Bed Bug Home Remedies: Do They Work?

January 23, 2024

Do you think you have what it takes to kill bed bugs in your home? While a quick Google search will likely offer numerous home remedies and DIY solutions that seem doable, it’s very unlikely they’ll eliminate the bed bug problem. In fact, there’s a good chance it'll make the infestation worse. In today’s blog post, we’ll identify the pitfalls of DIY and offer a solution that will exterminate bed bugs. 


vacuuming mattress won't solve bed bug infestation


Home remedies for bed bugs that do not work

  • Rubbing alcohol, kerosine and gasoline should be avoided when fighting bed bugs. Not only can they harm you and anyone else nearby, but they can also easily ignite. 

  • Wiping down furniture and other infested items with dryer sheets will not eliminate or repel bed bugs. 

  • Sure, you can buy ultrasonic bed bug repellers on Amazon and in brick-and-mortar stores but that doesn’t mean you should. In fact, don’t. There is zero evidence to suggest these devices will eliminate bed bugs.

  • The only thing bug bombs and foggers are good at is wasting your time and money. Not only are they completely ineffective, if misused, they can be dangerous. 

  • Wielding a vacuum as a weapon against bed bugs is like carrying a fork into battle – it simply won’t be effective in killing an entire infestation of bed bugs. Yes, you can vacuum up bed bugs you see on your mattress or other furniture, but it probably won’t suck up all bed bugs or eggs that are not on the surface. Remember, bed bugs hide out in cracks and crevices, behind baseboards, and under carpeting among other out of sight areas. Also, if you vacuum bed bugs but don’t remove the bag from your home, chances are they’ll crawl right back out. 

  • Moving out of an infested room for a few months will not put an end to a bed bug infestation either. You see, these bugs can survive without feeding for 20 to 400 days. What’s more, they can follow the carbon dioxide released by humans – right into the new digs. 

What is the best way to get rid of bed bugs?

The most effective way to achieve 100% bed bug elimination is to contact a pest control company that specializes in bed bug control. Here at Pine State Pest Solutions, we know exactly where to look for bed bugs and how to exterminate them. 

As Maine’s premier bed bug control pros, you can count on our team to not only find these biting pests but eliminate them. Whether you’re a single-family home, have a tenant reporting activity in your apartment building, or have received complaints from guests of your lodgings, we can help! 

Bed bug heat treatments ensure complete extermination!

When you contact Pine State Pest Solutions for help exterminating these pests, we’ll bring the heat! Actually, we’ll perform a thorough bed bug inspection first to confirm the presence of these bugs and evaluate the severity of the infestation. Once the infested area has been prepared according to the checklist we supply, we’ll come back and follow our proven bed bug protocol which includes a combination of conventional products and heat to ensure that every single bed bug regardless of the life stage is targeted and eliminated. 

How does a bed bug heat treatment work?

First, we set up electric bed bug heaters in the infested area(s) and then introduce and circulate heated air with a target temperature not to exceed 135°F. 

Once the heat is moving, we’ll monitor the temperatures in real time to ensure that the right amount of heat is present and by using special fans, we’ll direct the heat into every possible bed bug hiding spot, even the ones we cannot see. The end result is the complete elimination of bed bugs- eggs, nymphs, and adults! 

Don’t lose sleep worrying about bed bugs, contact Pine State

At the first sign of an infestation, please contact Pine State Pest Solutions. Bed bug home remedies are not the solution, and these pests will not go away on their own. Offering bed bug control in Auburn, Portland, and Augusta as well as throughout our multi-county service area, you can count on our team of experienced pest control specialists to take care of these pests! 


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