Professional Bed Bug Services Vs. DIY Solutions

Bed bug crawling in a Springfield home.

Now that bed bugs are making a resurgence all over the United States, you can easily search the internet for DIY bed bug solutions. You will find page after page of “helpful bed bug information,” but have you ever stopped to wonder if any of these solutions will actually work? Sure, they claim to kill bed bugs, but can you be sure, and will they return again and again?

So, what are some of these DIY solutions?

  • Ultrasonic bed bug devices - These devices emit sound in an attempt to detract bed bug, unfortunately, these devices have been found to make no impact on bed bug activity.
  • Baking soda - Baking soda sprinkled around common areas where bed bugs frequent is said to dry them out. However, there is no evidence to back it up. Baking soda will not effectively dry up the thick fluid found on their shell and provides no guarantee of eliminating an infestation.
  • Mothballs - The idea behind this DIY solution is that the smell from mothballs will repel bed bugs. However, when tested, it eliminated less than 50% of the infestation. That still leaves plenty of bed bugs to breed and reproduce.
  • Rubbing alcohol - Rubbing alcohol may be the most popular DIY remedy to kill off bed bugs, with people using it to spray areas of concern. One reason it doesn't work is that not all rubbing alcohol is the same. There are different percentages, whereas 90% may kill some bed bugs, this has not been proven to be effective. However, the negative impact of rubbing alcohol can affect your health, damage your property, or cause a serious fire.
  • Tea tree oil - Tea tree oil diluted with water in a spray is said to suffocate bed bugs, but is really only effective if sprayed directly on a bed bug. In addition, this product may also be harmful to humans or pets.

Since most of these common DIY solutions leave little to be desired in terms of effectiveness, let’s take a look at why professional bed bug control makes more sense.

When you turn to bed bug professionals like the ones at American Pest Solutions, you can be assured that you are getting services that offer:

  • Professional and knowledgeable trained technicians
  • Thorough and effective K-9 inspections to identify the scope of a bed bug infestation
  • A 24-hour answering service
  • Guaranteed bed bug elimination

Don’t wait! If you think you have a bed bug infestation you should bring in the professionals right away. A small bed bug problem can become a large infestation in no time. Give the Good Guys at American Pest Solutions a call today to find out more about our bed bug solutions.