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Readers Respond: Got a Surefire Method to Murder Bedbugs?

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CO2 Fire Extinguisher - FREEZE THEM

My son had them -- the CO2 will freeze the bugs and kill them instantly. He sprayed it all over the house and watch them instantly die. He took them and put in the window ceil to see if they come back to life they didn't. Sprayed the cracks, the carpets, bed, etc. Be sure to wash all your clothes and anything packed away. Lowes has the Extinguishers, but you have to buy it on-line - they will deliver to the store. The fire department can refill it. Be sure to air the house out completely because this is carbon monodize fumes. Virginia Beach
—Guest Kill Bedbugs

Finish them once and for all with DETTOL

Dettol Antiseptic Liquid will do the trick. Mix with water (1 to 3 ratio) in a spray bottle and liberally deploy. Costs $6.00 a bottle. Kills them instantaneously.
—Guest NYer

Hot Shot [Roach & Ant] Killer Real Deal

Seems to me a lot of bed bugs forums don't want the public to know what truly kills bed bugs. I use Hot Shot [Roach & Ant] killer, their is nothing on the can about killing bed bugs, but it works like a charm, by the way, I do not work for the Hot Shot bug spray company. I had bed bugs coming out of the walls, all over my bed. To make a long story short, I sprayed my bedroom, mattress, box spring and all four baseboards with Hot Shot [Roach & Ant] killer about 4 times. I want all of you to know my apartment is now bed bug FREE... I want all of you to know, this is not a spam report. Don' take my word, try Hot Shot [Roach & Ant] killer for yourself.
—Guest Hot Shot [Roach & Ant] Killer Awesome

Got a Surefire Method to Murder Bedbugs?

Unless you are incredibly thorough, you won't be able to get rid of bed bugs, you need a professional. However, you can slow down the infestation somewhat. Beyond the standard suggestions, I found that a portable steamer is useful in controlling them, but make sure that the steam is hot enough, and move the steamer slowly. Also, bedbugs hate the heat and will try to run away, so watch for that. Also, their droppings are corrosive, I have found fabric and wood eaten away on my bed frame, where there have been a large concentration of of these things. Also, if you are renting, check your city's bylaws, your landlord may be the one who has to foot the bill for exterminating bed bugs, and not you.
—Guest Here's more suggestions

I Killed Them All! Finally

First I bought supend c, I soaked EVERYTHING in my apt. Literally. Walls, furniture, bed etc. Next 2 days came back and vacuumed VERY thoroughly. Then covered every thing I own including walls, cabinets, baseboards, furniture etc etc etc in diatamacous earth. 2 days later vacuum thoroughly, spend ALL day cleaning. Then got a heat gun at harborfreight and hands and knees went over all base boards, carpet, bed, seams etc. DO NOT MiSS ANYTHING. This will take ALL day or 15 hours. Then I steamed, if you're gonna do it do it right, don't give yourself the headache of hoping or trying to kill them over and over again. Don't wait and give yourself the. Anxiety of waiting for them to come back 3 months later. Do it like me and feel confident they are gone. Also I forgot to mention I got suspend c at a do it yourself pest supply and also (i forget the name) bought stuff to sterilize the eggs. So u may want to ask about that. And don't forget to vacuum vacuum vacuum!
—Guest BedbughateR

More Misinformation by Pest Controllers

(continued from below) ...bedbugs on contact..but you have to hit them directly as the solution evaporates quickly leaving no residual effectiveness. Dismantling beds and furniture to find egg nests which are best destroyed by the application of a paint stripper heat gun (approx 90C) where you can see the eggs explode and shrivel. Douse the treated area liberally with the solution afterwards. Maintain inspections of previously infested areas. The organophosphate Diazinon was created in 1952 by Novartis and was the premier broad spectrum residential pest control chemical for over 30 years...Any post that states that OP's are ineffective is lying to promote his business. Modern pest control chemical options are largely ineffective against bedbugs because operators want a fog/mist/spray application which they can spray and forget...they don't want to dismantle furniture, specifically find every nook and cranny...so their modern 'approved' methods DO NOT WORK for bedbugs. So don't waste your money.
—Guest Contradora

More Misinformation by Pest Controllers

Again you can read the PCO's talking up the need for 'professional' help. One contributor even going as far as to sat that organophosphates were ineffective in killing bed bugs....read this quote: "Active ingredients approved for use against bed bugs in the UK under the Control of Pesticides Regulations 1986 (COPR) are the following organophosphates: chlorpyrifos methyl, diazinon, fenitrothion, iodofenphos, pirimiphos-methyl and trichlorfon; and carbamates, bendiocarb and propoxur. These groups of chemicals act as nerve poisons which kill by inhibiting the nerve enzymne cholinesterase which disrupts the nervous system." For YEARS organophosphates were THE most effective choice in killing bedbugs...they still work but indeed they have been banned now in the developed world for residential pest control (though strangely not Australia). Again. if organophosphates such as DIAZINON are unavailable where you live then a mixture of 80% Isopropyl Alcohol and 20% Ammonia solution will kill (continued above)
—Guest Contradora

how to kill bed bugs

Someone told me boric acid kills bed bugs, most pharmacies do not stock it: you can order it and it will usually get there in two days. Simply sprinkle some boric acid on your mattress and the bed frame as well as carpet, KEEP ANIMALS AWAY! Do this 3 or 4 times a week and the suckers will die, worked for me. A bottle of it is relatively cheap; under 20.00. Give it a shot .

Killing Bedbugs

My son came home from college with these annoying bugs. & by the time we knew we had them, my youngest son had been bitten like it was a feast. I submerged the entire bed frame in boiling water in the bathtub, then I took the mattresses outside in the blazing sun, & covered them with a zipped plastic cover. I also sprayed the strays with a bottle of rubbing alcohol, it worked. I also put vaseline on the legs of the beds, & the baseboards. I turned off my heat off when it was 40 degrees, and closed the bedroom door. Then 1 night, in a hole where a screw was, my son noticed a straggler. That morning we dismantled all of our sons wooden frame beds and trashed them, never saw another one after that, until a student came over to study, and one was on his hat, but I killed it. Three years later, this week, my son came home from school with a bedbug on his pants. The elementary school is infested again; and according to the news, the entire tri-state area is.
—Guest Jan

eradicating bed bugs

Bed bugs can't stand sun light and diesel (oil).
—Guest Steven


They come out not only at night; these vampires put me in the hospital. The paradise home sits in the water, view beautiful. Sprays are against regulations; day and night they clung to me, shells in ears; eggs; juice in ears. I was at the computer desk and they chased me. Diametrous earth will kill them. A nurse at the hospital had them and gave me tips. You can spray base boards with hair spray, i used craft acrylic. Kitchen sink around made paste with dirt, acrylic, oil of any kind, furniture polish (don't wipe). Make an outline of dirt where they crawl, dries them. Infestation never bomb blows them every where, an exterminator did this after 1 yr. of my life containing them. Have pro's spray your car, last 45 days kills eggs, new ones; it works. I am now living in hotel, lost all, 5 months still infected. They do make you sick, where ever that bug has been it's like sex: you're being bit with whatever the vampires has been.

Eliminate clutter and be persistent

Use bug bomb and eliminate clutters form your home. Use baking soda, spread in carpet, around base boards nd dust mattress. It works!
—Guest Frazzle


I have been reading some of the posts listed here, and i have to confess i could not read all of them. Something that bothers me. Yes, I am a Licensed PCO, but I can relate to a lot of the comments were made about how we try to gauge clients. I do want to make money and pay bills but also would like to do it as honestly as possible. Having said this, I would still urge people to at least talk to private own companies that CAN handle bed bugs instead of trying to do it yourself. Reason for this is endless. As an example, I read where someone mentioned using organophosphates to kill bed bugs overseas. This has got to be extremely alarming since organophosphates are chemicals I would not want in my house period. Anything with this has such a warning label, that anyone using them is insane. Furthermore, organophosphates, as lethal as they are to humans, are the poorest choice to eradicate bed bugs because of the mode of kill action. I would also like to point out that there are hardly an
—Guest ftech

Anti Bed Bug laundry bags & luggage line

Stop bedbugs from coming home with you. I would recommend getting a luggage liner to fit in your backpack or suitcase in order to encase your clothing and protect them. You then leave your suitcase out of the house for a few days and wash and dry your clothing straight away
—Guest guest

hire a professional

Put linens/clothing in dryer on highest heat for 20 mins., then wash and dry again on high. This will kill eggs and some bedbugs. Heat remediation (by a professional) is expensive but great at a one time treatment. All things posted are not recommended. The only way is thru professional pest management! Bedbugs can go dormant for 6-12 months between feedings, so you may think they are gone but they really aren't and WILL return! Get zippered mattress AND box spring covers for your mattresses and make sure if they get a rip, you replace them immediately! There is NO chemical free way to kill these vampire bugs! Please hire a professional before the problem becomes an epidemic, as it is already spreading so badly. Do not buy used furniture, mattresses, books etc. Also beware of furniture rental companies! If you buy a new mattress, don't have it delivered, pick it up yourself! Careful of using rental trucks to move as well! I work for a pest co and know what I am talking about!
—Guest heidi

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