Bed bug infestations are a problem throughout the country because they thrive in most environments and can easily travel on luggage, clothing, or other personal belongings. Read more
by Tommy Underhill February 28, 2020
Bed bugs are extremely difficult to get rid of on your own, which is why it’s important to trust a bed bug contractor in Cincinnati, OH, for the extermination procedure. However, many homeowners are skeptical that these professional services can really completely get rid of an infestation, and they wonder how quickly they can expect to see the results of a bed bug treatment. Here’s what you need to know about what happens during the extermination process and how successful these treatments are.
Type of Treatment
An important factor in how successful bed bug treatments are is the type of treatment used. Insecticide treatments are effective at killing living bed bugs; however, there can be some problems with this method. First of all, the chemicals don’t always reach all the hiding places that bed bugs are famous for seeking refuge in. They can remain unaffected by the pesticide during the treatment if they’re well hidden in outlets or light switches and other tiny nooks and crannies. In addition, the eggs often aren’t killed by the same products that can exterminate bed bugs. These issues mean that more than one treatment is usually needed to fully eradicate the infestation. There’s also the concern many homeowners have about child and pet safety. While there are green insecticide options, many other chemical extermination products can be dangerous for pets or children. Fortunately, thermal bed bug treatment is becoming a popular treatment option because of its safety and effectiveness.
Thermal Treatment Basics
Heat treatments are a great way to get rid of bed bugs in a single treatment. The success rate is very high because it kills both bugs and eggs. Mobile heating units are brought into the infested area so that the air can be heated up to between 120 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. These temperatures, when sustained for a certain period of time, will kill the bed bugs in every stage of development. The temperature is maintained for a few hours to ensure the temperatures reach all the hiding places. Some bed bug contractors may choose to do a combination of chemical and heat treatments, depending on the severity of the infestation.
Determining the Effectiveness
After your home is treated, there are a few ways you can determine the effectiveness. You’ll want to monitor your home for signs of bed bugs by regularly inspecting the mattress encasement and looking for blood or fecal smears on the bedding. You can also use interceptor traps, which are placed under the legs of beds and other furniture. If you don’t see signs of bed bugs for a while after the treatment and then suddenly start seeing them again, there’s a good chance that this is a new infestation even after the previous one was controlled.
If your home receives thermal remediation and a few months later, you find bed bugs, there’s a good chance that it’s not related to a previous bed bug problem. Unfortunately, bed bugs travel easily on suitcases and other items frequently used during travel. They can even enter your home on other people or belongings and quickly multiply and spread. The best ways to prevent another infestation are by keeping suitcases on dressers or racks when traveling, vacuuming and steaming your luggage when you return, and avoiding second-hand furniture unless it’s been thoroughly inspected for bed bugs. For the best bed bug control in Cincinnati, OH, contact TRS Extermination today.
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