All Creatures Great and Small

Bed bugs

I got an email today from someone in Santa Fe who has bed bugs.  She called a company and they came out and sprayed her bedroom yesterday.  I asked her to send me a copy of the service ticket as she wasn’t feeling good after the spraying.

According to the info she sent I have to say she picked the wrong company.  The company used Tengard, Alpine, PI, and Gentrol. Tengard contains permethrin which is a synthetic pyrethroid and is not safe.  It is legal to use, but I would never recommend using a synthetic pyrethroid inside.  The Alpine products contain Dinoturan which is a neonicotinoid pesticide and bed bugs have developed a resistance to it.  Why use a pesticide that the bed bugs may be resistant to?  Gentrol contains Hydroprene which is a growth regulator which prevents the insects from growing.  I thought the purpose was to kill them, not prevent them from growing.  The PI pesticide contains piperonyl butoxide which is a Class C carcinogen. It is highly toxic.  I told her to avoid the room for a week or so since she has disabilities and certainly not to let her cat in the room.  Those pesticides are toxic to dogs and cats.

Also, the fee they charged is outrageous. $940!  Since she doesn’t know if the bed bugs are dead yet, I sent her some information on how to control them without pesticides or an exterminator.  If you made a list of the 100 most dangerous bugs on the planet, bed bugs wouldn’t make the list.  If you made a list of the most profitable bugs on the planet, bed bugs would be at the top of the list with termites.  Pesticides are far more dangerous than bed bugs.  If you have bed bugs, contact me and I will send you information on how you can control them yourself without using toxic pesticides.  My email address is



About askthebugman

I have been in the pest management industry for over 40 years. In that time I have used almost every pesticide available to control so-called “pests”. With this experience, I have learned over the years that the pesticides we use are far more dangerous than the pests we are trying to control. As a result, it has become a passion for me to improve the quality of life for humans and the planet, by assisting people to not only become more educated and aware of their environment – but also by learning to manage their home and business with a sustainable and healthier approach to tending to unwanted infestations of bugs. Please enjoy my blog posts, check out my publications, utilize my services, or simply stay in touch if you have a bug question…


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