If you have bedbugs in your house, you might be desperate to get rid of them by any means possible. But be careful — the cure for bedbugs is sometimes more harmful than the little pests themselves. The EPA issued a report last week cautioning homeowners against a recent spate of pesticides that make unrealistic promises about their effectiveness and low prices. In addition, the EPA warns against indoor use of any pesticide labeled for outdoors, as doing so can make you, your pets, and your family sick.

The organization offers a few tips on how to eliminate and prevent bedbugs without using pesticides, including washing and drying clothes at high temperatures, removing clutter, vacuuming frequently, and sealing cracks and crevices. If you simply must use pesticides, be sure to read the label to see if the product is approved for use against bedbugs.

Do you have any horror stories about bedbugs? How did you get rid of them?

Credit: EPA