How to kill bed bugs FAST... at least according to YouTube
by Tommy Underhill February 22, 2022
The Quick Bits
• Can baking soda kill bedbugs fast? • Baking soda is a slow-acting desiccant • Heat kills all insects in the treatment • Lethal in one treatment • Reduces allergens • Does not cause any respiratory irritations • Does not cause any skin irritations • Eliminates bacteria and viruses
I couldn’t sleep last night, so I did what any self-respecting person would do... I watched YouTube. After several deep, thought-provoking videos, I decided to peruse something more light-hearted and fun. I quickly stumbled across what most people think is my favorite topic: bed bugs.
My experience developing the GreenTech Heat technology and methods to kill insects with heat goes back nearly 20 years. Over that time, I’ve seen various insecticidal fads come and go... so I was intrigued when I saw “How Do You Use Baking Soda To Kill Bed Bugs FAST!”. The only FAST bed bug treatment I know about is a lethal application of convected heat. I had to learn more!
What is your definition of “FAST”?
When I tell you a headache medicine is fast-acting, I’m sure you imagine relief within minutes. When I tell you my car is fast, you have a picture of a vehicle that accelerates quickly and can reach high speeds. When you look for fast recipes, you want a meal you can put together in minutes, not hours.
The video starts with Mr. Announcer Man telling us that keeping your home bug free is nearly impossible as two smiling people labor to clean a bedroom. The narrator is correct when he says bed bugs live in our homes and have the annoying talent of being able to sense where we are and make us a meal... usually while we sleep. The video also shares that bed bugs can be found throughout our homes— in sofas, couches, chairs, and carpeting, not just in your bed.
I agree with the video that you don’t have to resort to using toxic chemicals to eliminate a bed bug infestation. I struggle with the idea that killing bed bugs and eliminating your bed bug infestation with baking soda will be “FAST”. Baking soda is a desiccant and aggravator that only works after bed bugs scurry across the powder. As such, baking soda takes time to work, requiring time for contact, and then requiring time for the baking soda to scratch their hard shells and dry out the bed bugs. When you and your family are being bitten every night, time is a luxury you just don’t have.
According to the video, you need to get the baking soda everywhere the bed bugs could be. You can paint it on mattress seams, sprinkle it on furniture, and dust it around the floor. It’s up to you to know where to apply the baking soda... and hope you get it everywhere the bed bugs harbor.
Then you wait... and then you vacuum up the baking soda every few days and start again... “until your infestation is gone”. Wasn’t this supposed to be fast?!
How about a real “FAST” bed bug treatment?
You don’t need to go it alone! Give GreenTech Heat a call for the “FAST” bed bug treatment equipment that lets you do your own really fast bed bug heat treatments. Whenever you think you might be experiencing a bed bug infestation, having your own bed bug heat equipment allows you to do a heat treatment that will kill all your bed bugs in just one day. A bed bug heat treatment is straight-forward: the GreenTech Heat differences use heated and convected air to raise the interior of your home to temperatures lethal to bed bugs— about the same heat as inside your car on a hot summer day.
When you finish your bed bug heat treatment, all the bed bugs will be dead: adults, nymphs, and eggs.
There is no worry that you didn’t sprinkle the baking soda into the right crevice. No fears that the bed bug eggs in your home, office, or restaurant will hatch and continue the biting infestation. With a bed bug heat treatment, there is no need for multiple treatments to end your bed bug nightmare.
Lots of people on YouTube say this works... and I believe them. One of the commenters brings up a really good question:
What about the bed bugs that are in the outlets and under/behind the baseboards? They can go without feeding for 18 months and survive. If you don’t get rid of EVERY SINGLE ONE of the bastards they will return.
Heat takes care of these bed bugs, too. It penetrates all the contents of your home, restaurant, business, medical facility, or hotel. Heat gets all around furniture and penetrates rugs and carpeting. We achieve lethal temperatures behind, under, and inside of furniture, walls, and fixtures. Wherever bed bugs or other insects might hide, heat gets there and kills them. When you do a whole-structure heat treatment with GreenTech Heat equipment, you can rest assured insect pests and bacteria within your structure will be dead… no matter where they may be hiding.
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Modern bed bug populations are highly resistant to the insecticides used for their control. Because bed bugs are difficult to access and our insecticides do not work as well as we would like, with home owners and pest management. Heat is known to be a very effective bed bug killer and it can be used in many different ways to treat infestations.
Dini M. Miller, Ph.D. Department of Entomology Virginia Tech
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