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Study Reveals Bug Bombs Are Not The Bomb

If you are having problems with cockroaches inside your house and relying on commercial bug bombs alone, you might find yourself disappointed. This is the best time to call a pest control company in Brisbane because according to the latest study conducted by entomologists, bug bombs are not as effective as they claim to be.

The study was conducted at the North Carolina State University wherein four different brands of commercial bug bombs were tested. These were placed inside a number of apartment complexes and the result is that it did very little to the growing population of cockroaches inside the living quarters. The only thing worth noting is that these bug bombs left behind residues which are found to be toxic – there are traces of it on countertops as well as apartment floors.

According to a professor of entomology working at NC State, Coby Schal, the bomb has pyrethroids, a type of insecticide with fast action result and it also contains piperonyl butoxide which is a chemical that stops the metabolism of the roaches. The latter also plays another role which is to stop the insecticide from breaking down.

The bottom line is that humans have a higher chance of getting exposed to the toxic chemicals found on the bomb compared to the cockroaches being killed by it.

During the testing, the scientists used the bombs on German cockroaches in 20 different homes. Five of these apartments were tested using four kinds of bug bombs. They checked on the progress twice – two months after placing the bombs and then a month later. According to the findings, the number of cockroaches in these 20 homes remained the same.

A postdoctoral researcher based in NC State, Zachary DeVries, said that the commercial bug bombs did not affect the cockroaches nesting inside the homes. The findings of the study were already published in the latest edition of the BMC Public Health journal.

Scientists recommends that homeowners call a pest control company in Brisbane when handling cockroaches because the bug bombs are found to leave behind toxic chemicals which can be harmful to the people living inside the home.