There are a lot of bed bug sprays on the market. Dozens of different labels line the aisle of your local hardware store or pest control supply shop, all claiming to kill bed bugs. Even discerning professionals have several to choose from in our curated catalog. With so many options available, how can you tell which bed bug spray is right for you?
To help answer this question, we’re going to compare two of the most popular professional-strength bed bug sprays: Bedlam Plus and JT Eaton Kills Bed Bugs Plus. These are both residual, aerosol-based insecticides that have been proven in the field by professionals using them every day. Let’s take a closer look and see what sets them apart.
The first spray we’ll be comparing is Bedlam Plus, an updated version of the extremely popular Bedlam by MGK. The combination of phenothrin, imidacloprid, and a synergist were designed specifically to kill resistant strains of bed bugs. These strains have become extremely common, and are able to shrug off the pyrethroids that are most often used in over-the-counter insecticides.
Bedlam Plus is labeled primarily for use on hard materials, such as baseboards, bed frames, luggage, and wooden furniture. To help get into cracks and joints, each can of Bedlam Plus is shipped with a straw applicator and nozzle. This straw application emits a thick foam that fills tight spaces, coating each side of the space with the insecticide. Once applied, Bedlam Plus will continue to kill bed bugs for up to two weeks.
JT Eaton is a world-famous brand in professional-strength pest control, and their Kills Bed Bugs line is well-known for its success in the field. JT Eaton Kills Bed Bugs Plus is the company’s newest formula, and their first bed bug spray to come in an aerosol can. JT Eaton Plus uses a dual-action formula that combines organic pyrethrins with the synthetic insecticide permethrin. These are both effective against resistant strains of bed bugs, and the included PBO synergist makes them act faster when freshly applied.
In contrast to Bedlam Plus’s label preference for hard surfaces, JT Eaton Plus’s label leans towards soft upholstered materials. You can use JT Plus on mattresses, carpets, drapes, wool, sofas, and other upholstered furniture. Its soft foaming action is well suited for the seams, tufts, and folds on these fabrics, and its water-based formula won’t stain most items (though you should still test a small area before you start treating a surface).
Which should I use?
So with these similarities and differences in mind, which product is right for you?
We actually recommend you use both, and we include both in our professional bed bug kits. Since they’re labeled for different parts of the bedroom, you’ll have different tools for different parts of the job. An effective bed bug treatment is all about the right combinations of the right products.
Bed bug treatments are more involved than other pests, due to the nature of bed bugs themselves. None of our bed bug sprays will do the job on their own; if they could, that’s all we would talk about. All of the products we recommend need to be part of a holistic treatment system, such as the one outlined in our 4-step solution.