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Pesticides used by Bedbug Exterminators

Posted: October 29th, 2010 | Author: | | Tags: , , , , , | 3 Comments »

If you do a lot of research into bedbug treatment, there as I like to do in my spare time, ambulance you will find the motto pervasive, “there is no magic bullet for eradicating bedbugs.” I guess bedbugs are not werewolves? Your exterminator will likely employ a combination of pesticides in a treatment plan that may also include heat treatment and mechanical removal of your pests, as well as your cooperation in cleanup. The main bad boys in the liquid insecticide arsenal are these:

– The botanical insecticide pyrethrin, which gives quick knockdown but little long-term control, as insects have a tendency to develop resistance;
– Synthetic pyrethroid products (cyhalothrin, bifenthrin, deltamethrin, and permethrin)
-New fangled designer chemicals including the pyrrole insecticide chlorfenapyr (Phantom) and the insect growth regulator hydroprene (Gentrol), which cause sterility in adult bedbugs

Bedbug infestation? Sounds like a job for Phantom!

All tomfoolery aside, our inner Colonel Kurtz is once more excited when we read about tent fumigation with Vikane. In this procedure, an entire structure or enclosed space is tented and filled with this powerful fumigant. The space is then aired out before humans are allowed to return to the dwelling.  According to the dow chemical website, it leaves no surface residue. This epic perfomance cannot be done on a single apartment, but rather a whole building, so it is really reserved for the most severe of cases. Short of demolishing it, you can tent and gas a building.

This process can be used on a vehicle, such as a moving truck. Unless you can afford this treatment, it is not immediately advisable to try and move away from your infestation, as the chances of bringing it with you are pretty fair. But with certain moving companies now starting to offer this service, it is among your options to pack up and relocate to a bedbug free zone, having your stuff fumigated in between.

Take that, bedbugs!

3 Comments on “Pesticides used by Bedbug Exterminators”

  1. 1 JRN said at 4:31 pm on October 29th, 2010:

    In my day designer chemicals were a LOT more fun than dead bedbugs.

  2. 2 Nix Bedbugs » Blog Archive » The Young Lady, the Witch and the Bedbugs said at 2:32 pm on November 3rd, 2010:

    […] so, at long last, she booked a moving van with a Vikane treatment for all of her belongings. It was expensive, and she had to live in the new place for 5 days without […]

  3. 3 Nix Bedbugs » Blog Archive » Movin on Up said at 11:55 am on November 22nd, 2010:

    […] have talked about vikane treatment of your moving truck in order to leave your bedbug problem behind you.  But what about the trucks themselves?  I bet […]

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