Let's get serious for a second: Using insecticides is no joke. Even the best bed bug sprays contain strong, dangerous chemicals that can be incredibly harmful (and sometimes even fatal) to children and animals, and some can make people of any age very sick. And if your family's health and well-being isn't enough to scare you away from the stuff, consider that some insecticides can even make a bug infestation more difficult to control. That's why we caution you against using any of the products detailed in the next few slides unless you're really unable to find or afford a trained pest management professional. If going it alone is your only hope though, we encourage you to begin your pest-ridding journey by reading Texas A&M's AgriLife Extension Service's guide to DIY bed bug control, followed by the state of Michigan's "Getting the Bed Bugs Out" guide, both of which are helpful, thorough resources for anyone in your situation. Next, take a look at our picks for the top bed bug sprays of 2019, making sure to read and follow all label directions carefully prior to use...then, get to work! We're wishing you a future free from bed bugs, bites, and the like.
With thousands of reviews and nontoxic ingredients, we think this spray might be your best bet.
Here's a name you can trust: Harris is a well-known pest control brand. This spray supposedly kills bugs once it has completely dried, and the large size (a full gallon) allows for repeated applications as necessary.
Reviews for Ortho's Home Defense Bed Bug Spray are numerous and, relative to other bed bug sprays, pretty positive (at the time of writing this, 77% of them contain 4- or 5-star ratings). The fast-acting formula is intended to kill both bed bugs and their eggs.
This product's signature cinnamon smell lets you know it's working and gives you peace of mind. It's a pesticide-free option for those concerned about exposure to small children and pets.
Another product by Harris, this one claims to use "plant-based active ingredients" free from synthetic pesticides. It's also non-staining, so you can apply it directly to your mattress or box spring.
MDXconcepts offers a 100% risk-free, 60-day trial for this product, so if it doesn't work, you can always request a no-questions-asked refund. But so far, the organic spray has received an overwhelmingly positive response—at least over on Amazon.
An oil-based bed bug spray, this one might leave a residue on your mattress, and contains several potent chemical ingredients. Still, it's got a one-year limited warranty and a large, one-gallon sprayer. And as one reviewer notes, "It does leave an oily residue, but after 24-30 hours it disappears."
This spray purportedly does more than just eliminate bed bugs: Its powers also extend to dust mites, spider mites, bird mites, stink bugs, cockroaches, silverfish, fleas, and ants. It's also scent-free and no-stain.