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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