DOWNGRADED: BED BUG VIKANE GAS FUMIGATION
Vikane gas (sulfuryl fluoride) fumigation is a common means for eliminating termites within the pest industry. In recent years, with the growing number of bed bugs becoming a nationwide epidemic, bed bug sufferers have often opted for Vikane gas as they have found it to be effective in eliminating bed bugs.
Dow AgroSciences who manufactures the fumigant, was recently allowed a label change with the gas fumigation of bed bugs; the down grade in concentration makes fumigation a more viable option for more residential elimination treatments seeing that less gas required per application should spur a positive effect on the cost requirement to the bed bug victim.
This reduction in concentration levels comes about due to the resurgence of bed bug infestations. Concentration levels for Vikane gas fumigation was originally determined in the 1960s when the US at the time, did not have a serious bed bug problem. After numerous studies done on the concentration levels, Dow took it upon themselves to resubmit data to the EPA in an effort to allow pest management providers to service clients at the new lower rates.
Thomas Phillips, a Kansas State University Entomologist who preformed the new studies for Dow, determined sulfuryl fluoride was effective in complete elimination at 77°F and 59°F when used at 1.9-fold the termite treatment rate. This is a major reduction when Vikane gas was previously used at a 3x rate to treat bed bugs.
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Fumigation is ideal for single family homes with multiple rooms or container type treatments where items are removed from a home or office, then placed into a moving truck or container to be fumigated. Unlike heat treatments and chemical spray control tactics, fumigation has no adverse effects on your personal items or yourself. Sulfuryl fluoride is an odorless, tasteless, and colorless gas that is only harmful when placed under containment; there is no residual effects after treatment.
The Bed Bug Supplement quotes Phillips as stating: “Gasses penetrate all areas of a structure. Therefore, if fumigation is done properly — with the appropriate concentration, treatment time, lack of leakage and at a proper temp — it can be the most effective option available.
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