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 process. (Forever Ozone Bed Bug 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 PLUS using a bed bug fogger PLUS using ozone shock treatments. The ozone itself could kill x amount of the bed bugs if you get a high enough concentration, but the process using a fogger then using the ozone to remove the harmful chemicals in the pesticide while also driving the bed bugs 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:
Forever Ozone Bed Bug Process:
1) First, apply diatomaceous earth (DE) where the walls meet the floors around the room. Next, apply DE behind all of the electrical outlets. (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) Use a “Hot Shot” bed bug fogger THEN perform ozone shock treatments. Run for one hour on, 1 hour off, 24 hours a day for at least seven days straight.OPTION 2 (More Effective)
1) Use “Hot Shot” Bed Bug Fogger in the room.
2) After 8 hours, start OPTION 1 to break down the pesticide residue form your living area over the coming week and kill bed bugs with ozone.
Chemicals especially pesticides are bad for our health, but ozone breaks down those pesticides. After a week, the combination of pesticide and ozone will get rid of the bed bugs and the ozone will get rid of the pesticide residue. A win-win situation.
Why the on-off ozone protocol? 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. Using this protocol also prevents the ozone shock treatment from damaging foam and rubber products as the ‘flashpoint’ will never be reached at which ozone destroys those substrates.
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.