Are Bed Bug Chemical Treatments Safe?

Bed bugs are a real nuisance. The small insects are hard to find -- and to get rid of -- and they can bite people -- and pets. They also are not just found in beds -- they can be all over your house, in cracks and crevices throughout the home. They also can be found in subways, libraries, department stores, police stations, hospitals -- basically anywhere people congregate bed bugs can be found. Neatness and wealth have nothing to do with bed bugs -- they can potentially be found even in the cleanest or wealthiest of homes. So if you have bed bugs, you obviously want to get rid of them. And you may be wondering if bed bug chemical treatments, such as pesticides are safe to use? Here is what you need to know about safely using chemical treatments to resolve your bed bug problem. Over the counter chemical treatments for bed bugs can be ineffective Getting rid of any sort of insect in your home can be extremely difficult, as anybody who has roaches in their home knows. And just like how using a can of roach spray may do little or nothing to get rid of the pests, using a bed bug spray will most likely be ineffective in your fight against your bed bugs. Even bed bug sprays that may have potentially worked may not work with repeated use -- bed bugs can build up resistance to the chemicals. Over the counter chemical treatments for bed bugs can be dangerous Worse than being ineffective, is the fact that some of these sprays, foggers and over the counter treatment options can be dangerous. A number of people have seen their houses burn down after using such chemical treatments. In addition, the Environmental Protection Agency has warned against some of these treatments due to the possibilities that:

  • People spray too much of the chemicals, and become ill from the effects.
  • Pesticides which are designed to be used outdoors are used indoors, and people and pets that breathe in the chemicals could result health issues.
  • People apply the chemicals to furniture such as beds, which can be unsafe.
  • People mix multiple pesticides, increasing the risks of getting injured or even an explosion happening.
  • People buy bed bug chemical products at flea markets, street fairs or on the black market, that may not be legal for purchase in this country. The chemicals may be extremely unsafe.
  • People use diatomaceous earth as a pesticide -- some types of it may be too strong for people.
  • The pesticides come in contact with the body resulting rashes or worse.
  • Using multiple chemical treatments against bed bugs could have ill effects, the way mixing bleach and ammonia can cause severe problems.

In some cases, when it comes to over the counter chemical treatments, the side-effects from the treatment could be worse than the bed bugs themselves. What is a safer way to get rid of bed bugs? According to the National Pesticide Information Center, hiring a pest control expert who follows Integrated Pest Management (IPM) procedures is the most effective way to go instead of using pesticides. The center describes IPM as "a combination of common sense and scientific principles." This involves understanding the lifecycle of bed bugs, where they hide and breed, and how to prevent them from taking over a home, as well as how to get rid of them. The safest and most effective means for treating your home for bed bugs is to contact a professional service that offers chemical-free heat treatment services. Heat treating your home is a bed bug removal option that utilizes only the appropriate measurements of treatment and the application is much better for the environment than most others. Most importantly heat treatment is safer to use because it produces no unhealthy fumes or even fume by-products that could otherwise hang around after treatments. Safety first When dealing with bed bugs in your home, the most important thing is to keep you and your family safe from harm. Make sure you are familiar with all of the guidelines and potential dangers associated with the chemical treatment you are using.