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by Wendy Stackhouse · September 19, 2012

BREAKING! You Cannot Kill Bed Bugs with Herbs!

So we know that it is neither safe nor effective to combat bed bugs with pesticides, right?

And as much as we write on the AirTek blog about reducing our use of chemicals in our homes and facilities and switching to greener alternatives, we're not crazy, right?

There are ads out there for bed bug treatments that rely on cedar oil, lemongrass, cinnamon, oil of cloves and peppermint and they all have one thing in common:

They do not work.

At Alliance, we decided to read some of the reviews of these products and, indeed, some people seem to have killed some bugs with these chemical solutions. The cedar oil product in particular seems to kill bugs which come into direct contact with it and most of them come with anecdotes of repellent properties.

But when you have bed bugs, you want them dead. All of them. And their eggs. RIGHT NOW.

Bed bugs hide in cracks and crevices, to emerge at night--in the dark--to bite and breed. If you are using a pest product that has to be sprayed on the actual bugs to work, you will never reach them all or the eggs that they have laid inside furniture. Those eggs are the seeds of a reinfestation that could cost you even more anxiety and expense.

RMB Group LLC, makers of "Rest Easy" bed bug killer has agreed to settle a suit brought by the Federal Trade Commission for false claims. Another large natural "bed bug killing" product maker has yet to do so and charges of "deceptive advertising" are still pending.

Extended high temperatures are the only sure way to kill bed bugs and their eggs. At Alliance Environmental Group, our team uses ThermaPureHeat to raise interior temperatures to 130 degrees, killing and drying out bed bugs at all stages of development: adult, nymph and egg, ensuring that there is no danger of reinfestation later.

It would be nice to be able to buy effective and natural pest control at the drug store or online and deal with it ourselves, woudn't it? But although these products may make us feel better, they do not do the job.

Wendy Stackhouse is the Online Community Manager for Alliance Environmental Group and AirTek Indoor Air Solutions. We welcome your comments and questions! For more news and tips or talk to our experts, Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter! For updates on indoor air challenges, Like us at AirTek on Facebook!

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