Chemical Used on Termites Showing Results for Bed Bugs

By Lindsey Elliott (KSU) , Sean Everson |

Published 07/18 2014 01:07PM

Updated 07/18 2014 09:47PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Good news for travelers. Those creepy bugs that take over your bed at night will now be easier to get rid of.

According to Kansas State University, the number of bed bug infestations in the United States is growing.

"Bed bugs have come back into this part of the country in the last five years and they've really getting bad here in St. Joe," said Wallace Cooperider, co-owner of Preferred Termite and Pest Control.

But a newly approved pesticide may help. A K-State scientist found that a fumigant used to kill termites will also kill bed bugs and it can be used at a lower dosage.

"Anything new that comes out, that's doing a job, we try to get with it. This newest one I haven't been in touch with yet, but we definitely are going to be," added Cooperider.

It's been approved for use by the Environmental Protection Agency, which means homeowners and hotels may have a more cost-effective option for getting rid of pests.

"The reason it's a good thing and the reason we did it is basically to see if we can be more efficient using less gas and from the company's standpoint and from the customer buying it who has to do the fumigation, it would cost less money just because there's less chemical," said Kansas State University fumigation specialist Tom Phillips.

Bed bugs are known for being natural hitchhikers and are most prevalent in hotels, apartment buildings and nursing homes.

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