bug bombs and foggers

Maine bed bug bomb is mistaken for fire smoke, firefighters respond

August 23, 2012

A fire alarm rang out in an historic apartment building in Portland, Maine on Wednesday.  Firefighters rushed to the scene and the building was evacuated. Turns out there was no actual smoke — someone was just setting off a bomb for bed bugs. According to BDN Maine: Portland firefighters responded to a fire alarm and evacuated […]

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Why are foggers and bombs still being sold to treat bed bugs?

June 4, 2012

Since this website was started in 2006, we’ve been told countless times that bug bombs (total release aerosol foggers) are not effective for dealing with bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) because they don’t penetrate into harborage areas. We are also told foggers and bombs may spread bed bugs, making problems worse.  It is well known to […]

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NY Press spreads potentially bad ideas about bed bug treatment

February 17, 2010

A story in the New York Press yesterday tells the tale of a pest tech’s daily work.   He rides around in a car covered on the inside in Delta Dust: Plus, everything in Frank’s car, including us, is covered with a fine white powder. It’s called Delta Dust, and its active ingredient is the neurotoxin […]

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Bed bugs “a disaster no different from a fire” Brattleboro officials

October 9, 2009

The Brattleboro Reformer notes that bed bugs can be considered “a disaster, no different from a fire,” at least according to Brattleboro, Vermont officials. Landlord Ron Gaida applied to the town of Brattleboro, Vermont for a low-interest loan to help him treat his 8-unit rental building for bed bugs. Last week, the Selectboard approved the […]

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Insects in the City on bug bombs and bed bugs

May 22, 2009

Entomologist Mike Merchant of Texas AgriLife Extension wrote on his “Insects in the City” blog Thursday about bug bombs, and why they are not a good treatment for bed bugs. A highlighted quote in PMP magazine’s Buzz Online caught my eye today. Alex Barbarin is a graduate student at Penn State University studying bed bugs […]

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Baltimore’s new Bed Bug Response Plan

April 26, 2009

We are happy that Renee of New York vs Bed Bugs alerted us to the news that Baltimore is now implementing a bed bug control strategy, which includes bed bug inspections, training for Baltimore City Health Department Healthy Homes Division staff in detection and control of bed bugs, development of English- and Spanish-language educational materials, […]

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Why bed bugs are taking over Chicagoland

December 26, 2008

Well, perhaps that’s not fair. I am sure there are loads of reasons why bed bugs are spreading around Chicago. The lack of assistance from city agencies is only one contributing factor. Jessica of Chicago vs. Bed Bugs has a disturbing post today about what happens when you call 311 to report bed bugs in […]

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NYS DEC to restrict use of total-release foggers

October 21, 2008

Total release foggers (or “bug bombs”) are dangerous and we are told they can make bed bug problems worse. And now the State of New York will only allow certified applicators to use them. Here’s the NYC DEC press release. via New York vs. Bed bugs and City Room.

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“Bug Bombs” responsible for 465 injuries and a baby’s death (8 states covered, 5 years)

October 16, 2008

HealthDay News (part of U.S. News and Word Report) reports that Between 2001 and 2006, commercial “bug bomb” insect deterrents caused 466 cases of acute pesticide-related illness or injury in eight states, U.S. researchers reported Thursday. Presumably many more cases have happened in the other 42 US states and in other countries. We have been […]

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New York Magazine on bed bugs

November 13, 2007

New York Magazine has a new bed bug story dated November 12th (print edition of 11/19), by Melissa Kirsch. It contains lots of solid advice about not picking up curbside furniture, being wary of Craigslist finds, and searching for fecal spots and blood stains. But it also contains some advice we don’t normally see. Especially […]

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And so, it gets worse: bed bugs on the move

June 7, 2007

A news round-up for today: This article in the Quad-Cities Online reported yesterday on bed bug infestations in a public housing complex in East Moline, Illinois. The reporter quotes one resident who has been battling bed bugs since fall. “I work too. My tax dollars are going to support places like this (government run low-income […]

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Bombs and foggers not a good DIY option

May 30, 2007

Bug bombs ( and aerosol foggers) do not get rid of bed bugs.  They can make your bed bug problems worse, by spreading them deep into your walls or to your neighbors (not the intended effect in a multi-unit building). From various bed bug experts and trusted information sources, I have gathered the following suggestions: […]

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