will malathion work to kill bed bugs, and how will I use it?

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Question by cindy b:
will malathion work to kill bed bugs, and how will I use it?

My landlord is going to use malathion in my home to kill bed bugs. Is this going to work, and how will they do it? Do they use a spray? Im not sure because she is spanish and doesnt speak good english, and I want these things out now! So what do you recommend I do when she uses this stuff? Do I have to leave for days or just hours?

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Answer by Typo
Yes….IF it is the right strength and applied properly.

I would never allow it to be sprayed by anyone but a licensed professional in my home.

Call your local health department and talk to them about this.

If applied improperly, it can be dangerous to the people living in the home.

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TCPC February 3, 2011 at 3:37 am

Malathion is not an approved product for use indoors. Using a pesticide in a manner inconsistent with labeling constitutes a violation of federal law!

Regardless of legality, bed bug control using chemicals is extremely difficult. Bed Bugs hide in tiny cracks and crevices that are very difficult to treat, even for the most seasoned pest control professionals. The best method of Bed Bug control available today, I believe, is using heat. All stages of bed bugs die at approximately 120 degrees after a few minutes. In a heat treatment, pest control professionals use specialized heaters to heat the ambient air of a structure to this temperature and hold it for 2-3 hours. This method is effective and, in most cases, completely chemical free.


randy white March 4, 2013 at 2:57 am

ive tryed every thing i can think of i just have the bugs in 1 room but they will eat u up ive set two boxes of boms off at once and then a 3rd box late covered my mattress with plastic and a walmart bed bug cover and they are just as bad if not worse it seems like whatever i do it jus pisses them o ive tried bed defence im about to try malithion and a strong dose help me i dont no what to do i also put a new paneling up didnt help


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