Say Bye Bugs is a bed bug spray that promises to kill bed bugs while protecting your family from harmful chemicals. Here’s our Say Bye Bugs review.
What is Say Bye Bugs?
Say Bye Bugs is a spray that destroys bed bugs on contact. Instead of using harsh pesticides or dangerous chemicals, the makers of Say Bye Bugs use a natural active ingredient that’s safe for children and pets.
The spray claims to kill bed bugs at all stages of development – from eggs to adults.
Today, you can purchase Say Bye Bugs online through SayByeBugs.com. It’s not available through retailers or other websites. You can purchase it in the form of a small spray bottle or a larger spray bottle.
How Does Say Bye Bugs Work?
The makers of Say Bye Bugs claim to use a “natural active ingredient that destroys bed bugs on contact”. That ingredient was “developed by a team of entomologists and other bed bug experts.”
According to these experts, the ingredient uses an enzyme-based formula that’s completely deadly to bed bugs while remaining safe for humans and pets.
Essentially, this enzyme water-based formula destroys the exoskeleton of bed bugs. Once the formula comes in contact with the bed bugs, their exoskeleton starts to become compromised.
Say Bye Bugs Ingredients
Say Bye Bugs contains all of the following ingredients:
- 3% Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
- 1% Sodium Chloride
- 0.2% Citric Acid
- Sodium Benzoate
- Potassium Sorbate
We’ve seen similar bed bug formulas like this available online. They’re often classified as essential oil-based bed bug control products. Manufacturers will mix ingredients like cedar oil with sodium lauryl sulfate. Say Bye Bugs, however, appears to mostly consist of water mixed with sodium lauryl sulfate and salt.
Does It Actually Work?
Say Bye Bugs uses active ingredients like sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium chloride. If you passed 8th grade chemistry, then you know that sodium chloride is just a fancy name for salt. Does a combination of salt and sodium lauryl sulfate actually work to kill bed bugs?
Most research shows that yes, sodium lauryl sulfate kills bed bugs when sprayed topically onto the bed bugs. The Entomological Society of America (ENTSOC.org) cites one study where a formula with 1.3% sodium lauryl sulfate killed more than 90% of bed bugs when applied directly onto bed bug nymphs.
In another study published in a 2014 issue of Insects, researchers examined the efficacy of an essential oil-based pesticide for controlling bed bug infestations in apartment buildings.
They found that most essential oil-based treatments were not effective compared to insecticides. However, there was one formula that beat the odds. That formula was called EcoRaider – which is actually the same formula cited in the study mentioned above.
Aside from these two studies, there’s little research on the effectiveness of essential oil-based bed bug treatments. However, the two studies that have been performed appear to show that EcoRaider works.
Unfortunately, since Say Bye Bugs is a relatively new product, there are no studies available online.
The manufacturer does not post any clinical trials or other information at its official website. However, EcoRaider uses a 1.3% combination of sodium lauryl sulfate, while Say Bye Bugs uses a 3% concentration.
It’s natural to think that Say Bye Bugs would be just as effective – if not more effective – than EcoRaider, although we don’t have enough scientific evidence to back that up.
Say Bye Bugs Pricing
Say Bye Bugs has a confusing pricing policy. Customers are advertised one rate upfront, only to discover that’s a promotional rate.
The manufacturer charges high shipping fees and forces you to sign up for an autoship program. Here’s how pricing breaks down:
-2 x 3oz Sprays: $18.95 + $7.50 shipping (promotional price for first month)
-2 x 24oz Sprays (Autoship): $57.95 + $7.50 shipping (automatically charged to your account 30 days after you order)
Fortunately, Say Bye Bugs doesn’t ship more products to your address after the first month. They autoship you 2 x 24 oz sprays, but that’s it.
Still, many customers are shocked to discover over $100 in credit card charges when they only expected to pay $19 for two small bed bug sprays.
Who Makes Say Bye Bugs?
Say Bye Bugs is produced in America and ships from a warehouse in Chicago. However, the Say Bye Bugs website lists the manufacturer’s headquarters as Ljubljana, Slovenia (they also have a Chicago address for returns).
That manufacturer is called Fobia d.o.o. The company was launched in 2010 by David Legin and Armando Legin, explains their About page.
You can contact the company at 1 (877) 466-3260 for refund information or to cancel your autoship program. All users get an email sent with account log in information where they can cancel with a single click. The company makes it easy to cancel by emailing [email protected] or by talking to their agents 24/7 via the live chat on their website. All customers additionally get a future billing notification 7 days prior to being shipped a new kit giving them enough time to cancel the auto-ship. And those that do forget are always given a refund if they explain they forgot about the 3 month plan.
Say Bye Bugs Review Summary
Say Bye Bugs appears to be a good product made by a reputable manufacturer. It uses similar ingredients to what we’ve seen on other natural bed bug killers on the market.
In scientific studies, some of these natural bed bug solutions have proven to be equally as effective as pesticides – and without the use of harmful chemicals.
Unfortunately, Say Bye Bugs has lots of competition. There’s EcoRaider, which has gone through scientific studies. There are also products like Bed Bug 911, Green Rest Easy, Stop Bugging Me, and Bed Bug Patrol.
All of these products are virtually identical – but are available at Walmart and other retailers for under $20.
The problem with Say Bye Bugs is its confusing and expensive pricing policy. The company uses an autoship program to repeatedly ship products to your address – and charge your credit card – despite the fact that you didn’t explicitly order them.
There’s also the fact that you get a 90 day refund policy – which went into effect recently and should be a great plus for those looking for enough time to judge its efficacy.
Ultimately, based on all this information, Say Bye Bugs appears to be trying to capitalize on the hype of the natural bed bug killer market. Unfortunately, there are too many competitors available at a cheaper price – and these products don’t have pricey autoship programs.