Bed Bugs vs. Bug Bombs: The Bugs Win

If you’ve ever had bed bugs, you’ve probably tried everything to get rid of them, including setting off a bug bomb. But a new study shows that these popular consumer products are no match for the blood-sucking pests.

Researchers from the Department of Entomology at Ohio State University looked at three brands of bug bombs, also known as foggers, from a nationwide retailer and tested their effectiveness on five different bed bug populations in the lab.

What they found was what pest-control experts had long thought. “There has always been this perception and feedback from the pest-management industry that over-the-counter foggers are not effective against bed bugs and might make matters worse,” said lead author Susan Jones, an urban entomologist with the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, in a statement. “But up until now there has been no published data regarding the efficacy of foggers against bed bugs.” >