One of the most frequent questions we get is what is Lights Out made of and just what exactly creates such devastating killing power in a formula that is 100% nontoxic to humans and pets? The basic answer is a simple one; the main active ingredient in Lights Out is soybean oil and that ingredient is listed first on the product label and is not exactly a big secret.
If a manufacturer would like to keep their product ingredients secret they would not be able to do so, because the government makes certain those ingredients are printed on the label. There are obviously good reasons for this: people need to know what they are eating, drinking, or applying to their bodies, or in their homes. Some people have dietary restrictions on certain ingredients, others have allergy considerations to concern themselves with; there are even those with religious and a myriad of other good reasons to make the information of all product ingredients transparent. How about not having any desire to spray a poisonous substance around your home; say no more to that being a good enough reason!
How does soybean oil work to kill bed bugs and a host of other insects also? Well I have already given the answer above: Lights Out is a modern bio-engineered marvel! So what does that mean? The truth is if you just took plain old soybean oil and poured it over a bed bug it would not accomplish anything; unless of course you poured enough to drown it, in which case you might as well have used water, it’s cheaper.
The modern bio-engineered marvel part comes in because a team of research scientists somehow managed to figure out how to bio-engineer a molecule in soybean oil to react with a molecule found in the body chemistry of bed bugs and other hard shell insects of the same class; when this reaction takes place (almost immediately) the insect becomes dehydrated and within minutes its exoskeleton cracks and well, its Lights Out for that for that critter. So how do they do that? Frankly I do not know.
The process to accomplish this marvel of bio-engineering is so secret there are literally only a few people on this earth who know and I am not one of them. I do know that creating the devastating killing power of Lights Out takes place entirely in a laboratory (well no surprise there) and takes multiple steps ( again I am not in the know on how many- I have been told more than 10, less than 25). Each step must be performed under precisely controlled temperature and other conditions and each step must be taken in an exact order. Any failure to perform this process exactly as required will leave you with a liquid that is nothing more than the soybean oil you started with and it will not kill anything, except by drowning.
Now I have frequent conversations with some of the scientists who developed Lights Out, because I get a lot of questions only they are capable of answering. I am sure they must find trying to explain things to me to be a bit frustrating, as it is often necessary for them to put things in terms us civilians can grasp.
One of the frequent questions that arises is, are there competitors out there also using a soy based formula and if so how does their product compare to Lights Out? The answer is yes there are other competitors using a soy based formula and it compares to lights Out the same way you would compare a jet plane to a bicycle; just because they both have tires. Obviously once Lights Out, as a soy based formula, came on to the market and proved its efficacy, there were competitors who figured you just put some soy oil in a bottle and you have knocked off Lights out. Well that is hardly the case.
Our scientists believe that is practically impossible to even reverse engineer another product using the Lights Out formula. Once again you need to know all those secret laboratory steps, temperatures and procedures and do them in the exact order, to duplicate the killing power of Lights Out. As I have suggested in previous blogs if you pick up a competitive product to Lights Out and wish to know if it really works, or not, simply ask to: SHOW ME THE TESTING!
The true independent laboratory testing certifying that the product is safe, kills bed bugs and ultimately eliminates bed bug infestation. We know of no other competitive product that has this true independent laboratory testing and believe me we keep asking.