Bedbugger Forums readers often ask about whether this spray or that spray will kill bed bugs.
Quite a lot of things seem to effectively kill bed bugs if they’re sprayed directly. (Spraying them directly is not very easy, however, and this is why other methods are generally needed to get rid of bed bugs.)
However, it’s worth noting that even products promoted as contact killers are not all equally effective or quick-acting.
A Long Island inventor told NBC New York his product, which combines cinnamon and sea salt with some other “secret ingredients” he wouldn’t name, slays most bedbugs on contact.
“We do show a 98 percent kill rate, many times 100 percent,” said Stewart Barnett, inventor of Micro-Armor All Natural Bed Bug Spray.
And yet the following video which accompanied Siff’s story showed an M&M Environmental employee repeatedly spraying a single bed bug repeatedly with this product, as it continued walking around.
One of the M&M employees quips,
“We have a point-blank shot at the bed bug and he’s not dying!”
And his colleague intones,
“He’s like Rocky Balboa.”
And in response, Andrew Siff says Barnett claimed you need to make direct contact with the bed bug ten to fifteen times with the spray.
Ten to fifteen sprays to kill a bed bug? I think I’ll just smack them, thanks.
You can watch the video here:
(If video does not display, you can view it on NBC’s site.)
The NBC story also mentions the Seat Defender (yet another seat cover) which is being marketed by Pest Away online and in various NYC retail stores.
Seat Defender’s About page says the product is
… specifically engineered to protect you from Bed Bugs in almost any public or private seating environment.
Seat Defender allows you to occupy a public seat at anytime and in any place – without any worries that these parasites will attach themselves to you and your belongings.
With Seat Defender you can once again sit back and relax – without worry in public settings where bed bugs are often found.
Seat Defender is eco-friendly and fully recycleable. No harsh chemicals or pestisides are used to keep you completely safe from these highly undesireable pests.
Put your mind at ease and sit back knowing you’ve taken necessary precaution with Seat Defender.
“Protect you from bed bugs,” “occupy a public seat … without any worries,” “to keep you completely safe” — keep in mind that a product which protected you from bed bugs and kept you completely safe from bed bugs would have to not only keep bed bugs from biting you in the theater, but also keep them from coming home with you in your clothing or belongings.
As I noted in regard to the Bug Off Seat Cover, even if the product does work to keep bed bugs which are harboring on your own seat from biting you or climbing into your clothing or stuff, it cannot protect you from bed bugs which may climb onto your body or belongings from the floor or neighboring seats.
That means it cannot remove the danger of being bitten in a public place, or of taking bed bugs home.
The claims on the product website may encourage consumers to believe that while they use this product, they can be confident they can go to a theater with no danger of encountering bed bugs or taking them home.
And that’s simply not true.
As with the Bug Off Seat Cover, we would need to see independent testing data to prove bed bugs could not actually walk across the cover and feed.
But such data won’t change the fact that bed bugs can still climb up from the floor onto your leg or from an armrest onto your arm, or from the floor into your shoe or bag, as you sit on one of these covers.
The Federal Trade Commission urges consumers to use caution when choosing bed bug services or products.