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areas and are difficult to eradicate.
New research shows, however, that these products are ineffective against bed bugs.
In an article appearing in the June issue of the Journal of Economic Entomology (JEE), researchers warn that bug bombs and foggers should not be recommended for household bed bug control.
Foggers might actually make matters worse, they say, after examining the effects of three different fogger brands on five different bed bug populations.
In order to be effective, pests need to be exposed to the fogger mist, but bed bugs are known to hide in protected sites such as under sheets and mattresses, in cracks and crevices, deep inside carpets and other areas.
In addition, many bed bug populations have become resistant to insecticides and are likely to survive the application.
Ineffective use of the products can lead to further resistance in insects, the researchers say, concluding that most bed bug infestations require professional extermination help.
Source: Entomological Society of America
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