Pitfalls of DIY Bed Bug Remedies

You can always find ways to do certain things at home rather than calling in professionals for a job or paying for more expensive products. However, with some things, it is better not to take a chance. There are DIY methods out there to get rid of bed bugs but they are not nearly as reliable as getting a professional exterminator such as those available at Rox Bugs.


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Here are some of the DIY removal methods and why they may not work.

1. Vaseline

Some people swear by putting Vaseline all over the bed frame to stop the bed bugs from crawling up. Bed bugs could stick to the Vaseline while they are crawling up the bed to get at you, but there are other ways they will reach you. If the bed bugs are already in your bed, the Vaseline on the bed frame is not going to stop them. Bed bugs also tend to crawl across the ceiling so they could fall down onto the bed from above.

2. Traps under the bed posts

Though traps are a great way to eradicate some bugs, they are not very effective when it comes to bed bugs. Some people will put out bowls with bug killing remedies in them but it will not stop bed bugs from biting you. Keep in mind that the bed bugs may not be in the bed at all. Bed bugs will hide in other furniture such as chairs and chesterfields too.

3. Rubbing alcohol

Rubbing alcohol can kill bed bugs but it is not a great solution. Rubbing alcohol is flammable so it could cause your home to go up in flames if there is any sort of mishap. Also, bed bugs are quite resilient and tend to be able to avoid your traps. They will go deeper into your walls until they feel safe to come out again so it may put them in the dark for a short period of time but they will be back.

4. Throwing out mattresses and other furniture

Some people worry so much after having bed bugs that they will throw out anything that was infested. This is not effective because bed bugs can be hiding in other things in the home as well. They live in electronic components, electrical outlets, and spaces between walls. They will crawl behind baseboards, under the edge of carpets, and anywhere else they can live undetected.

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The Real Solution

Though some of the above may provide some temporary relief, they are not a way to permanently remove bed bugs from the home. In order to get rid of the pests for good, you will need the services of a professional. In the Regina area, you can contact Rox Bugs to come and get rid of the problem in a permanent way.

It is important to get an educated and experienced professional who will be able to properly administer a heat treatment to get rid of the bugs. Professionals can use approved insecticides safely and then inspect your home to make sure the problem has been solved.