Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) April 20, 2011
Bulwark Exterminating, a pest control company, tested the effects of store-bought insect repellent on bed bugs to determine if such products are suitable measures of protection from transferring the tiny insects to a place of residence.
With the help AJ Richards, owner of K9 Bedbug Inspectors, Thomas Ballantyne, Bulwark Exterminating, placed a bed bug on his arm treated with an advanced formula insect repellent, containing 7% Picaridin. The bed bug scattered around Ballantyne’s arm, refusing to attach itself. Ballantyne then allowed the bed bug to latch onto his untreated forearm. The bug did indeed begin it’s blood sucking process immediately. A similar test was done on Richard’s forearms and again the bed bug would only feed on the untreated arm.
“It’s helpful to know that you can buy an over-the-counter repellent product to use as a temporary solution,” said Ballantyne. “You can use this type of product in a movie theater or in a foreign hotel room or light rail to repel these nasty bugs from hitching a ride home with you.”
Bed bugs are largely nocturnal, making them very difficult to detect unless there is a rampant infestation with visual evidence. They feed by using both an anticoagulant and antiseptic, which makes sensing their presence on human skin almost impossible, especially as one is sleeping.
Richards, who specializes in bed bug detection by using a trained K9, does not suggest these store products as a long term solution to fight bed bugs. If a home is truly infested, Richards recommends having it professionally fumigated, which he believes is the most effective treatment available.
“Treating infestations is a very timely and costly process,” Richards said. “It’s more than worth it to protect yourself in high-traffic, public areas with an inexpensive bug repellent product than pay thousands of dollars down the road to have your entire house treated.”
Review the full article and video footage here: http://www.bulwarkpestcontrol.com/community/does-bedbug-repellent-work/