The powder begins killing bed bugs by absorbing the waxes, moisture, and oil from the pest's cuticle. Rapid dehydration ensues, and the bed bugs die. Superfine particles follow up by abrading the bed bug's exoskeleton, causing erosion that completes their destruction and disintegration. Dreamstate™ offers a better solution to bed bug control over chemical pesticides because bed bugs do not wash their exoskeleton allowing a chemical pesticide to be ingested. More importantly there are many peer-reviewed articles available online explaining how ineffective chemical-based pesticides are for bed bug control and why you wouldn't want these chemicals sprayed in close proximity to yourself, your children or your pets.