One of the cheapest and easiest ways to get rid of bed bugs is to use extermination sprays. Certain extermination companies will advocate for the use of sprays because they can be an effect method to get rid of bed bugs. However, the use of sprays can cause adverse effects if one is not careful with the treatment process.

A recent incident in Detroit showed a prime example of what not to do when dealing with bed bugs. According to, a resident at the Garden City apartment complex called an exterminator to get rid of their bed bug problem. When the exterminator arrived they sprayed the entire apartment with chemicals to eliminate the bed bug infestation.

Once the spraying was complete, some residents entered the apartment building before the three hour wait time had passed. This created a hazmat situation for the entire apartment complex, which the Detroit police, fire department, and hazmat crews were called to the scene to deal with the situation. The individuals that were affected by the chemicals were hosed down and taken away by ambulances.

This incident demonstrates one of the many reasons residents should only use chemical products as a last resort when dealing with bed bugs. Always try other solutions that are available before you decide to choose a chemical option. When buying over the counter products reading the labels is a must. If you don’t clearly understand the product you are using don’t use it. You can use this comprehensive search tool by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to find products that are EPA-registered and safe to use.

Using an extermination company can help mitigate some of the DIY errors that can occur. A pest control company will have an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) system in place to ensure you can deal with the problem safely and efficiently. If you decide to call an extermination company to help deal with your problem, you should discuss the wide range of options that are available for you beforehand. People who do decide to spray the infected area should understand the different safety precautions that are in place to prevent a hazmat situation from occurring.