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Bed Bug Sprays

Summary: With bed bug populations raging, the race to market bed bug spray control products is at a fevered pitch. Find out what products pest control companies are using and what products are available to the general public.

Bed bug control products must contact the bed bug directly for best results. We use Bedlam Insecticide, D-Force HPX, Tempo 1% Dust and Temprid SC for treatments for our customers. 

The first news announcement that bed bugs were back in the United States was only a few years ago. The spread of bed bug infestations has reached nearly every state and has hit epidemic proportions. Matching the rise in reported bed bugs is the unprecedented increase in so-called bed bug killing products. I say œso-called because a great many of the products now available for purchase have been on the market for years under different names with different labels.

Most of the chemical manufacturers rushed to have their labels updated to include bed bugs on their label's list of targeted insects. What was once a product touted for its ability to kill flies might now carry a new product label promising immediate bed bug control. So, how does our government allow what appears to be a marketing flimflam? Well, in the eyes of the Environmental Protection Agency, the federal agency that oversees pesticide product labeling, the newly presented products do, in fact, kill bed bugs. My objection is that the advertising leads you to believe that researchers worked late into the night developing a product to knock out the insidious bed bugs, and that simply not the case.

Truth be told, all the products labeled for bed bug eradication are from the same chemical molecules that have been on sale for years. These products do a great job of killing most insects, including bed bugs, if, and this is a big œif, if the product comes in direct contact with the bed bug. Therein lies the hitch. Bed bugs love to hide deep down in the folds of upholstery of, for example, a couch. When pesticides are applied on the couch fabric they are quickly absorbed leaving little to no residual chemical on the surface. When the bed bugs come out of hiding for their next meal it is unlikely they will come in contact with enough of the residual to kill them.

This lack of killing residue is the problem faced by pest control professionals and non-professionals when treating for bed bugs. We cannot get the chemical into all the bed bug hiding places. Therefore, repeat applications are required to thin out the bed bug population and break the egg laying cycle. Each subsequent application hopefully comes in contact with more adult bed bugs, reducing the number of eggs being laid and ultimately knocking out the population.

So, when you are selecting you pesticide weapon of choice, knowing that direct contact is the answer to control, I suggest using the least toxic products you can find. Why expose yourself to a product that has more contraindications for human contact? We know we have to make contact with the insect anyway, so you may as well choose a product that has the lowest toxicity level for humans and pets. Keeping this in mind I really like the new enzyme products that have come on the market.  These products are so safe that they are not even required to be registered with the EPA. However, when these enzyme products touch a bed bug it kills the insect in less than thirty seconds. You can tell the bed bug has died because it stops moving and its rear end raises straight up into the air, almost as if the bed bug is trying to do a handstand. It is very cool and very effective.

There are alcohol-based products such as SteriFab that do a great job of killing bed bugs on contact, but those products are quite volatile due to the high alcohol content. In a closed room you can experience light-headedness and nausea, so you must ventilate when using these products. Plus, there is a fire hazard. That is why we recommend the enzyme-based products.

Oddly, the enzyme products for bed bug control cannot be found on grocery store or hardware store shelves. For now, you need to order the products online. Be sure you are not ordering the products like clove oil or oil of wintergreen that also claim bed bug control. The product must specifically say it contains enzymes. The Natural Ginesis product, KleenGreen is a good brand.

Be sure to read the ingredients when you visit web sites claiming bed bug control. Some of the products will make you think you are buying an enzyme, but on closer examination you will see that the product contains everything but enzymes. Buyer beware!

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