Bed Bug Home Remedy

Bed Bug Bites

Bed Bug Bites

Bed bugs can be difficult to eliminate even for pest control professionals. Homeowners can have a more difficult time and can become desperate for relief. Some turn to home remedies that can be dangerous.

The Detroit Free Press describes what can go wrong. A man, desperate to solve his bed bug problem, sprayed alcohol on his couch and body in an attempt to kill the bed bugs. He sat down  to smoke a cigarette when he spotted a bed bug walking across the couch.  Determined to get the little sucker, he touched his cigarette to the bed bug to kill it. The bed bug died. However, the couch he had sprayed with alcohol caught fire along with the man’s clothes and alcohol soaked body. The man was seriously burned and is still recovering. The fire and smoke along with water to extinguish the fire damaged some apartments yet people are still living there.

This is not the first bed bug fire. Last November, a woman who had been battling bed bugs for a year purchased 20 bottles of alcohol and began pouring them all over the floor. When she poured alcohol next to the oven, the alcohol ignited. The fire spread quickly and totally destroyed the 48 unit building when the roof caved.

Bed bugs are a public health problem that are beyond the ability of most individuals to control.  Coordinated  efforts by government, landlords and tenants working together can be the only effective way to solve the problem. Ignoring bed bug problems until tenants take desperate and dangerous measures can lead to bad outcomes.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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4 Responses to Bed Bug Home Remedy

  1. Claire says:

    I had never thought about how bed bugs can possibly cause a fire. It seems so unusual, but as you said, it’s happening. Bed bugs are indeed serious. And I thought they only creep you out!
    Thanks for this little news piece that can help home owners be extra careful when it comes t6o treating bed bugs.

  2. Benji Glover says:

    Oh my god!! Now that is someone who was at the end of their tether, to go and use alcohol and then end up setting themselves alight…wow. I know bed bugs are bad, but that’s crazy.

  3. aaric says:

    thanks for sharing

  4. hjohn peter says:

    Best remedy Ever!!!

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