If you’re one of those people who stocks up on bug bombs and calls it pest control, you might want to think again.
New research suggests that bug bombs may not actually do anything to control cockroaches, one of the most common bug problems. Sure, they look impressive when they fill the room with powerful pesticides, but that might just be all for show.
Colonial Pest Control published a recent article on the cockroach exterminator problem.
Research Says Stop Wasting Money on Bug Bombs
Bug bombs will kill some insects that are out in the open and get a good dose, but the bombs don’t do a good job of penetrating into insects’ hiding places: in cracks and crevices, inside cabinets, and underneath countertops. Insects that spend most of their time hiding, such as cockroaches and bed bugs, are practically immune to the effects of bug bombs. Those not already in hiding are repelled by the aerosol insecticide and head for the nearest crevice.
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Cockroaches generally don’t spend their time out in the open, they hide in tiny cracks and crevices where bug bombs can’t penetrate. But that’s only the beginning. New research shows cockroaches may actually be outsmarting most common bug bombs.
Cockroaches Evolved To Avoid Baits
Plenty of insects evolve resistance to pesticides; they gain the ability to break down poisons without dying. German cockroaches, on the other hand, evolved what’s known as a behavioral resistance to baits. They simply stopped eating them… As a result, the roaches avoid the baits and thrive, to the frustration of homeowners everywhere.
Read the full article to discover more about this research.
Meanwhile, bug bombs spread unnecessary chemicals throughout the room. Within minutes, all of the kitchen surfaces, bedrooms, carpet, and window coverings are saturated with insecticides. The team at Pest Killed confirmed this sentiment in a recent article on the risks of bug bombs:
Do Cockroach Foggers or Bombs Work?
Setting off bombs can be harmful to people and to furniture, so it’s best to avoid that approach altogether in favor of more appropriate roach control. Roach bombers can also be flammable, so letting these off in your home can be a risk. Since the bombs don’t work that well anyway to kill roaches, it’s recommended to not use them at all.
Check out the full article to read more about these risks.
So what methods should be used instead of bug bombs? Bait tends to be the trending method of most homeowners. A study at North Carolina State University tested 30 homes infested with cockroaches. Twenty homes got bug bombs and 10 received bait treatment. The results were astounding:
Exposure Risk and Ineffectiveness of Total Release Foggers Used for Cockroach Control in Residential Settings
[Bug bombs] failed to reduce cockroach populations, whereas similarly priced gel baits caused significant declines in the cockroach populations. Use of [bug bombs] resulted in significant pesticide deposits throughout the kitchen. Across all products, pesticides, and horizontal kitchen surfaces, pesticide residues following [bug bomb] discharge were 603-times (SEM ±184) higher than baseline, with a median increase of 85 times.
Read the full study to learn more about these findings.
The high risks of pesticides combined with the ineffectiveness should be a warning to homeowners everywhere. Avoid the bug bombs and turn to bait products as an effective cockroach exterminator. Quality bait products, which are often similarly priced to bug bombs can be significantly more effective as an insect exterminator.
Of course, if you’re dealing with a significant pest problem, a professional cockroach exterminator is the best solution for lasting results. A cockroach exterminator has the skills and expertise to understand the type of cockroach your dealing with, as well as their living and breeding habits to outsmart and eliminate them before they take over.