There are a variety of products out on the market today, each advertising a different revolutionary way to kill bugs. From traps to sprays to heat treatments, it seems like everywhere you turn, there’s a different option. Which one is best? Recently, Ortho has proved to be a very popular solution for all sorts of bugs, including roaches, ants, flying insects, and our favorite little apple-seed-sized pests: bed bugs. Ortho offers several options for bed bug removal, including traps, sprays, and powder. Do any of them really work?
The Advantages of Ortho
At first glance, Ortho’s products are reviewed exceedingly well, especially their bed bug and flea killing powder, which is rated 5 stars. It kills multiple bugs, including fleas and silverfish. One major disadvantage of most chemical products is that they don’t last very long once applied. The powder, on the other hand, is advertised to last up to 8 months from its initial application. Several of Ortho’s products are also made with essential oils and other natural ingredients.
The Disadvantages of Ortho
Despite Ortho’s advantages, the fact still remains that it is a chemical product with some significant disadvantages. One disadvantage is that chemical products typically require direct contact with the bugs to kill them. So if you don’t spray each bug directly, or if a few bugs manage to avoid walking across the powder you apply, the treatment will, unfortunately, not work. Chemical products can also cause quite a smell in your home and even make it difficult for people to breathe. Some products, for example, some of Ortho’s products, contain essential oils. This sounds great at first, but check the ingredient list very carefully if you have pets. Some essential oils can be harmful and even toxic or fatal to household animals.
When Is Ortho a Good Choice?
If you’ve brought home a piece of clothing, furniture, or another singular item that has bed bugs on it, that’s when products like Ortho can come in handy. Keep the item outside or in your garage if you have one. Spray your product of choice on every bug you can find, and then be sure to leave it outside your home for several days to ensure that the bugs are dead. Leaving it outside is also a good idea because it’ll help to air out the chemical smell that may linger on it.
When Should I Not Use Chemical Products to Remove Bed Bugs?
If you notice bed bugs in your home without a clear origin point, such as a new piece of furniture or clothing, then using chemicals to remove them is not a great idea. If you don’t know where they’re coming from, then it’s highly unlikely that you’ll be able to find and spray every single bug. Similarly, if you have a whole-home infestation, it’s nearly impossible to find every bug. They hide in the tiniest of spaces, including but not limited to tiny crevices in the walls and floors, the spines of hardback books, behind wallpaper, and more. If you have a whole-home infestation, the best choice for extermination is a heat treatment. Heat permeates even the tiniest spaces in homes, and bed bugs cannot survive in high temperatures for very long.
Do You Have an Infestation?
If you think you have bed bugs or are interested in a home heat sanitation treatment, contact Bed Bug Barbeque, LLC in Lakewood, Ohio! We use heat treatment to eradicate bed bugs and we offer entire home sanitation heat treatments. This safe, effective treatment is completed in less than 12 hours, and Bed Bug Barbeque, LLC offers a 60-day warranty for you to verify for yourself that your bed bugs are fully eradicated. Contact Bed Bug Barbeque, LLC today for a FREE quote at (216) 221-1227 or through our website, and check out our other bed bug informational resources on identification, prevention, and eradication.