If you are reading this, you are likely all to familiar with how widespread this little pest has recently become.
In fact, they have been dramatically increasing in numbers since the 1990’s. They made their resurgence in entry point cities such as Las Angeles and New York city.
There are a host of plausible reasons for this resurgence from cheap worldwide travel options to a changing pest control policies. These are great to think about in terms of big picture, but they do not help you the average person dealing with these pests. What you should know is that these bugs likely came into your life through a select few pathways.
- You went somewhere that had bed bugs. Important to consider because if you go there again and it hasn’t been resolved, you might pick up more hitchhikers. In todays world this could be another residence, a laundromat, movie theater, doctors office, or any number of public places.
- Someone visited you with hitchhikers. Important to consider for many reasons. If their infestation is unresolved they could be a continued source of infestation for you at your home or other places you might visit with him or her.
- A nearby building/unit is infested and there is a pathway between them and you. Think of air ducts, false walls, onsite laundry, or common hallways. Important to consider because if the source isn’t addressed and you don’t take precautions the bed bugs will continue to pop into your life.
- Furniture or other items including electronics were brought into the home infested. Typically this would be used furniture, however new furniture delivered to you can be a potential source of bed bugs. Important to consider what new to you items were brought in over the past two or three months.
The source is critically important for both you and whomever you hire to remove the infestation from your life. Important for you because preventative measures for each of the above items can be very different. Important for your service technician because it can help determine the source area in the building and also how big the infestation may have become.
Also important information to consider. Arguably the most important information is this. Do not use over the counter pesticides or home remedies. Bed bugs have been increasingly building up a tolerance towards the majority of pesticides in use today. Only a few chemicals not readily available to the average person are known to be lethal against these bugs. In many cases using over the counter pesticides or home remedies can actually repel them into your walls and other voids. This can make it seem like the bugs are gone but this will be short lived as the bugs will return when the pesticide has worn off in larger numbers.
So bed bug control, what should you do? Do your homework on the different companies and what methods they employ to eradicate your infestation.
Some traditional companies will offer a pesticide based treatment program using one or more of the remaining pesticides that work. I would check with what their prep list consists of(what steps you need to take before they start work and what steps you need to take after they finish). Also a word of caution, pesticides will not kill eggs. So ask how they address eggs.
Some offer a heat treatment using giant space heaters to heat entire rooms up to a lethal temperature. Areas of concern will pop up though with wall voids and thick items in the room such as piles of laundry…….. Ask them how they will address potential cold pockets in walls…. As the room heats up, bed bugs may start to scatter for these colder pockets so before you sign a contract for heat only make sure to ask how they address cold pockets.
Our philosophy can be summed up more as whole home treatment. We will inspect and treat every item within a room using a variety of approved non chemical methods. For example
Bed frames: We start by vacuuming the frames and holes to remove any visible bugs or eggs. We will then follow up with washing the frame if possible to remove further eggs and bed bugs. Dry heat or steam might also be used to further kill any remaining bed bugs. Traps may be installed under the bed footings during re-assembly. Double sided tape may be used strategically to trap or repel future bugs from accessing the bed.
Our strategy for bed bug control reflects best practices being developed by universities and pest control companies in the field. Our decision to not use chemicals is a reflection on the increasing resistance by bed bugs in the field and a pledge to find the most environmentally friendly means of pest control possible. This also means our methods offer zero risk to people, pets, or non target insects.
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