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Busting Myths: DIY Bed Bug Home Remedies

Busting Common Myths About Bed Bugs In Nashville Homes & Businesses

Bed bugs have been terrorizing homeowners and businesses for decades. When people talk about bed bugs in Nashville, they get really weirded out, especially considering these vampires suck your blood. As a result of the panic around bed bugs, many myths have been promulgated over time. Nashville Bed Bugs is here to debunk these myths and help guide you to a true understanding of the problem so that you can find a solution.

Myth Or Fact: Moth Balls

The theory around mothballs for bed bugs is that the pungent smell will repel them. In order to make this theory work, you are supposed to place several of these balls around your bed and where you think bed bugs may reside.


The biggest problem with this "solution" is that we should all know by now that we don't ever want to repel bed bugs. If you repel them, you spread them throughout your home and make it much harder to eradicate them. That said, there is also scientific evidence to prove this theory wrong. Rutgers University did a study and found that this remedy failed to solve the problem. It was interesting to note that up to 60% of the bed bugs in the study died; however, the nymphs and eggs survived.

Myth Or Fact: Baking Soda

The idea here is to dehydrate the bed bug by having it come in contact with the baking soda by sprinkling it around their common pathways. The suggestion is to vacuum up the dead bugs every few days, then reapply until you've killed all the bugs.


There is nothing deterministic about this idea from science. Even if it worked, the bugs would have to go through the soda enough times to cause dehydration. Regardless of whether or not that would work, we know that this method would not kill the nymphs or the eggs.

Myth Or Fact: Clean Bedding & Dry It

This theory suggests stripping your bed and immediately placing it into plastic trash bags. Transfer the linens to the washer and wash on the hottest setting. After washing, be sure to dry on high heat. The heat from the combined use of the washing machine and dryer will kill all bed bugs, nymphs, and eggs.


Heat is the only proven method to kill all life stages of the bed bug. The problem is that bed bugs typically don't nest in the sheets but instead find a location close to their food source, such as the headboard or inside box springs, in which to nest. This method is great for reducing the number of bed bugs, but to thoroughly treat and kill all bed bugs, you would want to heat the whole cavity where they are located to ensure you kill all of them.

Myth Or Fact: Dryer Sheets

The scent of dryer sheets will cause bed bugs to run away. Place them around your bed and between the mattress and the box springs.


Again we don't ever want to repel bed bugs because that spreads the problem around. We want to keep them in a naturally centralized location so we can apply effective kill techniques to kill the whole population without repelling and spreading them. In addition to the premise above, know that no proven reproducible science has shown this method to work.

Call Nashville Bed Bugs Today

If these myths have you wondering what to do, know that you aren't alone in this fight. The trained, certified professionals at Nashville Bed Bugs are ready and willing to come alongside you to solve this problem with the proven treatment of using heat in targeted areas. Remember, you don't want to do the wrong thing and expand your situation by causing the bed bugs to scatter and infest other areas of your house. Call the Nashville bed bug professionals at Nashville Bed Bugs first when you think that you have a bed bug problem. Our professional heat treatments are highly effective at totally eliminating bed bugs from Nashville homes. Call today for help and discover the benefits of bed bug heat treatments.

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