Ozone and the Effectiveness of Killing Bed Bugs

Recently, news about the effectiveness of using Ozone to eliminate bed bugs began to spread like wild fire in the pest control business. So what we did at the University was that we launched a major research about the effects of bed bugs. We first examined these pests called common bed bugs and at the same time we also examined the products used to control and eliminate them. Because of the fame of ozone, we focused our attention on it. Our findings are in the following lines:

That yes, ozone is definitely capable of killing bed bugs. The catch is that until this day, we still do not know the extent of its effectiveness in eradicating bed bugs totally.

That yes, too, ozone may be harmful to people, even animals.  Excessive exposure may cause serious respiratory problems. Our intensive research on the subject of bed bugs and ozone led us to contact a certain group of pest control professional in U.K. They have been doing experiments on ozone and its effect on bed bugs and they stated in their report that they found out that there were very few dead bed bugs in the room subjected to ozone. They are also extremely concerned about the negative effects that ozone may give to human, animals and even household materials.

In the end, our recommendation would be to wait first before using ozone as an insecticide. It would be better to use the usual and trusted ways to control bed bugs than jump to the conclusion that ozone is very effective and instead suffer the consequences.

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Date: Monday, 12. December 2011 10:34
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  1. 1

    what can i use other then ozone to kill bed bus that is not harmful to my family

  2. 2

    Hello Keita,

    Unfortunately, bed bugs require a lot of effort to get rid of. Consistency and thoroughness are the key to getting rid of bed bugs. Because of their size, they are able to hide in virtually any crack or crevice. Since they are able to hide in any cracks or crevices, it does require different types of insecticides to completely treat a room. That is why we always recommend bed bug kits. Bed bug kits have been put together by our technicians to provide you with the different formulations of insecticides. Although they vary slightly, we have different kits that are made according to the number of rooms and will generally include the same types of insecticides.

    The first and most common type of insecticide that is used is an aerosol spray. Aerosol sprays or ready to use sprays do not require any mixing and is usually applied to intimate areas like furniture. The most common aerosol spray that is used to kill bed bugs is a spray called Bedlam Bed Bug Spray. Aerosols have a short residual time, therefore it must be applied once a week. It is applied on areas like bed frame, in between the mattress and box spring, on chair frames, on the lining of couch cushions and underneath the couch and bed.

    Our kits also may include two different types of liquid concentrates that must be diluted with water and sprayed onto surfaces with a sprayer. The first is a product called Gentrol IGR. IGR stands for insect growth regulator and although it does not have a killing effect, it controls bed bugs by regulating their physical development so that they are unable to mature and reproduce. The second type of liquid concentrate is the killing agent. This may be Suspend SC, Cyzmic CS, Lambdastar 9.7 or FenvaStar concentrate. The killing agent and IGR can be mixed in the same gallon of water. Concentrates are applied to areas like the baseboard or the immediate areas around furniture. They have residual times of about 3-4 months indoors and so it only needs to be applied once every 3 months.

    *For both aerosol sprays and concentrates, all treated areas must be completely dry before re-entry. To detect if it is dry or not, you may use gloves and a paper towel to gently press on treated areas to check for dampness.

    The last type of product that is included in our bed bug kits are the dust products. Dust products are ready to use and do not have to be diluted in water. They are applied in hard to reach and inaccessible areas like the wall voids, behind and under furniture or areas like behind hanging picture frames and under lamps. Some of the dusts that are included in our bed bug kits are the Alpine dust or the Evergreen dust. Dusts have the longest residual time and can be applied once every 5 months.

    All products can be purchased separately; however, if you have not treated for bed bugs before, we do recommend that you jump start by purchasing a kit. Each product has a product label that includes dilution rates and application directions. These product labels must be reviewed thoroughly before application. If you have any further questions about the products, the kits, or general bed bug control, please feel free to contact us again.

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