NY Man Demonstrates How Not to Get Rid of Bedbugs Soak them with alcohol, celebrate with a cigarette By Newser Editors, Newser Staff Posted Apr 15, 2015 3:44 PM CDT 35 comments Comments A bedbug is displayed at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File) (Newser) – Someone told Scott Kemery that if you saturate bedbugs with alcohol, they'll die. Nobody, apparently, told Scott Kemery that you shouldn't light a cigarette after soaking the inside of your bedbug-infested car with alcohol, while still sitting in the car. Result: the 44-year-old Long Island man suffered first- and second-degree burns, destroyed his rental car, and damaged two other vehicles, reports Newsday. But he did, presumably, get rid of the bedbugs.