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.