DIY bed bug treatment

Bed bugs can be detected using homemade interceptor bed bug traps

May 28, 2014

Think you have bed bugs? Short on cash? Commercial bed bug traps (such as those in our FAQ on bed bug monitors) can cost $20 per bed or more. The University of Florida has now produced a helpful video explaining how consumers can construct homemade interceptor bed bug traps. (Click here to view the video […]

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Were bed bugs behind the NYC bug bomb fire and explosion?

July 13, 2013

On Thursday morning, a building in New York City’s Chinatown exploded and a fire was started after a resident set off many bug bombs (foggers) at once. The New York Times noted Thursday that the explosion “was powerful enough to blow out windows on the first three floors of the five-story tenement building at 17 Pike Street” […]

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Pesticide overapplication in bed bug treatment injures kidney

June 25, 2013

We often warn our readers that do it yourself (DIY) bed bug treatment is not the best option for most people, for a variety of reasons, and suggest people do a lot of reading from trusted sources first, if they decide they really must do their own treatment for bed bugs. The most important reading, […]

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Bed bugs, Housing Inspectors, and Homeowners

June 18, 2010

An article on the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) website entitled “Inspecting for the new ‘House Herpes’” (nice), written by Nick Gromicko and Rob London, argues that [Home] Inspectors should learn the telltale signs of these pests and be capable of providing information to their clients. I agree 100%! House inspectors need to […]

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Astoria fires caused by attempts to treat bed bugs with gasoline

December 21, 2009

The Queens Gazette reports that the NYC Fire Department has seen multiple incidents (in Astoria alone) of fires started after residents poured gasoline on mattresses to kill bed bugs. Some people with bed bugs even applied gasoline to themselves and their children. FDNY officials said several Astoria residents called 911 over the past few months […]

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Bed bugs – is DIY bed bug treatment a good idea?

January 8, 2007

Is DIY treatment for bed bugs a good idea? In most cases, no. At least not as a sole treatment plan. Click here to read the short version of this FAQ, including reasons not to do your own bed bug treatment and what you need to know if you must do your own treatment. A […]

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