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When you first discover that you have bed bugs, your first reaction (besides “why is this happening to me”) is probably to find something to kill the invaders with. For many people, the weapon of choice would be a modern, effective bed bug spray. While some resort to cheap hardware-store sprays, savvy consumers are starting […]

Bedlam Plus Review: Heavyweight Residual Bed Bug Spray

When you first discover that you have bed bugs, your first reaction (besides “why is this happening to me”) is probably to find something to kill the invaders with. For many people, the weapon of choice would be a modern, effective bed bug spray. While some resort to cheap hardware-store sprays, savvy consumers are starting to keep an eye on what hired professionals use. For the past few years, that go-to professional spray has been Bedlam Plus.

Bedlam Plus is MGK’s latest iteration on the successful Bedlam formula. This newest generation of bed bug killer acts faster and works on bed bugs that have grown resistant to other insecticides. But is it the right tool for your home infestation? Let’s take a closer look and find out:

Evolving Bed Bugs and Bed Bug Sprays

DDT bed bug sprayThroughout most of the 20th century, the Western world combatted bed bugs with DDT and organophosphates. These were simple neurotoxins that disrupted the normal nerve signals in bed bugs and other target pests. Unfortunately, they also turned out to be extremely dangerous for both humans and the local environment. To make matters worse, bed bugs began evolving to resist conventional insecticides. By the time DDT was banned from use in the United States, the surviving bed bugs were completely resistant to it.

The environmental impact of DDT and the growing resistance to it forced researchers to investigate other options. In the 1970s, researchers deconstructed the pyrethrins produced by the chrysanthemum flower. This resulted in synthetic variants called pyrethroids. Pyrethroids kill bed bugs and other insects by keeping open sodium channels in their nerves, resulting in death by paralysis. Unfortunately, bed bugs began developing resistances to that method of attack as well. Today, those resistant strains make up the vast majority of the bed bug population.

Dual-Action Formula

Now that bed bugs are commonly resistant to both traditional organophosphates and contemporary pyrethroids, insecticide developers are coming up with new ways to treat infestations. The latest generation of bed bug spray formulas now feature dual-action compounds. These combine fast-acting pyrethroids with a longer-lasting residual control method. To ensure that the pyrethroids are effective against resistant bed bugs, some products include a synergist that prevents those methods of resistance.

That’s where Bedlam came in. The first bed bug spray specifically labeled for bed bugs was also the first to use a synergist to combat pyrethroid resistance. By combining the pyrethroid phenothrin with a proprietary synergist, Bedlam ensures that bed bugs can’t metabolize the chemical before it takes effect. Bedlam Plus builds on the success of this formula by adding a long-lasting neonicotinoid. Imidacloprid can stay effective for up to two weeks, long after the sprayed material dries.

The resulting combination is a fast knockdown and brutally effective residual control. In testing, Bedlam Plus killed over 10 times as many bed bugs within four hours as the leading spray at the time of its invention. After 72 hours of exposure, over 90% of the test bed bug population were dead. That’s a critical improvement over the 70-80% mortality rate that other residuals produced in that time.

Using Bedlam Plus

Applying bed bug spray to carpet edge

Bedlam Plus ships in a convenient, easy-to-use aerosol can. It won’t stain water-safe fabrics and surfaces, but you should still test by spraying in an inconspicuous area and checking for possible staining or discoloration. Once that’s done, you can start your treatment of the infested area.

Bedlam Plus is labeled for use on critical areas where bed bugs hide indoors: mattresses, box springs, headboards, walls, floors, and baseboards. It’s safe for use on wood, carpet, upholstery, and other water-safe fabrics. Just shake the can well before each use and make sure the area is vacated of other people and animals.

To use Bedlam Plus effectively, remove the sheets and pillows from your bed and spray along the seams and edges of the mattress, box spring, and bed frame, including the headboard. Then spray along the cracks and crevices along the walls, floors, and baseboards. The included straw applicator will help with getting deep into those spaces.

There’s good reason why Bedlam Plus has become one of the go-to tools in pest management pros’ toolbox: it’s a fast and effective bed bug killer with a reliable 14-day residual that works on surfaces throughout the home. However, it can’t do the job on its own.

What makes a bed bug treatment effective is not just which bed bug sprays you use, but also which other treatment methods you combine with those sprays. Bed bug treatments are complicated because bed bugs are so hard to wipe out. Every product we recommend, including Bedlam Plus, needs to be part of a complete and holistic treatment system. If you’re following our proven 4-step solution, Bedlam Plus is a critical component.

Bedlam Plus

Bedlam Plus features a dual mode of action that kills the toughest pyrethroid-resistant bed bugs fast. Featuring the perfect combination of quick kill and residual control, Bedlam Plus is proven to keep killing pyrethroid-resistant bed bugs and their eggs for two weeks after treatment.
Starting at:

$18.65
Bedlam Plus
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Bed bugs have been a plague over the last 10 years. Part of the reason for their resurgence is their resistance to the chemicals that used to keep them at bay. Now that they’re back, insecticide developers have worked day and night on new ways to combat them. As a result, we have more options […]

Bedlam Plus vs Temprid Ready-to-Spray

Bedlam Plus vs Temprid Ready-to-Spray

Bed bugs have been a plague over the last 10 years. Part of the reason for their resurgence is their resistance to the chemicals that used to keep them at bay. Now that they’re back, insecticide developers have worked day and night on new ways to combat them. As a result, we have more options than ever to kill bed bugs and make sure they don’t come back.

Two of the most common bed bug sprays you’ll see or hear about are Bedlam Plus and Temprid Ready-to-Spray. Developed around the same time, both sprays have become must-haves in the bed bug arsenal. But what sets these sprays apart? Which spray works best for your needs? Let’s take a closer look and find out.

Evolution of Dual-Mode Formulas

DDT spraying during World War II

DDT spraying during World War II. Credit: National Museum of Health and Medicine

In the past, bed bug eradication involved DDT and organophosphates. Both of these methods proved to be very dangerous for both humans and wildlife. To make matters worse, bed bugs developed resistances to these methods of attack. This lead to an arms race between pesticide developers and the bed bugs they were aiming to control.

In the 60s and 70s, scientists deconstructed the pyrethrins produced by the chrysanthemum flower. They developed synthetic alternatives called pyrethroids. These kill insects by keeping open sodium channels in their nerves, leading to paralysis and death. While this method proved effective against a wide range of pests, certain strains of bed bugs began developing a resistance to the attack. By metabolizing the pyrethroids before they reach the sodium channels, a resistant bed bug can break down the chemicals before they have any effect.

Modern bed bug research

Modern bed bug research. Credit: US Navy

The latest generation of insecticide combos now feature dual-action formulas. These combine a fast-acting pyrethroid with a long-lasting residual control method. Some products also include a synergist that enhances the insecticide effect or helps to prevent bed bugs from metabolizing the pyrethroid.

Bedlam Plus: The Go-To Standard


Bedlam Plus

Only a few years ago, pest control professionals had to kill bed bugs using sprays designed for other pests. That’s not to say the sprays weren’t effective — if they weren’t, the pros wouldn’t bother. But the growing resistance of bed bug strains to modern chemicals proved that manufacturers needed to target them directly.

MGK was the first to market with a product designed specifically for use against bed bugs: Bedlam. By combining the modern pyrethroid sumithrin with a synergist, Bedlam was able to achieve long-lasting residual control of even the latest pyrethroid-resistant strains of bed bugs. As you’d expect, it flew off the shelves.

Bedlam Plus is MGK’s latest iteration on the Bedlam formula. They took that same synergized pyrethroid and combined with it a long-lasting neonicotinoid. Imidacloprid can stay effective for up to two weeks, long after the sprayed material dries. Bedlam Plus was the first solution to offer a quick knockdown and a reliable long-term control.

Temprid Ready-to-Spray: The New Challenger


Temprid Ready-to-Spray

Temprid was at first targeted only to pest management professionals. The original concentrate, Temprid SC, was the first release of a new dual-action formula with a micro-encapsulated design. This allowed the residual effect to work even longer than other liquid concentrates.

The formula chosen for Temprid is similar to what Bedlam Plus pioneered. By combining the fast knockdown of beta-cyfluthrin with the systemic residual control of imidacloprid, Temprid makes sure that an infestation goes down and stays down.

Temprid Ready-to-Spray packs the proven performance of Temprid SC in a simple spray can. No more measuring and mixing — just shake up the can and you’re ready to go. The unique bag-on-valve technology uses no added solvents or propellants.


Which Bed Bug Spray for You?

Now that you’re all caught up on what these sprays do, you’re probably still wondering which is the best option for your needs. The good news is that you can’t go wrong: these are both proven, professional-strength bed bug sprays that get results on any strain of bed bug. They both feature modern, dual-action formulas and have flexible labels for indoor applications.

Both Bedlam Plus and Temprid Ready-to-Spray are low-odor, non-staining solutions. You can spray them on wood, carpet, upholstery, mattresses, and other fabrics. They were also both designed with pyrethroid-resistant bed bugs in mind.

So how do these two stand out from each other? One important detail is where they can legally be purchased and used. While Temprid Ready-to-Spray is legal in most states, it’s not registered for use indoors in New York. Meanwhile, Bedlam Plus is legal in all 50 states, though it’s an aerosol product and can’t be shipped to Alaska or Hawaii. Temprid Ready-to-Spray uses a bag-on-valve technology that makes it safe for air travel, so it’s cleared for takeoff to those states.

The other difference that is important for some cases is the residual effect. Bedlam Plus works effectively for up to two weeks, as long as the applied surface stays dry. But Temprid Ready-to-Spray can continue to kill bed bugs for up to six months, long after Bedlam Plus wears off. But this isn’t a factor worth sweating if you follow our recommended 4-step solution: we recommend re-applying your contact and residual sprays every two weeks at least three times. After three applications over a six-week period, there shouldn’t be any bed bugs left for Temprid to continue killing.

An effective bed bug treatment is all about choosing the right tools for the job. This not only means using effective bed bug sprays, but it means combining those sprays with other treatment methods. 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 sell. Every product we recommend needs to be part of a holistic treatment system, such as the one outlined in our proven 4-step solution.

Bedlam Plus

Bedlam Plus features a dual mode of action that kills the toughest pyrethroid-resistant bed bugs fast. Featuring the perfect combination of quick kill and residual control, Bedlam Plus is proven to keep killing pyrethroid-resistant bed bugs and their eggs for two weeks after treatment.
Starting at:

$18.65
Bedlam Plus

Temprid Ready-to-Spray

Temprid Ready-to-Spray combines the fast-acting, broad-spectrum control of beta-cyfluthrin with the systemic residual control of imidacloprid to provide premium performance and efficacy.
Starting at:

$17.95
Temprid Ready-to-Spray
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Arguably the most common way people get bed bugs is by bringing them into the house from somewhere else through their personal belongings. Bed bugs are expert hitchhikers. They’ll often tuck into your luggage as you travel from your hotel to the airport and finally to your home. That’s why ThermalStrike designed their new ThermalStrike […]

ThermalStrike Heated Luggage Review: The Traveling Bed Bug Killer

Arguably the most common way people get bed bugs is by bringing them into the house from somewhere else through their personal belongings. Bed bugs are expert hitchhikers. They’ll often tuck into your luggage as you travel from your hotel to the airport and finally to your home. That’s why ThermalStrike designed their new ThermalStrike Heated Luggage set. Built-in infrared panels generate enough heat to kill any bed bugs hiding inside. Are these bed bug proof travel game-changers, or just bed bug gimmicks? Let’s take a closer look and find out:

Design and Features

ThermalStrike Heated Luggage

ThermalStrike Heated Luggage comes in two sizes: a 20-inch carry-on and a 24-inch upright checked suitcase. The 20-inch model measures 20″x13″x9″, slightly smaller than the typical 20- or 21-inch carry-on. Still, it’s a good size for a weekend getaway or short business trip. The 24-inch upright scales up to 24″x16″x10″ and serves as a smart way to check extra gear for longer trips.

ThermalStrike Heated Luggage exterior

Both sizes have the same hard-bodied design featuring polycarbonate outer shells and reinforced corner guards. It’s a sturdy construction formula that should have no problem holding up to years of stowing and bumpy baggage handling. The telescopic aluminum handle and gyroscopic wheels make the luggage ergonomic and easy to tote around the airport, even when they’re completely full.

ThermalStrike Heated Luggage lock

The built-in lock features a TSA-approved key and combination switch. We’ve seen similar designs work well on high-end luggage, as it’s easy to secure the zipper sliders and release them with the push of a button. It’s easy to use and it works. What’s not to like?

Heating to Treat Luggage

ThermalStrike Heated Luggage plug

ThermalStrike Heated Luggage work with infrared panels built into the rear housing of the body. If we lay the luggage flat on a hard surface and plug in the included cable with its built-in timer, the panels will start generating heat that will radiate heat through all the luggage’s contents from the bottom up. A temperature sensor is stitched in under the interior pocket flap. That sensor will track the heat as it rises up to 140 degrees, more than enough to kill any bed bugs hiding inside the suitcase. All the integrated heating and safety devices are FAA and TSA compliant. Nobody should have trouble getting through security due to this luggage.

ThermalStrike Heated Luggage travel

We recommend running the ThermalStrike Heated Luggage’s heating function twice per trip. Plug it in for a cook-off the night before your returning flight while you sleep. Once you’re home safe and sound, plug the luggage in again for another round. This is to make sure that no bed bugs make it from the hotel to the airport, and that no bed bugs make it from the airport to your home.

ThermalStrike Heated Luggage timer

While the included timer has settings for two, four, or eight hours, I’d set it to eight hours each time I use it. We want to give the heating panels enough time to fully heat up every item in the luggage. Some insulated materials will take a while to completely hit that 120-degree temperature that we’re looking for. Any cold spots serve as a potential safe haven for bed bugs to survive the treatment. We also want to make sure that the luggage is on a hard, flat surface each time we plug it in. Think desks, countertops, or coffee tables, not the bed or hotel luggage rack.

ThermalStrike Heated Luggage

Are you a frequent flyer that’s worried about bringing bed bugs home from your trips? Someone who’s had bed bugs before and will do anything to prevent getting them again? Or are you just someone looking to upgrade your luggage and would like a little peace of mind to come with it? If you fit any of these profiles, you need to take a look at the ThermalStrike Heated Luggage.

ThermalStrike Heated Luggage Traveling Bed Bug Heater

Treat your belongings – without unpacking. ThermalStrike Heated Luggage is the world’s only luggage that kills bed bugs.
Starting at:

$249.00
ThermalStrike Heated Luggage
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No bed bug treatment is complete without a bed bug steamer. A steam cleaner with the right amount of heat and pressure can kill bed bugs of all life stages on contact. Not just any steamer will do the job, and only a select few have become known within the pest control field. The Vapamore […]

How to Upgrade Your Vapamore Primo to the Latest Version

No bed bug treatment is complete without a bed bug steamer. A steam cleaner with the right amount of heat and pressure can kill bed bugs of all life stages on contact. Not just any steamer will do the job, and only a select few have become known within the pest control field. The Vapamore MR-100 Primo has been the top-rated, top-selling bed bug steamer for years. Its success is obvious if you’ve experienced its ergonomic design, build quality, and class-leading specs and features.

But Vapamore wasn’t satisfied with sitting back and selling the Primo without considering improvements. The second-generation MR-100 was released last summer, featuring all-new and improved tools and accessories. If you’ve been using and loving your Primo for longer than that, Vapamore offers an upgrade pack to get your steamer caught up. Let’s take a closer look at how to upgrade your Vapamore Primo to the latest and greatest version:

Vapamore MR-100 Primo Upgrade Kit

Upgrade Kit Overview

The MR-100 Primo upgrade pack can be purchased directly from Vapamore. Since the steamer’s body has not been changed in the upgrade, these revamped tools and accessories are all you’ll need to catch your steamer up with the newest generation. The kit includes:

  • An all-new steam gun and hose
  • An all-new floor head assembly
  • An all-new triangle scrub brush
  • A carpet slider attachment
  • A detail accessory adapter
  • Two improved extension poles
  • A micro fiber floor pad
  • A water level dipstick

Vapamore MR-100 Primo Steam Gun

Nearly everything about the steam gun has been refined, with each small touch adding up to a large overall improvement. Rubber padding has been added to the rear of the angled grip, improving comfort through long periods of use. In our testing, this padding also helped prevent our hands from slipping if they got wet or sweaty while cleaning. The trigger and safety lock have also been improved, featuring larger controls with more responsive feedback. Naturally, the new steam gun and hose remain compatible with previous MR-100 attachments.

Vapamore Mr-100 Primo Floor Head

The new floor head assembly is arguably the star of the show this year. The included triangle scrub brush attaches to an opening on the top of the floor head. Simply push it down into the fitted gap until the brush locks into place. Once connected, the scrub brush acts as the joint connecting the floor head to the steam gun or its extension tubes. The included microfiber pad features velcro strips that grip on to the floor head’s lock tabs. Lastly, the carpet slider attaches to the floor head over the microfiber pad, completing an assembly that glides along carpet, rugs, and other soft spaces.

Vapamore MR-100 Primo Stowing Hook

The new extension tubes feature an improved construction that resist flexing even more than the original tubes did. One of the included tubes features a storage hook. When attached to the tube, the floor head assembly can be locked into a standing position and stowed away on a hook mounted to the side of the Primo’s body.

Is the Upgrade Worth it?

So you have a Vapamore Primo and you’ve been happy with it for years. It’s helped clean your bathroom, kitchen, carpet, and more while keeping bed bugs and germs at bay. If it hasn’t let you down yet, is buying an upgrade kit worth it? In a word: yes.

Vapamore MR-100 Primo Carpet Glider

The floor head assembly alone is worth the price of the upgrade kit. The design is perfect for cleaning and disinfecting mattresses, box springs, sofa cushions, carpets, rugs, and other broad fabric surfaces. To switch from open spaces to corners and seams, simply unlock the triangle scrub brush from the floor head and keep working without interruption. When you’re done, everything stows away neatly thanks to the new standing position and side-mounted extension tube hook.

The Primo deserves its position at the top of its class. If you’ve been using your Primo for years, and want to make sure it stays up to date, the MR-100 upgrade kit is available now.

Upgrade Kit for Vapamore MR-100 Primo

Upgrade your Vapamore Primo to the latest generation with this collection of updated tools and accessories.
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$109.00
Upgrade Kit for Vapamore MR-100 Primo
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Too many of us have been in this situation: you wake up one morning to find itchy bite marks on your arm or leg. You panic, remembering about that news story you saw on TV or that horror story your neighbor told you. The first question might be, “is this a bed bug bite?” Since […]

FAQ: How Do I Know if I Have Bed Bugs?

Do I Have Bed Bugs?

Too many of us have been in this situation: you wake up one morning to find itchy bite marks on your arm or leg. You panic, remembering about that news story you saw on TV or that horror story your neighbor told you. The first question might be, “is this a bed bug bite?” Since you can’t be sure, that’s likely followed immediately by, “how do I know if I have bed bugs?”

Before dousing your home with gasoline and lighting a match, you’ll want to confirm whether your suspicions are related to bed bugs or not. The most common sign of a bed bug infestation – those itchy red bites on your skin – are easily confused with mosquito bites, spider bites, or an allergic reaction. Many other warning signs can be false alarms as well. Let’s talk about identifying signs of bed bugs and confirming a bed bug infestation.

Bed Bugs and Their Signs

The first step in determining whether or not you have bed bugs is to inspect your home for signs of the critters. While bed bugs can be spotted with the naked eye, you’re probably not going to find one out and about while you’re awake. Instead, you’re more likely to come across something they’ve left behind while moving between their meal host (you) and their hiding place.

Bed bugs on mattress seamBed bugs often leave blood stains on sheets, pillows, and furniture. These small red spots are caused by bed bugs spitting up some of the blood they were drinking. Blood stains can also occur when a bug gets crushed by their host rolling over in bed.

Thin black streaks can occur where bed bugs have been active. These are bed bug feces, made up of digested blood and excreted by bed bugs on their way to their hideout. To confirm that a streak is from a bed bug, try dabbing it with a damp cloth or paper towel. It should leave a red smudge.

Bed bugs reach adulthood by progressing through five infant stages of development. Each stage is entered by digesting a blood meal and shedding their skin. These bed bug skins are transparent, golden-tinted, and resemble the bed bug that discarded them.

Adult bed bug

An adult bed bug. Photo credit: Gilles San Martin.

Bed bugs themselves are tan or brown in color, though they can appear more red after they’ve had a meal. They’re usually about 5 millimeters long as an adult, or roughly the size of an apple seed. They have flat bodies and can’t jump or fly – instead, they scurry along the floor at about the speed of a common ant.

 Confirming an Infestation

To begin your confirmation process, start searching for the previously discussed signs of bed bugs somewhere in your room. The natural hot spot for bed bugs would be on or around your bed, but don’t ignore other parts of the room that they may be hiding in.

Inspecting a mattress for bed bugs

Begin by carefully inspecting your sheets on both sides. Lift the sheets off the mattress to check its seams, and turn the seams up to look under where they tend to fold over. Remove the mattress from the box spring and check its underside, then search along the seams and underside of the box spring. Remove everything from your bed frame so you can check its joints and edges.

If the inspection of your bed left you empty-handed, start searching elsewhere in the room. Check along the baseboards where the floor meets the walls, and search around dressers, nightstands, and other low-standing furniture. Shine a flashlight into any cracks or spaces in your flooring. A bed bug can hide anywhere a credit card can fit, so be careful not to pass by any thin hiding spaces.

If you’re still suspicious after your inspection, you should begin monitoring for bed bug activity over the next few weeks. The best tools for that job are a set of bed bug proof encasements paired with ClimbUp Insect Interceptors. The encasements will keep bed bugs from entering or escaping your mattress and box spring, and the ClimbUps will trap any bed bugs that try to climb up the legs of your bed to feed on you. If you find bed bugs in your interceptors, you’ll know to start treatment right away.

Next Steps if You Have Bed Bugs

If you found any convincing signs of bed bug activity, the time to act is now! You’ll want to start treatment ASAP so that you hit the bed bugs in the room before they’ve had time to feed and reproduce even more than they have already. Our 4-step solution is a professional-strength treatment process that can stop the biting from the very first night. It’s been proven over years of use by thousands of customers, and it all costs less than hiring a pest control professional to perform the treatments.

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