Killing Bed Bugs with an ozone shock treatment.

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Killing Bed Bugs with an ozone shock treatment.

December 19, 2014

bed bug - alive because it hasn't met Mr Ozone yet.

I was recently asked by a customer if our ozone generators could kill bed bugs. I get asked this question often, so I thought I'd write an article on this subject of bed bugs and ozone. 

The short answer is yes, but it's a week long process. It involves laying DE (diatomaceous earth) down around the walls and having the ozone generator turn on and off to drive the bed over the DE over and over again. The ozone itself could kill x amount of the bed bugs if you get a high enough concentration, but the process of driving them over the DE is what I believe is most effective at killing all of the bed bugs over a week long process.  

Here is the process we recommend for killing bed bugs: 


1) First, apply diatomaceous earth (DE) where the walls meet the floors around the room. Next, apply DE behind all of the electrical faceplates.  (DE is non-toxic, harmless to humans and pets) 

2) Seal the cracks under the door and the vents with duct tape or towels, etc. 

3) Perform an ozone shock treatment.  Run for 15-30 minutes on, 1 hour off, 24 hours a day for at least seven days straight 

What this does is chase the bed bugs out of bed towards the walls and electrical sockets and over the DE.  The ozone shortens their life and kills x amount of bed bugs; the DE is the double whammy that seals their fate.  

Note: You want to make the room as cold and dry as possible so winter is the best time to utilize this bed bug killing protocol. (also run a de-humidifier) Ozone does not break down into oxygen at near freezing temps (turns back into o2 at room temps).  

Eradicating a bed-bug infestation with ozone isn't fast, it's a process.  Using poison isn't a good option for humans or pets, so ozone I believe does hold promise in dealing with these terrible critters.  Heat is a proven option at killing bed bugs but it is also very costly. Ozone is a cost effective, efficient, green way of dealing with bed bugs without the exposing your living area to toxic chemicals. 


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Mike Alcantara
Mike Alcantara

March 19, 2018

@Jane, you can kill bed bugs over a longer period of time with 6-10 ppm if you sprinkle DE around the bed. The ozone will chase the bed bugs away and over the DE, killing them over time.

@ Susan, If you seal the room, then yes. You have to seal the vents and doors with duct tape and tarps. You need to apply DE around the bed and let the ozone generator run on the cycle (cool-tec) to create high ozone concentrations. If you allow the typical ozone generator to run, after a few minutes the plates become so hot they’re not producing much ozone (and a lot of Nox). Our ozone machines are unique in that they solve this issue.


February 18, 2018

If one can’t get 1800 ppm what ozone machine did you use to do this seven day process?

Susan Riddle
Susan Riddle

January 21, 2018

(We live in a single room. Is it possible to treat it in the manner you describe while living in it?)…is the machine on a timer for the prescribed on and off intervals??

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