bug you found to 513-604-6332 and we will help you know what pesters you.

Most importantly, call a professional bed bug exterminator at the first sign of bed bugs. The sooner you contact a professional who can kill all the bed bugs and their eggs in one visit, the sooner you will be bed bug free. Next, realize bed bugs will probably be found throughout your home, so don’t throw away your mattress, bedding, or any other furniture. Thirdly, prepare for a bed bug treatment by eliminating clutter on and around furniture and throughout your home. Lastly, relax (as best you can) and know relief is on the way!

 



How Does Heat Treatment Work?

Thermal Remediation Specialists will guide you through the simple and effective process.

1

Professional Confirmation

If you believe that you have found bed bugs in your home then it is important to have a confirmation completed as soon as possible so that we can identify where they are and if they have spread to any other areas of your home. Please take a bed bug photo with your cell phone and text it to us at 513-604-6332.

 

2

Pre Heat Preparation

We will email a simple preparation checklist to you that will explain how to prepare your home for treatment.

​We help you every step of the way!

 

3

Professional Treatment

We use only the best products to treat your home. All of our products are EPA approved. Our Integrated Pest Management approach helps to ensure that the bed bugs are eliminated. We stand behind our treatments by warranting our work.

 



Your Health May Be At Risk!

Pest infestations can cause major issues, don’t put your family in jeopardy!

 

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Bugs gone tomorrow.

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