Bed bugs are tiny pests that garner huge problems with their love for human blood. Unlike mosquitoes, they make their home in your bedding, furniture, wood items, and any other warm spots where they can sleep during the day. Their mastery at hiding makes controlling them significantly more challenging than lighting a citronella candle or laying down sticky traps.
It would be even better to schedule our regular maintenance call-outs at the change of season to catch the problem early. If the infestation is still in the beginning stages, you may be able to halt it in its tracks using certain specialist bed bug products.
Considerations When Shopping for Bed Bug Spray
The variety of bed bug spray is impressive, so how do you choose the right one for your home? While most products use the same active compounds, these sprays differ considerably in their composition and chemical formulas, which can affect their efficacy and ease of use.
Consider the following before you commit to a purchase:
Ease of Use
You will want to spray the product right into any affected areas to remove any traces of bed bugs. Unfortunately, there is often a trade-off between easy use and effectiveness. A product that doesn’t require protective equipment might be easier to use, but it will be less potent than you might need to get rid of the bed bugs.
Some products leave a lingering odor. It can be irritating, but it might also be harmful to the health of the residents or employees. Check product reviews to see which products have proven their claim as odorless or offer quickly dispersing smells.
Thicker sprays are generally more effective on flat surfaces, while water-based sprays penetrate fabrics and affected areas. Viscous sprays are also more difficult to use and require cleanup.
Some bed bugs show resistance to pyrethroid, the most common insecticide in store-bought sprays. While pyrethroid-containing sprays can still be effective, another insecticide might provide multiple modes of attack.
The Ortex Team’s Top Five Recommendations for Bed Bug Control
Bed bug infestations are notoriously difficult to combat due to the insects’ ability to live in a range of habitats. While they’re most famous for living in beds, they also hide in baseboards, furniture, curtains, and towels. The best method for handling a bed bug infestation is to call the Ortex professionals as soon as you notice there’s a problem, but you can try these five products first if you prefer:
#1 Harris Bed Bug Killer—Best Overall
This product uses three insecticides: phenothrin, imidacloprid, and n-octyl bicycloheptene dicarboximide. It kills bed bugs at all stages of their life cycle, including the eggs. The water-based formula penetrates into cracks and crevices where bed bugs are most likely to hide, and it is an odorless formulation that’s safe on fabrics and dissipates quickly.
The EPA approves it for use in homes, but Ortex does not recommend using it on clothing, pillows, or bedding. These chemicals cause major skin irritation, so rather, wash these items in boiling water for the best results.
#2 Ortho Home Defense Max Bed Bug, Flea and Tick Killer
This affordable option comes with a wand applicator that makes reaching tricky spots easier. It contains imidacloprid as support for pyrethroid for a more effective bug-killing potential. It’s not suitable for clothing, bedding, or pillows due to its harsh chemical formula.
#3 EcoRaider Bed Bug Killer
Most insecticides target neural pathways that exist in both insects and humans. It is why these products are toxic to the home’s residents and pests alike. However, EcoRaider uses an active ingredient that blocks insect-only neurotransmitters and makes it much safer for human use.
The downside is that the compound works slowly, which can give bed bugs a chance to lay more eggs and render the application ineffective. Ortex suggests using the EcoRaider product only for minor bed bug issues, especially since you can use it on clothing and bedding safely.
#4 Rockwell CimeXa Insecticide Dust
Insecticide dust is a great complement to traditional sprays. The silica powder dries out the insect’s exoskeleton, essentially mummifying it. These products are an appealing alternative to diatomaceous earth and keep working for up to ten years.
#5 Bedlam Plus
As a water-based spray, Bedlam Plus is a great option for spraying mattresses. It will kill bed bugs on contact while offering two weeks’ protection afterward. It’s best used in the tucks, seams, and folds of the mattress, but you can also spray down the entire thing for maximum results.
Home solutions are more effective as preventative measures, but once you have a bed bug problem, most products won’t be enough. Rather, call the Ortex Termite & Pest Control professionals today for a free estimate on full-service bed bug eradication.