Cooper Pest evaluates ozone treatments for bed bugs, finds current methods ineffective

by nobugsonme on April 1, 2008 · 9 comments

in bed bug treatment, bed bugs, bedbugs, CleanZone, Cooper Pest, get rid of bed bugs, ozone

Lots of people would rather avoid traditional treatment methods if possible, for a variety of reasons.  Many folks don’t like the idea of pesticide sprays.   Some may have medical reasons for avoiding them.  And everyone would like their bed bugs eradicated as soon as possible.

So it’s no surprise that methods like Vikane gas and thermal treatment appeal to many.  Ozone has been mentioned in the past as one of several possibilities for treating bed bugs, but up until now, except for one reader’s informal experiments, we hadn’t seen any actual data about its effectiveness in eradicating bed bugs.

Cooper Pest has now run several tests using ozone treatments of a bed bug-infested single family home and a bed bug-infested office space.

According a post on Bed Bug Central (Cooper Pest’s blog) on 3/27,

None of the treatments were effective (no mortality was observed). Based upon our observations we have significant concerns regarding the ability to generate, and hold high enough concentrations of ozone, to achieve mortality within a structure. There are additional concerns regarding the ability of ozone to effectively penetrate all of the environments used as harborages by bed bugs. At the current time we do not view ozone as a viable alternative for treatment of structures infested with bed bugs.

Although it does not sound like ozone is a good option right now, Bed Bug Central noted that it may show itself to be useful in containerized treatments, for example. More research is in order.

It’s great to finally have some data on ozone’s effectiveness. Thanks, Cooper Pest!


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1 Winston O. Buggy April 9, 2008 at 4:33 pm

Thanks for the good work rick.

2 grantmeserenity April 10, 2008 at 7:14 pm

Ozone, come on, why, for their smell, I mean I know what it is I went to fire school and did it all, but to kill these bugs…………………more like mold, burn the heck out of them!Burn the house and all to the ground……………….may come to this, ya know? If it comes back, and it has, the bugs, burnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn suckers!

3 nobugsonme April 10, 2008 at 7:22 pm

I am having trouble following you, grantmeserenity.

Setting your house on fire is not a good way to deal with bed bugs, and is unnecessary, costly and dangerous. There are much more effective and safe options available.

4 grantmeserenity April 10, 2008 at 7:31 pm

lol NOT LATELY IT SEEMS@! i WAS FIGURATIVELY SPEAKING, YA KNOW. iT TALKS ABOUT IT IN THE bIBLE, MOLD, REOCCURRING AND IF IT DOES BURN IT DOWN…………..ALOT LIKE THESE BUGS, THEY HAVE COME BACK, OR WERE ALLOWED TO AND I HATE THEM AND FEEL LIKE BURNING MY UNIT DOWN, FIGURATIVELY SPEAKING……………i’M LOSING IT, i REALLY AM!

5 nobugsonme April 10, 2008 at 7:42 pm

Hi grant,

The all CAPS looks like “shouting” so please don’t do that.

I know you were joking, but you’d be surprised. Anyway, this is quite off-topic for this post, so let’s take it to the forums.

6 CompleteOzone April 7, 2009 at 3:34 pm

Complete Ozone, Inc. manufactures a line of Ozone Generators that produces Ozone in concentrations high enough to kill bed bugs. Our generators and service providers can be found on our web site at Complete Ozone.

When in high enough concentrations, ozone is 100% effective in eradicating bed bugs. We guarantee our results and our licensees use our products worldwide with success.

7 nobugsonme April 7, 2009 at 6:14 pm

Complete Ozone,

I will allow this comment to remain, so readers can be aware of your existence and claims of effectiveness.

If you can email us with links to or copies of independent research confirming your claim that your procedures are 100% effective in killing bed bugs — Cimex Lectularius — (and I assume you mean in one treatment), we would be glad to share them with readers, to read them and possibly comment on them.

We are very open to the possibilities of other methods of eradication. Thermal treatment and Vikane (TM) fumigation are two options that do work if done properly.

On the other hand, we are wary of people making claims of effectiveness which are not backed up.

Please note that I have deleted your additional comments along the same lines on other posts. Please do not continue to leave messages about your services and claims of your effectiveness on various posts. Your messages are spam advertisements, and in violation of our Terms and Conditions of Use.

8 Sam Garofalo July 5, 2010 at 8:24 pm

Ozone has been touted as the answer to everything from global warming to the perfect laundry agent. Except for its’ use to deodorize smoke odor in garments and rooms after a fire, I have yet to see any proof of ozones good qualities. What scares me is that the writer above has stated that his Ozone generators can create sufficient qualtities to kill the bed bugs, never mentioning if that quantity is harmful to humans. Ozone is a major polutant and is dangerous to humans. Here is an epa website regarding this matter, http://www.epa.gov/groundlevelozone/ . Now how do I get rid of fleas, any ideas!

9 nobugsonme July 6, 2010 at 12:03 am

Hi Sam,

As you can see, I was skeptical about CompleteOzone’s claims of effectiveness, and I would like to see testing data.

You also make a valid point about safety.

As for fleas, if you have confirmed they are definitely fleas, we recommend having a pest management professional treat your home. If you prefer to do it yourself, I’m not actually qualified to recommend methods, but I am sure they are available to you. I would stay away from bug bombs, however. Good luck!

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