How To Bed Bug Spray

The Best Bed Bug Sprays to Buy in 2020

If you can’t call a professional, these sprays are your best bet.

Let’s get serious for a second: Using insecticides is no joke. Even the best bed bug sprays contain strong, dangerous chemicals that can be incredibly harmful (and sometimes even fatal) to children and animals, and some can make people of any age very sick. And if your family’s health and well-being isn’t enough to scare you away from the stuff, consider that some insecticides can even make a bug infestationmoredifficult to control . That’s why we caution you against using any of the products detailed in the next few slides unless you’re really unable to find or afford a trained pest management professional. If going it alone is your only hope though, we encourage you to begin your pest-ridding journey by reading Texas A&M’s AgriLife Extension Service’s guide to DIY bed bug control, followed by the state of Michigan’s "Getting the Bed Bugs Out" guide, both of which are helpful, thorough resources for anyone in your situation. Next, take a look at our picks for the top bed bug sprays of 2019, making sure to read and follow all label directions carefully prior to use. then, get to work! We’re wishing you a future free from bed bugs, bites, and the like.

With thousands of reviews and nontoxic ingredients, we think this spray might be your best bet.

Here’s a name you can trust: Harris is a well-known pest control brand. This spray supposedly kills bugs once it has completely dried, and the large size (a full gallon) allows for repeated applications as necessary.

Reviews for Ortho’s Home Defense Bed Bug Spray are numerous and, relative to other bed bug sprays, pretty positive (at the time of writing this, 77% of them contain 4- or 5-star ratings). The fast-acting formula is intended to kill both bed bugs and their eggs.

This product’s signature cinnamon smell lets you know it’s working and gives you peace of mind. It’s a pesticide-free option for those concerned about exposure to small children and pets.

Another product by Harris, this one claims to use "plant-based active ingredients" free from synthetic pesticides. It’s also non-staining, so you can apply it directly to your mattress or box spring.

MDXconcepts offers a 100% risk-free, 60-day trial for this product, so if it doesn’t work, you can always request a no-questions-asked refund. But so far, the organic spray has received an overwhelmingly positive response—at least over on Amazon.

An oil-based bed bug spray, this one might leave a residue on your mattress, and contains several potent chemical ingredients. Still, it’s got a one-year limited warranty and a large, one-gallon sprayer. And as one reviewer notes, "It does leave an oily residue, but after 24-30 hours it disappears."

This spray purportedly does more than just eliminate bed bugs: Its powers also extend to dust mites, spider mites, bird mites, stink bugs, cockroaches, silverfish, fleas, and ants. It’s also scent-free and no-stain.

The 7 Best Bed Bug Sprays of 2020

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Our Top Picks

"This 16-ounce spray bottle is easy to use and perfect for spraying into cracks and crevices, where those sneaky bugs like to hide."

"This spray kills bed bugs on contact, while also eliminating their eggs and continuing to kill bed bugs for up to 16 weeks."

"Spritz your luggage when you’re leaving, so bugs don’t try to hitch a ride with you."

"Formulated with botanical essential eucalyptus oil, it safely eliminates bed bugs."

"This stuff really works, killing adult bed bugs, nymphs and eggs quickly."

"This non-toxic, plant-based spray has been extensively lab-tested and proven to kill dust mites, bed bugs and their eggs on contact."

"It’s made of all-natural, eco-friendly ingredients and specifically formulated to be used on bedding and mattresses."

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: EcoRaider Bed Bug Killer

EcoRaider Bed Bug Killer spray gets our top ranking for its overall effectiveness and affordability. A certified USDA BioBased insecticide, it’s also non-toxic, safe and eco-friendly, so you can use it around pets and kids and spray it directly on your mattresses, carpets and furniture. This formula is made of all-natural, botanical ingredients, and has a pleasant cedar/eucalyptus scent that dissipates quickly after application. EcoRaider Bed Bug Killer is effective in all stages of bed bugs, including adults, nymphs and eggs, even killing bed bugs that have built up a resistance to traditional pesticides. Its long-term effectiveness has also been studied, with results showing it continues to protect against bed bug for two weeks after application.

This 16-ounce spray bottle is easy to use and perfect for spraying into cracks and crevices, where those sneaky bugs like to hide. EcoRaider also comes in a gallon jug size, if you need to refill your bottle or anticipate a big job. It’s also available in a convenient travel-size bottle that you can easily pack in your suitcase.

Best Odorless: Harris Toughest Bed Bug Killer

Some bed bug sprays have a powerful stench that takes a long time to dissipate. And, in some cases, you may not be able to open windows to air out the room after you’ve sprayed. Harris Toughest Bed Bug Killer is an odorless formula that’s a great option if ventilation is an issue, you’re particularly sensitive to smells or you just don’t want that lingering bad odor. This spray kills bed bugs on contact, while also eliminating their eggs and continuing to kill bed bugs for up to 16 weeks after application. In addition to being scent-free, it also won’t stain or damage fabrics. It’s registered with the EPA and is safe to use around people and pets. This gallon bottle is the perfect size when you need to spray a few rooms or plan to do multiple treatments.

Best for Travel: Travel Hygea Natural Exterminator Spray

Another non-toxic option, this bed bug spray comes in a travel size, so it’s perfect to pack along in your suitcase – and then use to spray the mattress, sheets and any areas that look suspect once you get to your destination. You can also spritz your luggage when you’re leaving, so bugs don’t try to hitch a ride with you. The enzyme formula is odorless, won’t leave a residue and will exterminate bed bugs on contact, without harming people or pets. The three-ounce bottle size is TSA-approved, so you can carry it on a plane in your checked bag without a problem.

Best Multi-Purpose: All Natural Eucoclean Bed Bug, Flea & Dust Mite Killer

This spray from Eucoclean is a fantastic all-in-one product to help you get rid of pests, as well as clean and deodorize your home. Formulated with botanical essential eucalyptus oil, it safely eliminates bed bugs, as well as dust mites, fleas, lice, ants, ticks, spiders and moths. You can also use it to clean and deodorize surfaces, from kitchen countertops to floors to toilets. Users love the fresh scent and they proactively spray it to prevent future bug infestations. One downside is that it’s only available in a 750ml bottle so, if you’re spraying in multiple areas, you’ll most likely go through it rather quickly.

Runner-Up, Best Overall: Eco Defense Bed Bug Killer

If you’re looking for a spray that’s safe to use around pets and kids, the Eco Defense Bed Bug Killer is made of completely natural, organic, USA-sourced and non-toxic ingredients. You don’t have to stay out of your house for days after treatment or worry about being exposed to fumes and pesticides. And this stuff really works, killing adult bed bugs, nymphs and eggs quickly. It’s also effective on other bugs, including dust mites and lice. You can apply it directly to sheets, mattresses and mattress covers, carpet, upholstered furniture and even clothes. Eco Defense won’t stain the fabric or irritate your skin.

Best Budget: Proof 100% Effective Bed Bug and Dust Mite Killer Spray

If you’ve got problems with bed bugs and dust mites, you can eliminate them both at the same time with Proof 100% Effective Bed Bug and Dust Mite Killer Spray. This non-toxic, plant-based spray has been extensively lab-tested and proven to kill dust mites, bed bugs and their eggs on contact. It also continues to eliminate them for up to three weeks after treatment, when used as directed. It’s a bit cheaper compared to other bed bug sprays, but still highly effective.

Best Natural: Bye Bye Bed Bugs

Bye Bye Bed Bugs spray will give you peace of mind that you’re eliminating those nasty bed bugs, but also keeping your pets and kids safe. It’s made of all-natural, eco-friendly ingredients and specifically formulated to be used on bedding and mattresses. It also won’t leave behind any stains – only dead bugs! This 32-ounce bottle is super easy to hold and has a few different spray patterns, so you can get the formula into every nook and cranny where the bugs may be hiding. With a scent that’s more pleasant and tolerable than some other bed bug sprays, it can also be used as a preventive spray. For some extra protection, you can spritz your luggage with it before packing for a trip.

What to Look for in Bed Bug Spray

Eco-friendlinessWhile chemicals can definitely pack a punch, you don’t have to load up on toxic chemicals to get rid of bed bugs. You can purchase safe, eco-friendly sprays that will eliminate the critters while still being safe around kids and pets—and we highly recommend doing so.

OdorBed bug sprays don’t exactly smell like perfume, and some are downright stinky, with a stench that can linger in the hotel room, your bed, or your suitcase for hours. Considering some hotel rooms don’t have windows that open, look to odorless sprays that are high on bed bug extermination power and low on smell.

SizeUnfortunately, the TSA isn’t going to make a special exemption for bed bug spray when it comes to your luggage allowance, so as much as you might want to look for a gallon-size container of the stuff, we recommend looking for a spray with a volume that’s already TSA-acceptable, or one that’s easy to distill into your own travel-size container (just make sure it’s leak-proof!).

The Best Bed Bug Sprays to Kill Bed Bugs Fast

Most people use a combination of bed bug sprays and bed bug powders to kill off bed bugs fast. Bed bugs are notoriously difficult to get rid of and finding the right spray to eliminate bed bugs is not always easy. Many natural residual bed bug sprays contain natural ingredients that have a proven repellent and insecticidal action against these infesting bugs. Some feel that they have to resort to commercial bed bug sprays to completely get rid of an infestation of bed bugs.

Contrary to popular belief, having bed bugs in your home is not a sign of a dirty home. Bed bugs are commonly found in clean hotel rooms, on public transportation, and movie theaters. They can easily be brought into the home in luggage, backpacks, or by purchasing used furniture. They can also travel between apartments in large complexes.

Although there are many ways to eliminate these tiny crawling bugs from your home, this article focuses on the best bed bug sprays to exterminate bed bugs effectively. You will also learn if natural bed bug insecticide sprays really work and what the precautions when using chemical bug sprays are.

What are Bed Bugs

The scientific name for bed bugs isCimex lectularius. They are small creatures that grow up to 5 mm in size, or about the size of an apple seed. They have a flat oval-shaped body and will become significantly larger if they have fed. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, bed bugs start life as a tiny egg, then grow into a nymph before becoming an adult. 1

According to the Department of Entomology at the University of Kentucky, bed bugs are more active at night when they come out to feed. They feed on the blood of humans and pets, however, in cooler temperatures, can go up to 6 months without feeding. 2

The best places to use bed bug sprays are in the tiny crevices around bed frames, in seams of mattresses, box springs, and headboards where bed bugs like to hide. The University of Kentucky says that unless the first signs of a bed bug infestation aren’t dealt with quickly, bed bugs can migrate to other rooms and infest those.

What are the Signs of Bed Bug Infestation?

To use sprays effectively to eliminate all traces of bed bugs, you need to know the signs of a bed bug infestation. The first sign that you may have bedbugs are some itchy bite marks on your skin when you wake up in the morning. Dr. Carol DerSarkissian on WebMD says that the bites from bed bugs cause red itchy bumps on the skin. 3 You can learn about their other signs and symptoms in my articles on what do bed bug bites look like.

To check for signs of a bedbug infestation, Dr. DerSarkissian says that you may notice rusty-colored spots on bed linen and mattresses. These spots could be either blood stains or bedbug excrement. You may also find shed skins around bed frames, mattresses, and other hiding places. Also, a musty smell is usually present where a large number of bed bugs are living. 4

Other common places where you will have to use a bedbug insecticide spray are behind headboards, in furniture joints, inside books, the edges of carpets where they join with the baseboards, in closets, and behind torn wallpaper.

Getting Rid of Bed Bugs with Sprays

Bed bug sprays usually act as an insecticide and repellent. The best kind of bed bug sprays should kill bed bugs on contact and need to be used repeatedly to help eliminate your bug problem. According to the Texas A&M University, bed bug sprays are best used in combination with other bug control methods like natural bed bug powders. This is because bed bugs don’t build up resistance to natural bug powders and products like diatomaceous earth which kills bed bugs as long as the powder is dry. 5

Apart from spraying insecticidal liquid on bed bugs, other ways of getting rid of bed bugs for good include freezing items, using heat treatment, hot steam, and vacuuming. For more detailed information, read my article about the top 10 ways to get rid of bed bugs.

Natural bed bug sprays or chemical bug sprays?

There are many commercially produced natural and chemical bed bug sprays. It is important to be careful when using chemicals around the home in case they come into contact with children or pets.

According to the Texas A&M University, there are no “magic” insecticide sprays for bed bugs. However, both natural and chemical sprays have a measure of effectiveness against bed bugs. One of the benefits of chemical sprays is that they are stronger and will kill off bed bugs quicker. However, the drawback is that many populations of bedbugs have become resistant to pyrethrins and pyrethroids – the 2 main chemicals in many chemical bed bug sprays. Therefore, they may not be effective in reducing many bed bug populations. 5

One of the reasons that many people choose natural bug sprays instead of chemical ones is that they are less toxic to use around the home. Also, bed bugs don’t build up resistance to natural oils and other ingredients in natural bed bug sprays.

As with all sprays – chemical sprays and natural sprays – you need to spray the liquid directly on the bed bugs to kill them and repeat the application frequently. However, many of the best bed bug sprays have a residual effect and will continue to be toxic to the bed bugs for a certain time after spraying.

The Best Homemade DIY Bed Bug Sprays

Let’s look first at some effective bed bug sprays that you can make at home. There is also scientific research to back up the insecticidal effect of these sprays to use as part of your battle against bed bugs.

Tea tree oil bed bug spray

One of the many uses of tea tree oil around the house is to use it as a DIY natural bed bug spray. Tea tree oil contains compounds that have an insecticidal effect against insects as well as their larvae and eggs. Although no direct studies have been published on the effect of tea tree oil on bed bugs, research has shown that it has a lethal effect on many bugs and insects.

A study in the journalVeterinary Parasitologyreported that diluted tea tree oil effectively kills off fly eggs and also helped to repel larvae. 6 Another study published in the journalBMC Dermatologyfound that tea tree oil was more effective as an insecticide than pyrethrins-based products in getting rid of mites. 7

How to use:

To easily make your own natural tea tree oil insecticidal spray for bed bugs, this is what you should do:

  1. Put 20-30 drops tea tree oil in a small spray bottle, fill with water, and shake well.
  2. Liberally spray in all crevices in your bed frame and furniture where you think the bedbugs are.
  3. Repeat 2 times a day and continue using the spray until all signs of the bed bug infestation have gone.

If you don’t see any improvement, you could try to increase the concentration of tea tree oil. Remember to always shake the bottle well before use.

Essential oil bed bug spray

You can also make your own homemade bed bug spray by mixing other essential oils that are proven to kill off bed bugs. The mixture of essential oils will not only help rid your home of bed bugs, but the pleasant smell will help mask any musty odors from the bugs.

The journalInsectspublished a study on products containing essential oils for bed bug control. It was found that essential oils like cedar oil, cinnamon oil, clove oil, peppermint oil, rosemary oil, and lemongrass oil all have insecticidal properties against bed bug populations. The study concluded that using these essential oils in a bug spray can be an effective way to reduce bed bug populations without putting humans at risk of exposure to chemicals. 8

How to use:

To kill off bed bugs from your bed frame, box springs, or mattresses, you can make and use your own essential oil bed bug spray this way:

  1. In a small spray bottle filled with water, add 10 drops peppermint oil, 10 drops clove oil, and 10 drops cinnamon oil.
  2. Spray in all joints, screw holes, and nooks and crannies where the bed bugs could be hiding.
  3. Also, treat mattress seams and other soft furnishings with the essential oil natural bed bug spray.
  4. Use 2 times a day and continue applying until you no longer see evidence of bed bugs.
  5. Remember to always shake the bottle well before use.

You can also experiment with different essential oils to get the type of bug spray that is effective for you.

Best Natural Bed Bug Sprays

For many people, it is easier to buy a natural bug spray to kill off bed bugs fast and prevent a new infestation. There are some popular bed bug sprays on the market that have been scientifically proven to eliminate bed bug populations and also get great reviews from customers.

Here are the 3 best bed bug sprays that will help to kill off bed bugs fast and naturally.

EcoRaider

EcoRaider contains natural active ingredients geraniol and cedar oil to create a commercial natural bed bug spray.

The journalInsectsstudied the effectiveness of EcoRaider on controlling bed bugs and found that it helped to kill up to 90% of all bed bugs. It effectively killed off bed bugs from sofas, curtains, furniture, and wall decorations. Also, the residual spray was effective for up to 2 weeks after application. 8

To use EcoRaider, the manufacturers recommend spraying all edges and seams of mattresses, as well as box springs, and bed frames. You can also use the spray to kill bed bugs from cushions, behind baseboards, edges of carpets, and moldings. It is safe for the whole household and won’t harm pets. You can get more information about EcoRaider and purchase it in Amazon here.

Bed Bug Patrol

Another natural bed bug spray that has a proven insecticidal effect against pesky bed bugs is Bed Bug Patrol. This natural spray for getting rid of bed bugs contains clove oil and peppermint oil as its active ingredients.

TheJournal of Economic Entomologyreported on a study showing that Bed Bug Patrol eliminated around up to 90% of all bed bug nymphs. The study concluded that Bed Bug Patrol is a “useful pesticide for controlling bed bug infestations.” 9

Bed Pug Patrol doesn’t contain any harsh pesticides and can be sprayed anywhere you see signs of bed bugs. It can also be used safely on fabrics because it won’t stain them. Bed Pug Patrol also comes in various sizes and can be used as a cost-effective method for controlling large bed bug infestations. You can get more information about Bed Bug Patrol and purchase it in Amazon here.

BBT-2000

BBT-2000 is another natural pesticide for exterminating bed bugs. BBT-2000 contains cedar and soybean oil to help get rid of bed bugs and prevent them returning. It also has a residual effect on the bugs and will help destroy bed bugs for up to 1 week after spraying.

According to another study in the journalInsects, BBT-2000 showed substantial bed bug control and was also effective against resistant strains of bed bug populations. In some cases, it outperformed chemical bed bug sprays. 10

Chemical Sprays to Get Rid of Bed Bugs

Although some chemical bed bug sprays are effective at dealing with a bed bug infestation, their toxicity to humans and pets are an issue for many people. Great care has to be taken to avoid exposure that could be dangerous to humans, and some bug sprays manufacturers don’t recommend using the product if children are around.

Also, the journalInsectsin 2016 published a report on the growing problem of bed bug becoming resistant to pyrethroids (chemical compounds used to control bed bugs). This means that many commercially available chemical-based bed bug sprays may not be as effective as they once were.

Here are the most effective chemical sprays for bed bugs that are on the market.

Temprid SC

Temprid SC is a popular chemical-based bed bug spray because it can also be used to get rid of other bugs and insects from the home.

According to research done on Temprid SC, it contains a combination of chemical pesticides that can be used against pyrethroid-resistant bugs. It has become a popular choice as a chemical bed bug spray to control bed bug populations resistant to pyrethroids. 11

The solution can be sprayed to all cracks and crevices where bed bugs lurk and its residual effect helps to continue eliminating bugs after application. However, it may cause skin irritation if used on mattresses and cushioned furniture. You can get more information about Temprid SC and purchase it in Amazon here.

Harris Bed Bug Killer

Harris bed bug killer is another popular chemical spray to eliminate bed bugs from your home. The manufacturers say that Harris Bed Bug Killer can be used on all soft fabrics to get rid of bed bugs as it won’t stain. You can also spray the solution in all nooks and crannies in your bed frame, furniture, and corners of your room to exterminate the bugs. It is also odorless. You can get more information about Harris bed bug killer and purchase it in Amazon here.

Ortho Home Defense

Because of its fast-acting effect on killing bed bugs, Ortho Home Defense aerosol spray gets good online reviews. Ortho Home Defense bed bug spray is also effective against populations of pyrethroid-resistant bugs and can be used for ticks, fleas, and lice.

According to a study carried out on Ortho Home Defense, it contains a chemicalbifenthrinthat is considered relatively safe and kills off bugs that pyrethroid-based insecticides can’t. It is also effective against bed bug eggs and larvae. 12 It should be sprayed as a spot treatment in any crevice where bed bugs can reside. You can get more information about Ortho Home Defense bed bug spray and purchase it in Amazon here.

Get to Know the Bed Bug Habits

In order for bed bug sprays to be effective in your battle against these tiny pests, you should know something about the habits of bed bugs.

According to the National Pesticide Information Center, there are a few facts that are important to know to completely eliminate the very last bed bug from your home. 13

For example, females can lay eggs anywhere and it can take up to 10 days for them to hatch. Therefore, it’s important to continue using bed bug sprays and powders even after you think the bed bugs have gone for good.

At room temperature, bed bugs can survive for up to 3 months without feeding. So, even if no one is living in the room, bed bugs can still survive, especially if there is enough moisture in the air. However, to get rid of bed bugs effectively, you should not just rely on bed bug sprays for exterminating the pests, you should have an integrated pest control management program. This includes using various methods for bed bug removal.

Get Rid of Bed Bug Bites

While you are fighting your bed bug infestation with sprays, bed bug powders, and other techniques, you may have to treat bed bug bites.

According to Dr. William Shiel on MedicineNet, bed bugs will bite any exposed area of the body and the most common places are the face, neck, and arms. The bed bug bite can leave you with an itchy welt that looks like a small raised red bump. 14

You can treat bed bug bites by using a tea tree oil spray. The journalClinical Microbiology Reviewspublished studies showing that tea tree oil can help to reduce skin inflammation and has antimicrobial action. 15

You can make a natural bed bug bite treatment by putting 1 cup distilled water in a spray bottle and adding 10-15 drops tea tree oil. Shake well and spray on areas of skin that have clusters of bed bug bites. Or, you could spray the remedy on a cotton pad and apply to the itchy bumps on your skin. You can also dilutes tea tree oil with a carrier oil, such as coconut oil or sweet almond oil (a few drops of tea tree per one tablespoon of carrier oil).

Alternatively, if you only have one or two bites, you could put a drop of tea tree oil directly on the bite as a spot treatment to help relieve itching, inflammation, and prevent any infection developing.

For more ways to stop skin irritation caused by bed bug bites, please see my article on the top ways to get rid of bed bug bites naturally.

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The 14 Best Bed Bug Killer Sprays Comparison Review [UPDATED 2020] Buyer’s Guide

Bed bugs have become a common household problem since the World War II era. Around that time they were eliminated with loads of different pesticides. Due to their undercover behavior and habits combined with a lack of public awareness, their infestation spread at a very rapid rate world-wide. Spray is the fastest killer. But which one to choose? We’ll help you to make the right choice. Here you’ll findbest bed bug sprays: natural and rofessional insect killers.

OUR TOP-5 PICKS: Why these bed bug killers?

The Fastest and Сost-Saving Solution
Harris Bed Bug Killer significantly decreases the population of bed bug within weeks. Harris Toughest kills pyrethroid resistant bed bugs and eggs.

The Strongest Professional Insecticide
TRANSPORT® GHP is the most effective professional solution with high pest mortality. It perfectly works on all types of surfaces, including porous materials and has a residue lasting up to 3 months.

Spot Treatment
BASF Phantom professional aerosol insecticide spray with long residual efficacy penetrates deep into cracks, killing bed bugs on contact within seconds.

Best for Treating Mattresses35
SteriFab and Bedlam contact sprays are low-toxic and be applied to furniture and bedding. Target adult insects.

Natural Solution
Considered by experts to be the effective natural bed bug killer. Based on peppermint and clove oils, Bed Bug Killer Patrol is eco-friendly. It does not stain fabrics and can be applied directly to bedding.

Best Bed Bug Killer Sprays:

Even today no specialist can identify for sure what actually causes an increased bed bug activity globally. What has been proven is that they have been primarily identified in the hotel rooms. That is why this specific insect is generally associated with travelling, but not with poor sanitation or just poverty. Yes, cleanliness and social status have nothing in common with getting these bloodsuckers. This misconception leads to the million dollar question of how to get rid of bed bugs in the hotels, commercial buildings, public transportation, and people’s houses.

Expert Opinion: Sarah N. Zukoff, Associate Professor, Kansas State University

Sarah N. Zukoff, Associate Professor, Kansas State University

Sarah N. Zukoff is an Entomologist and Associate Professor at Kansas State University. Her areas of specialization include integrated pest management and insect resistance management of arthropods in soybean, corn, wheat, and cotton. Sarah investigates insecticide resistance of corn pests and the effect of cross-pollination and variable irrigation on these insects.

“Lately, I have been getting quite a few calls with folks who are having more and more run-ins with bed bugs this prompted me to remind people that they are still out there. Bed bugs have been found to naturally been infected with lots of blood-borne pathogens, but they are just not very effective vectors of the disease. So they just do not transmit these blood-borne pathogens. There is really no diseases that have been found to be passed to humans other than the new discovery of Chagas disease… Their primary medical importance is just the inflammation that they cause with their bites. Some people may experience sleeplessness due to itching or just paranoia of knowing you have bed bugs around you. Some people may develop allergic reactions as well”.

Are bed bug sprays effective?

The truth is that none of the methods alone would eliminate all the bed bug infestation. You’ll need to use several techniques for the control to be effective. This approach includes the prevention, monitoring, and use of chemical pesticides. Bed bug sprays will be one of the effective treatment methods that you need to employ along with any other technique of your choice (vacuuming, fumigation, etc).

Without residual pesticide application bugs can travel freely and safely. They just move from the luggage right into your bed, and thus a new infestation begins. Luckily, today’s pest management practices can boast of a miraculous elimination of bed bugs. The infestation in the hotels and motels, as well as apartments and houses today can be eliminated with the help of pesticides.

But as VDACS research shows,“Bed bug populations in the United States are known to be resistant to pyrethroids, thereforeno single insecticide is capable of eliminating a bed bug infestation if used alone”.

Scientists recommend not relying entirely on the repellents and IGRs (insect growth regulators) in terms of completely exterminating bugs, but use such products as liquid insecticides, dusts and aerosol sprays.

Top Best Bed Bug Sprays

We have included 14 best killer sprays in our today’s review. There are both artificial chemical and organic products. Each product is great in its own way, so instead of rating them, we’ll give you a more detailed description of each of them so that you could choose one that suits your needs the best.

1. Harris Bed Bug Killer | Сost-saving Solution

Harris with deltamethrin kills bed bugs and lice on contact; the customers therefore call it “instant death” and often use it simultaneously with Harris Bed Bug Diatomaceous Earth Powder .

One of the customers has shared that it were their kids who brought bed bugs home and that for the first couple of months these insects went completely unnoticed as they were breeding actively and hiding well. Their activity peaks at night, when humans are asleep. Harris Killer helped reduce the population in a few weeks.

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Harris Bed Bug Killer:Check the current price

Harris also has 1 Gallon Toughest Bed Bug Killer for “pyrethroid resistant” bed bugs and eggs. Some consumers tested this product on cockroaches. Others use it as a preventive measure. In fact, another reason for us to really like this spray is that it comes in large volume and that it is really cost-saving (which experienced users appreciate the most). You can read all customer reviews as proof.

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2. Transport GHP Insecticide

TRANSPORT® is based on two powerful active ingredients — Acetamiprid 22.73% and Bifenthrin 27.27%. However, scientists warn that the effect of Bifenthrin is very strong so you should not apply the solution to the surfaces that come into direct contact with the skin. Instead, focus on bed bugs’ hiding places — cracks, crevices, and the area around the house.

What is its strong point? Researchers from Rutgers University have tested 8 most commonly used insecticides and found out that only Transport GHP is able to provide high efficacy on all types of treated materials — wood, nylon, fabric. The product shows 89.7% mortality regardless of the substrate.

This solution differs from other items on our list in that it is a wettable powder formulation. What you need to do is to take 0.3 ounces of the powder and mix it with a gallon of water. This will be enough to treat the house, given that it is just one-24th of the container’s content. This is an economical solution as one container of the powder will be enough to treat 1,000 square feet.

It would be a wise choice to have Transport GHP at hand as it controls a wide range of pests, including the toughest ones, such as scorpions and ticks. It can eradicate the entire colony within a day, causing a strong knock-down effect.

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3. Professional pesticide | Temprid SC Killer

Temprid SC is a professional dual action pesticide. It can kill over 50 types of pests including bed bugs. Its active ingredients are two powerful insecticides: beta-cyfluthrin and imidacloprid. The former kills regular species while the latter will be able to deal with pyrethroid-resistant ones. The killer is available both as a ready-to-use spray and a concentrated suspension that has to be dissolved in water. Concentrate is better-suited for a large-scale invasion while an aerosol is more appropriate for smaller areas.

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The manufacturer doesn’t recommend spraying Temprid directly on surfaces where people are constantly in contact (cushioned furniture, mattresses). Use it for treating joints, seams and edges of the mattresses, as well as box springs, bed backs, any furniture and floor cracks, corners, skirting boards, carpets, shelves, cabinets and curtains.

95% of users are satisfied with the concentrate’s killing effect as it has received a high rating. Temprid’s effect is best if used immediately after being dissolved without leaving it idle for a long time.

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4. BASF Phantom II Aerosol Insecticide Spray

This solution is based on Chlorfenapyr 0.5%, an active ingredient which is believed to be a useful tool in bed bug control, primarily due to its long-term residual. Researchers have revealed that Phantom aerosol causes high mortality rate (over 70%) among these insects regardless of the type of treated material. Actually, this product turns out to be the best aerosol against bed bugs.

A 17-ounce can contains a ready-to-use liquid insecticide that kills pests on contact. Apply the solution both inside and outside the house in an amount of approximately one can per 500 square feet. However, keep in mind that repeated applications will be most likely needed so you will have to purchase more items to get rid of bed bugs completely.

When treating the infested objects, focus on cracks, crevices, seams and folds. Since this solution is toxic enough, it is not suggested for broadcast surface spraying for mattresses. The product works well against a variety of pests, including bed bugs and cockroaches.

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5. Low toxicity contact sprays SteriFab™ and Bedlam® for treating bed mattresses

Yet another two products recommended by the entomologists. As with the other contact sprays, these would kill the bed bugs on contact and would become inefficient as soon as they dry out. Also, they would have no effect whatsoever on bed bugs’ eggs.

Because of the low toxicity levels, both SteriFab and Bedlam can be used on mattresses, furniture, and other places that are most habituated by humans (and pets) in the house.

In case you’d want to cover a larger area, we’d advise going for SteriFab kit, which includes one gallon of Sterifab spray and one pint of bactericide, both of which are pretty potent sanitizers and would work on various kinds of pests, including primarily bed bugs. The seller provides the following recommendations for use on mattresses: use 4-5 ounces of Sterifab for single-bed and folding cot mattresses and 6-8 ounces for the double-bed ones.

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In case you’re looking for a smaller and more portable version and your bed bug infestation is not as big, then consider purchasing low toxicity Bedlam or Bedlum plus aerosol.

Bedlam is a contact spray that works just as SteriFab but it is not efficient against eggs.

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Bedlam Plus is a residual spray, that’s much more potent at killing bed bugs, and is pretty efficient at eliminating pyrethroid-resistant bed bugs with their eggs for two weeks after treatment. It can be still, however, used on clothing.

This insecticide is produced by McLaughlin Gormley King Company, a well-known manufacturer based in Minneapolis, MN, USA. The company specializes in insect control products containing mainly natural pyrethrum and synthetic pyrethroids.

Scientific tests show that over 40% of bed bugs exposed to Bedlam die. This is not the highest mortality rate though, but you should keep in mind that it is a low-toxic insecticide intended to be applied to bedding.

The solution is based on synergized neonicotinoid and pyrethroid mixture that has been recently developed to control bed bugs.

6. Bed Bug Egg Killer Sprays under $10 | Harris | Ortho

For spot treatment use aerosols. High pressure helps to treat deep into cracks and crevices where bed bugs are hiding. It is good for treatment on and around bed frames, headboards, walls, bedding, box springs, luggage, drapes and other window appointments. Customers admit that the bugs die within 3 seconds after coming into contact with the spray. But don’t stop. Re-treat all of the surfaces weekly until no signs of bed bugs are to be seen.

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The manufacturers assure that these bottle’s contents are able to kill not only regular bed bugs, their eggs, fleas, ticks, and lice, but also pyrethroid-resistant species. As National Geographic article claims, certain types of bed bugs have become pyrethroid insecticide-resistant, and humans are to blame as they’ve been exterminating these insects like that for ages. This resulted in DNA mutation and the appearance of chemical-resistant genes.

Harris is EPA Registered – Approved for use in homes with people and pets by the Environmental Protection Agency (No. 1021-1767-3).

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The scientists consider two oil-based products (based on the Rutgers University study) to be “surprisingly effective against adult species and eggs, … andpotentially useful pesticide for controlling bed bug infestations”. They are EcoRaider™ (Geraniol & Cedar extract) and Bed Bug Patrol™.

7. Bed Bug Patrol Bed Bug Killer Spray Treatment

Natural plant extracts of peppermint and clove oils and Sodium Lauryl Sulphate from сoconut extract are among the active ingredients of this non-toxic spray. The product promises to kill bed bugs on contact. Its residual effectiveness under lab conditions has been proven by the Rutgers University scientists. They claim that 91-92% mortality rate was detected within 10 days after treatment.

It is also reported that it can be applied not only on these bloodsuckers’ regular home hideouts, but also directly on the mattress and its cover, cushioned furniture and other surfaces with which people come in contact. The users’ opinions on its effectiveness are contradictory. Some find it helpful like no other treatment, while others note the slowness of its killing action (“Yes, it seems it does work ok but only on direct contact with the bed bug that it dies and not all that fast like 15 minutes or more.”)and lack of residual effect (“This stuff will work on live bugs if it is sprayed directly on them. Once it has dried, worthless,”). It is up to you to make the right choice, so read all customer reviews to learn more.

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8. Eco Defense Bed Bug Killer, Natural Organic Formula Fastest

In spite of the fact that the manufacturer claims that it is all natural, we can’t consider it to be fully organic as it contains, for example, such synthetic chemical as sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS). The active component is Geranium Oil. Inactive ingredients: Distilled Water, Citric Acid, and Ethyl Lactante. It is a good thing that some of the active components are natural ones, but nevertheless, we can’t call it all-natural.

The manufacturer promises that the Eco Defense Spray will kill bed bugs once it comes in contact with them, as soon as possible, won’t leave any stains or artificial odor, but is this really so? Yes, some users speak of “killer results” in their reviews. Others share that it didn’t work at all or simply paralyzed the insects. The lack of odor is also debatable as some customers don’t complain of it, while others say that the odor is worse than chemical sprays’ one. You might as well read all of the customer reviews on your own and make your own judgment. As for us, we advise using it combined with other treatments as a means of indemnifying.

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9. Bed Bug Killer by EcoRaider 16 oz

Bed Bug Killer is made by EcoRaider Environmental Inc. The manufacturer claims that it is the most effective spray, as the Entomological Society of America Journal Publication named it “the only natural product that kills bed bugs with 100% efficacy”.

It destroys any kind of bed bugs (even those resistant to insecticides); kills adults, larvae, and even causes high mortality (86%) in bugs at the toughest egg stage. What do users say about the effectiveness of the product? Many of them agree that botanical compounds are most effective as part of an integrated approach – together with the use of a mattress cover and traps. By the way, some users have tried to improve the deadly effect of this spray, mixing it with Gentrol Insect Growth Regulator – and stated that this mix has worked better. You can also read other reviews and find out more helpful tips.

And finally, the other characteristics of the product. The lemongrass scent is not for everyone, but it is quite tolerant.Also, Eco Raider does not leave marks on the furniture or floor, so you can use it anywhere without getting spots and stains.

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Expert Opinion: Michael Potter, Extension Professor, University of Kentucky

Dr. Michael Potter, Entomologist, University of Kentucky

Dr. Michael Potter is an Extension Professor and entomologist at the University of Kentucky. In addition to conducting research, he delivers lectures and provides advice to the pest control industry, health care, and regulatory agencies. Dr. Potters takes part in international pest control events and has several awards. His entomology program at the University of Kentucky is aimed to provide the public with credible information and assistance in pest control, including managing bed bug infestations, which have been increasingly becoming a considerable threat in urban areas.

“Probably the number one myth [about bedbugs] that comes off the top of my head is public health concerns. Because that is having some really serious ramifications from the standpoint of not just funding for research through institutions like NIH and NSF, but societally health departments whose mission is to deal with pest public health importance are based largely on the matter of potentially transmitted diseases, while bed bugs were not known to transmit diseases. Certainly, it is an enormous mental health and emotional health impact, not to mention economic impact. We need to get out heads straight on that because if you talk to anybody who has ever had a bedbug ride, they will tell you it is probably the worst thing that has ever happened to them. We have a speaker from Canada who spoke about a study they recently completed showing great levels of depression anxiety and mental health disorders as a result of bedbug infestations”.

Bed Bug Killer Sprays Comparison Chart

* Warning.Although many users spray these products right over their sheets, we wouldn’t recommend doing it if the said product contains sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), a synthetic chemical which is also present in all other cleaning products. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, in spite of the fact that SLS is commonly used in household chemicals production and other products, long-term contact with this substance can lead to dermatitis.

If you’re still torn between a spray and a fogger, follow the specialists’ advice. According to the National Center for Healthy Housing,“Bug bombs” are not effective against bed bugs. The pesticide droplets generated by foggers typically do not penetrate the hiding spaces used by insects.

What scientists unanimously agree on is thathomemade bed bug spraysare a far greater threat than commercial ones.Do not use them! Any mixture containing detergents as well as alcohol are dangerous. Commercial products, on the other hand, have undergone the necessary laboratory tests and are allowed for indoor use. The Michigan State University experts recommend using only“EPA- and MDARD-registered products that come in their original packaging”.

Don’t count on repellents either, as the Department of Entomology, Virginia Tech states:“However, none of our current insecticide products appear to be repellent to bed bugs, particularly after they have dried. For whatever reason, bed bugs do not recognize repellent chemicals the way that other household insects do. So far, no insect repellent or insecticide product has been able to stop bed bugs from biting.”

That is why we will have to resort to contact killing with natural and artificial chemical insecticides. Let’s see what the entomologists recommend doing and how.

As for us, once again we would like to remind you (along with the University of California professors), thatInsecticides must be combined with infestation prevention measures, such as removing and cleaning infested beds, bedding, and other harborage sites, as well as nonchemical tactics such as steam or heat delivery.

How Bed Bug Sprays Work: The Scientists’ Opinions on Their Effectiveness

A team of researchers from the Department of Entomology at Rutgers University has carried out a study with the aim of evaluating the residual efficacy of bed bug sprays. They tested the most popular products: 4 liquid insectecides (Tandem, Temprid SC, Transport GHP, Demand CS) and 4 aerosols (Alpine, Bedlam, Bedlam Plus, Phantom). The results have shown that the efficacy of the majority of the tested solutions largely depends on the type of treated surface — fabric, wood, or vinyl.

The scientists have found out that Tandem is less effective when applied to porous materials while Transport GHP has demonstrated almost a 90-percent effectiveness rate on all surfaces. The aerosols work better on fabric but have lower efficacy when applied to vinyl and unpainted wood.

So the scientists have concluded that the type of treated surface is a major factor that influences the residual efficacy of insecticides. There is particularly important as bed bugs typically infest furniture items, paper, and walls that have porous surfaces.

What is the most effective bed bug spray?

Transport GHP is apparently the strongest spray on the market. According to the above-mentioned study, only this product shows high residual efficacy when applied to porous surfaces, which is crucial because this is where bedbugs generally hide. The efficacy of this solution does not depend on the type of material treated, something that gives this product a clear advantage over others. Moreover, researchers recommend Transport GHP for professional use in pest control.

What kills bed bugs

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the registered active ingredients for bed bug control include 16 pyrethrins and pyrethroids, 4 neonicotinoids, 3 inorganic compounds, chlorfenapyr, DDVP (dichlorvos), propoxur, S-hydroprene, alcohol, and neem oil.

The University of Kentucky Entomology team also considers professional products such as Temprid® SC, Transport® and Phantom® effective. Among their active ingredients, not only pyrethroids are found, but alsoneonicotinoid compounds (imidacloprid, acetamiprid)as well as pro-insecticidechlorfenapyr.

Nowadays,pyrethrin- or pyrethroid-based(the latter are synthetic analogues of pyrethrins) remain the most popular chemical sprays. They attack nerve cells and cause multiple nerve excitation. This ultimatelyleads to paralysis and the death of the insects.These pesticides are one of the most powerful ones, but many insects have become resistant to them over the years.

All these products are reviewed in ourTop best killer sprays.Read it to learn more.

IGR products

The Department of Entomology, Virginia Tech specialists explain that today“there is only one insect growth regulator that is labeled for bed bug control –hydroprene”.However, some latest research has shown that IGRs don’t actually sterilize these insects, they slowly kill them instead. This means that bed bugs can produce at least one generation of offspring before dying. The Cornell University experts don’t recommend rely on IGRs too much either (“Insect Growth Regulators (IGRs) affect the development and reproduction of insects. Although they can work well, they don’t kill bugs quickly”). Therefore, we can say that you’d better use IGRs that are complementary to other insecticides.

Natural Bed Bug Sprays

Some organic low-toxic solutions can indeed kill bed bugs on contact. As the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension unit specialists state, don’t expect any residual action after they are dry. In addition, it has been proven that pests can avoid treated places. Along with that, the scientists consider two oil-based products (based on the Rutgers University study) to be“surprisingly effective against adult species and eggs.”They are EcoRaider ™ (Geraniol & Cedar extract) and Bed Bug Patrol ™. Direct spraying of EcoRaider™ causes high initial death toll (80%) and 100% of the insects were dead within 10 days.

Are sprays better and more effective than other methods (vacuuming, bombs (foggers), traps, dusts&powders)?

There’s no simple answer to that question. According to the US FTC, bed bugs have developed a resistance to chemicals that are used in common pesticides, bug bombs, and foggers.

According to the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, fumigation is not very effective: bed bugs almost always hide in crevices where fogger aerosols do not penetrate.

Vacuuming can be ineffective because while it can suck up a lot of insects, eggs are much harder to get. Besides, bed bugs can relocate to other rooms when you’ll try to empty the vacuum canister. So, all of the methods have their limitations, and you’ll have to use several for the extermination to be truly effective.

How long does bed bug spray last?

There are two types of bed bug sprays that are available on the market: contact and residual. The time it takes to kill a bug will essentially depend on which type you use in your household.

Contact vs Residual Sprays

If you choose to use contact sprays then they will almost immediately kill the bug upon contact, whereas if you happen to buy a residual one it will work slowly but will also last longer. Another thing that you have to consider before buying is what type of chemical formula it has. You need to ensure you’re buying the latest version of the product with the newest chemical compounds because bugs have developed resistance to old formulas and you’ll just waste your money on something that would be totally ineffective.

The EPA website has a tool to help you choose the latest best pesticide for your particular situation. For example, pyrethrins and pyrethroids are the oldest known compounds, that might prove to be ineffective when used alone. So, look for insecticides that would combine both pyrethrin and any another chemical class. Otherwise, go for desiccants that work physically through destroying the outer coating of a bed bug, meaning bed bugs cannot develop resistance to them.

How long does it take to eliminate all bed bugs?

Contact sprays will kill affected bed bugs immediately, while residual ones will require more time (several minutes) to kill but will also last longer, sometimes even up to a year after application. The time it would take to eliminate a bed bug infestation depends on the size of that infestation, other methods you are going to use, and other individual factors.

Why Are Insecticides More Effective Than Natural Products?

Professional products are most recommended for use by experts. Their advantage is their long-term action and residual killing effect after they are dry. However, in order for an adult insect to die of an insecticide’s residual effect, it should remain within the boundaries of the treated territory for several days. For this reason, it’s best to use chemicals in places where insects typically hide, such as floor cracks, corners, places along and under the skirting boards.

Also remember that these pests’ eggs are most difficult to eliminate as their outer shell protects future larvae from insecticides. That is why several repeat treatments will be necessary to remove any larvae that could hatch.

How Bed Bug Killing Sprays Work

Geranium oil, geraniol, clove oil, sodium lauryl sulfate etc

Neonicotinoids (imidacloprid, acetamiprid), chlorfenapyr and other chemicals

TypeActive IngredientsKilling ActionResidual Action
Natural | contactAre partially effective on contact.N/A
Artificial chemical | contactPyrethrins and pyrethroidsKill on contact, may be ineffective against certain pyrethroid-resistant populations.High level of residual control: kill several days after drying.
Kill on contact, no insect resistance has been determined.High level of residual control: kill several days after drying.
IGRsHydroprenePoison the insects on contact, death will come before sterilization.High level of residual control: kill several days after drying.

What You Should Know Before Spraying the Room

All sprays work in the same way: they kill the insects once they come in contact with them. The manufacturers promise that this is a matter of minutes or even seconds and the killing effect will last for a few hours following the application.

How long should you use spray

The experience reveals thatit’s better to use it few timesregardless of the infestation scale instead of counting on the effect of a single use. In addition, the first spray can simply paralyze the insects rather than directly kill them.

Never go for a single measureeven if it seems that the bed bugs are gone. University of California scientists advise to combine the insecticides with infestation prevention measures, such as removing and cleaning infested beds, mattresses, and other harborage sites, as well as nonchemical tactics such as steam or heat delivery. Make sure you also invest in a mattress cover.

Where to apply bed bug spray

Know the dangerous spots and objects in the room, such as:

  • Luggage you’ve brought from a trip. As we’ve mentioned earlier, bed bugs tend to travel and come back home with you and then spread and breed all over the house
  • Floor and walls, carpets, cracks in the wooden floor, in the corners, door and window frames, behind the paintings or wallpaper, outlets.
  • Furniture and your sleeping place, the drawers in the chest or cabinets, sofa and armchair upholstery, mattresses, pillows, bed sheets and others.

Monitoring devicessuch as ClimbUp® are useful for confirming the presence of bed bugs when a visual inspection cannot. When installed under bed legs, such traps provide a barrier between floor and your sleeping place what can potentially reduce bites, especially when beds are pulled slightly away walls and encased, as per advice of Michael F. Potter, Extension Entomologist, University of Kentucky.

How to apply bed bug spray on a carpet

You would apply it, just like anywhere else, really: spray it evenly along the edges first, then underneath the carpet. I would suggest spraying across all carpeted area to ensure not a single bug would escape its fate.

How to treat a mattress

First off, inspect the mattress carefully and size up the extent of the infestation. If there are a lot of holes and feces spread across the mattress area, then you’d better be off without this mattress, really, throw the stuff right into the dumpster. If you are not ready to part with your mattress, then inspect the folds and seams of your mattress, the head and footboards, then vacuum your mattress throughly.

After that, apply the spray along these seams and stitches, head and footboards that you’ve previously inspected. Leave it to dry and only then continue to use your mattress. I’d recommend using bed bug proof mattress encasements that are placed over the mattress to protect it from damage that seldom comes from bed bugs.

Which one to choose?

Here we’ll review some of the common situations where you’d require the use of a bed bug spray and my recommendations as to which one you’d better buy.

Bed bug spray forbed/mattresses/clothes/fabric/furniture

Always check the label to make sure it can be used on fabric or furniture. I’d advise trying natural sprays first, like Eco Defense Bed Bug Killer or EcoRaider Bed Bug Killer.

All products that we’ve covered for clothes and mattresses can be used safely for any other furniture.Low toxity Steri-Fab Bed Bug Kitis a good value for money in case you need to apply the spray to a larger area and a lot of items in your house.

And if that doesn’t work, go the hard way and purchase something that’s rich in deadlyprofessional chemicals, like Temprid, that should do the trick.

If you want something for a change, then considergood-oldHarris, that’s way too good not to recommend. It will deal with any pyrethroid resistant blood sucker, so don’t you worry.

Bed bug spray for travel/suitcases/luggage

In case you want to be bed bug-free at all times, I’d recommed carrying something lightweight, like Bed Bug Rid Pest, which is conveniently sold in bottles of 2 oz. Thus, it won’t be a burden for you to carry it around. Otherwise, if you want something more reliable and chemical, then good old Harris (16 oz) is your best bet.

Bed bug spray for body/skin

Well, there is no such thing as a safe bed bug spray for skin in the entire universe. If any of those chemicals are absorbed through the skin, you are in trouble and might need medical attention immediately.

Bed bug spray for cars

In case your bed bugs have reached your car, then it might be a good idea for hiring a professional and see if what you have are really bed bugs and not any other type of pest. Because what might be effective against bed bugs can be totally useless for other pests. Anyway, if you’re pretty sure your car is reeking with bed bugs, then all sprays that are good for furniture will also be okay for a car. In case you need specific recommendations, then try classic JT Eaton Bug Killer

Bed bug spray for house

If your whole house is infested, then go for a huge spray canister or a concentrate, both of which won’t break your family budget. Consider buying Harris Bed Bug Killer 1-gallon canister , Tempo Ultra Bottle Concentrate or Tempo Contact Insecticide Bottle.

What to use in hotels

If you happen to check into a hotel room with bed bugs, either leave the hotel immediately or ask the reception to change your room. If you’re a hotel owner, then you’d better hire a professional exterminator or pest control company that would deal with the infestation in a timely fashion since it’s your money and reputation that’s at risk here not only the health of your guests.

Bed bug spray for pets

Save your pooch by taking him to the vet, please. If that’s not option (although that’s always an option), try the following products: Bed Bug Killer from Bugstrap (all natural formula) or chemical JT Eaton for Dogs.

How to use a bed bug spray: RULES & precautions

They can come in different form factors, like liquid, aerosol, or concentrate. Liquid type usually kills bugs instantly upon contact. Residual aerosols kill bugs over time. And concentrates need to be diluted with water and are used to cover larger areas.

Irrespectively of which one you’re going to choose, always read a product label carefully and follow the instructions outlined by the manufacturer.

Now, let’s look at how to use different form factors.

If you choose to use the liquid contact spray (like Steri-Fab):

  • Shake the bottle well to ensure the chemicals inside are agitated and ready to shoot
  • Squirt the spray evenly by pulling the trigger along the crevices, cracks, jambs, corners of a room that you want to treat, including headboards, floorboards, and the like
  • Continue to spray until all affected areas are treated and evenly coated with the insecticide
  • Leave it to dry before touching any of the areas that you’ve treated
  • Unlike some residual aerosols, contact sprays can be applied to upholstered surfaces, like sofas, and mattresses.

In case you opt for an aerosol (like Bedlum Plus):

  • Shake it up before using
  • Hold the nozzle and evenly apply along the crevices, cracks, and the like
  • Unlike liquid sprays, there are certain restrictions on where you can apply aerosols. Some can be still used on furniture, whereas many others cannot (always check the label to see where you can use it)

If you use concentrate (like Syngenta Insecticide):

  • Read the label carefully to see how the mixture needs to be prepared
  • Take an empty spray bottle and fill it with a portion of a concentrated liquid required by the label and instructions, dilute it with water, and shake the resulting solution thoroughly
  • Once the mixture is set up, pull the trigger intermittently and evenly apply the spray across all crevices and cracks you can find

Precautions:

Check if the pesticide that you intend to use is registered with the EPA. If you purchase something that has not been professionally approved, it can be much more dangerous than the bed bugs themselves. Some of the things that are illegal to use against bed bugs include diatomaceous earth not registered with the EPA; carbon dioxide, propane, and helium bug bombs.

A few of other “DON’Ts”:

  • Do not use outdoor pesticides indoors
  • Do not buy pesticides from street vendors or other unreliable sources
  • Do not apply any of the pesticides on your skin
  • Do not apply pesticides to furniture or bedding UNLESS allowed on a label

Poisoning.There’s also such a thing as insecticide poisioning, and we thought you should be aware of this as well.

This type of poisoning can happen when you inhale too much of an insecticide, accidentally swallow it, or put it on your skin. The common symptoms include difficulty breathing, heart problems, or other allergic reactions. Pyrethrins are not usually dangerous since they are derived from flowers.

Pro & Cons

Pros

  • When used in accordance with the instructions on the label and in combination with other methods, bed bug sprays can be very effective at eliminating bed bug infestation
  • They are generally safe (if approved by the EPA and used properly)

Cons

  • Might be ineffective if used alone
  • Bed bugs can develop resistance to it
  • Can be dangerous if used excessively or inappropriately

Bug Spray for Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are fierce predators adept at hiding, yet responsible for potential health hazards ranging from allergic symptoms to skin rashes. They tend to come out at night and hide during the day, making them very hard to find and even more difficult to eliminate.

Several methods are used to control and kill them and prevent repeated infestations.

Elimination Methods

Natural powders are currently being touted as a surefire way to get rid of the annoying creatures. The drawback is that they must walk through the powder for it to be effective.

Chemical treatments are the most traditional methods. Sprays, both commercially available brands and professional strength variations, tend to be most effective when combined with common sanitation and cleaning efforts.

Understanding These Pests

These small bloodsucking parasitic insects feed on human blood when other food sources are not readily available. All species live exclusively off the blood of warm-blooded mammals. They were nearly eradicated as pests by the early 1940s. However, the insects have increased in prevalence since the mid-1990s.

Their name comes from the insect’s habit of infesting areas where people sleep, especially mattresses. They are most active at night. This is when they feed on their host and have six life stages. Their life cycle ranges from 32 to 48 days. They need to feed during each stage of their lives.

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Preparing for Treatment

Sprays will not be as effective if the infected area is not prepared for treatment first. Start by removing clutter from the infected area to make inspection easier. When inspecting the following steps are recommended:

Check the Bedding

Look for blood stains or spots on sheets and bedding. This is the most common sign of an infestation. Strip off all bedding and check around common areas on infestation such as creases or buttons.

Check All Areas of the Room

These insects are not just found around the bed or mattress and often travel to other areas of the room. Check cracks and crevices around floors, walls, windows, closets, drawers, smoke alarms, electrical sockets, furnishings and picture frames.

Check Clothing

They easily catch a ride onto their next destination. Examine collars, pockets, shoes, hats and other items of clothing, including clothing in closets or drawers in the infected area.

Personal Items

Personal items such as blankets, toys, stuffed animals and pillows should be removed. These items must be washed in hot water to kill the offending bugs. The area should also be cleaned with a vacuum.

The contents should be disposed of in a bag that can be sealed and disposed of properly. Items such as phones, radios, laptops and other such items should be placed in a plastic bag with Nuvan Strips. These strips will not harm such items.

Hiding Places

Finding hiding places can be time consuming, but is really the only way to eliminate. Remove all drawers from dressers and desks. Turn over furniture since they may hide in the tiniest locations. Stand up the box spring and take the bed frame apart. These critters like secluded hideaways.

Remove mattress covers and inspect the mattress for holes or tears. Caulk and seal any holes where cable cord or pipes penetrate the floor or walls. Fill any cracks around moldings and baseboards to cut off hiding places.

Clothing and Bedding

All clothing, bedding and draperies in the infected area should be cleaned. Washable items need to be washed in hot water. Dry cleaning is also an effective method. Floors and carpeting should be vacuumed.

Take all items out of drawers and closets in the room where the infestation was first observed. Drawers and closets should be scrubbed and cleaned. The same is true for wood flooring.

Is Chemical Treatment Effective?

If initiated in early stages, chemical treatments can eliminate the problem and prevent further infestation. When correctly applied, some experts consider chemical treatment the most effective method.

Chemical treatment may also be the most cost-effective method. Cryonite treatment and thermal remediation may both be equally effective, but in terms of cost chemical treatment is less expensive.

The Mattress

Newer mattresses offer fewer places for refuge. If a mattress is well constructed and does not have any holes or tears, it is likely that it will not have to be replaced. If a mattress has holes, tears or rips, it is possible they and their eggs have found their way inside. In this case, you will most likely be better off with a new mattress to avoid the chance of the area becoming infested again.

Insecticides and Sprays

Some insecticides and aerosols may be used to treat a mattress. Read instructions carefully, as some insecticides and sprays have restrictions on how they may be used and applied to mattresses.

Pyganic Dust, Bedlam Aerosols and Temprid SC Insecticide are the common insecticides and dusts specifically labeled for mattresses. Dusts last longer. However, specially-designed tips on the Bedlams and Phantom make it easier to reach cracks and crevices.

Dusts and sprays may be used on surfaces such as chests, dressers, nightstands, chairs, couches and other furniture.

Checklist

  • Check mattresses, buttons, seams, rips, holes, tears and box spring.
  • Check other furniture in the room.
  • Check pictures, wall posters, switch plates and lighting fixtures.
  • Check electrical appliances and gadgets such as phones, radios, televisions and other possible hiding places.
  • Check carpeting, tack strips and baseboards.
  • Check other beds that may be in the room along with all bedding. Newer mattresses are more resistant than older mattresses.

Infestation Management

Detection

A big part of fighting an infestation is not only to detect it, but to find all contaminated areas in and around the source of the infestation. Over-the-counter bug sprays are best for the early stages of an infestation. If they are detected after they have been around for a while, bug sprays will not be as effective.

It is estimated that about 85% are found in or near the bed, justifying their name.

Prevention

Most people bring them into their home from another location. Hotels are a common source. Those who travel frequently should wash their clothes when they return home as a precaution.

Those purchasing second-hand furniture should clean all furniture as soon as it comes into the home to prevent infestation. Cutting down on clutter gives them fewer hiding places.

Those living in dorms or apartments should inspect beds and areas around the bed frequently for signs of infestation. Washing sheets and bedding on a regular basis is another way to guard against these bugs. This is especially true in the summer when people tend to be in and out of the house on a regular basis. It is easier to control an infestation when it is detected and eliminated in the early stages.

Non-chemical Treatment

Vacuuming

Vacuums and portable steam cleaners are a generally reliable method to get rid of the infestation. It usually takes multiple vacuuming exercises to get rid of them all. Carefully target the areas where they are likely to be hiding such as corners and along the baseboard and around buttons and seams on a mattress. Portable steam cleaners work well because high temperature is involved and extreme heat kills these parasites.

Heating/Chilling

Heating and chilling are two professional non-chemical treatment methods. Commercial heating services heat an entire room to 140°F for a period of two hours or up to 130°F for up to three hours. The process kills most adults and their eggs.

Chilling reduces the temperature to 32°F and maintains that temperature for several days to kill the adults and their eggs.

Chemical Treatment

Insecticides

Insecticides are not enough to treat severe infestations. They are most effective when used along with other methods such as vacuuming and washing bedding. The most effective pesticides are used by commercial pesticide applicators.

Professionals tend to be better trained at detecting infestations and know where to spray to control and eliminate the problem. Insecticides are not usually applied directly to a mattress because of the risk of adverse effects on humans who have to use those mattresses.

Liquid insecticides are generally applied directly to bed frames, cracks, baseboards and other common areas of infestation. Liquid pesticide formulations include three basic formulas:

  1. Synthetic pyrethroid products such as bifenthrin, deltamethrin and cyhalothrin are effective when used with other control methods.
  2. Botanical insecticides such as pyrethrin provide potent immediate results but are not good for long-term control.
  3. Newer products include chlorfenapyr (Phantom) and hydroprene (Gentrol). These products inhibit growth and cause sterility in adults.

Do-It-Yourself

There are many over-the-counter pesticide products available on the market. Many of these products claim to be specifically for control. These products make claims of being able to kill them with some promising to prevent future infestations. These pesticides are best at killing on contact, but are not really that effective at controlling infestations that have spread.

Performance of over-the-counter pesticides is not known with field tests often inconclusive. Some pest control experts recommend professional pesticide treatments.

Due to regulations, over-the-counter pesticide products are only allowed to be of a certain strength. They are better at killing on contact rather than from second-hand contact or controlling an infestation that has already spread.

Evaluating Sprays

These insects can collectively cost millions of dollars in terms of the efforts used to eliminate them each year. This includes efforts to prevent the pesky creatures from coming back.

The most effective way to get rid of an infestation has been detected is by getting rid of existing bedding and furniture in the infected area. This method, obviously, will be the most expensive and is not something everybody can afford to do to eliminate the problem.

While they are not known to transmit infections, but they can still cause itching, rashes and other skin disorders since they bite. Pest removal services can be effective in treating infestations. However, such services may be expensive. Therefore, many people turn to sprays they can purchase themselves to get rid of the problem.

Effective Treatment

Some products are not as effective as they promise. There is no solid data comparing over-the-counter sprays. Many companies use independent labs to verify their results. This doesn’t mean all sprays are ineffective. In fact, some work just fine and are a less expensive alternative to professional treatments.

Combine Pest Control Methods

In order for these products to be effective, additional methods of elimination should be followed. These include inspecting the sleeping area, sealing up cracks and openings and eliminating clutter. The area should also be vacuumed and disinfected. Bedding should be removed and items should be bagged, cleaned and decontaminated. Vacuum and clean the area once more before using a bug spray.

Follow Instructions

Follow instructions carefully. Every spray product has instructions and procedures that should be followed for maximum effectiveness. Most sprays are supposed to be applied directly to the mattress and bedding.

Wear gloves while spraying any spray so as not to have skin irritation or transfer the chemical to food or others you come in contact with on a regular basis.

How To Use Sprays

Affordable Solution

Bedding should be sprayed from the outside-in. The spray should be applied in a circular pattern and is usually able to be applied to furniture too. Walls, headboards and other areas can be spot treated.

Basic sprays can be found for under $5.00. Surprisingly, there is little difference between the most expensive sprays on the market and those that are less expensive. Many over-the-counter bug sprays can be an affordable solution.

Combination Effect

Some products combine a bactericide, fungicide, and sanitizer along with the spray. These products tend to be more effective and allow you to use your bedding and other infested materials sooner. They also tend to cover more than just the original infestation area. There is no mixing; these products are simply sprayed where the bugs were observed.

Powder

Powders can also be extremely effective. The only drawback is that the bugs must come in contact with the powder for it to be effective. A plus for many who choose this method is that it works instantly. A powder is best for when you know exactly where the infestation is located.

Price of Removal

This small, wingless insect can cost a lot of money and take a lot of time and effort to get rid of permanently. The average cost of an extermination program is from $200 to $400 (a combination of professional and over-the-counter methods).

Natural solutions tend to be hit and miss. Common natural solutions for removal include: black walnut, natural heat, boric acid, steam treatment and botanical insecticides.

Prices vary for professional extermination services with the final cost depending on the extent of the infestation. The average cost is $250 to $1,000 per room. This includes a plan of action to address the problem and possible repair work that may be necessary to stop further infestations.

This makes sprays a desirable alternative to professional methods. Those with a more serious infestation may be better off going with a professional service to solve the problem.

Preventing Future Infestations

These sprays generally work well for treating the initial infestation. The key to controlling an infestation is to prevent future invasions from the unpleasant little creatures. Keep in mind that these bugs travel into a home on clothes or luggage.

According to the U.S. Travel Association, those who travel a lot should take the following precautions to avoid transporting these bugs into their home:

When Traveling

  • Place luggage in the bathtub or leave it in the hallway as you inspect the mattress in the hotel.
  • Place clothes that you wear when traveling in a plastic bag so they can be laundered when back at home without contaminating other areas.
  • Report any observance of bugs to the management and to the Better Business Bureau if hotel management is unresponsive. If the problem is serious enough, the local health department may need to be involved.

When Returning

  • Wash clothes when returning from vacation to ensure they are not transmitted into the home.
  • Disinfect any soft toys or other such items to eliminate the change of cross contamination.
  • Place luggage in a bathtub or other isolated area until it can be inspected.

Be Proactive

The best way to prevent an infestation is to be take measures to avoid infestation in the first place. This includes washing bedding on a regular basis, inspecting mattresses, checking luggage when returning from travel and checking dorm rooms, apartments or hotels for signs of bugs since these dwellings are most susceptible to infestations.

Safety of Sprays

Some sprays are more intense than others. There are certain chemicals you will find common among most sprays. The main difference is the combination of these chemicals. Some are described as all-natural or non-toxic. These tend to be better for those who are concerned about chemicals that may have harm small children or pets.

It is important to choose a spray that is not only safe, but effective. Spending money on a product that does not really work is a waste of time and money.

Top Sprays

According to independent testing results, Bed Bug Patrol is the top all-natural spray. This product contains natural ingredients such as peppermint, coconut extract oil and cloves. The product has been verified to be effective, but also completely safe to humans and pets.

Eco-Friendly Living ranks 2nd; both of these products should be used for two weeks to ensure the complete elimination. They should be used once a day for the first week and every other day during the second week.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Best Yet Insect Spray is a safe alternative to other treatments on the market. The product is said to be effective and is made from food grade ingredients so it does not produce an offensive odor.

PuraCleenRx is also an EPA favorite. This spray is not all-natural. It has many of the same ingredients as common hospital disinfectants, including benzalkonium chloride. Many of the ingredients in this product have proven to be safe for use in hospitals for years. Therefore, they are just as safe when used in this product.

How Spray Helps

There are many products on the market promising eradication of these bloodsucking bugs. Most can be found at local hardware stores or online. Before using any type of insecticide, a home will need to be pre-treated. This includes moving all furniture away from walls to allow access to the baseboards so they can be treated and bagging all clothes so they can be cleaned.

A room should also be vacuumed prior to using any bug spray. Remember that the vacuum will need to be cleaned so it doesn’t accidentally spread the bugs to other areas of your home.

Safe for Furniture?

Some sprays are effective in eliminating the troublesome insect, but some of the chemicals are not safe for furniture. It is best to test a small area of a mattress to make sure it does not discolor the fabric. Carefully read instructions and check the list of ingredients to be sure they are not harmful to fabric.

Some insecticides may also be harmful to furniture. This is another reason products with natural ingredients are preferred by some homeowners.

Getting the Most Out of Sprays

Assess the Situation

Do a little research before you purchase any spray. Find out what sprays are safe for the furniture you have in your home. Prices will vary, but even less expensive products can be effective. Another factor is the extent of the infestation. If it is a mild infestation or has been caught in the early stages, an over-the-counter spray should be effective.

Price is not an indication of quality when it comes to selecting a spray. These products require repeated treatments to be completely effective. Other methods of elimination should be combined to maximize success.

Treat All Areas of Infestation

Even just one bug can reproduce exponentially and leave you with hundreds of bugs in just over a month. If you use spray product, remember that every crack and crevice needs to be sprayed to eliminate them.

Before investing in any spray product, inspect your home to find all hiding places. These may include the bedroom, hallway and other high traffic areas of the home. If one room is infested, they have likely made it to other rooms in your home.

Once you have identified all areas of infestations, begin spraying. Powders are best when you do not see bugs during initial inspection.

Follow Instructions

Each brand of spray has specific instructions for use. Generally, most products require at least two weeks of usage to be successful. Treatment should continue at least once a month after that for the next twelve months to ensure all are gone from the infested area.

If you still have an infestation problem, it is time to contact a professional since the infestation is obviously very extensive. It is important not to skip any of the instructions, even though some steps may seem unnecessary.

If treatment with DIY spray does not work, it may just mean you have selected the wrong product for your problem. It is usually best to try a few different products in the early attempts to deal with the problem. If these do not work, you have a more serious problem and need a professional.

Tips for Avoiding Them

  • Learn to recognize what they like; they can be mistaken for other bugs.
  • Avoid potential hiding places such as dust ruffles and bed skirts. If you do have extras like this on your bed, make sure they do not touch the floor to avoid creating an easy pathway for these bugs.
  • Maintain at least two inches of space between the wall and your headboard if possible. This eliminates an easy access route.
  • Take off your shoes before entering your house if possible. They have been known to be transported on shoes, as well as their eggs. Have your guests do the same. It is also a good idea to frequently wash shoes or at least rinse them off with hot water.
  • Do not bring used bedding or furniture into your home until you have inspected these items thoroughly. The same is true even with new items since delivery trucks may become infested since many remove old items while delivering new items.It is a good idea to inspect any new or used piece of furniture that enters your home. This is especially true of a new mattress.
  • Protect your bedding. Periodic spraying with over-the-counter bug sprays is a good way to prevent further infestations if you have had them in the past. One recommendation is to inspect and check your bedding and mattress with each new season or when you flip your mattress to check for signs of infestation.
  • When you travel, inspect your hotel room for signs of bugs. Travel is the top way in which they are transferred from one location to another.The quality of the hotel is not always an indicator of whether or not there will be an infestation. Even the fanciest hotels may have problems. Use things such as travel bags, suitcase liners, garment bags, laundry bags and travel pillow protectors. Inspect all luggage and other items you acquired or took with you while traveling.

Things to Consider

Sprays come in all shapes and sizes. Literally. Some are all-natural, others are chemical-based. Some are designed to work on contact, others promise protection for a certain period of time.

The best line of defense against these creatures is information. Once you know what to look for, you can make a better informed decision about which spray works best for your particular situation. Remember that all products will not be effective if used as the sole method of treatment.

Cleaning and preparation must take place before treatment can begin. If you have young children and pets, you will want to choose a product without harmful chemicals. Follow the instructions carefully and if all else fails, call a professional as a final treatment option.

Dos and Don’ts

Do: Inspect your home periodically; especially bedrooms and guestrooms.

Don’t: Do not panic. Remain calm and assess the situation. It is not always a worst case scenario. If the infestation is caught early enough, simple steps are usually all that is necessary.

Do: Be proactive. Reduce clutter around the bed especially. Eliminate hiding places. Inspect bedding and mattresses on a regular basis.

Don’t: Do not relocate the item that is infested. This will only spread the bugs quickly throughout your house and cause more problems and make it more difficult to control the situation.

Do: Immediately wash all bedding and clean the general area once you notice an infestation.

Don’t: Randomly buy any spray product. A little time and effort can help you find the one you need. There are plenty of experts out there to help you in the selection process and offer advice.

Do: Take the time to follow all recommendations for treatment. Be persistent and patient and odds are your bug problem can be brought under control.

Always Have a Proactive Attitude

Ultimately, sprays are most effective if you follow the instructions and catch the infestation in the early stages. This is not to say that they cannot play a role in the treatment process at later stages. Sprays can be combined with other treatments to increase the chances of effectiveness.

They have caused millions of dollars in damage due to lost hotel fees and the cost of extermination over the last decade alone. Today, people travel more often, increasing transference. According to one estimate, the prevalence of infestations is up 5,000% over the past 15 years. A proactive attitude is the best way to combat these bloodsucking parasites.

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My neighbor has had bed bugs for over a year and about 9 days ago i found some in my mattress and 7 in my couch i immediately had an exterminator come in he sprayed her house and mine and left powder all over the place after a week i started siliconing all the cracks around the floor boards, windows and door frames. I filled all nail holes, painted my walls to make sure i got all crackes and holes, threw my entire bed and dressers out but kept the couch, i have washed all sheets, blankets, pillows, pillow cases and clothes and dried them at a high heat. Im now sleeping on an air mattress and change the bedding every day. I spray my couch and curtains everyday. I made sure that i got rid of all clutter and washed every nicknack, picture frame, plant stands and tables in the shower with hot water i also gave all the plants showers. Me and my boyfriend dont get bit, i’ve only seen 3 bites on me in the 9 days but however my dog is still getting bit even though i fine combed everything in the house and even the house its self and i havent found residue of any type of infestation i have seen several dead bugs none alive but she seems to still get attacked. Do you think that i should get more powder and leave it down longer? Cause i really dont know where they can be coming from even though i have only seen about 7 in the past 4 days. I did everything.

@Mariann, I don’t know what else you could do, but I will recommend that they are drawn to people that may do drugs as well as drink allot. Not trying to tell you how to live, but the smell of our bodies when we do drugs or drink allot draws them to us as well. I don’t do anything I shouldn’t, and also have them in my unit and have been fighting them for 2 years, they always come back.

The floor especially, the carpet should be cleansed as much as possible. They will get under the carpet and the carpet will have to be stripped sometimes and either floor put down or more carpet. I prefer floor, but I can’t get my landlord to see the carpet issue.

They will get in your ac units, they will crawl up the vents. I have seen some in my bathroom, in the sink. They can also climb up pipes in the sink, or tub.

I have seen murphy’s oil soap and baking soda mixed kill them as well. They like to eat and invest old wood, like dressers and night stands, desks and other items, so cleaning with a wood oil liquid is good too. Compound W also works great as well, as I get plantar warts when bed bugs are near, and it is a warning system, as well as rashes. I have not been bit in a long time but I get rashes when they are near as well.

Ethol alcohol spray works great too but will not always kill a whole lot of them. Another strange deter I have used is Old cola left in a can in the sun, dr. pepper is great for this. Then after it sets in the sun a while put baking soda in it as well and get an old detergent bottle and put the dr. pepper baking soda into it and put it on baseboards. You may be worried about other pests being drawn to the cola but I have not had any trouble with anything else. The baking soda will burn them and the ingredidents in the cola will kill them as well.

Home Depot has a spray for your luggage and your bed rails and mattress and it should be handled carefully and you must spray at least three times a week. If you have any wood piles in the yard they will also get on and in them, wood piles should not be kept near the home.

IF you have had any pets die near the home, do not bury the animal nearby. They will infect dead animals in the ground to consume their blood as well and then come to the home to infest it if they believe the other animals are sick or could die similarly… (ewwww) Most people do not know about that, if you have buried pets with their blood still in their veins, they can be fed on by bedbugs. The host does not have to be living for bed bugs to feed on them.
(My Great grandmother and her daughter, my grand mother) told me those tales.

They are also known as the Wood Louse.

You need to also treat your yard and the outside of your home.anywhere your pet is at or has been.
Keep a towel or rug at your door treated with the powder and make everyone wipe their feet/shoes on it prior to entering your home. You cam pick up the eggs and the bugs from anywhere that someone has been that has them.
You will need to treat every 9 days for a couple months as their hatching cycle is every 10 days.
When they say clean everything they are not kidding. Start with one room and wash and bag everything (walls, cealings, floors, all items in the room, curtains, lights, pull off the covers to light switches… Close the door and move to the next room.keeping a treated towel or rug next to the door to wipe your feet each time you enter or leave a room. Leave all bags or containers that you will be using ti “seal” items in outside each room. If you bring them in there is a potential of contamunation.
It is a long process good luck

I dumped boiling water all over the carpet and put down diatomaceous earth, and used some sprays and it worked but now I have a mold problem and I expect the bugs to return somehow because I heard they are impossible to get rid of in apartments, due to wall pipings they crawl on. I never saw that. I noticed those eggs are everywhere in carpet and the bugs plant the eggs in your clean clothes hanging in the closet or in drawers and have seen the bugs scatter looking like individual nomad travelers, and I think they are looking for places to drop eggs all the days, it’s all they do, bite, mate, and look for a place to stick those eggs around. Most people say you have to move out. I think this is mostly true because it’s traumatizing to get bit a lot and the bugs need to move out and I got staph 3 times already, MRSA, after the rows of bites living near too many drug users frequenting the neighborhoods at the beach with dozens of hotels and hostels on the coastline in Los Angeles. The bugs come back because the mother’s spend all their time crawling into everything there is and planting sticky white tiny eggs. If two of the eggs are a male and a female then a population can start up. Steam cleaning would have been much better than dumping pots of boiling water, and putting my furniture and suitcases and in the bathtub but I don’t have the money. Apartments and hotels and houses in my opinion need to be vacated of humans and pets and wildlife animals such as bats or racoons, or mice…. for I heard 3+ months to a year depending on how long it takes the bugs to die, and then people can move back in. This allows them to leave their stuff in place and some daytime access as long as you wear a mesh screen hazmat suit all over and boil it afterwards. I noticed the hungry bugs will quickly jump you in the daytime. Moveout time can be into a van, or another place you can afford, or camping, or landlords can rent another place for emergency evacuations but they won’t but I think legislature should provide for this or the government should open up bed bug evacuation camps if they can’t afford to provide hotel spaces. Our culture wants people to live in one place and be there. They will shun the homeless simply over money they lost control of. The government needs to admit that cedar, cloves, and mint sprays used in gardens work, quicker and cheaper, and provide these recipes and ingredients sources to people, but people claim they don’t work….what happens is the one’s on the market are weak as crap, diluted…. they need to spray the bed area every night before bed time, and stop with the chemical games that pharmaceutical and chemical companies want to hide the ingredients that work to make a mystery product that people have to buy expensively. I noticed plenty of people have bed bugs that live off their pets and if the pet goes, then the family or roommates or neighbors get all bit up. The infestations start over ignorance a lot. I thought I had a rash, the doctor diagnosed me with scabies, but it wasn’t any scabies, the baby next door was diagnosed with eczema, and lot’s of similiar online stories, all because that’s all their allowed to prescribe or can make money with, imagine that, the doctor’s will let the bugs keep biting because there’s no profit in the cures, they can’t write a script for bed bugs that keep coming back and biting forever. All that happens when you put creams and some insecticides on is it makes the bugs throw up and you see blood spots in the sheets and you can finally catch a sickly bug or two and see what you’ve got. The bugs seem to me to get over it and look for another area of your skin asap. The more cream or tea tree oil I used the more the rash area spread as they just moved to an untreated spot of skin to bite. The pest control companies like to monitor with C02 traps and these catch a bug or two but they don’t work near as good as blood laying there. The bugs know if they are getting fed and able to populate or not. It’s what the bugs want to do is populate as much as they can get away with.

Great info VB, you are right about every thing but the boiling water- so sorry about your carpet. The natural oils, herbs work and if cinnamon is added with clove& cedar,mint; it knocks the bugs d**k in the dirt. Speaking of dirt spreading diamociaous earth around your dwelling if possible is like an atom bomb ,got rid of fleas too- in FL. use every 2 to 3 months.I had great results with Adams home spray inside bed, any thing not breathing—along with the herbal for dogs & cats. Topical treatment like Elvole between shoulder for pets works better & 3/4 less the price than frontline kills bed bugs on pets along with fleas ect. Thanks again for yr great comments!
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I just love how everybody says all kinds of things they know nothing about. First of all bed bugs don’t live off of dead animals because they are attracted to co2. Dead animals don’t breathe so there is no co2 there. They don’t eat old wood like one post said. They are amazing at hiding and find really narrow cracks and crevices to hide in. I am personally fighting an active infestation right now. We found them in our house on April 8th 2016. We had a heat treatment on April 16th 2016. We have only seen 4 bugs since the heat treatment and those were two days afterwards and were caught in the climb ups we put under the feet of our bed. 3 of those were babies and one was an adult. The Adult one died by the next morning. Our house was sprayed with a PCO the next Friday April 22nd. We have another appointment in two more weeks to be sprayed again. Then they will come back every two months for a year and inspect and spray. If we see anything in the climb ups we are to doument and call them. We have a 5 bedroom 3 story house and only found them to be in one room. With care diligence and some perseverance you can beat these things!

What was the name of the company you used? Who much did it cost you?

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