The product Mike recommends seems similar to the thermacell a few of you recommend. Both use a candle to heat up a pad that puts out a gas that discourages bug intrusion. Maybe not so good in wind, but wind will hold the bugs down anyway.
Everyone knows citronella candles work great for keeping the bugs away, and the best part is they smell great while offering a more natural, less toxic route than some insect repellents. Citronella is a species of plant in the lemongrass family and its strong citrus scent has the ability to mask the natural odors hungry bugs are attracted to, like the CO2 we breathe out and the natural oils and bacteria on our skin.
Invest in mattress covers to cover your mattress and box spring. 4. Buy a gallon or so of rubbing alcohol and some spray bottles. Rubbing alcohol is your new best friend. It not only kills bed bug eggs, but also works as a repellent to keep them from laying new ones, and keeps them from biting you at night.
Do-it-yourself freezing may not be a reliable method for bed bug control. While freezing can kill bed bugs, temperatures must remain very low for a long time. Home freezers may not be cold enough to kill bed bugs; always use a thermometer to accurately check the temperature.
Certain natural substances can actually completely destroy and repel bed bug infestations. Typically used in aromatherapy, lavender oil is one such repellent. To keep the bedbugs away, use lavender, which many people like the smell of. You should use this while you are ironing or rinsing your laundry.
Cinnamon as an insect repellent actually works like magic. I just tested it. I've been using three Cutter brand citronella candles (Citro Guard) in my atrium and all kinds of bugs still zoom directly into the atrium. The citronella itself may be e