Spread Bed Bugs

How can I catch a bed bug? How do I know I have bed bugs?

February 18, 2008

Attention! Since this FAQ was written (2/2008) many advances have been made in detecting bed bugs using active and passive bed bug monitors. Active bed bug monitors are available which did not exist when forum users suggested the methods below. Canine scent detection (bed bug dogs) are also more common every day. Please read this […]

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Can I repel or kill bed bugs using natural remedies like lavender oil?

July 11, 2007

Readers often ask whether it’s possible to repel bed bugs or kill bed bugs using “natural remedies” like lavender oil, Eucalyptus oil, tea tree oil, or thyme.  Let’s just say we’re skeptical. Natural methods that don’t work: A new article in the UK’s FirstPost online magazine Thursday offers the usual warnings about travel and bed […]

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FAQ: Do I have to tell my landlord / co-op board / condo association / residents of attached house next door?

July 3, 2007

Often, people are embarrassed about dealing with bed bugs, and want to deal with their own infestation quietly and discreetly. Maybe they told the landlord before, and the problem was mishandled, eliminating the bed bugs for a short time, and the person wants to deal with things properly this time. Maybe they think they brought […]

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How not to spread bed bugs when you travel

November 2, 2006

This FAQ was updated in June 2009 and now has two parts: the first covers how not to spread bed bugs when you travel, the second covers how to avoid spreading bed bugs to others in your daily life. Note: the section of the FAQ below on travel was originally written before the invention of a tool which many […]

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