NYC and NJ pest control professionals have claimed for years that using bug bombs and foggers for bed bug infestations are not a viable solution. Despite the warnings, in an effort to save money, many consumers have attempted to treat their bed bug infestations using these store bought products.
According to International Science Times on June 5, 2012, a new study has been released regarding the use of bug bombs and foggers by consumers. An entomologist from Ohio State University reported to WebMD…”If you use these products, you will not get the infestation under control, you will waste your money, and you will delay effective treatment of your infestation” when speaking about the use of bug bombs and foggers for bed bug infestations.
The research study tested three bug bomb products on five different groups of bed bugs. The bloodsuckers were then monitored for over two hours. What was discovered is that the foggers had little to no effect on any of the bed bugs.
Bed bugs are tiny insects that hide in the cracks and crevices throughout a home. They will most likely be found hiding where people frequently reside. It is not uncommon for them to be hiding inside of walls, which fogger pesticides will never reach. Bug bombs or foggers do not have the capability to penetrate into the cavities where bed bugs tend to hide which is why the researchers have come to the conclusion that these products are ineffective against bed bug infestations.
Bed bug infestations should only be handled by a pest control professional. A delay in treatment will allow the infestation to thrive.