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Bed Bug Killer

Residual killing power against bed bugs, non-toxic to passengers and crew.

Kills bed bug right where they live

Bed Bug Killer is an aircraft cabin approved desiccant insecticide that works by absorbing the waxy water proof coating so the bed bugs die of dehydration. It can be carried back to a harbourage by an individual bed bug, killing the nest. Permagard Aviation Bed Bug Killer has been approved by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) and has been tested to Boeing and Airbus standards.

Safe to use in all the common harbourages where bed bugs are likely to live and breed
  • Non-toxic, no odour, no exclusion time after application
  • A safer toxic-free environment for passengers and crew
  • Eco-friendly

Discrete and targeted application method
  • AMM Supplement and Entomologist endorsed specialised application procedure
  • Long lasting if undisturbed
  • No need to cover everything before the application
  • Professional cordless applicator machine used for targeted application

“Bed bug populations have developed resistance to multiple insecticide groups and, in particular, that they have become highly resistant to pyrethroid insecticides which is commonly used by pest control companies. Despite this, and due to a general scarcity of alternative control options, when faced with a bed bug infestation both pest management professionals (PMPs) and residents of infested properties continue to apply insecticides in attempts to achieve control.”

– Stephen L. Doggett, Australia’s leading Entomologist and Bed Bug expert


1. What is Permagard Aviation Bed Bug Killer?

Permagard Aviation Bed Bug Killer is and amorphous silica dust that is applied to discrete parts of the aircraft cabin to control bed bugs.

2. What is amorphous silica?

Silica (silicon dioxide) is a naturally occurring mineral composed of silicon and oxygen. Silica and silicate compounds make up 90% of the earth’s crust. There are numerous names used for silica, such as Silica Gel, DED and Diatomaceous Earth. Silica comes in numerous forms when mixed with other elements, known as silicates.

3. How does amorphous silica kill bed bugs?

There are many forms of silica dust (also known as silica gel) available and have been used in the pest management industry for over 50 years to treat commercial and residential buildings. In recent decades, chemical poisoning of bedbugs has been very effective however, they have, to a large extent, become immune to these chemicals . Silica gel is a mechanical means of killing bed bugs by desiccation (dehydration). It is not an instant kill however, they die before they the breeding cycle is complete. Permagard Aviation Bed Bug Killer is a very effective control measure to stop bed bug infestations. Applied sparingly as an invisible dust, the bed bug crawls across the amorphous silica which it sticks to them, dehydrating them and removing some of the very thin waxy layer around their exoskeleton.

4. Will amorphous silica kill any exoskeleton pest?

Yes, there are many studies showing amorphous silica kills other crawling insects that rely on a waxy coating on their exoskeleton to stop dehydration. Pests such as cockroaches, fleas, ants and the like.

5. Will Permagard Aviation Bed Bug Killer stop bed bugs coming onto the aircraft?

No, there is no guaranteed way to eliminate all bed bugs coming onto an aircraft in people’s luggage, on their clothes or carry on articles unless you want to subject all passengers and cargo to extreme heat, chemicals, radiation etc before they board. Regular application of Permagard Aviation’s Bed Bug Killer on your fleet will provide continued protection against any possible infestation.

6. How do you know if there is one bed bug or an infestation?

Generally, most people do not notice one or two bed bug bites and discard as a flea, mosquito bite etc. (Note, adverse reactions to bed bites vary substantially between individuals where some people are hardly affected and some are extremely noticeable). Only when a series of bites occur or when they are witnessed on the bed or surround area itself is when the realisation is that the aircraft has bed bugs. Given the hibernation period for bed bugs is weeks and sometimes months between their blood meal, and that they like to feed when it is dark and when they cannot be undisturbed; once customers or staff start to notice them because of numerous bites or sightings during lit conditions, there is already an infestation likely.

7. Isn’t silica dangerous to your health?

Permagard Aviation Bed Bug Killer is amorphous silica as opposed to crystalline silica. Crystalline, or free silica is the form which is most likely to produce harmful effects. The three most common types of crystalline silica are quartz, tridymite and cristobalite. However, in most rocks crystalline silica makes up only a fraction of the total silica containing materials. Other forms of silica are silica combined with other elements (silicates) and amorphous silica. In general, these forms of silica are much less likely to cause disease, apart from the fibrous silicates such as asbestos . In fact, diatomaceous earth is used in controlling pests found in grain silos with no harmful effects on humans or animals.

8. So Why Is Permagard Aviation Bed Bug Killer safe for use?

Permagard Aviation Bed Bug Killer has been tested by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority and holds the APVMA approval. This testing is very extensive for any health effects the product may have on humans and animals. If used in accordance with its label as approved by the APVMA, it is deemed safe for use. A Safety Data Sheet is supplied with the product for its application.

9. As amorphous silica is not new with well-established efficacy in controlling bed bugs, why has it not been used on aircraft before?

Until recently, chemicals were very effective and the need to find an alternative product was not required.

10. Why Is Permagard Aviation Bed Bug Killer different to other silica gel dusts used in pest management?

There are many other dusts available for pest management however, Permagard Aviation Bed Bug Killer has 2 distinctive differences, it is approved for use on aircraft and in sleeping areas. Some pest management dusts are laced with insecticides to create an instant kill as well as the longer-term control of desiccation. This is very effective when used inside wall or roof cavities or other areas where it will not be disturbed. They are generally applied very liberally across large areas to be both a barrier and a killer. Aircraft are confined spaces that have a lot of air or mechanical movement that can displace dust. Permagard Aviation Bed Bug Killer has a unique application method designed specifically for aircraft to uphold the APVMA approval and to comply with the aviation approval test results.

11. If there is no recognised test method for dust, how did Permagard Aviation test to Boeing and Airbus standards?

Working with a world-renowned bed bug entomologist, Stephen Doggett; our Part 21 design engineers set about to understand how the bed bugs get on board an aircraft, feed, breed, hibernate and move around. Their intimate knowledge of the aircraft structure and fittings allowed them to understand where the dust would be required to be placed so it would be most effective. From that, the test methods required were identified and then tested to. As usual, the testing does not always give the perfect result and in one area, it did not conform. Our engineers knew this would be the case before it was sent for testing due to the way the product was prepared, so it was not a surprise. Our engineers created an AMM Supplement to cater for the test results and approve it for use on aircraft. The AMM Supplement is very specific about what equipment to use, where and how to apply the dust to maintain efficacy whilst complying with the APVMA and part 21 design requirements.

12. How do I get a copy of the AMM Supplement?

The AMM Supplement is provided to whoever is going to apply the product after a non-disclosure type of arrangement has been entered into. Permagard Aviation can provide training to end users or our Approved Service Centres who can teat aircraft in their region.

13. Your engineers are CASA approved; how can I get access to the engineering assessment documents created to do my own assessment and approve for use under my National Airworthiness Authority?

Our policy is not to disclose these underlying documents as CASA has bilateral agreements with the FAA for Part 21 design where our design methods are acceptable to the FAA without further scrutiny. Permagard Aviation understands there may be occasions where the aircraft operator needs further information contained in those documents to allow approval and we will work with the Part 21 or Part 42 agencies to provide the clarification needed. It should be noted this will only be done under a binding non–disclosure and non-proliferation agreement entered into as part of a sale contract.

14. I do not have to comply with CASA or APVMA rules, can I buy the product on-line and apply myself?

No. The AMM Supplement is integral to the aviation approvals and upholding the APVMA approval. Specialised equipment, processes and product review is required to ensure efficacy and safe use.

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