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Want protection that really lasts? Using a high-tech polymer that was originally developed for a different market, Bayer has created scientific approach to residual protection. By coating polymer onto the active ingredient (Deltamethrin crystals), Bayer developed a controlled release system that provides a full 90 days of residual protection from over 50 household nuisances. In […]

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Suspend Polyzone Insecticide Review

Want protection that really lasts? Using a high-tech polymer that was originally developed for a different market, Bayer has created scientific approach to residual protection. By coating polymer onto the active ingredient (Deltamethrin crystals), Bayer developed a controlled release system that provides a full 90 days of residual protection from over 50 household nuisances. In the long run, this means less required applications resulting in cost savings. Let’s now explore how it works.

 

Bayer’s research department first experimented with many types of polymers to include into their formula for a longer lasting residual. When they noticed that most didn’t quite cut it, they turned to look into their existing polymers and found one that addressed some of the common challenges met by insecticides today. Surfaces such as wood and mulch absorb insecticides, making their active ingredients unavailable for pests to come in contact with it. Cement, on the other hand, contains a high alkaline surface that can accelerate the rate in which active ingredients break down. With a polymer coating, the Deltamethrin crystals now adhere themselves on to even the most porous and rough-faced of surfaces (allowing them to stay where applied.) The polymer coat also acts as a shield that protects the crystals from weathering, irrigation, and mechanical abrasion. This, in turn, greatly reduces the amount of chemicals being carried away from the targeted area. As much as 92.5% on tile, and 74.3% on concrete (when compared to a leading microcap formulation.) The added shield doubles it’s function by slowly exposing more of the Deltamethrin particles, as the polymer coat erodes over time.

Bayer Suspend Polyzone residual Insecticide

Suspend Polyzone, a residual Insecticide by Bayer

 

The controlled exposure Suspend Polyzone  leads to an extended efficacy window. A full 90 days of protection from over 50 different kinds of invertebrates — 30% more than standard microcaps. Suspend Polyzone also offers a more even distribution of the active ingredients than ever possible by the leading microcap solution, ensuring that a treated area will be well fortified against any incoming intruders. Thankfully, this formulation is safe enough not to damage plants, paints, fabrics, or other surfaces where water alone causes no damage.

Ansell Sol-Vex 37-175 chemical resistant nitrile safety gloves

Ansell Sol-Vex chemical resistant nitrile gloves

Application/Safety

  • Eye/Face Protection: Tight-fitting Safety Goggles
  • Hand Protection: Chemical resistant nitrile rubber gloves
  • Body Protection: Wear a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, shoes, and long socks to avoid skin contact
Suspend Polyzone SureSpray Sprayer

Use a pressurized continuous action sprayer to apply concentrated chemicals.

Since Suspend Polyzone is a concentrated chemical, a continuous action sprayer is required for application. For demonstration purposes, we will use the SureSpray 1 Gallon Sprayer, featured on our website.

 

  • Step one: Fill half the container’s capacity with water
  • Step two: Measure the appropriate portion and add it to the container.
  • Step three: Shake well for an even distribution
  • Step four: Open the container once more and fill the remaining capacity slowly, to avoid spills. Once closed, give it one last shake before applying.

 

SureSpray pressurized 1 Gal Sprayer

Be sure to close your container tightly

 

 

When we first heard about Suspend Polyzone,  the entire office wanted to find out how well these features work in the real-world. Charlie Asberry,  a service manager of All-Rite Pest Control in Lexington, Ky., claims he had 4 callbacks after 150 applications compared to 23 callbacks with a different pyrethroid product.

Suspend Polyzone can be purchased online at bedbugsupply.com. When battling the evolving world of insects, put the science of Suspend® Polyzone® to work for you. Remember to always read and follow the product’s label, and msds, to ensure safe and effective usage.

Pests controlled

Ants, bed bugs, boxelder bugs, brown marmorated stink bugs, carpenter ants, carpet beetles, centipedes, clothes moths, cockroaches, crickets, earwigs, firebrats, fleas, flies, fruit flies, gnats, hornets, millipedes, moths, multi-colored Asian lady beetles, pillbugs, scorpions, silverfish, spiders, ticks, wasps, yellow jackets and more. Refer to the label for a full list.

Suspend Polyzone (residual)

Suspend Polyzone features a polymer coating that protects the active ingredient from weather and irrigation. This controlled release formulation, ensures your treatment will continue to control targeted pests for up to 90 days outdoors.
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Scared of bed bugs coming to your home? We already knew you weren’t alone in worrying, but now you have science to back you up. The next time someone calls you paranoid for checking your hotel room for signs of bed bugs, remind them that bed bugs are the pest renters would least like to […]

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Bed Bugs Rated “Most Feared Pest” by Apartment Renters

Bed Bugs Voted "Most Feared" in New Survey

Scared of bed bugs coming to your home? We already knew you weren’t alone in worrying, but now you have science to back you up. The next time someone calls you paranoid for checking your hotel room for signs of bed bugs, remind them that bed bugs are the pest renters would least like to see, according to a new survey by Orkin.

The nasty blood-suckers took up 39% of the vote, putting them way ahead of rodents at 28%, cockroaches at 26%, and a wide range of other pests like ants, flies, spiders, and stink bugs. Part of the fear may be the result of uncertainty at how landlords might address a bed bug problem: only 17% of surveyed renters reported having a bed bug policy in place. Landlords can’t take all of the blame for bed bugs spreading, of course – according to the survey, 40% of apartment pest sightings go unreported, and 60% of renters will look for a new place to live if pest issues recur.

Bed bugs are everywhere nowadays. About 1 in 5 Americans either have bed bugs or recently had them, and infestations are being reported every day in all 50 states. They are most commonly found in urban environments, and especially in apartments or multi-family buildings; however, suburban and rural areas are not immune, and bed bugs don’t discriminate based on cleanliness or social status.

If you weren’t scared when you started the article, you probably are a little scared now. Fortunately, there are a few ways that you can reduce the chances of bringing an uninvited blood-sucking guest into your home:

  • Use ClimbUp Interceptors and SafeRest mattress covers to secure your bed from invading bed bugs. These will stop bed bugs from crawling up the legs of your bed, and will cut off common hiding places along the seams and folds of your mattress and box spring.
  • Thoroughly inspect your hotel rooms for signs of bed bugs, and report anything you find to the hotel management.
  • Don’t put your luggage on the bed or carpet of a hotel room. Instead, leave your luggage in the car or in the bath tub.
  • Use a portable bed bug heater to treat your luggage and other belongings when you come home from traveling.

For the full Orkin survey, check out this PDF. To learn more about preventing bed bugs while at home or on the go, check out our complete bed bug prevention guide.

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MM Novato News

If you purchased a ThermalStrike Expedition bed bug heater before June 2014, your heater may be affected by this month’s recall by the manufacturer. If that’s the case, you should immediately stop using and unplug your Expedition and follow the recall instructions below. Read on to learn more about the recall and how it might […]

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ThermalStrike Recalls Expedition Bed Bug Heater: What owners need to know

ThermalStrike Expedition RecallIf you purchased a ThermalStrike Expedition bed bug heater before June 2014, your heater may be affected by this month’s recall by the manufacturer. If that’s the case, you should immediately stop using and unplug your Expedition and follow the recall instructions below. Read on to learn more about the recall and how it might affect you:

The ThermalStrike Expedition uses a white, flexible electrical conducting strip to transfer heat to the heating film on the inside of the walls. This unique design allows the Expedition to quickly heat up its contents without using a large external heating block, and without any risk of cold spots or escape points.

Unfortunately, ThermalStrike has received four reports of the flexible conducting strip breaking. This has caused sparking in three units, and a fire in the fourth. Thankfully, no injuries have been reported, but this is still an issue that mandates a recall on all Expedition heaters sold with this design.

So how can you participate in the recall? Fortunately, the steps to protect your heater from damage are very simple:

  1. First, stop using and unplug your Expedition right away! You don’t want to risk damage while waiting for the next steps.
  2. Head to http://www.thermalstrike.com/product/asc_unit.asp to receive your free ASC Diagnostic Unit. Add one unit to your cart, proceed to the checkout area, and enter the coupon code which referes to your Expedition (FreeASC1 if purchased before September 2012, or FreeASC2 if purchased after). When you complete the “purchase”, ThermalStrike will ship out your free ASC unit.
  3. When you receive your ASC unit, install it by following the instructions in this image:
    ThermalStrike Expedition ASC Installation

Now you will be able to safely resume operating your Expedition. The ASC Diagnostic Unit will continually monitor the health of the heater, and will immediately shut off power if it detects a break in the conducting strip.

ThermalStrike Expedition ASC Diagnostic Unit

If you have any other questions regarding this recall, please contact ThermalStrike directly at (866) 470-1755 or email upgrade@thermalstrike.com. Please remember that Bed Bug Supply is not involved in this recall in any way.

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MM Novato FAQ

Want to take out bed bugs without harming your family? You’re not alone. Moms all over the country are fighting bed bugs with one hand while minding the kids and home with the other. Fortunately, there are tons of bed bug products that are safe for use around kids and pets, and a few easy […]

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Mothers Against Bed Bugs: What makes products safe for kids and pets?

Mothers Against Bed Bugs

Want to take out bed bugs without harming your family? You’re not alone. Moms all over the country are fighting bed bugs with one hand while minding the kids and home with the other. Fortunately, there are tons of bed bug products that are safe for use around kids and pets, and a few easy ways to check that they are safe for your home:

A common misconception is that pesticides are toxic to humans, and everyone who comes in contact with the chemicals will get sick. However, this simply isn’t true. Pesticide development is a very detailed and precise scientific field, with a lot of time and money invested into creating the right formula for the job. Chemical manufacturers are constantly producing new compounds that are lethal to invertebrates (like bed bugs) and relatively harmless for mammals (like your family).

There are a couple of reasons why these insecticides can be so effective against insects without harming humans. First, the sheer difference in size and weight between a human and a bed bug drastically affects the toxic effect of the chemical. Humans are tens of thousands of times heavier than bed bugs, and have a lot more blood and water in their body. That means that you would need a lot more of a poison to affect a human like it affects a bed bug, since toxicity depends on how much poison is in a certain amount of blood.

Even if you did somehow get exposed to a highly concentrated version of an insecticide, it simply wouldn’t work the same way on you as it does on a bed bug. This is because the insecticide specifically targets the bug’s unique anatomy. Most modern bed bug sprays act similarly to pyrethrins; they affect the flow of sodium transported through the nerve cells in insects, causing those nerves to fire off rapidly and repeatedly until the insect dies. Since mammals have more complex nervous and immune systems than insects, the insecticide is broken down before this effect can occur.

So what does all of this mean? Generally speaking, any insecticide that you find that is registered for indoor use against bed bugs will be safe, as long as you use it correctly. The only real threat to anyone’s health in a bed bug treatment (besides the bed bugs, obviously) is misuse of insecticide products. It’s vitally important that you read and follow the product label and MSDS for safe and effective usage. These documents come with every registered insecticide product, and explain everything you need to know about safe handling of the product. Here are a few key things to look for in these labels:

  1. The most important part of the product label is where and how to apply the product. The vast majority of pesticide-related poisonings are caused by over-applying a chemical or applying it where it’s not meant to be used. That’s why it is against federal law to use an insecticide in any way that it is not specifically labelled for.
  2. Most insecticides will advise that you remove children and pets from the room that you’re treating before you begin the treatment. This is due to varied immune system effectiveness among infants and different types of pets (i.e. cats may have more difficulty breaking down a certain insecticide than dogs).
  3. The MSDS will outline what protective safety gear is required. This could range from long sleeves and gloves to a dust mask and a specific type of gloves. It’s very important that you follow the safety guidelines to prevent any unsafe contact with the chemicals.
  4. Most product labels will advise that you not allow anyone to come in contact with a treated surface until that surface is fully dry. This is usually to eliminate any chance of excessive air or skin exposure to the product’s active ingredients.

If you or anyone in your home have underlying health conditions, it would be wise to consult with your doctor before beginning any insecticide treatments. Your doctor may advise for or against certain chemical ingredients, or may suggest additional precautions that are specific to the medical condition in question.

Don’t be fooled by advertisements claiming that their pest control solution is non-toxic and safe for the family. There are several products that claim to be natural, chemical-free, and non-toxic, but are still able to kill bed bugs. They often use one or more essential oils, which are believed by some to be effective against bed bugs. However, these products are simply not capable of eliminating your bed bug infestation. By using the right products, and following their instructions carefully, you can kill bed bugs while still keeping your family safe and healthy.

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No bed bug treatment is complete without a bed bug steamer. While your powders and sprays might do a great job on the surfaces that they’re applied to, only a steamer can effectively penetrate soft materials like mattresses and upholstered furniture. They can also push steam into cracks and crevices, like windowsills and door frames, […]

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Haan HS-22 Bed Bug Steamer Review: Bed Bug Killer on a Budget

No bed bug treatment is complete without a bed bug steamer. While your powders and sprays might do a great job on the surfaces that they’re applied to, only a steamer can effectively penetrate soft materials like mattresses and upholstered furniture. They can also push steam into cracks and crevices, like windowsills and door frames, more effectively than anything else out there. Unfortunately, not everyone can afford the hundreds of dollars that a high-pressure, high-capacity dry vapor steamer can cost. Is the affordable handheld Haan HS-22 the right choice for you, or are you better off saving up for a steamer like the MR-100 Primo?

Haan HS-22 handheld bed bug steamer

The HS-22 is one of the smallest and lightest steamers we have to offer, weighing in at just under three pounds on an empty stomach (and just under 3.5 pounds full). It was designed and constructed with household cleaning in mind: for a low price, you can sanitize virtually every surface in your home with one hand and no harsh chemicals.

It just so happens that the HS-22’s pressure rating and max tip temperature hit the minimum requirements to effectively kill bed bugs. Bed bugs are highly susceptible to heat, and can be killed at any age when exposed to at least 180 degrees of direct heat. The small but powerful HS-22 can deliver this heat by pushing steam into a mattress, bed frame, windowsill, or almost anywhere else that bed bugs could be hiding.

Unboxing and First Look

Like most budget steamer offerings, the HS-22 comes in minimal, no-frills packaging. It doesn’t come with the arsenal of accessories that a larger steamer, like the MR-100 Primo or the BRIO EB250 come with. However, for most home cleaning purposes, and certainly for bed bug treatments, the attachments included with the HS-22 will work.

Haan HS-22 with accessories

Inside the box, you’ll find a cone-shaped concentrator nozzle, a flexible extension hose, an angled nozzle for cracks and joints, a brass detail brush, a wire bristle brush, a flat upholstery attachment, a fabric cleaning sock, a steel wool bundle to assist with scrubbing, a measuring cup and funnel, and the steamer itself. The accessories all fit in the included bag, and the manual is a must-read to ensure safe operation.

Haan HS-22 design

The steamer itself is surprisingly well-made for its price range. The thumb-operated trigger is generous to the touch, and the lack of extra dials and switches make learning to use the device a piece of cake. While you can’t expect top-tier aluminum or steel, found on commercial steamers that cost dozens of times more than the HS-22, the matte polymer reduces the weight of the machine while still feeling grippy and sturdy in the hand. You also won’t find any bonus features like steam adjustment, continuous fill, or CEME solenoids, that you might find on a higher-priced steamer.

Using the Haan HS-22

So far, it seems like the Haan is a pretty sweet deal. You get the right size and the right attachments for the right price. But does this killer value hold up as a bed bug killer?

The short answer is “yes.” The long answer is “yes, but you might be a bit annoyed along the way.”

The problem with this budget handheld steamer isn’t the “budget” part; it’s the “handheld” part. When you’re just cleaning up the grill after a weekend barbecue or getting some grime out of your ceramic tile grout, this little guy gets the job done right. Unfortunately, the low capacity offered by this form factor doesn’t lend itself well to a bed bug treatment.

The HS-22 has a 10-ounce tank that offers over seven minutes of steam time. That means that after about seven minutes of steaming, you’ll need to unplug the steamer, let it cool down, then refill it and wait for it to heat up again. Fortunately, the unit heats up quickly – just a little under three minutes in our testing. However, this made for a rather tiring and inefficient process when we had a whole bedroom full of little cracks and crevices to cover. When you’re trying to steam your bed, windows, door frames, baseboards, and more, having to take a break every seven minutes or so gets old quickly.

To add to the frustration, the HS-22’s heating element simply isn’t powerful enough to maintain a strong pressure for long. When holding down the trigger, the pressure of the steam output drops significantly in under a minute. This is to be expected of a steamer this size, but it’s still annoying when you’re trying to penetrate soft materials like carpet and upholstered furniture. Add that to a handheld design that lacks the versatility of a canister steamer with a longer hose and extendible handle, and you end up with a lot of work on your hands when using the HS-22 instead.

There’s a reason that the ~$300 Vapamore Primo is our top-selling steamer: being able to steam for up to an hour without refilling, and maintaining a strong pressure for the whole operation, is more than worth the added cost to most buyers. Throw in solenoid control and adjustable steam pressure, and the Primo is the real value to beat.

Wrapping Up

Haan HS-22 with extended hose

All in all, the Haan HS-22 is the great value that we had hoped it would be. It’s a great value with its sub-$100 price tag, and the lightweight handheld profile serves very well as a household disinfectant.

Our gripes about its limitations as an effective bed bug killer are limited only to how it compares to larger and more expensive steamers on the market. As with most things in life, you really do get what you pay for. If you can afford it, the MR-100 Primo is by far the more convenient bed bug steamer to use. This great value does come with limitations, but if you’re on a tight budget, have a lot of time on your hands, and don’t mind working on your hands and knees, the HS-22 can fill the steamer role as part of your bed bug treatment process.

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