Eliminating bed bugs can be tough. They are expert hiders, and finding all of them in an account is sometimes impossible. Additionally, they can be very hard to kill, because they are often resistant to conventional insecticides. Because of these challenges, utilizing tools that can find and kill bed bugs is critical for success. In my most recent publication in the Journal of Economic Entomology, Dakotah Todd, Dini Miller, and I designed a field study to evaluate the efficacy of the fumigant sulfuryl fluoride at eliminating all life stages of bed bugs in two extremely challenging scenarios. In one scenario, we hid bed bugs throughout vans including in the stow-n-go seating. In the other scenario, we packed cargo trailers to 85% capacity with common household items and hid bed bug in plastic bags, behind wall sockets, in book cutouts, and more. In all scenarios and replicates, we killed 100% of the bed bug eggs, nymphs, and adults proving that fumigation is an effective tool against bed bugs in these hard situations.
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