“I’ve been spraying, but I still get bit!”

by Tommy Underhill, GreenTech Heat
October 21, 2019

A good person just like you recently told me, “For over a year I’ve been spraying bed bug foggers and still get bit. Some times I spray every night. I don’t often see adults, but babies are everywhere. I’m afraid to sleep! Directions on the Hot Shot bottle say I only need to treat every two weeks... why must I every other night?” Another friend had heard that heat treatments only drive the bed bugs to hide, then they come back. Let’s chat about both of these concerns.


Chemicals and Pesticides

I jumped over to a nationwide retailer’s website and entered “bed bugs” in the search bar. The site overwhelmed me with more than nine pages of bed bug products: bed bug sprays, bed bug powders, bed bug foggers and bombs, and bed bug traps. I’m already feeling over my head!


About sprays and foggers

Hot Shot, like most bed bug sprays and foggers, contains the active ingredients 0.1% imiprothrin and 0.025% Lambda-Cyhalothrin. Both of these chemicals are synthetic pyrethroids, man-made substances that mimic the insecticidal properties of a substance naturally occurring in chrysanthemums.

Foggers like Hot Shot require direct contact with bed bugs and their eggs to begin killing them.

Another product that caught my eye was EcoRaider Bed Bug Killer Spray. This spray’s active ingredients are geraniol, cedar wood oil, and sodium lauryl sulfate... essential oils. The product title at the top of the page claims “100% Efficacy Kills on Contact, Including Eggs and Resistant Type, Residual Protection, Green and Non-Toxic, Children and Pets Safe”. Presses all the right buttons.

Sprays like EcoRaider require direct contact with bed bugs and their eggs to begin killing them.


Are Sprays and Foggers Effective?

A study published in PMC in 2014 titled Efficacy of an Essential Oil-Based Pesticide for Controlling Bed Bug (Cimex lectularius) Infestations in Apartment Buildings by Changlu Wang, Narinderpal Singh, and Richard Cooper tested the field efficacy of an essential oil-based bed bug control product, EcoRaider, compared to a pyrethroid, like Hot Shot, and neonicotinoid mixture spray.

This study found that after 12 weeks of treating per the label’s directions, EcoRaider caused a 93% bed bug count reduction. The pyrethroid (Hot Shot) had the same efficacy with a 93% reduction. The third mixture spray had a 92% effectiveness.

Let’s take a closer look at those results.

When I was in high school, I thought I was doing really well when I scored 93% on a test. I got the A!

In the world of treating bed bugs, anything less than a 100% kill is a total failure. And waiting 12 weeks to achieve that is only adding insult to injury as the surviving bed bugs continue feeding on you and making more baby bed bugs.


But they say it’s 100% effective

How can something that kills on contact not be 100% effective?

It’s quite easy, actually. Bed bugs don’t live on the surfaces of our world. They hide behind bed frames, in small cracks and crevices. Bed bugs crawl deep into furniture between cushions and crawl into tiny vents in electronics. They lay their eggs in hard-to-reach places. If the spray or fog doesn’t touch them, it can’t kill them.


Heat is Different

Unlike a spray or fogger that settles on the surface, heat gets to where the bed bugs live and hide.

A professional heat treatment is much more effective than sprays or foggers. When we treat a home or business, we will kill all your bed bugs in only one day. You will sleep soundly that night, possibly for the first time in a while.

If you found a bug, don’t panic! Give us a call at 513-604-6332 and we’ll keep your family safe. TRS Extermination will free you from the fear and frustration of bed bugs. Your life will be less stressful and your home will be bed-bug free. When we’re done, we know all your bed bugs— and other insects— will be dead.


Don’t take our word for it

Read more reviews for TRS Extermination on GoogleI am very pleased with my results with TRS, they are an amazing team and did an amazing job. They ease your fears and are very helpful and understanding. If you have any issues at all call these guys. They are available at any time to answer your questions and concerns. They took off all the stress! I am unable to add a separate review for my boyfriend who was worried that he had an infestation as well. Glen and Tony came out and helped him as well. Thankfully he was ok but their professionalism is amazing and I recommend them for sure!

Lori Hardison
5 Stars: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
March 5, 2019


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