The Importance of Cleaning
While many professionals turn to heat treatments to exterminate this little threat, homeowners can employ a range of other methods as well. The first step in any bed bug heat treatment is cleaning. Professionals wheel in large electric heated machines and crank up the warmth to around 135 F inside your house. Another effective method is to blast hot air through your entire house through your ventilation system, fueled by propane, outdoor propane-fueled heat pump.
Insecticides and Baits
Once your heating and ventilation systems are running full steam, an application of insecticides or baits is necessary to kill all adult bed bugs. It is recommended that these treatments are applied on a rotating basis, for a month on, two months on, four months on, six months on, eight months on, and twelve months on. The interval can be adjusted based upon the length of time that a certain pest control company has been in business. Baits and pesticides can be purchased at most general pest control stores, as well as bedbug-infested furniture stores. These options work best when applied in early spring, although some homeowners may have had an infestation for years before being aware of it.
After the chemical treatment is complete, your home will be sprayed with residual pesticides that slowly work their way into any crevice or hole. It is very important that you do not scratch the chemicals into the walls or floors. If they are not adequately dried, they can seep into cracks and into the insulation. If you suspect any areas of damage, contact your local pest control company right away. These chemicals should be properly disposed of according to local health codes and regulations. Call today for a licensed bed bug exterminator who will meet these requirements!
Although bed bug treatments can be time-consuming and energy-intensive, they can be done successfully. To make sure that the job gets done successfully, make sure you follow the instructions carefully when treating your property. Each treatment may require different amounts of pesticide or chemicals to be applied. The average treatment usually takes approximately two hours to perform, although the job may vary from house to house. For small infestations, bed bug heat treatments can usually be performed using topical treatments made from natural oils or powders.
For larger bed bug infestations, you will need to apply a systemic insecticide containing pyrethroids to the entire property. These insecticides are specifically made for the destruction of adult pests, while leaving eggs and larva unharmed. They will also kill fleas, roaches and ants when applied directly. This type of treatment will take several days to a week to complete. You may need to repeat the treatment several times to completely eradicate any visible signs of bed bugs.
Signs of Infestation
Before you start the bed bug heat treatment process, you will need to check for signs of an infestation. The best way to determine if there is an infestation is by looking carefully at the affected areas. If you find dead insects on or around your mattress, you may have an infestation. Look for dark spots on mattresses, furniture and box springs. This is the best time to begin treatment as the majority of the adult pests will be killed during this stage.
Room Temperatures During Heat Treatment
When using heat treatments, it is important that you keep the room temperatures warm so that the insects do not survive the treatment. Be sure to shut off AC systems and check the heating ducts. Depending on their placement relative to the infestation, air ducts can sometimes be breeding locations for bed bugs. Be sure to work closely with your bed bug extermination professionals to follow the proper kill techniques regarding windows, doors, proper ventilation, and heat-trapping in the rooms that are being heat treated.