Our trusted partners use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) which is an approach to pest management that involves using both chemical and non-chemical measures to manage bed bug and other pest infestations. This Bed Bugs – Traditional Pest Control approach is used to manage and reduce the amount of pesticide damage done to the environment.
Since bed bugs hide so easily in small, tight spaces, one of the biggest obstacles to elimination is clutter. Items stored under a bed and nearby closets packed with clothes, shoes, and other belongings provide additional hiding spaces for bed bugs and make it more difficult for professionals to effectively inspect and treat for bed bugs.
Because of these factors, it is imperative to use an integrated approach of inspection, physical removal (cleaning & housekeeping), residual treatment, and exclusion. A combination of these approaches is a good example of Integrated Pest Management (IPM).
Bed Bugs – Traditional Pest Control | Let’s take a look at each:
- Inspection – See section on K-9 Inspection
- Physical Removal (Cleaning & Housekeeping) – Physically removing infested items either to be disposed of or to be fumigated may be necessary depending on the level of infestation and the amount of items in the structure. Vacuuming all suspected harborage (hiding) areas with a professional vacuum with a HEPA filter captures both live and dead bed bugs, bed bugs eggs, cast skins, and fecal matter – physically eliminating a portion of the infestation. (Because bed bugs are so hardy, they can live in a vacuum bag so it’s important that the pest professional dispose of the vacuum bag properly.)
- Residual Treatment – Once vacuuming is completed the professional service provider will make an application to the many harborage areas (hiding places) described above, using one or more of a variety of residual pesticide materials that will control any bed bugs the vacuum may have missed and provide a level of extended protection against re-infestation. This residual treatment may be a liquid or a dust-type material or a combination of the two depending on the exact area to be treated. Large quantities of control materials are not required. It is more effective to put a small quantity of the control material in many specific locations than to broadcast a large quantity in one general application.
Bed Bugs – Traditional Pest Control- are usually one or more of the following:
Crack & Crevice – placing a small amount of a liquid material directly into the harborage area or transitional area of the target pest.
Surface Application – a broadcast application onto a surface where no crack or crevice may exist like the bottom of a box spring, so that the pest comes in contact with the control material during the course of its normal activities. Proper precautions are taken so that no material is placed where people would easily come into contact with the control material.
Dust Application To Voids – Some situations call for an application of an insecticidal or desiccant dust material be placed in wall voids in and around the areas of infestation.
- Exclusion – Once the Physical Removal, Clean & Housekeeping, Vacuuming, and Residual Treatment is completed, all cracks and crevices in and around the bedroom area like gaps behind baseboards should be caulked to eliminate future harborage sites.
In addition to these most common treatment steps, there are several other procedures that may be necessitated by the characteristics of the infestation or structure:
- Steam Treatment – Steam used correctly will kill bed bugs and their eggs on contact. Some professionals use steam, often before applying residual pesticides and dusts, and sometimes in situations where pesticides cannot be used. Only steamers that generate dry vapor steam should be used to minimize the conditions that could cause mold. In addition, steam used to kill bed bugs must produce steam hot enough to effectively kill the bed bugs and their eggs and experts usually recommend equipment that produces steam at 200 degrees F at the tip. Steam at this temperature can cause injury, can damage surfaces, and may vaporize chemicals on the surfaces being steamed, causing another potential hazard – therefore we recommend any steam treatment specifically for bed bugs be performed by an experienced professional.
- Heat Treatment – There are a number of different types of heat treatments that are used to kill bed bugs and their eggs. All of them work by raising the temperature for a certain period of time, above a lethal threshold necessary to kill bedbugs and their eggs.
Some heat treatments are designed to heat whole rooms or sections of buildings while others require infested items to be moved to a containment facility that is set up for heat treatment. Several companies now make small portable heat units where luggage and other household items can be treated as needed such as treating luggage and clothing immediately upon returning from a trip where bed bugs may have been contacted.
Bed Bugs and Beyond’s Pest Management Network of approved service providers are accepted into our service network through an intensive qualification and screening process.
We mandate this to ensure that our network of providers:
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- Offer the highest quality in service
- Utilize an integrated pest management system to safely and effectively deal with pests.
- Network providers, referred by us, are committed and dedicated to achieving 100% elimination of a target pest.
Our providers don’t offer traditional pest control services that are designed to provide temporary relief, require costly re-treatments and never truly achieve elimination. Our providers are committed to providing relief and 100% elimination utilizing the most effective treatments available.
Bed Bugs – Traditional Pest Control