Update: The bedbugs did decrease after using Khatnil, but I was doing so many things from vacuuming to hot water washing of all cloth items that it is difficult to say what was killing them. It most certainly could not be applied and left to work. Not even regular applications got rid of the bed bugs completely, and we ended up trashing the mattress and the one that came after it as well. I did win the war against the critters, but it was not easy, and while Khatnil probably helped, it most certainly wasn’t the solution.
Bed bugs! When we returned after a trip with suspect accommodation, we were worried that we may have brought back more lives than we went in with – as in a whole colony of bed bugs. Actually, I suspected much later when I couldn’t sleep and caught the critters red handed or rather red smeared on the sheets. I then put two and two together and remembered the ghastly sleepless nights in the cheap hotel …. and sure enough, the suitcase we had taken there had some in it too.
Worried about the safety of my infant son Nisarga, I wanted to find an organic solution for bed bugs that was most appropriate and least toxic.
The local shop set me up with a bottle of Khatnil K-20 and I happily looked forward to a bedbug free home. Alas, things did not unfold so. True to form, before using anything I don’t know much about, I decided to look up the active ingredients in the bottle to get an idea of their safety.
Imagine my surprise when all my hunting didn’t find any place on or in the pack where it mentioned what was in the bottle beyond “Powerful liquid to curb bed bugs” and “herbal”. Yeah, that’s how everyone describes their herbal bedbug killer product – but not its content. I searched online. I couldn’t find the ingredients anywhere.
So how does one check that the active ingredients in the herbal insecticide for bed bugs are actually safe? What if someone has an allergy to something in it? What in the world does a doctor combat in case of accidental poisoning?
So I went to the shop and argued my tongue off. No help. They wouldn’t take an opened bottle back and offered me another ‘herbal’ solution, which they say is pretty much exactly the same as Khatnil, but mentions the ingredients – petroleum derivatives, coaltar… were some of the words that I had to investigate – herbal? The only herbal ingredient in there seemed to be eucalyptus oil.
This seemed worrisome. Taking a risk, I used it sparingly in areas I was dead certain no one would touch and still worried about fumes. It smells like turpentine. Last I know turpentine isn’t a herbal product. For the rest, I just shook eucalyptus oil and water together and sprayed. It seems to be working, but then I physically slaughtered most of the critters and it wasn’t a bad infestation.
We have no trouble these days, though I’m going to keep a sharp eye on things for quite some time.
Is there anyone at all who cares about such things?