Bed Bug Killers
The term “bed bug killer” usually means a product that is used to control bed bugs.
The types of products are varied.
Liquid Bed Bug products
Liquid products can be either natural or synthetic. Some synthetic products mimic natural products but have a longer residual. For example, pyrethrins are derived from the chrysanthemum flower; similarly, a class of products called “pyrethroids” mimics the pyrethrins, but adds the value of extended residual or long lasting control. There are other liquid products which can control bed bugs. These usually are products which leave an invisible residue for long lasting control provided that the bed bug comes in contact with the residue.
Aerosol Products for Bed Bugs
Aerosols are pressurized containers containing a liquid which can be used to direct a product to a limited and precise location. View it as a “surgical strike” against bed bugs. Aerosols are made by various manufacturers and contain various ingredients.
Dust Bed Bug Killer
Dusts are pulverized solids either made up of an active ingredient in a dust base or a dust by itself which desiccates the insect. Dusts can penetrate areas that liquids cannot; dusts can also be used in areas where it is not possible to use liquids, such as in electrical panels and outlets.
Fumigating Bed Bugs
Fumigation is the controlled release of a gas into defined area to penetrate walls and voids to get to where the bed bugs are congregating. This is a method used only by highly trained and licensed individuals. Read more about the bed bug fumigation process.
Why management is more than just killing
Bed bug management is much more than just “killing” bed bugs. There is so much more emphasis on understanding bed bugs than in the past. Most people today had never encountered bed bugs and most researchers had never worked with bed bugs until the resurgence just a few years ago.
One of the biggest challenges with any infestation is obtaining control of all of the bed bugs in an area. This includes the very difficult to find eggs. Eggs are glued onto surfaces in out of the way places such as seams of furniture, inside box springs, inside screw holes of furniture, or any other protected place. The eggs are cemented to surfaces to keep them in place. Even if all live insects are removed or controlled, there is still the excellent possibility of having eggs surviving any removal.
The average homeowner can assist in removing bed bugs by vacuuming. Other technologies generally used by bed bug removal companies include steam, heat, cold, vacuuming with high pressure units, fumigation or the use of a gas to permeate all areas of infestation, and use of products to control these pests. There are no over the counter quick fixes to this problem.
If a resident or visitor to a commercial building finds what may appear to be signs of bed bugs, the most important thing to do is to notify management immediately. If the infested area is at one’s home, have an inspection conducted to determine if the pest is in fact a bed bug and decide on the best control strategy for you.