List of Bed Bug Pesticides

Pesticides can be a part of an effective, integrated bed bug management plan. There are plenty of pesticides available today that have shown themselves to be effective in the fight against bed bugs. You can easily find a list of these pesticides in the online marketplace. So which ones work? Below is a general overview of some common pesticides and how they impact your bed bug population. However, it is generally recommended that you have a professional use the pesticides in order to assure both their effectiveness and your safety.

The Most Common Pesticide Chemicals

- Contact Insecticide

These are insecticides that kill insects on contact. They usually work very quickly. Many of these contact insecticides remain active even after several days of sitting on the surfaces of your home.

Typically contact insecticides will contain pyrethoids. Pyrethoids are synthetic chemicals, though they may also be extracted from plants. Chrysanthemums are the most common source for extracted pyrethoids. Even the odorous fumes that these insecticides give off can kill bed bugs.

Bed bugs whose family lines have been exposed to pyrethoids may be resistant to contact insecticides. They may not be able to tolerate direct application, but using these pesticides will at best result in deterring them from going places with pyrethoid residue.

- Insect Growth Regulator (IGR)

IGR insecticides are often used to fight off bed bugs. IGRs seldom kill adult bed bugs, but instead target the eggs and newly hatched bed bugs. It may seem like this won’t help the situation now, but bed bugs have relatively short lifespans. Without a second generation, your bed bug problem will typically be gone within weeks. IGR can be thought of as a slow but sure way to get the job done. The question is how patient you want to be about sharing your bed.

- Insecticidal Dust

Insecticidal dust is poison that is delivered in dust form. The dust goes airborne and must come in contact with your bed bugs in order to kill them. This may be the most arduous way of killing your bed bugs, but it is also the most deadly of the bed bug pesticides.

Essentially, it works by attaching to the bed bugs and causing them to dry out. The fine mist of powder, typically consisting of silica and poison, will attach to virtually any living thing. For this reason, it is very dangerous for humans and pets. So you must be very careful in how you go about applying this poison to the bed bugs. Generally, you want to make sure it is applied to any location where you’ve seen bed bugs and all convenient floor and wall cracks and holes.

The Most Common Pesticides

As the bed bug problem spreads, it is not surprising to see the number of pesticides aimed at bed bugs increasing. There are so many pesticides available now that it would be imprudent to list them all here. It is enough to note the major ones being used right now to fight bed bugs.

When you go to a home and garden store, you’ll see all sorts of brand name and generic pesticides that should be able to kill bed bugs. Among the most common are Allethrin, Delta Dust Flee/Dragnet, Drione Dust, Malathion, Pyrethrins, Suspend SC, and Tempo.

You simply follow the directions on these pesticides. Make sure you read the cautions. For the best results, hire a professional to get rid of your bed bugs. There are all sorts of harm these pesticides can do if misused. Also, if you don’t wipe out the entire bed bug population, your infestation will be apparent again before long.

If you go ahead and use these pesticides by yourself, make sure you stay alert for any harmful side effects that may occur in you, a family member, a neighbor, a visitor, and your pets. If anything seems medically abnormal, discuss your use of pesticides with your doctor.

Bed Bug Prevention

The best way to fight bed bugs is before they’ve taken dominion over your household. Practicing good hygiene, such as keeping your living areas tidy, washing regularly, and inspecting your living area is the best method of prevention. If you do find a few bed bugs before an infestation has set in, it is much easier to rid yourself of the problem.

If you find that you’ve already got a full infestation, the surest way to solve the problem is to hire a professional exterminator who offers a no more bed bugs guarantee.

Do You Have Bed Bugs as Roommates?


Many suffering from unseen bed bug infestations describe the experience as feeling like you’re not alone even when you can’t see anyone else around you. If you wake up in the middle of the night, you may even feel like you’ve got someone touching you. Yet, you turn on the light and see no one. If you are having this experience, it’s time to find out if you have bed bugs.

Bed bugs live by sucking your blood while you sleep. They spend each night with you in your bed. They hide themselves easily and typically only come out for supper after you fall asleep. Their presence in your room is often shrouded in mystery.

The Common Bed Bug

Bed bugs are simply little insects. The scientific name of the common bed bug is Cimex lectularius.

Bed bugs have hardly been known in the United States for more than four generations. But bed bugs have been going strong in the East during this time. As the world’s social and economic structures have globalized, so too has its infestations. Bed bugs have been no exception to this globalizing trend, now common in many major cities in the United States.

While a few types of bed bugs prefer animals, most of the American infestations are by those bed bugs that live primarily on human blood. If you have plenty of pets and travel with them, you may also pick up a bed bug infestation that is parasitic to any mammal. Most bed bugs will suck on whatever blood they need to get by, but prefer humans.

Bed bugs are typically so tiny that you will only see them when you’re looking for them. They’re even flat. However, it is possible for an adult bed bug to be as long as a 1/4 of an inch when full of blood. When full of blood, they’re typically dark brown or red. When empty, they are tan, orange, or white.

A Bed Bug’s Life

If an adult bed bug has fully gorged itself until it is a large dark object, it may not need to eat again for many months. At this point it will relegate itself to breeding and hiding.

A young bed bug needs to eat every few weeks. During this growing phase the nutrition provided by your blood is vital to its survival. So if you were to abandon your mattress and then return to it after many months, the young bed bugs would have died but the adults and the newly hatching young would be just fine.

Over the course of a bed bug’s entire adult life, it really only needs a few full meals. This provides plenty of nourishment for the bed bug to fertilize or lay eggs regularly over the course of a lifetime.

A Bed Bug’s Home

Bed bugs are tiny creatures that are happy to live in the smallest, darkest places in close proximity to your places of rest. This means that any little hole is an inviting home. It also means you really can’t spot every bed bug in your house when you’ve got an infestation.

On top of all this, bed bugs seem to be skilled detection evaders. They seemingly know exactly when to come out for supper at night after you’ve fallen asleep. Further, they do not provide the pain sensation of a mosquito or flea, so you won’t be awoken by the sucking of a bed bug.

Of course, you will probably get to enjoy an itch later in the night or the next day. You may have what looks like an organized, red rash of dots on your body. Or, you might also think you’ve got mosquitoes in the house or fleas in your bed.

Bed Bug Control

There are plenty of insecticides that kill bed bugs, but you really don’t have much chance of eliminating an infestation without the help of an experienced bed bug exterminator. Further, these insecticides can be very dangerous for people and animals. So it isn’t advisable to rid yourself of these little roommates. Some exterminators can even provide complete bed bug removal without the use of poisons.

So for the safest removal and subsequent prevention of bed bug infestations, hire a professional with bed bug experience. If you are in a complex with many other residents, you’ll need to go through your homeowners association or landlord.