Bed bug sprays are dangerous to your health and are also ineffective. Find out why you should avoid using a bed bug spray if you’re on the hunt for a bed bug treatment option.
Most people who discover a bed bug infestation race out to the nearest hardware store in a desperate search of an over-the-counter solution – usually in the form of a poisonous bed bug sprays. And who can blame them?
Bed bugs are nasty little critters that can be extremely difficult to eradicate, yet what a lot of people don’t realise is that the solutions that are designed to remove these bed bugs are often doing more harm than good.
You see, not only are bed bug sprays often ineffective – they can also be hazardous to your health. In reality, they are best avoided in favour of more natural bed bug treatment options.
Health concerns of bed bug sprays
The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report in 2012 detailing the health concerns about misuse of pesticides for bed bug control, which pointed out that many bed-bug related enquiries received by the National Pesticide Information Centre (NPIC) involved incidents of pesticide exposure, spills, or misapplications.
According to the CDC, incorrect exposure (over-application or misapplication – ie using outdoor sprays indoors) can hurt your family’s health, contaminate your home, result in the loss of your belongings if they become contaminated, and cost thousands of dollars to clean up your house to make it safe to reoccupy.
Increased exposure over time
In order for chemical sprays to be effective, they need to be reapplied over time – often months. As well as being costly, this results in increased exposure at home.
Symptoms of bed bug spray poisoning
General bed bug spray poisoning (ie breathing in or swallowing large amounts of bug spray) can cause the following symptoms:
• breathing difficulty
• loss of alertness due to imbalance in oxygen level
• tremors (if a large amount is swallowed)
• seizures (if a large amount is swallowed)
• upset stomach
• skin irritation
Many bed bug sprays and bed bug solutions are ineffective – largely due to their limited application. Bed bug sprays can’t be used in power points, nor can they reach underneath carpets, so they are unable to completely eradicate bed bugs. They also risk spreading bed bugs to other locations in affected areas.
Increasing evidence is indicating that bed bugs are becoming resistant to many chemical solutions and sprays. Bed bugs reproduce rapidly, so without a solution that can guarantee 100% removal, efforts to kill the bed bugs are always going to be unsuccessful.
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