Heat vs. Residual Sprays: Treatment for Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are a common problem in the tri-state area. While these pests used to be associated with crowded buildings, we now know that they can infest even the cleanest homes.
Bed bugs are very small and can easily latch onto clothing without being noticed. You can pick up bed bugs from any areas where you’re around other people, from public transportation to hotels to schools and other public spaces. Once bed bugs get into your home, they hide in mattresses and other places where you’re unlikely to notice them.
Because bed bug infestations can be challenging to eliminate, professional bed bug treatments are essential. When it comes to heat vs. conventional treatment with residual sprays and dusts, conventional bed bug treatment is much more effective.
Bed Bug Heat Treatment
Because bed bugs are such resilient, pervasive pests, professional treatment is the best way to eliminate an infestation. Heat treatment for bed bugs works by drying out the bed bugs’ bodies. It requires special equipment to raise the temperature in your home to approximately 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Every inch of your home must reach this temperature, and the temperature must be maintained for a minimum of five hours to eliminate the bed bugs and their larvae.
To prepare for heat treatment, you must remove clutter and clear off surfaces. You must then vacuum these surfaces, paying special attention to baseboards, cracks and crevices. All of your household items need to be exposed, which means you must open closet doors and drawers to ensure your clothing and other belongings are properly heated.
Conventional Bed Bug Treatment
At Pestech Pest Solutions, we recommend conventional bed bug treatments that use residual sprays and dusts. Bed bug heat treatment is not a bad method, but it is not as effective as conventional treatment.
Conventional methods have a residual effect that continues to work after the treatment has ended.
Heat treatment offers no residual protection, which increases the likelihood that your home or business will become reinfected.
It’s also difficult to ensure that the heat will get through your walls to the voids where bed bugs tend to hide. What’s more, bed bug heat treatment has the unfortunate side effect of damaging items in your home and causing paint to peel. The treatment can also pose a fire hazard if not managed correctly.
Pestech’s Conventional Bed Bug Treatment
Our conventional bed bug treatment is more effective and affordable than heat treatment. When you reach out to us about a bed bug infestation, one of our certified technicians will visit your home to perform a thorough inspection and determine which rooms are infested. Because female bed bugs are pregnant for life, even one bed bug indicates an infestation.
Before we return to perform the treatment, you can prepare your home by cleaning cluttered areas to clear your surfaces. You should also wash and dry your bedding and clothes and bag them to ensure they’re out of the way.
Our Treatment Process
When your technician arrives for the initial clean out service, they will do an in-depth treatment of the infected areas. They’ll check everything in the rooms, from the mattress and bed frame to seams, screw holes and cracks. They may even treat cracks in the floorboards underneath the bed.
The products we use provide 30 days of residual protection. We also place residual-acting products directly on all the baseboards of your home to prevent bed bugs from moving to a new area and surviving there when the treatment is complete.
After the initial clean out, we’ll return once a week for three weeks to reinspect and treat your home. We’ll chat with you about what you’ve seen and experienced since the last treatment, and we’ll make any necessary adjustments. With our multiple treatments and our products’ residual effects, we make absolutely sure that every bed bug is gone.
How Are Bed Bugs Different From Other Insects?
Bed bugs are unlike your average insect. They are generally more resilient and harder to get rid of than other bugs. These pests have several unique characteristics:
- Bed bugs survive on the blood of a warm-blooded person or animal.
- They are slow to die and can live as long as 18 months.
- Female bed bugs are pregnant for their entire lives, and they lay hundreds of eggs.
- They tend to seek out warm, dark places, and they typically stay within 5 feet of a potential host. You’re likely to find them in your bedroom, couches, chairs and any other places you or your pets like to sit.
- Bed bugs are most noticeable when they are in groups because they are so small.
Telltale Signs of Bed Bugs
If you observe or experience any of the following, you may be dealing with a bed bug infestation:
- You notice small blood and fecal stains on your mattress and bedding.
- You spot their skin or exoskeletons on your bed or furniture.
- Your skin has small, raised welts that itch or burn.
- Your skin has multiple bites in a localized area.
Contact Pestech for Conventional Bed Bug Treatment
If you want to get rid of your bed bug problem for good, conventional treatment is the best option. At Pestech, we use highly effective products and techniques that provide protection long after treatment is complete.
Treating bed bugs requires meticulous work, expertise and advanced skills. With more than 30 years of pest industry experience, we have an in-depth understanding of bed bugs and how to get rid of them. Our certified technicians are highly trained and experienced with bed bug treatments. We know exactly what to look for, and we’ll ensure that your home is thoroughly treated and protected.
We’re so confident in our work that we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If we aren’t successful the first time, we’ll continue the service until the problem is gone at no additional cost to you.
Contact us today to learn more about our services and schedule an inspection for your home or business.