The Most Eco-Friendly Way To Get Rid of Bed Bugs?
Mills, an environmental journalist, was mortified. “I think there’s a misconception that people who get bedbugs are dirty or leave food out in their apartment,” she says. “In reality, it's got nothing to do with being dirty or clean. But it's also embarrassing because you don’t want friends or family knowing that you've got an army of blood-thirsty bugs lurking in your home.”
Well versed in green living, Mills was reluctant to use a chemical solution, but her landlord called an exterminator. “There were a lot, and I mean a lot of chemicals involved, which still scares me to this day. Sometimes I still consider ditching the furniture that was exposed to those insecticides, and this is four years later,” she says.
Because bed bugs have developed resistance to many chemical pesticides currently used, the agencies stress the importance of integrated pest management—including heat-treating clothing and furniture, sealing cracks and crevices, and using non-chemical pesticides such as diatomaceous earth, and judicious pesticide use.