An Overview of Bed Bug Products

When you start looking for suitable bed bug products, the task of deciding what to use may seem daunting in the beginning. Each product is vastly different in its application, and each claims to be the solution to your bed bug woes. It’s true that some of these products are better than others, but to make any impact early on in an infestation, you’ll need a well-considered combination of these products to diminish the infestation in your home. It’s also important to get a professional’s insight into your particular situation, no matter what.

Most people first notice bed bugs after waking up with multiple bites on their bodies. The thought of bed bugs infesting the very place you sleep in is revolting, so for most people, the mattress is their first priority. Mattress covers work by encasing your mattress and cutting off the bed bugs already residing inside, exposing the ones that travel outside the casing. However, bed bugs may hide up to 40 feet away from your bed, so this is definitely not a complete solution.

Insecticide sprays, especially pyrethrum-based sprays, are big on the market. The problem with sprays is that insecticide is a deterrent and will usually just push bed bugs further into hiding. Bed bugs are also becoming resistant to pyrethrum. That leaves you with a room full of insecticide and only a small percentage of bed bugs affected. If used carefully and applied in the correct areas, an insecticide spray may prove to be an effective tool for keeping bed bugs at bay while you apply other products to their hiding places. But just like mattress covers, insecticide should be used with a combination of products and not alone.

Bug bombs, or insect foggers, release insecticide into your home through aerosol. Dousing your room with chemicals is, in a word, counterproductive. Bug bombs will set you back more than they will help you with your problem.

Insect interception devices work by going under the legs of your bed frame. Bed bugs that travel up the bed go up the plastic wall of the interceptor and get trapped in the slippery inner bowl before they have a chance to climb up the bed frame’s legs. Paired with a mattress cover, this may prevent a good amount of bug bites, but it won’t get rid of your infestation.

Just like insect interception devices, sticky bed bug traps attach to surfaces and catch traveling bed bugs. But unlike interception devices, they can be easily avoided and will have a much harder time preventing bed bug from getting to you while you sleep. They can be somewhat useful if you don’t have any furniture with legs, though.

Diatomaceous earth (DE) is a fine white powder that’s relatively harmless to humans but very sharp to bed bugs. If applied carefully with a powder duster along cracks and crevasses and even under a mattress cover, DE can kill off any bed bugs that came into contact with it within two weeks or less. Unless you’re a professional, however, it will be difficult to eliminate even an early infestation with DE alone.

Excluding bug bombs, a combination of these products may be a sound strategy for holding an infestation at bay, granted it hasn’t grown to sizable proportions.

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