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Good information specially pinpointing where they live/ hotspots. We can also use vacuum to clean them out. As I've read from your recent post. Thanks

My husband has been working at a HUD building that is infested with bed bugs. He is there daily for 8hrs a day. He says he's seen one crawling on his shoe at one point. I want to prevent him from bringing them home to us. I found recipes for Clove/Black Walnut Sachets and using a Neem oil blend in a spray bottle, will they work? Right now, he's taking a spray bottle full of 91% isopropyl alcohol to spray both himself and his work area. What can we do to prevent him from bring them home to us?

Hi Annanimiss,
Feel free to e-mail us at to discuss this further! Maybe our consultants can work (for free) with the property where your husband works to get rid of bed bugs at work.
In the meantime, I suggest having your husband bring a change of clothes to work in a plastic bag. If he has worked in an infested home (moving furniture or doing something that may have caused a bed bug to get on him) have him change at work and put the clothes that he's been working in into the plastic bag. When he gets home, empty the bag into a dryer and put it on high heat for 30 minutes. (You can wash the clothes too, but it's not necessary for the bugs.) Isopropyl alcohol won't repel bed bug and doesn't do anything once it's dry. In fact, there aren't any repellents that we know work and are labeled by EPA for use against bed bugs.
Here are some links that you may find helpful:

At home, install interception devices (bed bug monitors) and mattress encasements. These increase the chances that you catch an infestation early!

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