There are several ways to try and eliminate bed bugs. One initial way to try and eliminate bed bugs is a DIY method using bed bug powder. One of the more common bed bug powders is Diatomaceous Earth, which can be purchased at just about any supply store. Bed bug powder is an easy method because it does not require hiring a pest control company to come in and take over your home and it is cost-efficient compared to other methods.
Bed bug powder is non-toxic so it will cause no harm to you or other inhabitants of your home, but we definitely suggest not directly breathing in the powder. The point of bed bug powder is to dehydrate the bugs, which in turn causes them to die.
First you will spread the powder around a room and eventually when the bugs come into contact with the powder they will be covered in it, become dehydrated, and die. This solution is not an instantaneous one and definitely takes a couple of days, but at the same time the powder will remain effective until it no longer coats the applied areas.
If the powder does not work as an initial attempt to kill the bed bugs, thermal remediation also known as heat treatment is proven to be the most effective method. Heat treatment does require trained professionals to ensure that it is done properly and the usage of their heat treatment equipment. The equipment creates such high temperatures that the bed bugs and their eggs are guaranteed to be killed from the extreme heat. This method is very efficient, but definitely requires more preparation and is a little more costly than applying bed bug powder yourself.
When choosing a method to eliminate bed bugs it really is based off of personal preference, although the ultimate goal is the removal of the insects from your home.