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  • displacerkitten commented on manicmonday's instructable Easiest Bed Bug Trap4 months ago
    Easiest Bed Bug Trap

    1) You can kill bugs on mattresses and surfaces by spraying rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol on them. Bed bug poison is 99.9% rubbing alcohol, anyways, and we found that it was equally effective and 1/100th of the cost. It only kills the bugs that it directly comes into contact with, though. Also, it will strip paint, damage some plastics, and ruin hard-wood. Surface test it first. Great for mattresses! If you are using a lot, consider going outside and using good ventilation. (Alcohol is also very flammable, so use common sense while you're spraying.) This is my recommended method for most non-linen items. Also, it is cheap (99 cents), and you can just pop a hole in the top of a bottle and spray furniture you pick up off the curb to kill bedbugs or fleas, and you can spray your lug...see more »1) You can kill bugs on mattresses and surfaces by spraying rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol on them. Bed bug poison is 99.9% rubbing alcohol, anyways, and we found that it was equally effective and 1/100th of the cost. It only kills the bugs that it directly comes into contact with, though. Also, it will strip paint, damage some plastics, and ruin hard-wood. Surface test it first. Great for mattresses! If you are using a lot, consider going outside and using good ventilation. (Alcohol is also very flammable, so use common sense while you're spraying.) This is my recommended method for most non-linen items. Also, it is cheap (99 cents), and you can just pop a hole in the top of a bottle and spray furniture you pick up off the curb to kill bedbugs or fleas, and you can spray your luggage when you get home and leave it on the porch to dry as a preventative measure.2) You can also put your things in garbage bags and lock them in a hot car in the sunlight all day (but check online for the temperature it has to reach). This is the best method for (most) plastics and paper. DO NOT USE THIS METHOD FOR PHOTOGRAPHS. It can also damage the binding of books.3) Toss cloth things in the clothes dryer and run for a full cycle. This is the best method to use for linens, clothes, pillows, and stuffed animals!4) For really heat sensitive stuff, you can put it in a bag in a cooler full of dry ice, but be careful because the condensation can get it wet and ruin it. You have to leave this for more than 3 hours - the bug we tested with lasted 2 hours at least in the cold and was still alive. I really don't recommend this method.5) For everything else (ex: photographs, which melt in the heat, and are damaged by water), put it in a ziplock bag and leave it sealed for 6 months. I suggest writing "Do not open until XXXX date" on the bags. (I found baby bugs in a suitcase stored in a hot attic for 1 month. Hotter conditions speed up their metabolisms and their growth rates.) This is the best method for photographs and books!I highly suggest capturing a few bugs and putting them in ziplock baggies and experimenting with what kills them. You will learn some surprising things about what does and doesn't work, and how much time it takes to work.

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