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Graduate Student Award Winner Finds Bug Bombs Don’t Live up to Claims

Setting off a bug bomb may seem like an easy solution to a roach infestation, but research at NC State University shows that it may actually harm the homeowner more than the roaches.

Zachary DeVries, who recently began a postdoc appointment at NC State University, examined the effectiveness of total release foggers for cockroaches for his doctoral dissertation. He is this year’s recipient of a IPM Symposium Graduate Student award and a Friends of Southern IPM Graduate Student award in the Ph.D. category. Continue reading

Planning to use a bug bomb for bed bugs? You may be wasting your money, study finds

If you’re battling infestations of bed bugs, you may think you’re saving money with do-it-yourself bug bombs, but you may actually making the problem worse. According to a study published in the June issue of the Journal of Economic Entomology, total-release foggers, otherwise known as bug bombs, are ineffective at killing bed bugs and fleas and can actually increase the number of cockroaches in your home.

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Planning to Use a Bug Bomb? Read this first

As people resort to using so-called “bug bombs” or foggers to kill fleas or bed bugs, not all of them follow the necessary precautions before, during and after setting them off. The Environmental Protection Agency has a web page with a list of safety precautions for fogger use. The information in this post was taken from that page.

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