Entomologists employ professional strength sprays to kill bugs, insects, roaches, termites and spiders. The chemicals are used at greater concentrations than are available with over-the-counter because entomologists are specially trained to handle these products. Were professional strength pesticides avilable to the consumer, the consumers would potentially fail to read the label and might use the sprays in a manner that would lead to injury or even fatalities.
Domestic pesticides are controlled by a number of government regulations that date back to the 1950s. In devising these laws, the government weighed the risks of the chemicals being used versus their ability to control various types of infestations. While legislators believe the laws of the 1950s-1970s and beyond have made the environment safer for man, one result of the ban on the most powerful insecticides has been the resurgence of bed bugs. Some of the chemicals on the market today can have harmful side-effects for pets, children, and pregnant mothers. Therefore, people using them should carefully follow the directions printed on the label. If you have questions about proper insecticide use or if your home has a more serious infestation, call a licensed specialist who is familiar with safe handling practices.
Green Pesticides and Integrated Pest Mangement are the latest pesticide trend. Especially popular in hospitals and other large institutions willing to spend more money on pest control, Integrated Pest Management substitutes powerful pesticides such as fipronil with meticulous cleaning, blockage of pest ingress routes, and removal of any food particles that might attract pests.