Do DIY Bed Bug Treatments Really Work?

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If you suspect you have bed bugs in your home, you may wonder if there is a DIY bed bug treatment. More importantly, you want to know if it will eliminate these pests. Some DIY bed bug treatments claim to rid your home of bed bugs, but chances are, they are less effective than having a professional take care of the problem.

Do DIY Bed Bug Treatments Really Work?

  • Diatomaceous earth is a powder that dehydrates bed bugs. You can sprinkle it in areas where you have bed bugs. However, locating the source of these pests takes work, and they don’t always live in beds either. Not only that, but diatomaceous earth takes up to 10 days to take effect.
  • Baking soda is a so-called DIY bed bug treatment. It works similarly to diatomaceous earth, drying the bugs out. Proponents recommend putting baking soda in doorways, near walls, and on beds. However, the baking soda has to sit for a week, which is messy and impractical if you have small children or pets…. or if you want to sleep in your bed!
  • Essential oils such as tea tree oil, cedar oil, or lemongrass mixed with water are ineffective.

DIY bed bug treatments don’t get rid of all of the pests. Our team of professionals can inspect your entire home. At Canady’s Termite & Pest Control, we offer two effective options: heat treatments and pesticides. We can recommend which treatment will work best when we assess your situation.

The bottom line is if you have bed bugs, we have the expertise to rid your home of them. Contact us for more information about which bed bug treatment is right for you.