The simple answer is no.
DDT was accepted as a standard bed bug treatment from the forties up until 1970 when it was banned in Canada for its harmful effect on wildlife. DDT is known to cause egg thinning resulting in a high fatality rate for birds and other species that lay eggs.
In recent years, killing bed bugs has been difficult with the explosion of the bed bug population and their ability to quickly develop immunity to chemicals used in bed bug treatments. Some people have advocated bringing back DDT for the sole purpose of getting rid of bed bugs because of its known effectiveness.
However, experts suggest that this isn’t as good an idea as it sounds.
Firstly, there is the known fact that DDT wreaks havoc on the ecosystem. Damaging the environment negatively impacts us all, whether in the short term or the long term. Putting wildlife at risk in order to get rid of bed bugs is not a solution; it is simply substituting one problem for another.
Secondly, studies have indicated that DDT will not have the same effectiveness today that it once did. Even before it was banned, bed bugs were beginning to show signs of resistance. Some reports indicate partial immunity as early as 1948. Furthermore, DDT works the same way many recent chemical bed bug treatments do: by binding to the sodium pores in cells. Since bed bugs have developed steady immunity to this class of chemical (called pyrethrums), more likely than not they will react the same way to DDT.
Unfortunately, there is no magic answer when it comes to getting rid of bed bugs.
It’s frustrating and often time consuming trying to get rid of bed bugs. Bringing back a chemical known to be harmful is not the answer. We have increasing access to better and safer bed bug treatments. For instance, heat and freeze treatments are a great alternative to kill bed bugs without exposing the environment to harmful toxins.
If you’re having difficulty removing bed bugs from your home, don’t hesitate to call Magical Pest Control at (905) 738-6676 or contact us online. We offer free consultations over the phone and if we find bed bugs during the inspection, we’ll work with you to devise an effective plan for removing bed bugs.