How to Kill Bed Bugs with Pesticides / Insecticides

Using pesticides and insecticides in your home is the only guaranteed way to rid of bed bugs, and there are at-home products you can use that are effective against these pests. Generally it’s not recommended that you apply insecticides yourself, but if you can’t afford an exterminator these options may work for you temporarily until you can. Hiring an exterminator is generally the only method that can be 100% effective.

You will likely not be able to kill off an entire population of bed bugs yourself, but used in conjunction with other methods you may be able to alleviate some of the infestation.

If you’re looking for safe insecticides you can use in your home, consider the following, as they’re affordable and have many positive reviews. Be sure to follow all of the instructions on the packaging to ensure success.

  • Dead Bed Bugs Contact Killing Bed Bug Spray
  • Bedbug and Crawling Insect Powder with Diatomaceous Earth
  • Hot Shot Bedbug and Flea Home Insect Killer Ready-to-Use Spray

Where to apply products

Insecticide sprays and powders generally can’t be applied to bedding, mattresses, upholstered furniture, couches, or anything else with fabric. That means that you will likely not be able to kill bed bugs at their source. However, they are effective in killing bed bugs in other areas they may be hiding such as:

  • Baseboards
  • Behind wallpaper
  • Under wooden furniture
  • Any cracks/crevices in walls


Killing bed bugs by yourself is no easy task, but using pesticides in conjunction with other natural bed bug killing products can give you some results. Be sure to always follow the instructions on the packaging for optimal results, and hire an exterminator as soon as you can.