We are eco-friendly, but not to bedbugs
Heat treatment is the most effective way to kill bed bugs. It is also the quickest way to kill all bed bugs and their eggs. Our heating equipment is made to quickly and safely heat the entire space to lethal temperatures. The heat reaches all bed bug hiding areas where pesticide can not reach. Pesticide can be used alongside the heat treatment to prevent bed bug re-infestation. 100% bed bug GUARANTEE - Warranty included with heat treatment of entire structure.
The thought that bed bugs are the result of poor sanitation and/or poverty is a big misconception. Bed bugs do not discriminate
based on one’s social status or the cleanliness of their home. The fact is that cleanliness has nothing to do with getting bed bugs. Bed bug infestations can occur in the most expensive hotels, multi-million dollar estates as well as homeless shelters and everything in between, regardless of the existing sanitary conditions.
In order for a bed bug infestation to begin they must be introduced by bringing bugs from an infested environment and introducing them to a previously un-infested one. Some examples include staying in a bed bug infested environment, having a guest visit that brings bugs with them, purchasing an item or accepting delivery of an item that has bugs or eggs on it. As a result, bed bug infestations can affect anyone, anywhere, and are occurring in hotels, apartments, single family homes, upscale commercial office buildings, school classrooms, Laundromats, public transportation and the list goes on and on.
While sanitation may not have anything to do with the onset of an infestation, it can have a tremendous impact on the ability to control or eliminate an infestation.
Crowded and cluttered living conditions are one of the more challenging obstacles to overcome in an eradication effort.
Bed bugs hide and lay their eggs virtually everywhere. As a result clutter provides an unlimited number of areas where bed bugs can harbor and remain well-protected from control efforts.
Bed bug control – Heat vs. Chemicals
1. Bed bug resistance - many bed bugs have grown resistant to the chemicals in use today, and if even a small number of the bed bugs in your establishment are resistant to chemical and you will not kill them. Worse yet- the resistant bed bugs that survive the initial treatment will then mate and their offspring will inherit that same resistance making future treatments completely ineffective. Years of pesticide use has made bed bugs incredibly resistant to chemical treatments. Recent research has shown that some bed bugs can survive more than 1,000 times the amount of pesticide considered lethal just 10 years ago.
2. Bed bugs hide in unreachable locations - bed bugs typically hide in small protected areas that may be impossible to reach or spray with chemicals. They can hide in the smallest of cracks in beds, walls, baseboards, electrical outlets, furniture, and even within box springs and electronic devices (TV's, VCR's, etc.). Contacting these hiding bed bugs may be impossible, not to mention spraying chemicals on these items may be unsafe and illegal!
3. Chemicals cause bed bugs to scatter and spread - unless the chemicals are sprayed directly on the bed bugs they will seldom kill them. Even when sprayed directly, the "resistant" bed bugs will not die and may cause bigger problems as described above. Bedbugs are known to be sensitive to the "residuals" of chemicals and pesticides and avoid them. Therefore, by spraying chemicals around the perimeter of an infected area, it will not usually kill them but instead will make them scatter and hide deeper in cracks and crevices until the residues wear off! Since bed bugs can live up to a year without feeding, they will survive long enough to simply return when it is safe to do so. Worse yet, those bed bugs will likely begin searching for new places to feed and will spread to the bedroom across the hallway or even go next door! As you can see, by spraying chemicals, a localized infestation in a bedroom may be spread across a wide area causing bigger problems (localized infestations are MUCH easier to treat).
4. Chemicals do not kill bed bug eggs and require MULTIPLE treatments - Since an infested area is sure to have eggs, a chemical "treatment" is always going to require multiple treatments! Bed bug eggs typcially hatch every 5 to 16 days (depending on conditions) and those baby "nymphs" will avoid the chemical residuals just like the adults will. Therefore, the newly hatched nymphs will seek shelter and be unreachable by time the next chemical treatment is performed. The multiple treatments needed to "break the cycle" is usually ineffective and can become quite expensive and inconvenient, dragging out for weeks or even months.
5. Some items may need to be discarded - many people have been told to throw away beds, furniture, and other infected items due to the ineffectiveness of using chemicals. These losses add to the costs of chemical treatments that you can see are not likely to be effective anyways.
6. Lots of home owner "pre-treatment" required and invasive process - Chemical treatments often require a lot of preparation time by the home owner and is a highly invasive process. In order to "contact" as many bed bugs as possible, the exterminator will need access to nearly every inch of your bed, dressers, nightstands, and other items to allow spraying access to every possible hiding place. This may require removing many items from their stored locations etc.
7. Chemicals are Toxic - The need for repeated chemical treatments required can cause a cumulative effect of residual pesticides to build up. Although these chemicals may be deemed safe, do you want restricted use chemicals in your bedroom and home?
Why “Heat” works better than “Chemicals” to kill bed bugs -
1. Heat can kill ALL CYCLES of bed bugs with ONE treatment - There’s no such thing as a heat-resistant bed bug above 122 degrees. Heat will kill all bed bugs AND their eggs in a matter of minutes or less!, At BEDBUGNOMORE.com our treatment raises temperatures in your home up to 180° for a period of six to eight hours, ensuring that our treatment is as close 100% effective as you can get.
2. Heat can penetrate walls and other unreachable places - when done properly, the extreme heat used to kill bed bugs can be forced into mattresses, box springs, furniture, and even walls to kill the bed bugs where ever they may be hiding! And since bed bugs are attracted to heat, they are less likely to scatter during the treatment and are sometimes actually encountered leaving hiding spots and moving towards the heat!
3. No items need to be discarded - The heat can penetrate and treat nearly all items in your home and there is no need to discard of expensive beds, furniture, electronics, or anything else that was infected prior to treatment.
4. Relatively simple "pre-treatment" responsibility for homeowner - Since the heat will penetrate most items using forced air from fans, the pest control personnel will not need as much access into dressers, drawers, and other items as would typically be needed to do a chemical spray treatment.
5. Heat Treatment is non toxic - The heat treatment does not require ANY toxic chemicals. America's Best supplements heat treatments with a non toxic "dust" that will provide a residual effect and is safe for both pets and people.
Thermal remediation is completed in one visit, which generally takes 4 to 12 hours from start to finish. A properly executed chemical treatment requires three treatments, spaced out evenly over a six week period. The time involved with chemical treatments varies from location to location, usually taking approximately one to two hours, however first treatment can run anywhere from 2 -8 hours depending on size of the property and amount of techs sent.
Overall Procedure Thermal
The first step in thermal remediation is an inspection/estimate. Our technician/estimator will determine the size of your home, property, office, etc.; what needs to be removed and treated in ways other than heat; and explain the overall preparation. During the estimate, we will explain the entire procedure, show you what needs to be prepared, determine heater amounts and crew size, estimate time requirements, etc.
Chemical extermination; for bed bugs requires a lengthy preparation, which causes displacement throughout the course of the treatment. This preparation includes, but is not limited to, the full processing of all clothing, linens, curtains and other fabrics (done by washing/drying or dry cleaning), reducing clutter, emptying drawers, and much more. Many items are required to be placed in sealed bags, which must remain this way for the entire treatment. The average prep time runs between 1-3 days. (See prep list for specifics).
Thermal remediation; requires the removal of items that would be affected by the heat. Examples of such items include wax candles, fire arms and explosives, aerosol cans, batteries, and other items. For a full preparation list for either treatment, please ask our sales/technician.
During a chemical treatments for bed bugs, you will need to be provided three individual visits. During the course of treatments, the technicians apply different products and chemicals. We are finding more and more cases of resistance to pesticides. In addition to injecting wall outlets and switch plates with dust, if there are hardwood floors with lots of cracks and crevices in them you will need to apply food grade DE to these areas. Following each chemical treatment, healthy residents will need to remain out of the treated area for a minimum of four hours (time required is different for elderly, children, and those with certain medical conditions). In order to treat, all prep work must be done properly.
Thermal is safer for households with small children, cancer survivors, pregnancy, or people in ill health. Although we can use all natural products such as food grade DE and steam, for chemical treatments, this will increase the number of visits required and thus the cost of a chemical treatment.
DOFFDON operates at 144 degrees except in cases of delicate items such as pianos or antique furniture. Average “cook time” once we reach our optimal temp is 4 hours. In cases with a lot of clothes/clutter this can be extended to 6 hours or more.
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TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
P.O. Box 12487 - Austin, TX. 78711-2847
Phone: 866-918-4481 - Fax: 888-232-2567
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