Insect repellent is not an effective treatment for killing a bed bug infestation in your home, sometimes you may need a professional to help kill them.
They can get infested in your furniture and end up hiding in beds, cracks, crevices, cushions and more. While trying insect repellent on them designed for use on the human body may slow them down or even disable them if sprayed directly on the living insect, use of insect repellent is not a good method for deterring the pests on a person and rarely kills them. Tests have shown that when a person sprays herself in an attempt to become less desirable to them the spray does not serve as a deterrent at all. Bed bugs are unaffected by the residue of insect repellent on human skin (and this is when sometimes you may need to call a professional to your home). It simply does not work. Bedbugs are very determined to find a smooth patch of skin to obtain a source of human blood and they are not going to let a light veneer of bug spray get in the way of their next meal. The nearly incomprehensible tenacity of these bugs frustrates home owners, motel owners and especially hotel and apartment owners whose pest control bills to kill off a stubborn populations of bedbugs can exceed $20,000 per home or residence.
Insect repellent is normally formulated to deter and kill mosquitoes and ticks, outdoor insects that can easily escape and have limitless sources on which to feed. Bedbugs are home creatures with a very limited source of food. Observations of active populations of bed bugs have shown that the greatest activity is between three and five o’clock in the morning, earlier than most people awaken. It is also several hours after insect repellent would have been applied, so the effectiveness of an application would be considerably diminished, especially since it may have been absorbed by bedding rather than forming a protective layer on facial and neck skin. Bed bugs have the perfect opportunity to feed on people who are unprotected while fast asleep.
What To Do Instead
Instead of using insect repellent, the best way to avoid bed bugs is to be very proactive about checking for them in hotels and motels, as well as sleeping quarters in private homes. Pull aside bedding and lift your mattress to visually inspect areas these bugs typically inhabit. Because this bug has a preference for exposed facial skin, it’s not unusual to find nests of bedbugs, eggs and nymphs at the head of a mattress, and on either side towards the top. Box springs should also be checked thoroughly. Bedbugs tend to colonize close to their source of food, so that’s why this bug infestation will most often become apparent on or very near a bed, although carpeting around and beneath the bed and headboards and nightstand’s are equally susceptible to infestation. Spraying bedding, carpeting, mattresses, box springs and nightstands with insect repellent is completely ineffective, and even tried-and-true insect deterrents such as boric acid regularly fail, there is steam which can work quite well and cleaning with a vacuum is always better than using chemicals that may drive you out of your home. These bedbugs can hide just about anywhere so make sure if you use a professional service to kill them you should get rid of all the dust in your home and give a thorough clean beforehand they hopefully come in and get rid of your bed bugs!