They bite, they come out at night, and they're sneaky little insects that shimmy themselves into the very bed where you go to find slumber. Bed bugs are a nightmare, both literally and metaphorically speaking, and if you have them, your quest to get rid of the buggers can be a neverending thing if you do not get professional help.
There's no shortage of DIY treatments you can find with a quick Google search online, but you really do have to be careful with purchasing these items on the internet' Here's a short run-down of why you have to be super careful about what treatment supplies you give your money for if you have a bed bug problem.
True pesticides cannot be bought by individuals without a license.
Pesticides that often get used professionally to help eradicate bed bugs from a home can only be obtained legally by someone who has the proper licensure to do so. These pesticides have safety precautions and must be used in a specific manner. Therefore, if you are buying chemicals online to treat a bed bug problem, you're not going to get anything that is nearly as effective as what professionals use.
If you do manage to track down a black market seller who has no business offering these chemicals to the general public, you could actually end up causing harm to yourself or your household by using these products improperly.
Mislabeling is a huge problem among "all-natural" bed bug products.
If it was as easy to get rid of bed bugs as mixing a cocktail of certain natural ingredients together and putting it to work, the problem would not be as large as it now is; everyone could handle their own problems. You may find all-natural bed bug sprays and concoctions with all kinds of claims about how well they work, but these products are not only very-often overmarketed, they can contain ingredients not listed on the label.
Not all products from private sellers are what is claimed.
It is not unheard of for sellers trying to make a quick profit to fill empty pesticide bottles and sell them on certain websites as the real deal. You could end up giving your money to someone who is selling you a pesticide bottle with legit labeling but filled with water and fragrances. It's very easy to get ripped off if you are not working with a pest control professional.
To learn more about proper pest control, contact a local pest control league.