When you find out you have bed bugs, you probably want them gone… immediately. This sense of urgency may lead some to try unproven claims and old wives tales in their search for a solution. One of these claims that you may have heard is that dryer sheets act as a repellent and can get rid of bed bugs. Some people believe that placing dryer sheets around their bedroom (between the sheets, under the mattresses, in drawers, etc.), will eliminate bed bugs for good. Is this fact or myth?
While dryer sheets may act as a very mild repellent due to their strong smell, there is absolutely no evidence that they will work in the long term or do anything to kill or eliminate bed bugs. This is a false claim and should not be used as part of your bed bug control efforts. Delaying extermination efforts in an attempt to use dryer sheets will most likely only make the problem worse. The claim garnered so much attention that Proctor and Gamble debunked it. “P&G has no scientific evidence that Bounce Dryer Sheets kill bed bugs and therefore don’t recommend our product for use in this purpose,” company spokeswoman Anne Candido said in an email.
Since bed bugs can not be eliminated simply by using dryer sheets, what is to be done? Bed bugs are some of the most difficult bugs to get rid of and often require a multi-faceted approach that includes prevention, sanitation, and chemical means. PF Harris has a full-line of bed bug products that are proven to eliminate bed bugs. From traps and aerosols to our pyrethroid-resistant bed bug kits, we have everything you need. PF Harris will help you find the products you need to get the job done today.