New Study Says Bug Bombs Are Mostly Ineffective And Dangerous To Your Health

January 30, 2019

Roaches, fleas, silverfish.  We work hard to keep these pests out of our homes. For generations the mother of all pest defense has been the bug bomb. A new report out is warning residents to banish the bug bomb as they are not only ineffective but are dangerous to you and your family's health! The German cockroach that is most commonly found pest in homes, restaurants, and other human establishments. Not only can these pest transmit diseases like typhoid and polio, it’s the allergies roaches can spark and worsen, like asthma, that are their largest health risk. But according to the authors of this current study, published in BMC Public Health, found that several bug bomb brands did nothing to eliminate cockroach infestations, especially when compared to simple gel bait traps. At the same time, these bombs also left behind levels of pesticides that could threaten the health of people. While claims of effectiveness can be made by makers of bug bombs, or total release foggers as they’re otherwise known, are based on clinical studies, the new study used real-world testing on homes with documented roach infestations. Their testing found that gel baits were not only safer for the people living n these homes, they reduced the cockroach population by two-thirds or higher based on the trapped roaches counted afterward. They found bug bombs failed completely and in many homes, the roach popular increased. Bug bombs fail, according to the study, is that test roaches in laborites (where bug bombs are tested) are not wild and missing many resistance genes.  It's why only 38% of roaches in the real-world test perished.  Bug bombs also often failed to cover the entire home with pesticides, regardless of where they were triggered, so it was easy for roaches to avoid the poison entirely. But they did leave lingering levels of chemicals in these homes that could make people sick. Bug bombs are often cheaper than bait traps. One bait used in the study, for instance, cost over $20, while the bombs ranged from $8 to $12. But given the fact that bombs don’t work and come with plenty of risks, baits are the best roach-killing option for the average person to have handy.

SOURCE: Gizmodo

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