Saturday, June 27, 2009
This is an interesting device that is placed at the bottom of the bed legs or sofa and chair legs that act as a monitoring device, catching the bugs in a well. Talc powder is used to make the surface slippery enough that they can't escape. The Bedbug Climb Up Interceptor is getting some good press and is a useful tool in the arsenal of bed bug control.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Once upon a time there was a chemical that worked on bed bugs called DDT which was banned in the US in 1972. DDT was first prepared in 1873 as a chlorinated organic insecticide. Although DDT was produced in 1873, it wasn't really used widely until around the time of World War 2 as a means of controlling mosquitoes and lice. With the help of DDT and organophosphates bedbugs became more of an occasional invader by the mid to late 1950's. Now...we are not so lucky. It would be great if the EPA would allow for some relaxed regulations to allow for a better insecticide product to be developed or make it less expensive to produce such a chemical. DDT was a dangerous and deadly chemical, but it was also extremely misused. We need a bigger boat.
Friday, June 5, 2009
Bedbugs can get into or onto just about anything at any point in time. Travel is one of the most common ways they get into your home. Now there is a product called bug zip that seals bed bugs out of your luggage and clothing when you travel. Bedbug travel tip number one. Get the bug zip before you travel and keep bed bug where they belong, out of your home.
Monday, June 1, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Looking for the next big thing in bed bug control? It might be the 2 bed bug traps that are on their way to the big pest control distributors to appear very soon. These traps will be a fantastic resource for the use of identifying possible infestations when live bugs can't be found, and to use to verify that a treatment has worked. They will be much cheaper than the bedbug sniffing dog, so look for them at a distributor near you. The Nightwatch bedbug trap is one name brand that has much buzz around it.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
As of yet there has been no silver bullets that can directly and effectively treat and eliminate bed bugs, which is so unfortunate. The three tools that we would need would be a spray that is formulated using a different chemistry from the ones we presently have. Two would be a growth regulator specific to bed bugs that is potent enough to break the cycle. Three would be for a bed bug specific pheromone trap. These three things would work wonders in a treatment and they are three things we presently lack. I know there is work being done in the field of a pheromone trap, so we will see what the future holds.