- Insect Repellant
If you head out into the woods for an evening or take a walk on a mosquito-friendly path, you can depend on insect repellant to keep yourself bite free. This has led some travelers and individuals living with an infestation to spray themselves down with repellant before going to sleep. It isn’t an optimal solution, of course, but in some cases might work. Unfortunately, studies have shown that these determined critters are not even slowed down by the use of insect repellant. Additionally, even if it had been shown to work as a type of bed bug control, these repellents only last a couple of hours, meaning you will still be vulnerable as the night wears on.
- Sleep Sacks
One other accessory being sold to travelers is a type of sleep sack. This silk envelope supposedly protects the user from being attacked by the bloodsuckers while they sleep in an infested hotel room. While no direct studies have been done regarding the effectiveness of these sacks, experts state that they are unlikely to be an effective method of bed bug control. People report little relief wearing full pajama clothing to sleep, which is roughly similar to sleeping inside such a sack. After all, both the pajamas and the sack have an opening, which can easily allow the insects entry.
- Effective Pesticides
For good reason, people want to know if companies dedicated to pest eradication are developing a bed bug control pesticide that works. The problem is time and money. It takes an enormous amount of money — estimates hit a range of $100 million just to have a product registered by the EPA — to develop such a product, and that doesn’t even cover research and manufacturing costs. It may be some time before we see specific sprays. In the meantime, thermal methods seem to be the most effective option.