Chemical, Fumigation or Heat Treatment for Bed Bugs.

Chemical, Fumigation or Heat Treatment for Bed Bugs.

There are  countless methods recommended for bed bugs and available on the internet, everything from alcohol, diatomaceous earth, vacuuming, steaming, heat treatment, ozone, tent fumigation and so on is recommended by countless blogs.  While no doubt most of these have some value (and a few don’t), yet in the end there are really just 3 methods that are the primary methods used in the professional pest control industry.

Pesticide Bed Bug Treatment.

By far this is the most common method used. It is really also what got rid of bed bugs nearly half a century ago.  Long ago one of the most effective pesticides was DDT, and this pesticide was primarily responsible for practically eliminating bed bugs from our vocabulary.  When the government pushed the industry to use safer products we ended up with pyrethroids (chrysanthemum based toxins) and used these for bed bug elimination.  Over time bed bugs developed resistance to this pesticide, which has created a reputation that pesticides no longer are effective (which is false).  Truth is that some modern, due component pesticides are both good enough and long lasting enough to be completely effective.  Most pest control companies now use these pesticides, usually with complete success.

Bed Bug Heat Treatment.

This method is based on the bed bug’s inability to endure temperatures beyond around 115 degrees. The selling point to this is that this process does not require the use of any toxins, and that it is a quick elimination. While speed is an advantage yet there are some significant drawbacks. One is that the heat treatment alone does not leave the home protected, and if by chance so much as one female is redeposited back in the home it is able to completely re infest it (thus most companies doing heat treatments offer a paltry 1 month warranty). Furthermore the cost of the equipment to do these treatments has to be passed to the consumer, thus it is a relatively expensive treatment. Heat treatments also have a failure rate (often due to some bugs not dying due to locations not heated well enough, such as inner wall voids, kick boards, etc), are quite invasive and can damage furniture and other household goods. It should ultimately be noted that in order to guarantee a heat treatment for a significant period of time a follow up pesticide treatment is needed.

Home can be tented like this for bed bug control

Bed Bug Tent Fumigation.

The method of doing a home tent fumigation has similar drawbacks to heat, in that it alone does not leave the home protected and is very costly. Unlike heat, fumigation is unlikely to have any initial failure as this process would even kill off any plants inside the tent and any termites living in the walls. Again the guarantee is usually a short one.

Our Bed Bug Treatment Method.

We like to call it a strategy based approach, or in other words a pesticide method combined with strategies that we teach you.  Please consider that in order to understand and use this approach there are a few  givens that help with this.

  1. Bed Bugs are nocturnal insects.  They are sensitive to light, and regardless of whether they are hungry or not, they will not feed in good lighting conditions.
  2. Bed Bugs do not have hunger pains.  They don’t get desperate simply because they have not fed in a long while
  3. Bed Bugs are blind.  Their eyesight is as bad as a fly, so they have to seek out body heat which they cannot find farther than 5-10 feet from their host.
  4. They cannot fly or jump.

All of these insect weeknesses can be used against them, and combined with a simple strategy that is easy to understand, will always be 100% successful in a quick, orderly bed bug elimination.

In the following posts we will discuss the strategies we use for each type of room and why these work.  They are not complicated, nor do they drag you all over the place. Instead it keeps the process simple yet always reliable.

If you’re having a problem with bed bugs…or any other pest…or simply a question…call NaturZone Pest Control at 602-476-1088 and ask for me, Bill Stewart. I’ll be happy to speak with you anytime.

Till then, thanks for reading!