National Pest Management Month
All bed bug infestations are not the same. So, it stands to reason that there is no solution that will fix them all. This makes the topic of whether or not to use heat or conventional treatments a confusing one. Sometimes, it is best to use heat. Sometimes, it is best to use conventional treatments. And, there are even times when both are needed. Here are a few things to consider when you are looking to eradicate these pests.
This option is perfect for home and business owners who want a solution that is 100% eco-friendly. Heat doesn't leave any residuals.
Heat kills all life stages of bed bugs, from egg to adult.
A heat treatment only requires one treatment visit, and it can be accomplished in one day. Therefore, no follow-up visits are required. So, your bugs will be gone in a single day, instead of weeks. That means that the occupants of your home or business don't need to be displaced multiple times over the course of a few months. And, they won't have to be bothered by the repeat preparation needed before each visit. This makes heat a very convenient way to get rid of bed bugs.
Heat radiates into walls and your belongings to get bed bugs in places that are hard to get to with insecticides.
Studies have shown that bed bugs can become resistant to chemicals and adapt to living in dangerous environments. This can make it a difficult job to treat for bed bugs with chemical products. Heat treatments fully deal with all the bed bugs in a structure, even bugs that have developed a resistant exterior skin, referred to as a cuticle.
95% of the time, bed bugs can be fully eradicated with only heat treatment.
Conventional treatment is the less expensive option. While each treatment has its own complexities and the cost may vary, insecticide treatments are consistently less expensive than heat treatments. If you need a specific price, we provide a no-obligation bed bug treatment estimate.
Conventional treatments are often the best choice for small infestations, especially when combined with canine bed bug inspectors, mattress encasements, HEPA vacuums, and other direct treatment options.
Since conventional treatments can be used in a focused manner, treatments done with insecticides are more discreet. You won't have to worry about neighbors or customers seeing heating equipment being brought into your home or business.
When administered by a certified professional, it is safe to enter a structure that has been treated with insecticides in as little as 4 hours. You should have no fear when selecting this as a treatment option.
It isn't easy to bring the temperature of a structure up to 130 degrees Fahrenheit and keep it there. Heat treatments require the use of industrial strength fans, temperature regulated industrial heaters, and sensors. It is also important to have a certified pest professional administer a heat treatment to prevent property damage and loss of life.
Some items cannot be left inside a structure while it is being heated. It is important to have experience and training when administering a heat treatment so that no items are damaged or destroyed.
Some items can stay in a home that is being heated.
Preparation is needed for this treatment method. Your pest professional will outline some things you will need to do to get ready for your treatment day.
Be aware that follow-up treatments are usually necessary to be sure that all bugs are eliminated. The first of these will usually fall within 2-3 weeks of the initial treatment.
Preparation may be needed before treatment is done, depending on how large the infestation is.
Sometimes insecticides are used with a heat treatment. These products can increase the success of treating certain bed bug infestations.
Heat treatments and conventional treatments have their advantages and disadvantages, but your certified bed bug specialist will guide you through the options and help you find the best fit for your needs. If you are in our Maryland, D.C., and northern Virginia service area, reach out to us for immediate assistance.
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