Nontoxic Bed Bug Extermination: Fact VS Fiction

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Nontoxic Bed Bug Extermination: Fact VS Fiction

08.23.2019

Do you know what non-toxic bed bug extermination actually work?

“Good night – don’t let the bed bugs bite.”

Remember that rhyme from your childhood? Luckily, you probably didn’t worry too much about bed bugs back then.

Nowadays, bed bugs are the actual stuff of nightmares. Largely eradicated in the 1940s, bed bugs have made a comeback in the United States. While we aren’t entirely sure what has caused these new infestations, it is probably due to increased travel and evolving pesticide resistance. As bed bugs infestations pop up all around the United States, people turn to the internet to find extermination methods without all the toxic fumes.

While there are quite a few excellent nontoxic bed bug extermination methods out there, there are also a lot of myths as to what really works and what doesn’t. In this article, we’ll outline some of the biggest facts and fictions regarding nontoxic bed bug extermination methods.

Diatomeceous is a Viable Tool: TRUE

Diatomaceous earth has been used for decades as a natural remedy to get rid of various household pests, including bed bugs. Having said that, there are some specific guidelines that need to be followed in order to succeed with this method.

You must apply a good amount of diatomaceous earth along the seams of your mattress, bed frames and other furniture. It is believed this method works by causing bed bugs to die of dehydration. It is also recommended that you use Diatomeceous earth in conjunction with another natural method, to ensure success.

Bug Bombs are a Good Natural Pesticide: FALSE

When a home becomes infested with any kind of pest, most homeowners reach for some kind of bug fogger. Unfortunately, these foggers usually do not work and have been known to make the problem worse.

Bug bombs release aerosol mist into the air, where it hangs suspended for a short period of time. Eventually these droplets fall and settle into carpeting, countertops and other surfaces. Very little of the insecticide actually penetrates into cracks and seams where bed bugs – and other pests for that matter – like to live.

Also, the ingredients in bug bombs tend to be repellent in nature. They cause insects to scatter for cover and move deeper into walls and crevices. Exactly the complete opposite of what you want to happen.

Finally, a common ingredient in bug bombs is pyrethrin, which is derived from chrysanthemum flowers. Anyone in a household with asthma or other respiratory issues may encounter a severe reaction to this method of treatment.

Cold Treatments Kill Bed Bugs: TRUE

Freezing is a popular bed bug method and one that actually works. But in order for this method to be fact and not fiction, you’ve got to get temperatures very low, as in zero degrees or colder for at least four days for the treatment to work. If your freezer can’t get this low, then this method won’t work for you.

Steam is Ineffective: FALSE

Steam is an effective nontoxic bed bug killer that not only kills mature bed bugs but also bed bugs in all stages of development. Steaming is great for items such as box springs, bed frames, blankets/sheets, curtains and pillows. Steaming will kill the bed bugs without causing any damage to these items, unlike many chemical treatments.

For this method to work it’s important that the steam reach temperatures of between 160-180°F. Below this, bed bugs may survive. Carpet cleaning machines ARE NOT steamers and cannot reach the temperatures needed to kill bed bugs.However, even steamers that reach that temperature may require multiple passes to be completely effective. Luckily, the Polti Cimex Eradicator reaches a tip temperature of 356°F ensuring that bed bugs are killed immediately on contact.

Home-Made Remedies Don’t Work: TRUE

You may have heard that sprinkling baking soda or talcum powder along your walls or around your bed will kill bed bugs. Maybe someone at work told you that placing mothballs around your home will do the job. Unfortunately, no professional experience or scientific evidence back up these home remedy claims.

Eco-Friendly Bed Bug Sprays are a Scam: FALSE

When it comes to bed bug methods, this has got to be one of the biggest pieces of fiction out there. Eco-friendly bed bug sprays work. Moreover, pest control professionals often prefer them because they offer a water safe/non-stain option for bed bug removal.

And something else important to mention is that many eco-friendly sprays have been specifically formulated to target “pyrethroid resistant” bed bugs that are completely unaffected by other treatments. And, as an added bonus, many of these sprays kill bed bugs they come into direct contact with in just a few minutes.

Nontoxic Bed Bug Extermination Methods: Final Thoughts

No one will argue that there are some wacky, if not downright useless, nontoxic bedbug extermination methods out there. Unfortunately, these methods give the effective nontoxic pest control methods a bad name.

Some extremely effective natural methods do exist, and work just as well, if not better, than chemical treatments. Now that you know which nontoxic bed bug treatments work, you can get rid of these pests without harming the environment or your health.


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