Most Popular Bed Bug Pesticide Options
There are a variety of bed bug pesticide options available for home and
professional use. Among professionals, the most popular options come in
the form of liquid and dust. Less popular are resin strips,
fumigants such as foggers and bug bombs, and aerosols. In terms of
active ingredients, pyrethroids remain popular, with newer products
containing β-cyfluthrin and imidacloprid, and the non-pyrethroid
chlorfenapyr, which is completely invisible to bed bugs and kills
insecticide resistant strains of the insect. Most professionals, 41%
have never had a problem with bed bug insecticide resistance, and find
all ingredients mentioned to be effective. The application of bed bug
pesticide takes a professional 3 hours, with 2 to 3 follow up visits
for additional treatments to kill any insects that might have been
missed during the initial visit. "
Bed bug pesticide choices come in the from of sprays, foggers,
liquids and dust. Each varies by the underlying active
chemical or non-chemical ingredient, any lasting effect, effectiveness
on bed bug eggs and if the product is mattress/fabric or food
preparation area safe.
Pest control experts have access to a broader range of bed bug
pesticide products than does the consumer. If you want to try the do
approach to bed bug control, the most economical approach is to
purchase a kit
from a company such as All
Stop, since it comes with all the tools
(Spray, Dust, Steamer, Covers, Anti bed bug bite and itch
importantly information on how to kill bed bugs.
Bedbug Video on Sprays
This video provides a helpful overview of
different spray products include bed bug pesticide based
products and natural products.
There are many bedbug sprays
on the market. Three of the most popular bed bug pesticide
sprays are listed below. If you are treating a mattress
surface, then the Sterifab and Bedlam products are the best choice, as
they will kill bed bugs, bed bug eggs and have a 7 day residual effect
(continue killing bedbugs for 7 days).
Phantom is a good choice for cracks and crevices, but can only be used
on mattress seams and folds. This product has a significantly
longer residual effect .
Follow the manufacturers directions on the label. If you have
children or pets, at minimum make sure that whatever insecticide is
applied has completely dried. Of course, refer to the label
regarding children and pets.
These bed bug pesticide products include:
: This spray is effective against a broad array of
insects in addition to bedbugs. It's key selling point in
that it is undetectable to bedbugs and therefore the bugs will not
avoid the areas sprayed. The product has a residual effect
after spraying and is effective on both the bugs and eggs.
The manufacturer indicates that it can be used on mattress
seams and folds, but not on the surface. Bedlam
Professional Bed Bug Insecticide
: This product is mattress safe and has a 2 to 4
week residual effect against bed bugs and their eggs. This
spray is specifically marketed to target bedbugs.
Phantom Bedbug spray uses Chlorfenapyr as the active ingredient.
While other base ingredients such as pyrethroid has seen some
bedbug resistance, this chemical base has not.
: This product is alcohol based and will kill
bed bugs on contact. It is not marketed as having a residual
effect. It indicates on the label that it is safe for
treating the mattress surface, and is generally considered safe by the
EPA. It is also pet safe, but of course should not be sprayed
directly on pets.
There are also several bedbugs
spray products available that are insecticide free.
These effectively kill bed bugs on contact, but do not have a
residual effect. They are mattress, children and pet safe.
All of the following are good choices:
Bug Patrol Spray: Good alternative to chemical based
sprays. Also available as part of a kit which includes
mattress covers and bed bug dust.
Stop Dead Bed Bug Spray: Eco-Friendly, true 25(b) exempt, non
pesticidal Bed Bug Spray. Fast acting and effective with minimal
application on bed bugs
Free - This Natural Ginesis type spray (mentioned in the
above video) is safe to use. It uses enzymes to penetrate and
cause the bed bug to molt before they should, causing them to die.
Bed Bug Pesticide Studies
Recently, Purdue University studied the use of popular
pesticides on bed bug infestations. They researched a 15 story
Products Used in the Study:
- Liquid pyrethroid (deltamethrin, Suspend® SC)
- Dust pyrethroid (cyfluthrin (Tempo® 1% dust)
The test treated the apartments in 2 week intervals when they
observed that the bed bugs weren't fully removed. The study determined
that to completely remove bed bugs it requires 2 to 4 treatments.
A University of Kentucky study showed that pyrethroids are
starting to lose effectiveness against some bed bugs, but since there
is no way to determine a resistant bedbug, the products are still used.
Professional Bed Bug
Pesticide Products Available For Use:
SC Lasts up to 3 months per application. Odorless and clear.
earth or Silicon dioxide
Crawling Insect Control
• Safer Brand Ant & Crawling Insect Killer
regulator that stops reproduction. Comes in an aerosol.
isopropanol with MGK264
with piperonyl butoxide
•Prescription Treatment PI
•565 Plus XLO
pyrethroids and synergist
* A (aerosol), D (dust), EC
(emulsifiable concentrate), ME (microencapsulation), RTU
(ready-to-use), WP (wettable powder), SC (suspended concentrate)
Thailand Toursists Killed by Chlorpyrifos Bed Bug Insecticide
The insecticide Chlorprifos is legal in
some countries for use as a bed bug insecticide. It is banned
in the United States for tthis use, with use limited to outdoor areas.
In other countries such as New Zealand, it can only be used
by professional exterminators. It is also banned by the EU Biocidal
Products Directive, since it is an organophosphate. While
organophosphates are found in many common products, they are linked to
developmental problems in fetuses and children.
In Thailand, there is a case under investigation where the insecticide
Chlorprifos is suspected of being applied incorrectly in a hotel called
Inn . A Tourist named Sarah Carter died after
staying in the hotel died after exposure to the bed bug insecticide
(5/11/11). Other tourists are thought to have died reason.
You read the U.S.
EPA report on Chlorpyifos here. The U.S. does not
see the product as a risk when used outdoors.
You can view a video on the Thailand
bed bug tourist deaths .
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