Letting the Bedbugs Bite: Repellant Maker Fined for Misleading Ads

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If you’re plagued by tiny nigh-invisible nightly visitors that leave your arms and legs dotted with itchy welts, you may have stopped short of dousing your mattress in kerosene and cathartically (if unwisely) lighting a match by first giving spray-on products that promise to kill bedbugs a shot.

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Maybe you’ve heard of Best Yet!, an organic bedbug repellent spray that uses “natural cedar oil” to fend off bedbugs as well as “mosquitoes, chigger, ticks, no-see-ums, flies and more.” Sounds like any other exotic oil-based bug repellant claim, right? But its maker, Chemical Free Solutions LLC, was accused of deceptively advertising the product, which it claimed would in fact “get rid of lice and bed bugs,” reports Reuters; it’s a considerable leap from “[works] to keep nuisance insects and pests away from you” to gets rid of entirely.

Thus the U.S. Federal Trade Commission got involved, culminating in charges over those claims as well as others, like that Best Yet!’s products were originally created to service the U.S. Army — not true, says the FTC.

Chemical Free Solutions just agreed to settle the charges, which henceforth bar it from promoting its Best Yet! products’ efficacy until it can prove, scientifically, that they work as claimed. In addition, Chemical Free Solutions has to pay $185,206 in fines, while the company’s previous owner, Dave Glassel, has to come up with a whopping $4.6 million.

The FTC isn’t mincing words here, calling companies that prey on the public’s alarm about pestilent critters like bedbugs “creepy little blood suckers” and referring to them as “self-proclaimed pest control professionals” who want “to take a bite out of your wallet.”

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DahaiDong
DahaiDong

No bed bugs can bite you at night if you use a right tool even bed bugs migrate from other apartments. Many people deal with endless cycles of feeding bed bugs, laying eggs up to 300 eggs per bug, and killing bed bugs. They try to kill bed bugs faster than laying eggs, but chemical or steamer performs “kill on contact”. Bed bugs behind wall and inside laptop survive.

If you don’t feed bed bugs which can’t lay eggs, you don’t need to search and kill any bed bugs. Google "Bed Sized Bed Bug Trap" to find right method how to keep top of bed, tables, and chairs bed bugs free and how to kill bed bugs in sofas and laptops.

Poor methods kill bed bugs when you seek bed bugs and fail if you miss a single one. Right method traps or starves bed bugs when bed bugs seek you without survivor. Poor methods fail even you have killed 99% bed bugs. Right method succeeds even it traps 0% bed bugs because no feeding is good enough to solve the problem. It is nonsense to believe bed bug’s one year life without food if they feel your CO2 smell, crawl every night for seeking food, and never have a chance to be in dormant at room temperature.