Do you have a home remedy for killing bed bugs?

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  • Diane Coverdale Diane Coverdale on Nov 21, 2018

    Diatomaceous earth may help. It's a finely ground up sand that gets into the bug and kills them. Works for most creepy crawlies (fleas, roaches etc.)

  • Lisa S. Lisa S. on Nov 21, 2018

    There are some products available at the hardware store. Wash everything you can in the washer in hot water, and place in a hot drier.

  • Terri G. Terri G. on Nov 21, 2018

    How would you use it? Just curious.

  • Rebecca Taylor Rebecca Taylor on Nov 21, 2018

    Hi Norita, Alcohol will kill them on contact so you can spray crevices to kill some but to get ride of them you really need a professional. Bed bugs are hard to eradicate completely without one.

  • Michelle Kollhoff James Michelle Kollhoff James on Nov 21, 2018

    Hi Norita, as someone who's had to deal with them in a camp situation, I will tell you, the best and only method to kill those nasty critters is heat or freezing, and freezing would damage pipes, etc unless you winterize your home first, and then leave it at sub-freezing for 2-3 weeks.

    There are a few pest companies who will use heat to remove them, so search them out and then follow the instructions for prepping your house to have it done. Sprays are only effective if they crawl across it, and those little bugs can crawl into conduit, behind outlet covers, into the pants cardboard on hangers, behind headboards, into the tiniest cracks and crevices that you may not even see, and the spray won't penetrate. The heat needs to penetrate into the insulation in your walls, so be sure your company is a good one and uses the best equipment.

    Sorry for the lengthy note, but I've had to deal with them twice in our church camp, and it was a difficult matter to deal with. But once we got the heat in there, they were gone! Good luck!

  • Heat is what the pros use. Don't fool around, call in the pros otherwise you will never be rid of them. They had to close an entire high rise office building because of it.

  • Oliva Oliva on Nov 21, 2018

    When you or your family travel, don't place your clothing or suitcases on the floor, atop beds, etc. Use hard sided suitcases, where possible, keeping them closed when not in use.

    Be careful of placing your clothing into drawers in hotels that have had problems with bedbugs. Many travellers keep clothing in plastic bags, for this reason.


    Before going to bed at night, turn off the lights for 15 minutes, then snap back bed coverings/sheets, to see if they are in the beds. You can purchase special lights to carry with you when travelling, for this purpose.

    Any visitors to your home should have a luggage rack for suitcases. If they've travelled to an area where bed bugs could have been present, you'll need to take extra precautions.

    You can check on line for hotels that have been identified as having a problem with bedbugs, in advance of your trips.

  • Rebecca Taylor Rebecca Taylor on Dec 03, 2018

    Hi again Norita, just wanted to let you know that they are having good results with ecoraider. It ranges from 85 to 100 dollars a gallon. You can buy it on ebay, amazon and walmart.com. You have to be diligent about washing bed linens and clothes. When you vacuum make sure to get it out of the house so the bedbugs can't get out. Ecoraider has a residual killing time of around 2 weeks and you will have to do it about 3 times. It will tell you on the instructions. I know a pro is expensive so I wanted to give you another alternative. Good Luck.

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