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 not with an ambient air ozone generator.  To kill bed bugs with ozone, you need to create ultra-high ozone concentrations with an oxygen-fed ozonator (1800 ppm) for 2 1/2 hours. PROOF. The problem is, and most ozone generator sells people won't tell you this, you can't achieve an 1800 ppm ozone concentration WITHOUT an oxygen-fed ozonator.  There isn't enough oxygen in the air to create 1800 ppm ozone from ambient air. Most ozone machines on the market that feature 100 CFM fans can only create 10-50 ppm ozone concentration in the air because they can't churn the air (you need 3000 CFM box fan to do that) and that's just not enough ozone to kill bed bugs.  That amount of ozone will, however, kill viruses, small parasites like mites, molds, and bacteria as well as permanently remove odors.  I've also found it kills flies, mosquitoes, moths, and tiny critters like crickets and roaches. Bedbugs? No. 


If you want to know how to kill bed bugs with ozone and without chemicals in a room, this is the protocol that I've used myself and know works:



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 as possible so winter is the best time to utilize this bed bug killing protocol. Ozone does not break down into oxygen at near freezing temps (turns back into o2 at room temps).  

I've personally killed 100% of bed bugs in an infested apartment with this protocol.  I've tried shorter run times, one day, two days, etc. but found over time seven days is best mostly because of the life cycle of the bed bug eggs.   


Ridding a place of bed-bugs isn't easy.  Using poison isn't a good option for humans or pets.  Heat is a proven option but very costly. Ozone can be an efficient way of dealing with bed bugs if done correctly. 


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