Bug sprays have long been the topic of debate among different groups. Are the chemicals they use safe for humans? What about pets? Are they hurting the ozone layer? The list goes on and on. Today, most products you can buy in stores are relatively safe as long as you follow the directions on the can and they can be very effective at stopping particular types of insects. Wasp sprays are super effective against wasps and ant sprays destroy ants.
What about bed bugs? You don’t usually see a bed bug spray in that aisle of your grocery or hardware store. These sprays follow the same guidelines as everything else you’ll find but a question is do they actually work? You have to spray these on very sensitive areas of your home too so you might wonder about any effects to long-term or repeat exposure.
The answer is basically the same as everything else. If you follow the guidelines, you won’t have anything to worry about and if you’re very concerned, there are alternatives available to help you get rid of bed bugs.
You can find a lot of different types of all natural sprays and the choice can often come down to what smell you prefer. All natural sprays are made with things like cinnamon, cedar oil, tea tree oil, vinegar, cayenne pepper or some combination of these ingredients we use often. Cedar is one of the most effective bug killers and bug repellents ever but the smell can be a little on the strong side. This could be a great choice for a guest room you don’t use much that somehow ended up with some bed bugs calling it home. You might like cinnamon or something with alcohol that evaporates away for your main bedroom or favorite couch. These will all help prevent you from waking up with bites.
The chemicals used today aren’t as harsh as ones used decades ago. Cancer-causing and dangerous chemicals like DDT aren’t used anymore and most you’ll find have been tested rigorously for safety. Setting off a full room bug bomb spray every couple days probably isn’t good for your health but the average person won’t be doing this. A few sprays in key locations or directly on offending insects can work great and is perfectly safe.
Bed Bug Traps
You can use traps alongside sprays or even by themselves as preventative measures if you have things under control already. These traps are usually small plastic things you stick under your bed frame or couch legs or could contain an attractant and you set them in the corners of your room. They often contain other insects you didn’t even know were roaming around in your home.
If you have concerns about sprays, call up an exterminator and ask them about it. They often use all natural spray mixtures unless there’s an extreme situation that spans multiple units in a large apartment or a huge property. They may even consult you for free or come see what you’ve got going on and give you an estimate without charging for the visit.