Best Bed Bug Killers
In this section, you will find product reviews for the best bed bug killers on the market in 2017.
There’s nothing quite as horrifying than the realization that you have the little pests crawling over you when you’re asleep!
Let me just start off by saying:
Bed bugs are some of the worst pests to have...
If your first reaction is to spray down your entire house with chemicals when you see a bug that you THINK looks like a bed bug, then you're setting yourself up to get either you or your family sick.
It is ESSENTIAL, for you to remain calm if you have bed bugs.
Let me repeat...
Reproduction is semi-fast with females laying an egg or two every day, which in turns hatches after ten days. The first reaction is often stress and panic, especially if you’ve discovered them in your bed. But, it’s essential to remain calm and avoid overreacting.
Warning: If you think you have bed bugs, we HIGHLY recommend you first call an exterminator. If you attempt to kill bed bugs on your own, you risk making the infestation worse. The products we recommend in this article should be used with extreme discretion.
One of the main issues is that there is A LOT of bad advice out on the internet. The image we attached is about a website explaining how to kill bed bugs with diatomaceous earth, which is a bad idea.
- Using diatomaceous earth to kill bed bugs has been proven to be an ineffective
- Dangerous if you accidentally inhale it
- And more likely to just make your bed bug problem worse if (and when) you misapply it
The VAST majority of articles online are just continually circulating the same bad advice causing many home owners and eventually their friends and family grief!
The objective of this page is to shed a little light on which products are the best in ACTUALLY killing bed bugs.
That being said...
Here we go!
What Treatments Don't Work:
As I’ve mentioned, there’s a lot of bad advice on the best bed bug killers. If you use the wrong method of eradication, you run the risk of having a false sense of security and the infestation level returning to the original size again within a few weeks.
Avoid foggers or bug bombs. The particles that contain a small dose of insecticide can’t get to all the places where they’re hiding, which means it doesn’t kill all them.
What Treatments Work:
The best bed bug killer is an exterminator. Some products can control small populations and kill the ones that you can see. Larger infestations always need professional help. Bed bugs can hide just about anywhere hide in the tiny cracks on the mattress that are almost impossible find. And because of the fast rate of reproduction, a small number of survivors can return to infestation level again very quickly. My advice, call an exterminator as soon as you’re aware of a problem.
If you happen to find the bugs on your clothes or in the bed sheets, heat treatment works. Wash on a high heat to get them off your clothes. Traps and mattress encasements also tend to reduce the biting before an exterminator arrives.
Your Bed Bug Killing Options
First of all, if you DO think you have bed bugs and you WANT to try to kill them yourself, you have a couple options. Of the three, we only recommend the first two. See below for our thoughts!
Bed Bug Traps
Although they sound intimidating, bed bug traps aren't designed to actually KILL bed bugs. Instead, you put them under the legs of your bed and bed bugs attempt to crawl through them to get to you (think of yourself as human bait!). They're designed to capture bed bugs and are best used to detect if you have a bed bug problem.
Bed Bug Sprays
Another option to kill bed bugs includes spray. Spraying CAN kill bed bugs if the chemical comes into direct contact with the bug. Sprays should be administered in the cracks and crevices of the house where the bed bugs are likely to hide. Just remember, if you spray your house you risk making your bed bug problem worse by "splintering" the colony as they try to escape the chemicals.
Bed Bug Encasements
The last option you have when it comes to defending yourself from a bed bug invasion is a bed bug mattress and box spring encasement. Similar to bed bug traps, they don't actually KILL bed bugs but rather protect your mattress from a bed bug infestation. This is important because it could help when removing bed bugs from your home as it's one less place for them to hide!
Best Bed Bug Traps
Why it's the best: This is our pick for the best beg bug trap on the market. It performs well under large beds and comes in multiple sizes for various bed dimensions. The main difference is that these traps do a bit better on carpet, where other traps tend to break more easily.
Why it's the best: Second to the BEAP model we mentioned above, ClimbUps are also a very popular bed bug trap. They are made of polypropylene, making them stronger and more flexible than normal plastic (other bad bed bug traps).
Best Bed Bug Encasements
Why it's the best: We really like this brand as they exclusively make many variants of bed bug proof encasements. This one in particular is made with polyurethane miracle membrane making it waterproof and machine washable (although we don't recommend washing your encasement as it may tear).
Why it's the best: Lock Up is another decent bed bug encasement brand. This product is made of a polyurethane interior liner, and a poly-cotton terry exterior liner which holds up well against bed bugs. This product is also water resistant and machine washable.