Mothballs, rubbing alcohol score poorly in tests of DIY bedbug control

Mattress encasement, dry ice in bags, hot clothes dryers do help

By Susan Milius, 09:42 AM November 18, 2013

AUSTIN, TEXAS — As bedbugs become more resistant to various pesticides, other do-it-yourself defenses are growing in importance. But new tests give several popular methods of homespun bedbug defense low grades.

Rubbing alcohol is often recommended for killing bedbugs, for example. But spraying a group of the insects with it left about half alive four days later, Changlu Wang reported November 13 at the Entomology 2013 conference. His research team at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., ...

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