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Watch Out — These 3 DIY Bed Bug Methods Don’t Work

By: Eric Scherzinger

February 13, 2018

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But with bed bugs, you simply can’t DIY your way out of a house-wide infestation. The ‘bed bug treatments’ you might find online are, at best, largely ineffective, and at worst, extremely dangerous. Let’s take a look at a few of the most common tips, why they don’t work, and what you should do instead.


Does extreme cold kill bed bugs? Yes: bed bugs cannot survive if they experience temperatures of 0 degrees Fahrenheit or below for four days in a row. However, that doesn’t mean that this works when you DIY.

For homeowners, freezing bed bugs to death is neither practical nor particularly effective.

You can’t fit your mattress or furniture in your freezer. This means that the areas where bed bugs typically congregate—your bed, couch, and other places where you lounge—can’t be treated this way.

Worse still, this method may not work even for items that you can fit in a freezer, like your clothes and books. Bed bugs can survive at just a few degrees above zero by entering into a hibernation-like state. If your home freezer doesn’t get cold enough—and many don’t—the bed bugs simply re-animate once you take the items out of the freezer. (There’s also the ick factor of placing live pests near your frozen food.)


Does baking soda kill bed bugs? We get this question a lot, and the answer is a definite no.

Online articles will tell you that baking soda will dehydrate a bed bug by absorbing the fluid on its shell, cut into the bed bug (much like diatomaceous earth), or kill a bed bug after it is ingested. None of these claims are true.

Baking soda doesn’t actually absorb water very well: its absorption properties are mostly limited to smells. It is also not abrasive enough to pierce the body of the bed bug. Finally, bed bugs don’t eat dry items they find in their environment: they only feed on blood.

This tip probably spread because of confusion around diatomaceous earth (DE). DE is also a white powder, but that’s where the similarities end. While baking soda is made of sodium bicarbonate, DE is made up of silica from fossilized plankton.

DE does kill bed bugs by piercing their bodies and slowly drying them out. But like freezing bed bugs, DE is not a very practical or effective way of getting rid of a bed bug infestation on its own. Sprinkling DE on the floor will kill the few bed bugs that happen to come across the powder; however, it won’t kill bed bug eggs or any adult bed bugs in your mattress, furniture, walls, or clothing.


There is some evidence to suggest that certain alcohols, depending on the ethanol content, can kill some bed bugs on contact. (A recent lab test found that rubbing alcohol killed about half of the bed bugs that were sprayed directly.)

However, we do not recommend using rubbing alcohol to combat your home’s bed bug infestation. It is a health hazard: it causes respiratory problems if inhaled, and it is poisonous if swallowed.

In addition to the health risks, rubbing alcohol is extremely flammable.

In December of last year, a Cincinnati woman burned down a multi-unit home after dousing her apartment in rubbing alcohol to get rid of bed bugs. A nearby flame ignited, and the resulting blaze did $250,000 worth of damage, hospitalized three people for smoke inhalation, and left 10 people homeless.

Just one month prior, another Cincinnati resident—this time a teenage boy—set fire to his apartment building trying to kill bed bugs.

Fortunately, neither of these fires caused serious injuries or deaths.

You might be surprised, but bed bug-related fires aren’t all that uncommon. These incidents have happened across the country, likely because of a lack of bed bug education.


So if freezing, baking soda, and rubbing alcohol don’t work, what does?

Heat is one of the most reliable bed bug killers. Bed bugs at all stages of life will die at 122 degrees Fahrenheit. There are several ways to employ heat:

  • Use your washer and/or dryer. Items like bedding and clothing should be washed and dried on the hottest setting. The wash cycle alone will kill bed bugs; however, if items can’t be washed (like dry clean only items), they should be dried for at least 90 minutes in order to ensure that bed bugs are killed.
  • Use a steam treatment. Steam is hot enough to kill bed bugs. While steam won’t work to kill bed bugs hidden inside walls, it can be used on materials like couch cushions.
  • Use the oven or bed bug hot box. Some items—like books—that can’t be washed or put into the dryer can be safely heated in the oven to kill bed bugs. Make sure to monitor them closely.
  • Do a home heat treatment. A home heat treatment, done by pest control professionals, is your best option to safely and permanently eliminate a bed bug infestation. During a home heat treatment, the exterminator uses professional equipment to raise the home’s temperature. This is the only heat treatment method that works throughout the entire home, killing bed bugs in your walls, carpet, and any other place they might be hiding. It is also advantageous in that it requires minimal prep on your part and you can re-enter your home almost immediately.
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Concerned you might have a bed bug infestation on your hands? Contact Scherzinger Pest Control, a trusted pest control company in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky areas, including Dayton, OH, and now Columbus, OH. We’ve been pioneers, engineering new standards for ways of eliminating and controlling bugs and pests. Contact us by phone at 1-877-748-9888 or through our website, Facebook, or Twitter.


Have you been searching the internet for how to kill bed bugs? Well, we’re here to help.


When it comes to trying to figure out how to get rid of bed bugs, they are definitely one of the most resilient pests you may ever encounter. In fact, many bed bug species have adapted to the human environment and developed immunities to many modern pest control products. This alone makes them almost impossible to remove without the help of an expert professional.

Bed bugs enjoy being in areas they know you won’t look. These reclusive insects can hide anywhere as long as they know you do not frequent that spot. Their favorite nesting places include:

Mattress and seams

Underneath and between box spring

Behind wall boards and wallpaper

Night stand drawers

The Easiest Way to Find Bed Bugs In Your Home

Finding bed bugs, let alone killing bed bugs, can be really difficult. That’s why at We Buy Bed Bugs, we use bed bug sniffing dogs. These highly specialized K9s have gone through the same regime as bomb sniffing dogs.

The main reason dogs are simply the best way to find bed bugs in your home is because their amazing sense of smell. A dog’s scent detection is estimated to be 10,000 times better than that of humans.

Bed bug sniffing dogs are trained to smell alive bed bugs only. That means the dog can smell bed bugs inside your mattress, behind night stands, and even in your walls!

If you think you have bed bugs, be sure to have a bed bug sniffing dog inspect your home.


Utilizing heat treatment is simply the best and most effective way to nullify these bugs. It is efficient, fast, and effective. When you use chemicals or DIY solutions, you’ll need to spray them directly on the bed bugs in order to achieve any kind of effect. This can be tough and demanding as you cannot cover all the bases where the insects are. On the other hand, heat penetrates into every crevice, crack, spaces, and holes in your home. Using a bed bug heat treatment will ensure that every single bed bug is removed without too much hassle.

We Buy Bed Bug technicians are well-trained experts who are knowledgeable and proficient when it comes to taking out bed bugs. Our heating protocols and equipment will ensure that your home becomes safe again. Our specialized heaters heat the area to temperatures over 122°F and keep there for 24 hours. This high temperature penetrates all the voids in the area, including, mattresses, dressers, walls, closets, etc. The most critical components to using heat, is that it kills every form or cycle of bed bugs including eggs, adults, and nymphs. Plus, the infestation is gone in 24 hours! With just one session, your home will be bed bug free.

When you use chemical and spray applications, you’ll need to do so continuously for several months in order to fully rid your home of bed bugs. This is because chemicals, sprays, or pesticides are not effective on bed bug eggs because the eggs never come into contact with the chemicals. This means once you finish using the chemicals, there is a whole new bed bug infestation waiting to happen!

While chemicals leave residues which are harmful to the environment, pets, and children, heat leaves no harmful residue. The heat treatment can be used in any kind of structure. We have treated single rooms, apartments, hotels, offices, boats, airplanes, etc. If you’re ready to get rid of bed bugs in your home, just fill out the form below.

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Oakmont Environmental is the MOST TRUSTED SYSTEM for KILLING BED BUGS. Oakmont Environmental is the only company to have INVENTED its BED BUG HEATERS and the BED BUG HEAT TREATMENT process they use – no other Bed Bug Exterminator can make that claim!

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Not Sure if You have Bed Bugs?

The most effective bedbug detection method today is a highly trained Bed Bug Dog.

At Oakmont Environmental we provide the Best Certified and Proven Bed Bug Dog Inspection Service in the area! Bedbugs are very small and like to hide in tight, dark places. Unlike humans that must rely upon visible inspections, Bedbug dogs use their nose which means they can identify all stages of bed bugs (adults, nymphs and eggs) whether they are hiding in a mattress, behind a wall or under a carpet. All places you would not be able to see them with the human eye!

Every Oakmont Environmental Bed Bug Dog Inspection and Detection uses only NESDCA certified bedbug dogs so you can be sure that each dog and handler team has achieved the highest standard for scent detection. NESDCA (National Entomology Scent Detection Canine Association) was formed by Pest Control Professionals to ensure the highest standards for Entomology Scent Detection Canines are upheld.

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At Oakmont Environmental we handle our bed bug customers with the highest level of discretion unlike typical pest control companies who rely on traditional marketing methods and “BED BUGS” emblazoned on the sides of a truck,Oakmont Environmental’s unique bed bug treatment model places your privacy first. When the Bed Bug Treatment Team arrives they are in unmarked vehicles, with no logos on their uniforms —and they don’t carry business cards! Oakmont Environmental are experts in discretion—your employees, students, customers, guests or neighbors will never know why they’re there unless you want them to.

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Don’t be fooled by companies trying to imitate Oakmont Environmental that are trying to cash in on the bed bug epidemic or those using inferior and sometimes dangerous equipment. Oakmont Environmental is a global manufacturer of ISO 9001 certified heat remediation equipment. The Oakmont Environmental heating units produce an astounding 68,288 BTU’s each and with airflow at 3000 CFM, they turn an infested area into a supercharged convection oven, killing all bed bugs instantly Quite simply, we know How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs NJ!

Unlike traditional chemical treatments, which require multiple applications, the Oakmont Environmental NJ bed bug heat treatment is the only non-toxic, eco-friendly solution that kills bed bugs, nymphs and eggs with ONE TREATMENT in ONE DAY. Preparation is also minimal, which means you can leave all of your clothes and personal belongings in your home during our visit. After the bed bug heat treatment, they provide you with a certified report so you can be confident that critical temperature was achieved throughout your home, apartment building, office space or any other structure.

How To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs: The Most Effective Ways

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Good sleep is one of the key aspects of a healthy life. Therefore, creating comfortable conditions for relaxation is a necessary step in improving the quality of your life. However, some difficulties do not allow us to enjoy sleeping. Such troubles can be created not only by poor-quality bedding but also by the presence of new residents in the mattresses. We are talking about bed bugs, which are very dangerous neighbors for humans’ being.

Bed bugs settle in secluded places. They prefer to enjoy the warmth, a small amount of both lights, and fresh air. These tiny brown insects feed on the blood of humans and animals. By the way, a bed bug can drink a lot of blood at one time. This amount can exceed its weight by 1.5-2 times! The bite is almost painless, and a victim usually does not feel anything and continues to sleep.

Are they dangerous for us?

The bite usually begins to itch after a while. There is a high probability of an allergic reaction. You cannot say with confidence that bedbugs carry dangerous diseases. Nevertheless, they still can transport various infections that, in turn, cause diseases. From a psychological point of view, it is a stress for a modern person to sleep with bedbugs. Therefore, it is not normal to postpone pest control.

The complexity of bed bugs elimination is determined by many factors:

  • The nocturnal lifestyle of bed bugs is annoying to us. Bedbugs prefer to attack people in the range from 3 pm to 7 am. Thereby they disrupt the slow phase of human sleep
  • A bedbug is a very smart insect. Scientists are aware of cases of reasonable social behavior of some species. They take care of the offspring by procuring food
  • Unlike most other types of insects, bed bugs do not have a permanent habitat or nest. Excrements and eggs can only identify their habitats
  • Bedbug life can last up to 1 year. The adverse conditions (lack of food or low indoor temperatures), can make these insects fall asleep. Bed bugs have a good sense of smell, and this helps them to choose the most suitable methods of transportation
  • A young bug needs less than a milligram of blood, and an adult can suck up as much as 7 mg. They need to drink blood at least once every 5-7 days. Therefore, if bedbugs bite you every night, it means that only professionals can help you
  • The additional complexity of insects’ elimination is due to their body shape. They are flexible and consist of many small segments
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How can I find out about bed bugs living in my house?

If in the morning you find bites that look like red dots on the body, then you should start a war against insects. These bloodsuckers lead an active lifestyle only at night and crawl out of their shelters to hunt after you fall asleep. All the main pieces of evidence of bed bugs’ presence:

  1. Bedbugs have an unpleasant odor, and you can smell it by close inspection of your beds
  2. Moreover, the appearance of dust and crumbs on mattresses’ seams is one of the tracks. It also confirms that your bed has become a house for these disgusting insects
  3. Bites interrupt sleep at night and are noticeable in the morning due to the red color of skin

You should also pay attention to places where bed bugs prefer to live. These places are:

  • appliances
  • furniture
  • rarely used items or clothing;
  • books that are not popular in your house
  • objects hanging on the walls
  • skirting boards
  • sockets
  • ventilation

Besides, parasites can place their nests under the stripes of wallpaper, under the carpets/rugs.

Moreover, an unpleasant smell appears with bugs’ arrival. It resembles the aroma of cognac or almond. Some people state that it is similar to the aroma of whiskey, almond, or spoiled berries.

How do these pests get into my house?

These insects will not appear due to the pollution of the premises. They enter the house in different ways:

  • They get into the house with things, clothes, etc. For example, guests from bugs-infected homes have come to you. The second option is when family members return from trips during which they were living in hotels. Parasites can get into a suitcase or bag; hide in the folds of clothes
  • They can move from a neighboring apartment, especially if the neighbors tried to get rid of these bloodsuckers. They can move to you through window panels, ducts, or holes in the ceilings
  • They also travel inside household appliances or furniture. Insects creep into any secluded place and get into a new house. Then they usually breed as fast as possible
  • They are brought into the house by animals. Parasites can settle in the hair of dogs or cats for a while
  • Sometimes people discover such neighbors after moving to a new apartment. Moreover, even the most thorough inspection before buying is unlikely to help notice the problem

Bed bugs can fall into a state that could be called the life pause. This period can last up to 10 or even 12 months. Parasites return to their natural activity when they feel the presence of people.

Is it difficult to get rid of bed bugs?

Clean your mattress

Remove bedding, mattress cover, and wash it at a temperature of at least 60 degrees. The next step is the ironing of these things.

Disassemble the bed because small insects can also hide in places of attachment. Use a vacuum cleaner to clean the mattress and bed parts. This way, you can get rid of some adult insects and their larvae. If possible, clean the fillers inside the mattresses.

Heat or chemical treatment

It is difficult to get rid of insects with a simple clean. You will have to use remedies that are more efficient. We are talking about temperature manipulations and the usage of chemicals.

What do you think about freezing? Bed bugs do not like cold. If it is winter outside and the temperature is about -13 ° C, you can leave your mattress outside. It will help you to solve the problem quickly and effectively. It is worth knocking it out good to remove the remaining larvae before you take the mattress home.

Heat can also hurt bedbugs. If they are in the mattress, it is worth treating the bed with hot steam (in case it is permissible for this item).

Chemicals are the best means within pest control. The usage of chemical remedies requires repetitions. Please, do not forget to refer to dry cleaning services after you end.

You can also kill these pests with folk remedies. To remove insects from the bed, you can use a mixture of vinegar and ammonia.

There is one drawback. Bed bugs can settle in other rooms while running away from an unpleasant smell.

It is not correct to return the bed to its place as fast as possible. Bed bugs can hide in other furniture or interior items. You will need to spray chemical mixtures on window sills, paintings, carpets, and the spaces between furniture.

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