Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Bed Bugs Hit the Headlines

What a busy week it has been. My bed bugs blog of a few days ago has been picked up by the media across New Zealand and I and our Chief Chemist and Sales Manager have been fielding questions from newspapers, magazines, radio .....and tomorrow morning, TV.

The increase in bed bug infestations across the world and in New Zealand has obviously hit a nerve with people. If you want to learn more about bed bugs, how to identify them, what signs to look for, how to prevent transporting them around the world or to your home and above all how to get rid of them watch the TVNZ morning show tomorrow (14th October 2010) at 07.35. Martin Carson the Kiwicare Chief Chemist will be interviewed.......he is not taking over from Paul Henry....although I think he would do a very good job of it.

Why do bed bugs not bite lawyers?
The blood suckers might get in first.

16 comments:

  1. I notice that the active ingredients for No Bed Bug and No Fleas Total are exactly the same. Both listed Permethrin and Pyriproxyfen. Are both products actually the same?

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  2. Hi,

    Well spotted. The two products are very similar and for good reason. Both parasites have eggs that can lie dormant for a period, so controlling the adults and nymphs alone may not completely break the life cycle. It is important therefore that the insecticide is long lasting as with the permethrin and there is an insect growth regulator (IGR), in this case pyriproxyfen, to prevent development of the insects to maturity.

    Also these are the active ingredients approved by organisations such as the US Environmental Protection Agency for safe use on bed bugs and other pests in areas such as bedrooms where both people and the pests live.

    The Bed Bugs Box also contains a fumigator containing cyphenothrin which is safe non-residual vapour for quick knockdown of insects and penetration into the places bed bugs lurk.

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  3. Are products containing Tetramethrin and allethrin effective against bed bugs.

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  4. These active ingredients can be effective against bed bugs but not on their own. An insect growth regulator should be included in effective control products and the process of harbourage identification (finding where the bugs hide) and reduction of harbourage sites is also essential.

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    1. Hello, I was just wondering what an insect growth regulator is? You mentioned it should be included. Any insight would be appreciated.

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    2. Hello.
      There are several forms of IGR. Some interuptp chitin production and some interuptp proper insect development in other ways. But all work by stopping insects reaching maturity and the stage that reproduces. Breaking the post's life cycle.
      David

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  5. hi, i've been doing some research on the internet about use of bug bombs for treating bed bugs. Many sources strongly suggest we don't use bug bombs because it will only disperse the bed bugs into other areas of the house and also bug bombs cannot reach into alot of the hiding areas. Can you please tell me how your bed bug kit differs?

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  6. Hi Anonymous,

    Thank you for your comment. The Kiwicare NO Bed Bugs Box contains a fumigator (bug bomb) that is used AFTER spraying with a surface residual insecticide containing insect growth regulator (IGR). I agree that use of a fumigator (bomb) alone may risk spreading bed bugs, but the Kiwicare cyphenothrin fumigator, used as directed, gives good knock down and penetrates well into areas where bed bugs hide.

    The important part of controlling bed bugs is thoroughness and persistance.

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  7. Hi,
    thank you for your reply about bug bomb.My mum already purchased a insect bomb which is a four can pack for the entire house. It is Expra branded and it says the active ingredient is 6.5 g/kg permethrin.Would you recommended using this pack in conjunction with the kiwicare bed bug kit. or is it something i should not use at all for bed bugs specific treatment?i know you cannot release the expra bug bomb at the same time as the kiwicare fumigator. I also would like know how the cyphenothrin fumigator compares with the permethrin bomb

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  8. Hi Anonymous,

    The Expra permethrin boms will have some beneficial effect but cyphenothrin is regarded as more effective on bed bugs.

    I suggest you treat with the NO Bed Bugs spray prior to the use of any fumigator. The fumigators may flush bed bugs out of their hiding places and it is important that any bed bugs that would spread further from the infestation will contact sprayed surfaces, ensuring they get a 'doube whammy' and are killed before they have a chance to continue their infestation.

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  9. hi,

    i have purchased the bed bugs box with the fumigator.i was wondering if i can set off the fumigator straight after i have sprayed the no bed bugs spray in the kit.do i really have to wait a few hours for the spray to dry first?

    thanks,
    anon

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    1. Hello Anon,

      You could set off the fumigator straight after spraying. Letting the spray dry just makes sure that the fumigant penetrates easily into cracks and crevices, such as gaps behind skirting boards, that might otherwise be blocked by liquid spray.

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  10. Hi There, I am 37 weeks pregnant can you please let me know if the cyphenothrin fumigator is still ok to use as long as we follow instructions? We used this product about a year ago when we had bed bugs but we have discovered that they are back again (despite our vigilant cleaning).

    Thnaks Anxious Mum :-)

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  11. If you follow the instructions there would be no problem for you in using the fumigator or the NO Bed Bugs Spray. Bed bugs can be difficult to eradicate completely and they are not a consequence of poor hygiene. Cleaning alone is not likely to control them. Follow the instructions in the Bed Bug Box carefully and you should have success.

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  12. Bedbug control is becoming very challenging day by day. They are making their position through out the world very strongly. How to get rid of bed bugs? is a widely asking question now a days. I think, dedication, experience, skill, and regularity is must for controlling them. By the way, @Admin, why you have stopped publishing new article in this nice blog? :(

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  13. Proper bed bug treatment is must for getting rid of them. They are disgusting insect. They are annoying for the odor and also for the allergic effect by its saliva.

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