How To Get Rid Of Bedbugs (A Deeper Look Into Crossfire Insecticides) 

Having to ask yourself the question of how to get rid of bed bugs is a situation no one wants to find themselves in, but unfortunately, it can happen to the best of us. Fear not, for in today’s day and age there are new solutions that are easy, effective, and affordable for you. One of the best products on the market right now for combating bed bugs is Crossfire Bed Bug Concentrate. 

Crossfire is a water based, liquid insecticide with fast acting ingredients, capable of killing even the most resistant of bed bug strains within the first 5 minutes of application. The main active ingredients in Crossfire Bed Bug Concentrate are Clothianidin, Metofluthrin, and Piperonyl Butoxide, giving this product a dual action effect. This means that the insecticide acts as a bed bug killer upon contact, while still maintaining additional long lasting effects where the product was applied for up to 30 days after its initial use. 

Adult bed bug
Adult bed bug

Some problems people run into when trying to get rid of bed bugs is dealing with bugs that are resistant to pyrethroid, a common ingredient used in most insecticide products. Crossfire’s insecticide contains a special mix of ingredients made specifically for targeting these strains of bed bugs that have become resistant to pyrethroid, so that no resistant bed bugs will survive throughout the extermination process. Another issue people run into is getting rid of bed bug eggs once the bed bugs themselves have been killed. Most insecticides only repel bugs that have already left their shell and are unable to effect the state of unhatched eggs, which leads to reinfestation and the easy spread of eggs. However, Crossfire’s ingredients are able work against unhatched eggs, preventing them from ever hatching. 

Additionally, being a water based product, this insecticide liquid does not stain fabrics, allowing for easy use on most water-safe materials. If you still have hesitancies over whether this insecticide is one hundred percent stain safe for use on your fabrics, it would be recommended to test out the insecticide on only a small portion of material first to see if it leaves behind any residue. Another benefit that makes Crossfire more favorable over the average brand is its minimal odor. This means that there will be less of that nose scrunching, headache inducing, chemically smell to worry about breathing in during and after its usage. 

To summarize, Crossfire Bed Bug Concentrate is a five star rated product that:

  • Kills bed bugs within 5 minutes of direct contact 
  • Kills eggs before they hatch
  • Kills pyrethroid-resistant bed bugs
  • Does not stain water-safe materials 
  • Has less odor than its leading brands 

Crossfire can be bought in varying amounts of ounces, and comes in many forms: pourable concentrate, sprayable cans, large measuring jugs, insecticide kits, etc. And just to make things easier, Crossfire Insecticide is available for purchase both in stores and online, allowing for quicker access. 

Why is Crossfire so effective? 

Bed Bug Concentrate is so effective because it will kill all bed bugs upon direct contact. It will prevent bed bug eggs from hatching. It will kill bed bugs that are resistant to normal pesticides, and it will keep working for up to 30 days to prevent re-infestation.

CrossFire is a type of non-repellant, meaning rather than simply repelling the bed bugs away from an area where the insecticide is applied, it actually kills bed bugs by penetrating their exoskeleton upon contact. Once penetrated, the chemicals actively work to attack the bed bug’s central nervous system, ultimately leading to a paralysis that is followed by death, all within the short time frame of only 5 minutes. 

The reason a non-repellent product like Crossfire is favored over typical types of repellent products is because repellent products only drive the bed bugs away from an area temporarily. It does not kill them, and even allows an opportunity for the bed bugs to survive, multiply, and then return to the area again once the product has faded. It also does little to prevent the already existing eggs from hatching, and overtime bed bugs will become resistant to the insecticides used in repellent products. When using Bed Bug Concentrate for your bed bug extermination, you will not have to stress over any of these problems. Crossfire has been specifically crafted to kill unhatched eggs, kill bed bugs at any stage of life on direct contact, and even kill those hard to get pyrethroid-resistant bed bugs.

Is Crossfire Insecticide Safe? 

Now, you may still be asking yourself, this product sounds great, but is Bed Bug Concentrate safe to use? 

The short answer is: yes! 

Crossfire is actually one of the only products available for eradicating bed bugs that contains such a low amount of toxicity. The liquid concentrate does not have a signal word on its label, meaning that its ingredients have been tested and have shown little toxicity to humans. Of course, because it is an insecticide made for killing bed bugs upon contact, this product should still be used with precision and caution, as well as avoid any contact with human skin, but Crossfire has much less toxicity than leading brands. 

What can I use Crossfire Bed Bug Concentrate on? 

Things you can use Crossfire on when trying to eradicate bed bugs are including but not limited to:

  • Backpacks
  • Baseboards
  • Bedding 
  • Bed Frames
  • Box Springs
  • Closets 
  • Carpeting
  • Cracks and Corners
  • Doors and Window Frames
  • Floors and Floorboards
  • Furniture and Furnished Fabrics 
  • Headboards
  • Luggage
  • Mattresses
  • Pet Beds
  • Purses
  • Shoes
  • Walls and Wall Hangings

With the use of any type of insecticide, following safety precautions and demonstrating proper usage are crucial, and Crossfire makes sure to include safety and usage instructions on all of their products. 

This product should not be applied to bed linens or other surfaces that will face direct contact with human skin. It is suggested to either put linens in a tightly sealed bag over an extended period of time to suffocate the bed bugs, or wash and dry the linens at high temperatures to try and kill the bugs with heat.  

Crossfire insecticides should also not be applied anywhere that it could face direct contact with opened food, utensils, or counters used to cook or eat on. These surfaces should be thoroughly covered and protected before the insecticides are used in nearing areas. Crossfire should not be ingested, and should not come near the eyes or mouth. 

Moreover, animals and children should not be on the premises when applying this insecticide. Adults are guided to use gloves, as well as wear long sleeve shirts, fitted pants, socks, and close toed shoes to avoid any accidental contact with the insecticide during the application process. 

How do I apply Crossfire Bed Bug Concentrate? 

Now that you understand what Crossfire Bed Bug Concentrate is and why it’s so effective, this short 3 minute video below will take you through the process of how to prepare Crossfire’s insecticide liquid concentrate and review how you can apply it onto your contaminated area(s).  

This product is extremely easy for in-home use. The recommended methods for applying Crossfire is with a handheld spray tank or different sized paintbrushes to cover more refined areas. The insecticide spray can be used in cracks, crevices, and non-food areas. For additional information on how to apply this insecticide to specific bed bug infested areas, view this instructional PDF supplied by MGK, the company marketing all Crossfire products.

Commonly Asked Questions

Q- Is Crossfire Insecticide flammable? 

Answer- No, Crossfire has not been classified as a combustible or flammable product. Crossfire products have been tested by OSHA to ensure non-flammability. It is safe to apply Crossfire behind ovens, near kitchen appliances that heat up, etc- just make sure that the insecticide has dried fully before letting your appliances heat up again. However, do not put the insecticide directly inside of an oven or inside of kitchen appliances where food will be directly placed and cooked. Edible foods should not make direct contact with surfaces where the chemicals of this insecticide have touched. The insecticide lingers for up to 30 days and will contaminate your food.

Q- Is Crossfire Bed Bug Concentrate safe to use in a home with pets and/or children?

Answer- Yes, Crossfire is safe to use in a home with pets and children, as long as the instructions on the product label are followed. During use, animals and pets should be removed from the area, as the product should not touch human or pet skin. It is safe for children and pets to return to the area again once the product has dried completely. 

Q- What is the shelf life of Crossfire Bed Bug Concentrate? 

Answer- Once opened, Crossfire concentrate should be kept in a cool, dry area. Crossfire holds an approximated 3 year shelf life. 

Q-  When is it safe to vacuum after treating for bed bugs with Crossfire? 

Answer- It is recommended to wait a minimum of 2 hours before vacuuming up the dead bed bugs and surrounding areas. Crossfire should kill all bed bugs and unhatched eggs at first contact, but waiting 2 hours ensures that the product has fully set in and the area is completely dry. 

Q- How often can I apply Crossfire Bed Bug Concentrate? 

Answer- It is important to stay on top of your bed bug treatment every 7-14 days until signs of bed bugs are gone. Crossfire is a very potent product, and can be used in alternation with additional insecticides. Because of its potency, you should see significant results with each application of the insecticide on infestation sites. 

Q- How do I know when the bed bug infestation is really gone? 

Answer- Although it is difficult to tell if all of the bed bugs have truly been eradicated from your home or if there are more hiding somewhere, one of the easiest ways to gage it is monitoring the first fifty to sixty days after full treatment. Once you have placed Crossfire Bed Bug Concentrate in all possible contaminated areas, and think you have eradicated all known harborage sites, this sixty day grace period will allow for any possible remaining bugs to either exit the home or return to their usual feeding habits and spread out into your living space. If you are approaching 60 days post-treatment with no signs of bed bugs, it is a good indicator that you have defeated the infestation. 

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Dusty Showers has been in the urban nuisance wildlife and pest control field since 1993. Taught by Garon Fyffe, a pioneer in humane nuisance wildlife management, Dusty has a passion for finding humane solutions to human & wildlife conflicts. Dusty was the only individual invited by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission in the lat 1990's to help write legislation for legal protection of Florida bats. With an instinct for solving wildlife, Dusty found pest control to be an easy "add-on interest". Dusty started his first business "Animal Instincts Wildlife & Pest Management" in the Tampa Bay, Florida area in 1995. Eventually selling Animal Instincts in 2002, Dusty went on to start Creepy Creatures Termite and Pest Control in 2009, which he still owns and operates today in Palm Harbor, Florida.

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