Chances are you’ve read our site and verified that you have a bed bug problem and looking for a do-it-yourself solution without having to pay big bucks for a pest control company. If you haven’t read this site, then understand that to be successful at this, you’ll need to be diligent and not give up – you can’t simply spray an area and expect the problem to go away on the first application.
Wet Spray NOT AS EFFECTIVE as DUSTING!
UPDATE ▶: See our new section on dusting with diatomaceous earth to kill bed bugs
Using Bed Bug Spray is simply one of many steps in the process of eliminating an infestation but don’t worry, we’ll explain every step of the treatment in detail.
Non-Toxic or Pesticide Bedbug Spray? Many people incorrectly believe that an all natural spray is not as effective as a pesticide, but within this site are many success stories that prove otherwise.
There are a number of effective bed bug sprays out there but what makes one better than the other? Here are the items you need to be concerned with when selecting a solution:
- Is the spray safe around family? Pets? (after it dries…)
- Does it stain fabrics and surfaces?
- How long does the spray last for? (at least a week…)
- Aerosol spray or spray bottle used?
- Is the bed bug spray not irritating – will it irritate you once sprayed on mattress?
- Can the formula kill other small insects, such as bed mites?
- Money back guarantee or reputable seller?
- Does it leave a repulsive smell after use?
Here is a list of sprays that have visitors have recommended…
One of the biggest concerns is that the spray acts as a repellant, which is what you DO NOT want. The goal is to spray them dead, not force them into another room, or worst, your neighbors apartment. A bed bug will retreat into the electrical socket and make its way into the adjoining apartment and is one of the most common mistakes landlords make doing it themselves!
How to Make Bed Bug Spray Yourself
There is a all natural product called bed bug dust or earth flour (Diatomaceous Earth [DE]) which comes from fresh water diatoms that die and fall to the bottom of the lake floor – over time, layers of microscopic fossil shells build up which can be collected and used for a safe and effective insecticide. It works by dehydrating the bed bug over time when it comes in contact with the bed bug dust.
We have not found an aerosol based DE, and we’re assuming you don’t want to blow powder around, so the next best option is a mixture of water and DE (earth flour) to create a spray.
- Buy bed bug dust / earth flour from your local store, but make sure it is not the type used for pools (look for food grade diatomaceous earth).
- Buy a 32oz plastic spray container from your local dollar store
- Place 2 tbsp of dust in the container
- Fill container with water but leave 4 inches of room at the top
- Label the container “Bed Bug Spray” and shake well
- Apply to spray to areas in and around the bed bugs and suspected areas
The bed bug spray will not be effective when wet; only when the water evaporates leaving only the dust (DE) will it become an effective insecticide.
What is nice about this type of pest control is that should the bugs retreat to another areas, like the apartment next door, the bugs will eventually die from dehydration after having come in contact with the dust – it only requires a little to kill the bug.
Another positive to using this spray is safety from breathing in the dust. You can apply the dust without a water mixture using a duster as shown in the picture, but there is a great risk of breathing in large quantities of dust. Dry or wet, play it safe and always wear a mask when spraying. Never spray wet material in electrical outlets or other areas that may cause shock.
Dusting vs Spraying for Bedbugs
Visitors that killed bedbugs using the spray method were successful because they performed multiple applications over many months. The stories where people failed are almost always because only one or two applications were used in limited areas. You need to spray everything for this to work, wait a few weeks, spray again, and repeat at least one more time.
Our page on diatomaceous earth is dedicated to explaining when and where to spray, how long you should wait and how to clean up, so check it out; you’ll may also notice the page covers dusting rather than spraying for bed bugs, and provides a mixture that kills the bugs after you force them from their hiding spots. In the spraying solution we provide above, you’re simply lying a trap that will kill them over time.
Spraying and Dusting both work. If you have a personal vendetta with these bugs and want to see them squirm and die before your eyes, then use the dusting method. If you just want them gone and die quietly, then use the bed bug spray method.
There are situations where the bed bug infestation is so large it spans multiple rooms and furnishings which makes it very difficult to do it yourself. In such cases, calling in a licensed professional exterminator may be a better, albeit more expensive, alternative.
Discussions on Bug Sprays
I used the earth flour or bedbug dust. I didn’t understand that the bugs will go around the dust if you put it on to heavily. One site said that if you can see it after you dusted and wiped you’ve put too much on. The reason many people can’t get rid of the bugs is that they don’t follow instructions THROUGHLY. Some people are lazy. I had one tenant that I gave a instruction sheet too and she felt that she “didn’t have to do it” as her friend told her that she had bed bugs and all she did was used alcohol”. We sent in an exterminator and had him spray under fridge, stove, in cupboards (which I had to clean out, bathroom, etc plus he used a bedbug dust.
Relief was immediately for 2 weeks, he came back. I checked everything was well. But, on the first extermination, I also went in with a Ecosmart 5 minutes after he left and redid the route. You could smell the alcohol three doors down that she used, then she used oils, then she brought in a friend with more sprays on top of hardware sprays. She getting bites again. Why? Because she doesn’t want to put everything in bags and she doesn’t want to take down her pics and get rid of her plants and bring down the curtains. She even threw out all her clothes, bedding and carpets. She didn’t want to take out the things from her china cabinet and place all her cups etc into plastic bags nor clean out the cupboards.
YOU CAN’T MISS ANYTHING if you do it will take longer. In the meantime, she placed items into the hallways, I had the hallway sprayed. She left carpets and bags outside for me to get rid of and I helped her place a mattress cover on her mattress. Guess what? I have bites. HERE IS THE THING, IF THEY DON’T WANT TO GO WITH THE PLASTIC BAG PROGRAM AND REMOVE ANYTHING tell them it is not going to work no matter what they do!!! And, don’t spray or whatever until they decide to follow the program. I covered myself in Raid ant killer to sleep to buy time for me to finish the preprogram and I have the dust, alochol, lysol, sprays, etc, all over the place. It is tarry and sticks to my pjs when it drys up. In the morning, it is like a wax peel, but no bites. And, I am still packing. I started when she first said, “I think I have bed bugs.” But, three offices and papers. You’ve got to be kidding me.
Here is something else to consider. When I leave the apartment, I do so after I have taken a bath (but first I have washed with a very diluted kerosene wash/I don’t smoke) sprayed myself, dusted myself, washed with alcohol) and dust myself with the dust. I put on clean clothes. I can’t afford to spread bedbugs and it uses up too much of my time with other tenants. My SHOES are placed into plastic bags with the dust and were sprayed the same as my coat, hat and mitts which I throw into the dryer even though they are hanging in plastic. And, everything goes back into plastic, shoes and all when I return. People may be forgetting about their shoes. A man from India gave us Neem leaves but grab it quickly, it is banned in Canada December 2012 as it is a NEW product. We spread the leaves with a small sprinkling of dust onto the bed. My husband said that he placed it also in water, let it stand for a few hours, then ran it through his hair and something fell out that he thought was a louse. A body louse looks very similar to a bedbug.
My husband’s brother came to stay in our basement for a while and brought some nasty little friends with him. First I told him to get his bed out of my house immediately, I bagged up all the laundry, clean and dirty and took it to the laundry mat. we checked around for a while and spayed where we thought they could be hiding.
then over the summer my son kept having bites all over him, we just passed it off as mosquito bites. well now that it is winter we noticed that he had bites all over his back.
We flipped the mattress and sure enough we had bed bugs. They had traveled up 2 flights.
For the past month I have been spraying with Bed bug killer on all mattresses and furniture. 2 weeks ago, we decided to make sure every room was decluttered to make the search easier.
My husband took our curtains down and found them there too! we threw them right out in the trash. Since the start of the battle I have made sure that the kids don’t keep anything lying around. I check the mattress before I go to bed, and he checks it during the day. for the past week (we are still spraying every other day) we have seen very little of them. and the ones we are finding are small.
I am going to continue to spray probably for a few weeks after we do not see anymore anywhere. Also, when fighting bedbugs make sure you take off the socket covers, curtains and check your dressers too, we found a lot on the inside of our dressers behind the drawers. I hope this helps a bit. and I definitely cannot wait unit I get rid of them for good
Ive been living with bed bugs for two years now. I believe they came from a visitor who was previously in jail and came to visit. I paid a bed bug exterminator $500.00 for 1 visit when i was supposed to get 3 visits. they disappeared for a very short time, I threw away my bed my sons bed and my living room coach, lots of clothing. I spray rubbing alcohol around 99% on my walls (my bed bug spray), bedding. I rub olive oil on my body every night and all through the night to keep them off. Please can you email me with the cheapest house hold bug killer? I’m unemployed at this time and can’t take it any longer!
I found a few bed bugs in my house, I called pest control people to come out and inspected and gave me some helpful advice due to the fact its VERY expensive for them to do it and would require at least 2 visits to my house.
I covered every mattress, vacuumed all rooms, threw away teddy bears, old clothes, anything that came in contact with the floor also every week I wash everything! I went out and bought a chemical called DRAGNET and CB80 which is also used by the PROFESSIONALS! Today is the day I will do my own house and I will let everyone know how it went! By the way I got the bed bugs from my older kids going to there grandmothers house!
I have been fighting a bedbug problem for over a year now. I had Orkin out four times in the beginning with no results, so I started buying Bayer’s insect spray and treating the areas where I would see the Bugs and we no longer sleep in the upstairs quarters. I don’t believe this nightmare will ever end, since I am currently unemployed and I haven’t the finances to battle this problem. Please give me some suggestions I’m begging you.
I want to know how long does it take for a bedbug to lay eggs and produce rapidly. I saw an adult bedbug and many 1st stage bedbugs and used bedbug spray 4 times and sprayed the mattress thoroughly and the headboard, rails, and the box spring then, let it set for 5 hrs.
I came back in vacuumed the whole place very carefully, washed all the clothes in hot water and dried and still there are bedbugs in the headboard, box spring, and dresser. What else can I do about it? And my ignorant stepmother wont allow me to take the headboard out of the house so, that these bedbugs won’t continue to produce.
Is it correct or not that if the headboard isn’t taken outside and that is where the bedbugs live it will infest the entire house?
Answer: Bed bugs lay on average 5 eggs which hatch in a week and can produce 500 little ones in a life time, so your spray may not be effective on eggs. Spray often over the course of a couple weeks and your results will improve.
Yes, if you didn’t have bugs before and they are in that headboard, then could begin to infest other areas of the house!
The key is not just one application, but persistence over time.