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DIY bed bug treatment options

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DIY bed bug treatments...what works and what doesn't

Mr. Andrew Christman, The Ohio Exterminating Co.
Mr. Dale Hodgson, Rose Pest Solutions
Dr. Susan Jones, The Ohio State University

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DIY bed bug treatment options

  1. 1.  Mr. Andrew Christman, The Ohio Exterminating Co.  Mr. Dale Hodgson, Rose Pest Solutions  Dr. Susan Jones, The Ohio State University
  2. 2. Sanitation Measures (Typically are used to supplement additional treatment measures.) • Removing clutter • Laundering and drying items • Steaming • Vacuuming • Using encasements for mattress & box springs
  3. 3. Disinfect Items by Laundering & Drying (kills all bed bug life stages) Launder clothing • Wash in hot water (>120ºF) • Use drier on hot setting (>30 mins.) • Dry clean items Bag disinfected items
  4. 4. Pest Management Science 69: 1061-1065 (Sept 2013) Developing bed bug expelled from egg during steam treatment.
  5. 5. Vacuuming to contain bed bugs
  6. 6. cockroach feces cockroach shed skin bed bugs nearby
  7. 7. Over-The-Counter Fogger Efficacy Hotshot® Bedbug and Flea Fogger  Pyrethrins 0.05%, Esfenvalerate 0.1%, Piperonyl Butoxide 0.1% (synergist), MGK® 264 0.167% (synergist), Nylar 0.1% (IGR) Spectracide® Bug Stop® Indoor Fogger  Bed bugs are not listed on label  Tetramethrin 0.1%, Cypermethrin 0.6% Eliminator® Indoor Fogger  Bed bugs are not listed on label  Cypermethrin 0.515% — OSU Research Study —
  8. 8. DO NOT use “bug bombs” against bed bugs! - ”Bug Bombs” don’t work - Few bugs will be killed! - “Bug Bombs” can cause bed bugs to scatter!!! “Bug Bombs” may worsen the bed bug problem!!
  9. 9. A Personal Favorite- Fumigator? That’s Not a Fumigation
  10. 10. THIS is a Fumigation
  11. 11. A Word about Alcohol……
  12. 12. DON’T !!!!!
  13. 13. • Must be sprayed directly on the bed bugs (‘kills on contact’) • Most bugs are hiding and WILL NOT be killed • Little or no residual activity (the chemical breaks down quickly) BUYER BEWARE: Grocery store insect sprays won’t eliminate a bed bug infestation!
  14. 14. Some Basics of Bed Bug Management Using Insecticides • There is no single “magic bullet”. • Bed bug control typically takes several treatments. • It is important to use several different formulations, and often, several different insecticides. • A residual insecticide is necessary. • Don’t keep using the same insecticide (rotate insecticide use)
  15. 15. CimeXa
  16. 16. Don’t Do This!!!! Photos by Andrew Christman
  17. 17. University of Kentucky Laboratory Study August 31, 2012 ‘Shedding Light on IGR’s and Bed Bugs’ By: Mark H. Goodman, Michael F. Potter, and Kenneth F. Haynes Average number of eggs laid by adult bed bugs of two different strains reared from third-instar nymphs on surfaces treated with 2x or 3x label concentrations of Gentrol and water (control). Gentrol (an IGR) affected some bed bugs, but only at very high rates (not legally allowed)!
  18. 18. Thank You! Sleep tight, and don’t let the … … well, you know the rest

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