What are some home remedies to get rid of bed bugs?
There are many different home remedies for bed bugs, but we strongly recommend that you do not try to treat this problem yourself. Here’s a few…
Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is the most commonly advised product. However, unless you get food grade DE you risk severe damage to your lungs, akin to that of asbestos.
Another commonly suggested home remedy for bed bugs: rubbing alcohol, which is not only ineffective but also very flammable and risks setting your furniture/house/apartment/car on fire.
Sprays are only effective if you can actually find the bugs, which is the hard part. Bed bugs are so good at hiding that sprays which kill on contact will only be able to get rid of, at most, 10% of an infestation. Not only that but many sprays – including rubbing alcohol – are actually really dangerous to humans.
Traps don’t present a danger, but they aren’t very effective. As traps get dirty over time with dust, pet hair, human hair, or whatever else may be in your bedroom, the bugs become able to overcome the traps. You’d have to clean them every day to make them even somewhat effective. And even then, there’s no guarantee of safety. Bed bugs can still transfer to your sleeping area by hitching a ride on your clothes, your pet, a pillow that fell off the side of the bed, or the comforter that touches the ground at night.