Pest control manufacturers have waged war against bed bugs for over a century. From the early days of tobacco leaves and organophosphates to the dual-action formulas of today, the arms race rages on. Since bed bugs have evolved to resist traditional chemicals, developers have had to stay on their toes with the latest and greatest treatment methods.
One of the foremost leaders in bed bug control is MGK. The company was founded at the beginning of the 20th century, and has been a modern innovator in bed bug research. They were the first to develop a product specifically designed for bed bugs: Bedlam. A few years later, they followed up with Bedlam Plus, the first product designed for resistant strains of bed bugs. But how do the two solutions compare? Which is right for you? Let’s take a closer look and find out:
Dual-Action Bed Bug Sprays
When commercial pesticides first appeared around World War II, we treated for bed bugs using organochlorines such as DDT. Organochlorines were organic compounds that attacked the peripheral nervous system, keeping sodium channels open after activation to cause paralysis and death. This mode of action became the standard for pesticide development in the decades to follow.
But bed bugs wouldn’t be stopped by DDT forever. Thanks to their uncanny ability to build resistant to pesticides, bed bugs quickly evolved to shrug off DDT along with its competitors. Now that bed bugs have resurged in population and spread all over the Western world, pesticide manufacturers have had to go back to the drawing board to come up with a modern solution.
In 2006, MGK introduced the first pest control product specifically designed for bed bugs. Bedlam was also the first to employ a dual-action aerosol formula to provide a quick knockdown and a long-lasting residual killer. This resulted in a solution that killed 85% of exposed bed bugs within a minute of the application and killed 98% of the remaining bugs over the next two weeks.
Bedlam and Bed Bug Resistance
Bed bugs are notoriously hard to kill. Worse yet, they’re difficult to treat on a larger-than-individual scale, whether we’re talking about a bedroom or a continent. Just as bed bugs have grown resistant to DDT since its US ban in the 70s, so too have their genetic detox tools been used to address more modern methods of attack.
At the time of its release, Bedlam was the most effective version of a pesticide class called pyrethroids. Pyrethroids are synthetic derivatives of the naturally-occurring compound pyrethrin, which attacks bugs’ sodium channels in a different way than the organochlorines of the early 20th century did. While Bedlam doesn’t rely on a pyrethroid to do all of its killing (it is a dual-action formula, after all), that pyrethroid is a big part of what makes its knockdown work.
Today, researchers have identified widespread strains of bed bugs that have developed an innate resistance to pyrethroid chemicals. These unique genes allow resistant bed bugs to secrete chemicals on their shell, digesting the pyrethroid compound before it gets a chance to enter the bug’s bloodstream. These pyrethroid-resistant bed bug strains now make up the majority of the Western population encountered today.
To combat this newly resistant threat, MGK went back to work on developing a compound that would effectively neutralize any bed bug infestation. In 2012, they released the fruits of their labor: Bedlam Plus. This unique formula combines the same proven dual-action formula seen in Bedlam with a unique synergist that counters the resistance method that bed bugs use to protect against pyrethroids. The synergist proved effective, as Bedlam Plus was able to achieve a 100% kill rate on all of the most common strains of resistant bed bugs.
Which is Right For You?
Both Bedlam and Bedlam Plus are in active use in the field today. They both offer an easy to use, water-based foaming compound that combines a fast knockdown with long-lasting residual control. Their broad labels allow flexible use throughout a bedroom or other indoor area, and their low odor, non-staining solution is generally safe wherever water would be.
The odds of bed bugs in your home being resistant to pyrethroids is very high, with estimates of resistant strains making up as much as 85% of the Western population today. While both products are likely to cut down on your infestation’s population and activity immediately after use, only Bedlam Plus can ensure that resistant bed bugs will die as well. Nonetheless, neither product should be used to treat bed bugs on their own, and when combined with other products to form a complete bed bug treatment solution, both Bedlam and Bedlam Plus will do their job well.
Bedlam controls Bed Bugs, Dust Mites,Fleas, Lice and Ticks by killing on contact and providing lasting residual performance. Bedlam is labeled for use in the toughest hiding places. As a water-based product, it won’t stain water-safe fabrics. Bedlam works for the most demanding jobs. You can rest assured.
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.