When you first found out you had bed bugs, one of the first thoughts you had was probably what spray you needed to buy to kill them. But there are so many insecticides to choose from when preparing for a bed bug treatment. Which one will work the best? Which is best for your needs? Here at Bed Bug Supply, we have years of experience helping people get rid of bed bugs on their own. Let’s go over the top professional-grade bed bug sprays and powders:
Best Contact Sprays
Bed bug sprays and powders come in two categories: contacts and residuals. A contact killer works exactly how you’d expect: it kills bed bugs on contact. This is a great solution for quickly cutting down on the population of a bed bug infestation.
Most common pesticides use outdated synthetic pyrethroids as their main active ingredients. While these are budget-friendly and work well with certain insect pests, they tend not to be effective on bed bugs that have developed a resistance to them over generations. Keep a close eye on the active ingredients when choosing the bed bug sprays for your treatment.
For Mattresses and Upholstery: STERI-FAB
While it was originally designed and marketed as a disinfectant, STERI-FAB has been used as an effective contact bed bug killer for many years. This popular spray evaporates within minutes, leaving no residues behind. The primary ingredient is isopropyl alcohol, which is non-staining and has no odor after it evaporates.
We like to use STERI-FAB to treat more sensitive areas and materials that you would be hesitant to treat with heavier bed bug sprays. This includes areas that come in contact with your skin like mattresses, sofa cushions, chairs, and other upholstered furniture.
For Bed Frames and Hard Surfaces: JT Eaton Kills Bed Bugs
Hard materials such as wooden bed frames, hardwood floors, baseboards and moldings usually have tight joints, nooks, and crannies that bed bugs can tuck away in. Hit these hiding places hard with a powerful contact killer like JT Eaton Kills Bed Bugs. This oil-based spray uses natural pyrethrum, a proven and potent bed bug kill.
JT Eaton Kills Bed Bugs is ideal for broad application, thanks to its quick evaporating and low odor. You can use JT Eaton Kills Bed Bugs to treat the bed frame, baseboards, floorboards, and wooden furniture in a bedroom, then follow up with STERI-FAB on more sensitive surfaces like the tufts and seams of the mattress.
Best Residual Sprays
Contact bed bug sprays are great for quickly cutting down on the population of an infestation, but they aren’t enough on their own. Contact killers evaporate and stop working shortly after they’re applied. For long-term management, you need residual bed bug sprays that can keep killing long after you lay them down.
For Mattresses and Upholstery: JT Eaton Kills Bed Bugs Plus
Just as with the contact bed bug sprays we already covered, you need to be considerate of which surface types you’re using a product on. Mattresses, sofas, and other soft upholstered surfaces are more sensitive during a treatment. Not only is there a greater risk of stains or lingering odors, but these are the surfaces your skin will be coming in contact with most often.
That’s why we recommend JT Eaton Kills Bed Bugs Plus. This is a 12-week residual killer with a non-staining, water-based formula that is safe for use on these types of fabrics. Use it on sofas, chairs, mattresses, curtains, and even carpeting. As long as you allow the spray to dry before touching the surface, it will kill bed bugs for weeks while leaving you safe and comfortable.
For Bed Frames and Hard Surfaces: Bedlam Plus
Contrary to popular belief, most bed bugs in an average infestation won’t be found on the mattress. You’ll find more in the joints and corners of the bed frame, as well as nearby nightstands, baseboards, and floorboards. For these hard surfaces, we recommend Bedlam Plus, a compound formula by MGK.
Bedlam Plus combines a dual-action residual compound with a fast-acting synergist to prevent resistance. Bedlam Plus is labeled for critical areas where bed bugs hide: box springs, headboards, walls, floors, and baseboards. Once applied, Bedlam Plus will continue killing for up to 14 days.
Best For Where Bed Bug Sprays Can’t Be Applied
As much as we’d like otherwise, bed bug sprays can’t be splashed on every surface, and into every nook and cranny, of a bedroom. It simply isn’t safe to spray a liquid into spaces with electrical wiring, and it isn’t effective to spray along the edges of the carpet in hopes of reaching beneath said carpet.
That’s where residual powders come in. These are simple, effective solid compounds that can be used where sprays shouldn’t be. They tend not to kill bed bugs as quickly, but they’re essential for a bed bug treatment due to the unique hiding places they are meant to be applied in, such as inside your walls and along the edges of carpet floors.
The Standard: JT Eaton Diatomaceous Earth Powder
One of the greatest values in the bed bug treatment world is good old diatomaceous earth. It’s a naturally occurring powder made from soft sedimentary rock. Diatomaceous earth is easy to apply and can kill bed bugs over an infinite period of time as long as it’s left dry and undisturbed. There are even food-grade variants that are safe for use in grain storage.
Using a powder applicator, you can puff diatomaceous earth along cracks and crevices like baseboards, floorboards, and where the carpet meets the floors. While it’s slow to kill, it’s guaranteed once the bed bug comes in contact with the dust. The dry silica clings to their waxy shells and absorbs vital fluids, slowly dehydrating each bug until it dies.
The Faster-Killing Upgrade: CimeXa
Choosing a bed bug powder used to be easy because there used to only be one good option on the market: diatomaceous earth. Now, CimeXa is rapidly becoming the bed bug powder of choice among pest management professionals.
CimeXa is a unique engineered silica dust that kills bed bugs up to three times faster than diatomaceous earth while keeping the same treatment properties. Like diatomaceous earth, CimeXa works by clinging to bed bugs that come in contact with it, absorbing the waxy cuticle on their shells until they die of dehydration. CimeXa can be applied as a dry dust or be mixed with water and applied through a hand-pumped sprayer. Once applied and left undisturbed, it can work for up to 10 years.
The Winning Combination
With all of these great bed bug sprays and powders to choose from, how can you determine which is right for you? The easy (and hopefully obvious) answer is that you need all of the types of products we discussed: contact sprays, residual sprays, and a residual powder. There are no shortcuts in a proper bed bug treatment, and skipping a step you need will likely cost you more than you saved.
Fortunately, all of these bases are covered by our professional bed bug kits. They’re available in three flavors based on your needs: First, you have the 1-2 room kit, the best choice for small residences. If you need to treat more rooms, you’ll need more spray and powder, so we offer the 3-4 room kit for larger residences. If you’re a professional looking to treat multiple homes, our commercial kit includes enough spray and powder to treat up to eight units.
Keep in mind that these kits are intended to be used as part of our professional 4-step solution. Our 4-step solution has been proven over the years to be the best do-it-yourself method out there. As always, make sure to follow the products’ labels and MSDS for safe and effective usage.
Our complete bed bug kit includes all the powders and sprays needed to treat your home like a professional throughout the initial treatment as well as 2 follow up treatments.