How to Control Bed Bugs?

A thorough inspection that may take few hours is essential. Treat any bed bugs found with an appropriately labeled pesticide; however, aerosols and liquids are best, but dusts are better for under baseboards, the tac-strip area under carpets, and voids including outlet boxes and the internal framework of sofas and stuffed chairs. The best possible use of steam has proven to be an effective means of control in certain situations such as mattresses, box springs, stuffed furniture, stuffed toys, and so on, ,but depth of penetration can be a problem. Use the large nozzle, 1.5″ from the surface and move gradually.

Great care should be taken when treating mattresses, box springs, and upholstery to keep pesticide exposure to a minimum; allow for thorough drying before reuse. Newborn and infirmed person’s bedding and bed frames should not be treated.

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Infested items including linens and clothes should only be removed from a room once they are encased in a plastic bag to forestall spreading the infestation by bed bugs. A normal hot wash cycle will kill bed bugs.

Always dry clothes or other items (non-washables such as backpacks, shoes, etc.) through a hot drier (as hot as the fabrics can withstand, but a minimum of 140ºF/60ºC temperature) for 10 minutes kills all bed bugs.

Wet clothes/loads need to be thoroughly/completely dried first, then run the drier hot (as hot as the fabrics can withstand, but a minimum of 140ºF/60ºC temperature) for 10 minutes. If freezing is appropriate or desirable, hold the items at 27ºF/- 5ºC for 5 days in a non-defrosting kind of freezer.

If a bed bug infestation is found when it is confined to 1 or 2 places, it can often be controlled with a single application to infested and adjoining areas, and/or by replacing the infested items; follow-up inspections should be scheduled at least monthly to be sure.

For established infestations, several services will be required with 2-week intervals being the norm for the first 2 or 3 months depending on the severity of the infestation.

In apartment buildings and hotels, it’s highly advisable to also inspect units to either side and above and below the infested unit(s), and treat as required.

Control Bed Bugs With
heat Therapy

Whole room heat treatments involve a specially designed equipment to raise the temperature in your house to kill the bed bugs. Bed bugs and eggs die within 90 minutes at 118°F (48°C) or immediately at 122°F (50°C). During a heat treatment, the air temperature in the room is typically between 135°F (57.2°C) and 145°F (62.7 °C).

We will place remote thermometers throughout the home, to make sure the right temperatures are reached. We watches the thermometers closely to ensure that it gets hot enough to kill bed bugs. A heat treatment typically takes between 6-8 hours, depending on the condition of the area being treated.

During the heat treatment any heat sensitive items that may melt or be damaged at temperatures up to 150°F degrees should be removed from the area. Make sure you discuss with us as anything not treated with heat will need to be treated in another way.

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Calling a Professional

Sometimes it is easier to call a professional. Particularly if the problem is ongoing and the infestation has become large, or if the products are only authorized for use by certified professionals.

Call Patriot Pest Services, and rest easy, that we have the best solution to your problem.

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