Basic information on sprays:
Most sprays are contact kill insecticides that kill bugs shortly after coming in direct contact with the pesticide or its residue. Generally these pesticides with consist of one or more kinds of Pyrethoids. Pyrethoids are synthetic analogs of chrysanthemum flower extracts. Although pyrethoids are well known to rapidly knock down the bugs that come in contact with it, it can be both irritating and repellent to many insects. Another commonly used active ingredient would be chlorfenapyr. Chlorfenapyr is a non repellent insecticide, which like the pyrethoids remain effective for long periods of time.
Before choosing a spray for bed bugs….
- Decide the location for the pesticide application.
- Find out which sprays can or cannot be sprayed on mattresses and couches (sensitive areas where many people may frequently come in contact with often.)
- Longer residual pesticides are not recommended for use on areas such as the mattresses, upholstery, and areas where people may come in direct contact with often
- Once applied, aerosol cans generally last up to one month
- Liquid concentrated insecticide or wettable powders will last anywhere from 2-3 months
Different types of Sprays that control bed bugs:
AEROSOL SPRAYS: (Residual Time About 1 Month)
Phantom Pressurized Insecticide – 17.5 oz.-Phantom provides control in targeted problem areas, including vulnerable cracks and crevices, and spaces behind or beneath bed frames and cabinets. Alpine dust insecticide provides protection in voids and features dinotefuran, which was granted Reduced Risk status for public health use
CB D- Force HPX – long residual insecticide that controls over 50 different species of pests including bed bugs.
Treatment (Phantom, CB D-Force HPX): Remove and wash all linens. Take apart the bed and spot treat inside any cracks, crevices, joints, and interior framework. Treat both mattresses and box springs, focusing on its tufts, folds, and edges only. Treat all moldings and picture frames. Allow the pesticide to dry before remaking bed. This product is not to be used inside patient rooms in hospitals or in nursing homes for the treatment of bed bugs.
AEROSOL SPRAYS & PRE MIXED LIQUID SPRAYS: (Residual Time About 1-2 Weeks)
Bedlam – Bedlam will effectively eliminate Bedbugs, Lice, Dust Mites, Fleas and Ticks on contact. It is a residual aerosol spray with a short residual time. Making it safe enough to be able to spray on mattresses, box springs, and any upholstery or surfaces where people may come in direct contact with often. Bedlam can also be safely used indoors in cracks, crevices, floorboards, walls, headboards, and furniture.
Rest Easy - Made with natural oil extracts such as Cinnamon Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Clove Oil, and Mint Oil.
Treatment (Bedlam, Rest Easy): Apply as a spot treatment to cracks and crevices, around baseboards, floorboards, headboards, and walls. At First you must thoroughly clean and air mattresses and box springs. Next, spot treat areas where you may suspect the bugs to harbor. When treating mattresses be sure to concentrate on tufts, folds, and seams.
PRE MIXED LIQUID SPRAYS: (No Residual Time)
Steri-Fab - Can be used for both control of pests as well as a sanitizer. Ster-Fab can even control fungus, germs, mildew, mold and any bacteria that may cause unpleasant odors. It also does not require any dilution for it is already in its ready to spray form. Allow all material to dry for 15 to 20 minutes. Ster-Fab can be sprayed on any fabric materials and it will leave no residue or stains.
Treatment (Steri-Fab): The infested areas should be sprayed thoroughly and repeatedly, directing the spray into all crevices, cracks, hiding places, seams, creases and fold
CONCENTRATED LIQUID INSECTICIDE: (Residual Time About 2-4 Months)
LambdaStar 9.7% CS – LambdaStar 9.7% CS is a long residual concentrated liquid insecticide that needs to be applied diluted with water. However it contains a long residual time for up to 2-3 months! Like the Demand CS, Cyonara has a unique capsule suspension. Its active ingredient is lambda-cyhalothrin and achieves knockdown of most pests within 15 minutes. This delay kill effect allows the pests to be able to take the poison back to its colony.
Suspend SC - Suspend SC is an odorless, long residual insecticide. Its finish is mostly clear unless heavily sprayed upon dark surfaces. Suspend can be easily used for indoor or outdoor treatment and will last up to 3-4 months.
Tempo SC Ultra – Like the Suspend SC, Tempo SC is a soluble concentrate with a long residual time. It can be used for both indoor and outdoor treatment lasting up to 3-4 months.
Treatment (LambdaStar , Suspend SC, Tempo SC Ultra): Clean floors and surfaces by vacuuming. Apply as a coarse, low-pressure spray to harborage areas including crevices, baseboards, loose plaster, behind bed frames and headboards, beneath beds and furniture, and to bedsprings and bed frames. Do not apply to furniture surfaces or mattresses where people will be laying or sitting. Infested bedding should not be treated, but should be removed, placed in sealed plastic bags, and taken for laundering and drying at high temperatures.
Insect Growth Regulators (IGR) effects the development and reproduction of the insects. Although IGRs will stop the growth of the insects, it does not have the capability to kill them. Therefore IGRs are commonly used by many professional pest control operators with the combination of liquid insecticides to help control the size of the infestation to its minimum as it continues to kill off the remaining population. Insect Growth Regulators come in two different forms: Gentrol IGR Bed Bug Aerosol Spray, Gentrol IGR Liquid Concentrate
All professional pesticides may contain harmful ingredients. The product label and directions must be carefully reviewed before the treatment process.