Cheaper Way to Kill Bed Bugs?

As some of you may know, there are articles floating around the internet about using silica gel to kill bed bugs. Some places mention silica gel cat litter or cement powder to dry the little buggers out. I, personally, don’t know if this works. It is true that dioxide will kill bed bugs and that Diatomaceous Earth contains silica powder in it. D.Earth is a relatively well known and effective bed bug killer, but lately, more and more chemical pesticides that contained it are being discontinued. Maybe that’s why people are trying so desperately to find different, cheaper bed bug killers-because D. Earth was such a favorite. However, I would like to point out that Diatomaceous Earth is NOT the only effective bed bug dust! Pyganic dust is just one of the many other dust pesticides available that will effectively kill bed bugs.

You can choose to experiment around with the silica gel, but I can’t guarantee you anything! And don’t forget that, no matter what, anything in a powder form can be dangerous when inhaled. In all honesty, there is no video proof that silica cat litter works and no scientific proof either. This cheaper treatment will either be a huge sham or a great discovery. Only time will tell. In the meantime, whether you treat the bed bugs with chemicals or cat litter, you want to make sure to detach your bed from the walls; you wouldn’t want a bed bug kamikaze-ing its way onto your face, would you?

Cities With the Most Reported Bed Bug Cases

Here is a list of the top 15 cities with bed bugs, according to Terminix.

  • New York
  • Philadelphia
  • Detroit
  • Cincinnati
  • Chicago
  • Denver
  • Columbus, OH
  • Dayton, OH
  • Washington DC
  • Los Angeles
  • Boston
  • Indianapolis
  • Louisville, KY
  • Cleveland
  • Minneapolis, Minn.

Now, don’t fret too much if you live in one of these cities! If you do, it just means you need to be more cautious about your actions. One of the main things to keep in mind is to never, ever bring in an old mattress from the streets or shady areas; you may accidentally end up picking up a mattress infested with bed bugs! Always inspect the beds and furniture for bed bugs when you check into a hotel. Also check your luggage and personal belongings for traces of them when you return home, just to ensure that if you do bring bed bugs into your home, you keep the infestation to a minimum. Bed bugs are probably the most problematic and difficult pests to get rid of! Take every and any measure to protect yourself from them!