In an age of home remedies and DIY hacks, bed bugs get just as much attention as any other problem that people want a quick fix for. One of the simplest proposed solutions that you might have seen mentioned online is using dryer sheets to treat bed bugs. Simply put, this is not an effective method.
The method you might see says that you should place dryer sheets under your mattress, in drawers, or underneath sofa cushions, pretty much everywhere that you might think a bed bug might try to live. The hope is that this will drive away the bed bugs and ultimately get rid of your problem. Unfortunately, this is a myth and isn’t backed by any scientific findings: There’s no proof that dryer sheets will kill or even repel bed bugs.
When you start to dissect this myth, you will quickly see other issues that would quickly arise when trying to treat bed bugs with dryer sheets. Because, even if dryer sheets repelled bed bugs, it would cause these pesky bugs to move to another space to avoid the dryer sheets. Instead of solving your bed bug problem, this would make it worse by causing the bed bugs to spread. So if you were to place dryer sheets everywhere, you would be faced with one of two dilemmas. Either your bed bugs will not die and continue to thrive as normal or your bed bugs will disperse to areas without dryer sheets and continue to live.
Using dryer sheets will not get rid of bed bugs and shouldn’t be taken seriously as a method to help clear up your infestation. Instead, you should speak with a professional that will provide you with the best solution for treating your bed bugs in a cost-effective way.
If you’d like to talk to our team today to learn about effective bed bug removal methods, please give our office a call at (615) 257-0255 and schedule a consultation today.