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Can Boric Acid be used to kill bedbugs?

Can Boric Acid be used to kill bedbugs?

If you have bedbugs and are looking for do-it-yourself bedbug extermination ideas, Boric Acid has probably popped up on the list of “things to try”. If you read our blog regularly, you know how much we frown on do-it-yourself bedbug control, not because we’re a bedbug extermination company, but because it’s the right thing to do – we cannot condone anything that will make a bedbug situation worse. Fact is, most DIY attempts at killing bedbugs make the infestation worse and result in business for bedbug exterminators anyway! That said, Boric Acid is one of the better DIY treatments for a bedbug infestation, and may be effective if used as part of a complete conventional bedbug treatment plan. What is Boric Acid? Boric Acid is a chemical derived from borax. It is a desiccant, which means it absorbs moisture very quickly. It comes in powder form, with small white crystal flakes that look somewhat similar to … Read More

What Chemicals Can Kill Bedbugs?

What Chemicals Can Kill Bedbugs?

If you have bedbugs in your home, and you or your family are being bitten, you are likely desperate to get rid of them fast. Chemicals are one way to kill bedbugs quickly. We’ve provided a list here of some chemicals that will kill bedbugs. We STRONGLY recommend, however, that you proceed in using chemicals on bedbugs with caution and only with the help of a trained bedbug extermination professional. It is likely that the bedbugs will outsmart you if you use chemicals. You can make a bad situation worse by causing the bugs to spread, or even causing the bedbugs to become resistant to the chemical. If you are working with a bedbug extermination professional and using chemicals as part of a traditional and comprehensive bedbug treatment plan, take a look at some of the chemicals below and discuss them with your professional before treatment. You may be able to achieve results using chemicals if … Read More

What happens during heat treatment to kill bedbugs?

What happens during heat treatment to kill bedbugs?

As unsanitary as a bed bug infestation sounds, it can occur anywhere – even 5-star hotels. Bed bugs can spread relatively quickly, which is why you’ll want to get rid of them as soon as you spot them – not to mention that they also feed on blood, which means they’ll bite you during the night! Fortunately, there are many ways to treat a bed bug infestation, but the best way to get rid of your bed bug problem is by using heat remediation, also known as heat treatment. Why is heat treatment a superior way to remove bed bugs? Using rubbing alcohol or bleach are effective ways to kill bed bugs – but you’re not going to get all of them. When you apply rubbing alcohol or bleach to an area affected by bed bugs, they’ll usually just scatter to another location. Killing one or two isn’t going to make much difference. You can also have your home … Read More

Does Rubbing Alcohol Kill Bedbugs?

Does Rubbing Alcohol Kill Bedbugs?

When it comes to the issue of whether or not rubbing alcohol is a good way to kill bedbugs, there is a short answer, and a correct answer. The short answer is YES, Rubbing Alcohol MAY kill a bedbug after a few moments of contact (some studies cite that it wasn’t even effective at killing bugs it came in to contact with). “You’ll kill the ones you find, what about the ones you don’t?” Bob Wilford, President of Presidio Pest Management, often says this to customers when they ask about rubbing alcohol as a bedbug solution. Rubbing alcohol is not a good idea at any stage of bedbug infestation.  In fact, it is probably at the top of the list for the “worst way to end a bedbug infestation”, and at the top of the list for “ways to make an infestation worse”. The correct answer is that rubbing alcohol may kill a few bedbugs … Read More

Killing Bed Bugs with Steam: How Do I Do it?

Killing Bed Bugs with Steam: How Do I Do it?

You don’t.  Please don’t try!  Here’s why. YES, bed bugs may die after being exposed to steam for a long enough period. Steam applied directly to bed bugs and allowed to reach a temperature range higher than what professionals call the “Kill Zone” – 120° F and above – will kill them. YES, you may be able to kill bed bugs by applying steam directly to them, but did you apply the steam long enough to reach the kill zone temperature? How can you be sure? Steam will kill bed bug eggs faster than bed bugs. The success rate of killing eggs with steam is higher. Steam has no proven history of resolving an infestation by itself. It may be used as one step in a larger bed bug treatment plan if it makes sense for the situation.  It is not a whole-house solution (and if any “bed bug professional” tells you that it is, … Read More

Can I Get Rid of Bedbugs Myself?

Can I Get Rid of Bedbugs Myself?

Generally speaking, it is very difficult to get rid of bedbugs yourself if you have no training or experience with successful bed bug treatment.  If you knew where to look and were able to find every bug and every egg, and eliminate them all via washing, cleaning, and other sanitization measures, you may be able to control your bed bug problem yourself. If one or two eggs make it through, or one female and male bug make it through, however, the bed bugs will be back, and they will be smarter and more difficult to kill the next time around! In truth, even professionals have a hard time solving bed bug problems! Many pest control companies do not offer bed bug removal services or they did once upon a time and have since exited the market.  The reason?  Bed bugs are extremely difficult to kill, and they are by far one of the Earth’s best … Read More

6 Tips for Hiring a Professional Bed Bug Extermination Expert

6 Tips for Hiring a Professional Bed Bug Extermination Expert

Bed Bug Extermination is a service where cheap is never better. Cheap bed bug extermination, in fact, usually ends up being quite expensive. Bed bugs can come back and another treatment is needed. And another. And another. Buying “cheap” is just one way to make a mistake when hiring a bed bug exterminator. General pest control companies that do part-time bed bug control can be costly, but you are hiring expertise.  They should be able to get rid of bedbugs – all the bedbugs – right?  Sadly, part-time pest control companies don’t know bed bugs well enough to fix the problem.  Part-time bed bug experts haven’t seen enough. They won’t know how to solve many types of bed bug problems. Professional Bed Bug Extermination Experts fight bed bugs all day, every day. They are the best option a homeowner has in the fight to get rid of bed bugs. They’ve seen it all. They know how to get rid of bed bugs even … Read More

Do Dryer Sheets Kill Bedbugs?

Do Dryer Sheets Kill Bedbugs?

It’s common to look for Do-It-Yourself solutions to a bedbug problem.  Store-bought solutions and old-time remedies may work for certain pests, so there must be a products or remedy for bedbugs too, right? The answer is “no”. We’re often asked about alternative methods to control a bedbug problem.  A common one is “Do dryer sheets kill bedbugs?” Although there are many things that can kill a bedbug – immersing it in any kind of volatile liquid, for instance, or applying steam directly to the bug – these solutions only kill the bedbug(s) it comes in contact with.  Here’s the kicker on this question:  Dryer sheets, unlike many DIY solutions, do not kill bedbugs at all. While dryer sheets are believed by some experts to deter bedbugs due to their scent, they don’t kill the bugs, even on contact – unless you were to squish a bug with the sheet, of course. Did you know that … Read More

Will bleach kill bedbugs?

Will bleach kill bedbugs?

We’ve seen a lot of do-it-yourself bedbug remedies damage household furniture, cause unsafe fumes to homeowners & tenants, and – worst of all – make a bedbug problem much worse. Bleach is on the list of the most serious offenders. At the end of the day, though, you just want to be bedbug free – and that means dead bedbugs.  Will bleach kill bedbugs? The short answer is YES, it may kill a few on contact.  It will likely damage the surface of whatever you are applying the bleach to, and you’ll have to watch carefully in order to make certain the bedbugs you’ve applied it to have been exterminated effectively.  You’ll kill the ones you find…but what about the ones you don’t? The bedbugs that are not killed by the bleach will detect the scent of the bleach and be sent running.  Bedbugs are immaculate survivalists – they sense danger and have immediate tactics … Read More

Killing Bedbugs With Steam: Just one small part of a bigger plan

Killing Bedbugs With Steam: Just one small part of a bigger plan

Does steam kill bedbugs? Generally speaking, the answer is no. While steam can be effective at killing eggs if found early enough, it won’t solve a bedbug problem unless all of the bedbug eggs are treated, not to mention all of the living bedbugs. One of the biggest faults of killing bedbugs with steam as a “do-it-yourself” bedbug solution is finding the bedbugs AND bedbug eggs in order to treat them all. If you miss one or two eggs, the problem will spread easily and you’ll be back to square one! The best way to kill bedbug eggs starts with finding the bedbug eggs – the best way to find bedbug eggs is a canine home inspection.  Learn more about canine inspections & scent detection. When we talk about do-it-yourself solutions being a bad idea for treating a bedbug infestation, we can’t be impassioned enough.  Bedbugs are nearly impossible for the untrained eye to detect, … Read More