We frequently get calls from people with severe insect infestations. A serious problem with cockroaches, bed bugs or carpenter ants can be very alarming; people with such infestations typically are willing to try anything in order to get rid of the problem. Often times they resort to over the counter “bug bombs” or “foggers” that are inexpensive and promise big results. But there has always been a lot of controversy around these bug bombs and foggers – are bug bombs and foggers effective? In our experience, they are not, and we have always told customers so. Not because we just want them to hire our services instead of taking charge themselves, but because these products simply do not deliver – and when dealing with a serious infestation, we don’t want our customers to get jerked around with empty promises and half-measures. We want to make sure their problem is solved as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Though pest control companies have been saying foggers don’t work for years, it is only recently that a scientific study was done that confirms this opinion, at least as regards to bed bugs. Ohio State University researchers tested three commercially sold foggers, Hot Shot, Spectracide, and Eliminator for the study, published in the June 3 issue of the Journal of Economic Entomology. After testing the brands on five different groups of live bedbugs for two hours, the scientists saw the foggers had little if any effect on the insects. Susan Jones, an urban entomologist with the Ohio State University’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, said in a news release. “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.” The study finds foggers ineffective.
The issue is that a bed bug infestation (or carpenter ants, or cock roaches) is something that requires a highly individualized treatment. Bed bugs can hide in a variety of locations: in dresser drawers, behind picture frames, in cracks and crevices, behind moulding, or deep in the carpet. A fogger is simply not able to reach into all these places. In fact, foggers tend to make the problem worse by scattering the insects throughout the home. Fogging and fumigating are very outdated methods for getting rid of infestations; most pest control companies have abandoned fumigation in favor of more targeted approaches (the only exception would be fleas, who are still bombed occasionally). A more specified, targeted approach is in keeping with the principles of Integrated Pest Management, an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices. IPM programs use current, comprehensive information on the life cycles of pests and their interaction with the environment. This information, in combination with available pest control methods, is used to manage pest damage by the most economical means, and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment.
Creature Control’s pest control services are all based on the principles of IPM. When dealing with cockroaches, carpenter ants or bed bugs, it’s best to leave it to the pros.