When it comes to getting rid of bed bugs, most of us would do anything to get them off our property for good. One of the most popular solutions people have turned to is seven dust (Sevin dust).
Sevin dust is a widely available bug-killing powder used for decades as an insecticide.
In a nutshell, Sevin dust is considered a contact killer, and it works by killing insects upon contact. It is a well-known bed bug and pest control option, thanks to its active ingredient, carbaryl. This neurotoxin disrupts the nervous system of bed bugs and other insects, killing them instantly.
Carbaryl – Sevin Dust’s Main Ingredient: How it Works
Sevin dust’s popularity as an insecticide mainly comes from its active ingredient, carbaryl. This chemical compound is made from a mixture of molecules that disrupts the nervous system of insects.
When it comes into contact with an insect, carbaryl binds to receptors on a bug’s nerves and stops them from communicating correctly. This causes the insect’s muscles to contract, which leads to paralysis and, eventually, death.
Aside from direct contact, Sevin dust also works when ingested. It works similarly when ingested as it does when applied topically.
On a general note, Sevin dust is effective against many types of bugs, including fleas and ticks. When it comes to bed bugs specifically, the powder can be used as a spot treatment or a perimeter treatment around your home.
Many homeowners also opt to apply the dust in their backyard as a preventative measure. Although it’s not considered to be a bed bug repellant, Sevin dust can help reduce the risk of an infestation by killing potentially harmful bugs lurking on your property.
How to Use Sevin Dust to Kill Bed Bugs?
If you suspect a minor or starting bed bug infestation on your mattress, room, carpets, or other furniture, it’s crucial that you’re aware of how to use Sevin dust properly. Here’s how:
It’s tempting to just apply Sevin dust all over the infested area, but it’s important to vacuum first. Vacuuming removes the bed bugs from their hiding spots and can also get rid of any eggs that might be around.
Be sure to dispose of the vacuum bag properly after vacuuming – preferably in an outside bin or trash can. Ensure that the vacuum bag is properly sealed before disposal. This prevents any bugs from escaping back into your home.
If your vacuum bag doesn’t have a disposal system, you may want to buy an insecticide-treated vacuum bag that kills the bed bugs as soon as they enter it.
Take Out the Mattress
Unfortunately, exposure to Sevin dust poses a health risk to humans. If using the treatment inside a room, ensure that there are no kids, pets, or other people in the area.
It’s also a good idea to remove the mattress from the room before treating it with Sevin dust. This way, you can avoid any inhalation or contact risks of using the insecticide powder.
Applying Sevin Dust
Once your room is vacuumed, and the mattress is out of the way, carefully sprinkle the Sevin dust into all of the affected areas, making sure to cover every possible hiding place for bed bugs.
Apply thin layers, but ensure they’re properly spread. Cover all areas, such as mattresses, bed frames, carpets, furniture, and more. Again, ensure you’re wearing a protective mask to avoid inhaling any of the powder.
Since Sevin dust works two ways, via direct contact and ingestion, it’s important to apply a thin layer so that the bugs can ingest it easily and the powder can get into their hard-to-reach hiding spots.
Allow it to Set
Once you’ve finished applying Sevin dust, let it set for about an hour or two. This will give the powder enough time to do its job and start killing off any bed bugs that might be lurking in your home.
Clean Up Carefully
Again, be sure to dispose of your vacuum bag properly once you’re done cleaning. Then, wipe down and vacuum the entire room to get rid of any excess Sevin dust that you may have applied.
Some people like to vacuum twice to make sure that all of the powder is removed. Finally, remove any debris and wash sheets and blankets in hot water to make sure there are no remaining traces of Sevin dust and/or dead bed bugs.
Repeat as Necessary
Like any other insecticide, Sevin dust can lose its potency over time and may need to be reapplied after a few weeks or months if the infestation persists.
Be sure to read the instructions on your product’s label to find out how often it needs to be used. While Sevin dust may help kill bed bugs, proper handling and safety measures should always be taken.
Additionally, you may want to seek professional help if the infestation persists after multiple treatments. Sevin can be used in conjunction with other treatments as part of an integrated pest management system.
Bed bugs are a serious problem and can be difficult to get rid of. Sevin dust is one possible treatment, but it should only be used after following the proper safety precautions.
Vacuum and clean the infested area before applying Sevin dust, wear protective gear, and let it sit for a few hours to give it time to work.
Finally, repeat as necessary if the infestation persists. Take note that when inhaled, this can also be harmful to humans and pets – so use it with caution.