We use Bifenthrin for our spray treatments
What is Bifenthrin?
Bifenthrin is an insecticide in the pyrethroid family. Pyrethroids are manmade versions of pyrethrins, which come from chrysanthemum flowers. Bifenthrin is used on various agricultural crops and in homes. Bifenthrin was first registered for use by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) in 1985.
How does Bifenthrin work?
Bifenthrin interferes with the nervous system of insects when they eat or touch it. It's more toxic to insects than it is to people because insects have lower body temperatures and smaller body size.
What happens if Bifenthrin enters the human body?
Bifenthrin is slowly absorbed by the body after being EATEN, and most of it is excreted within 3-7 days. Studies indicate that bifenthrin does NOT absorb through the skin well.
Is Bifenthrin likely to contribute to the development of cancer?
Studies have been done using laboratory animals. Bifenthrin did not cause birth defects in rats or rabbits that ate bifenthrin when pregnant. In long-term studies, rats and rabbits had tremors at extremely high doses. Other studies indicate that bifenthrin does not cause cancer when fed to rats.
Are children more sensitive to bifenthrin than adults?
While children may be especially sensitive to pesticides compared to adults, there are currently no data showing that children have increased sensitivity specifically to bifenthrin.
What happens to bifenthrin in the environment?
Bifenthrin is not likely to reach groundwater because it binds tightly to soil. However, soil-bound bifenthrin has the potential to contaminate surface waters through runoff. Bifenthrin on soil surfaces is unlikely to become airborne.
This is why we avoid any water features, standing water and ponds when applying treatments.
Can bifenthrin affect birds, fish, or other wildlife?
Bifenthrin is low in toxicity to birds. There are potential risks for birds and mammals that eat aquatic organisms because bifenthrin can last in a long time in the aquatic environment and it may accumulate in fish. Bifenthrin is highly toxic to fish and small aquatic organisms. It's also very highly toxic to bees.
This is why we never spray flowers, fruit tree's, gardens or water features.
We use Cimexa for our Bed Bug and Winter treatments
What is Silica Dust?
CimeXa is 100 percent pure non-crystalline silica, a non-poison treatment that kill bugs by adhering to their exoskeleton and dehydrating them. Both silica gel and diatomaceous earth (DE) are comprised of silicon dioxide but their origins and manufacture are different. DE is mined from fossilized remains of microscopic plants (diatoms) whose hardened shells contain silica.
Is Silica dust safe?
CimeXa is fatal to insects because it clings to their exoskeleton and absorbs the waxy coating, causing death from dehydration. However, Silica dust has low toxicity to mammals. The acute oral LD50 (lethal dose) is comparable to table salt. In fact, it is routinely added to foods and pharmaceuticals. It can be a mild irritant to the eyes and lungs.(Only while application is in process)
This is why we suggest that no one should be home while performing a Bed Bug treatment.
How effective is Silica dust?
CimeXa dust was highly effective, even against bed bugs that have developed resistance to pyrethroid insecticides. In laboratory trials, 97.5% of bed bugs died within 24 hours of walking over silica gel dusted carpet, (only 10% in comparative trials using diatomaceous earth).
Is Silica dust safe to use around kids?
There is no current data that suggests that children have an increased sensitivity to CimeXa.
Is silica dust safe to use around pets?
Since CimeXa works by targeting the waxy cuticle of insects, the risks to pets are minimal.
Is silica dust harmful to the environment?
CimeXa is manufactured from silica (Si), which comprises more than a one fourth of the earth’s surface (sand, quartz, clay and other materials including many plants. CimeXa is authorized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) In conclusion CimeXa is not harmful to the environment.