CARSON, CALIF.—Pest Barrier introduces Cimi-Shield to the pest control industry. Cimi-Shield kills bed bugs on contact, has no odor, is non-staining, hypoallergenic and leaves a non-toxic residual in cracks and crevices, and on fabrics like mattresses, box springs, furniture, drapes and carpeting. Independent tests show that the FIFRA 25(b) formula kills for up to 12 months.
Cimi-Shield’s active ingredient, Residulen, is derived from soybean oil. All Cimi-Shield elements have been independently determined to be among those defined by the Federal Insecticide Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) section 25(b) and are Generally Regarded As Safe, (GRAS). Though Cimi-Shield presents no harm to human beings and other mammals or the environment, it kills bed bugs and other pests like fleas and cockroaches, mechanically.
Cimi-Shield dissolves the waxy exoskeletons on the pest’s torso. This mechanical process causes the insect to quickly dehydrate and die. Cimi-Shield is effective against all known strains. Cimi-Shield is available in two formulations. Cimi-Shield Knock-Out is for active infestations. Cimi-Shield Protect is for sites where future infestations may occur. Knock-Out kills the live pests and nymphs after they hatch as they travel through the treated fabric surfaces, or through treated cracks for up to 12 months.
Cimi-Shield Protect is ideal for rooms adjacent to active infestations, or in sites where bed bugs may be introduced in the future. In a typical hotel room, the pest management professional will treat the mattress and box spring, carpeting around the room perimeter and under the bed and other furniture, protecting against a future infestation for up to 12 months.
Residual Kill Effect
Porous carriers are incorporated in the formula making the residual kill possible. Jagged edged barrel-like porous carriers, only 10 microns across, act as reservoirs that become enmeshed in the fabrics and textiles in the treated areas. When nymphs hatch or adults emerge from hidden harborages, or are re-introduced, they begin to crawl and disturb the porous carrier particles. The disturbance causes the reservoired active ingredient to spill out which causes immediate kill. Like the Knock-Out, this makes the process effective against all known strains.
Independent yearlong field tests showed that when used according to label directions, bed bug infestation is eliminated and no material re-infestation occurs for 12 months. It was also shown to eliminate re-introduced bed bugs in the 13th month where only a single pass application had been applied 12 months before.
Because a large percentage of a current infestation is in the form of unhatched eggs that hatch in 10 to 15 days, follow-up treatments have often been necessary. At the same time, re-introduced infestation has often wrongly been blamed on an incomplete or negligent treatment, which has caused many conscientious professionals to re-treat even when the fault is not theirs.
Both formulations are water based, have no odor and are not prone to staining. Furnishings do not need to be replaced and in most instances, any treated area can be returned to service the same day.
Application is made using a new hand pump spray canister or backpack unit. Because it is nontoxic, it can be economically delivered as a super concentrate.
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