There are so many ideas passed around the internet and in stores in regards to what bed bug treatment methods to use. Yet when it comes down to it many are just direct kill (such as alcohol) or attempts at keeping them away (dryer sheets,which don’t work at all). There are really just three (3) primary methods to select from when deciding which to chose from. Here are some things to consider about each (and our preferred method is listed at the bottom to consider).
- Tent Fumigation. This is basically enclosing the entire structure inside of a tent and fumigating with a gas (typically Vicane Gas). The upside is that is is always 100% effective in killing them all quite fast. And honestly it may be the most practical solution under some conditions (see note 1). However there are negatives to consider: Its very invasive (you have to leave along with all animals..and plants, it kills everything). Also it cannot be guaranteed without a pesticide treatment, as there is the chance you, yes you, might bring one back! Oh, and its quite expensive.
- Heat Treatment. Bed bugs cannot tolerate tempetures much above 115 degrees and thus its very fast, and quite tempting, to heat the inside of the infested area to get a quick kill. However there are many negatives. Its also very invasive (you again have to leave for at least the time its done), it can damage heat sensitive items such as some types of furniture (what to do if those are infested, throw them away?), its also usually costly, and perhaps most important (and least mentioned by the salesmen recommending this method) is that often there will be a few left over bugs that were just too well protected (such as inside baseboards, outlets, kickboards, etc) that survive the treatment and can re-infest the entire home. Thus those companies selling heat treatments will do a follow up pesticide treatment in order to help guarantee a successful outcome.
- Pesticide Treatment. This is obviously the most common method. Pesticide methods historically have been extremely effective in getting rid of this pest. The benefit is that a good pesticide treatment should be less expensive, may not require the customer to leave, and should allow for a 100% elimination of the infestation. It should also be able to allow for some lasting protection from re-infestation, but this depends on both what was used and how the house is engaged in the service. The drawbacks exist but they also depend on the myriad of techniques and efforts made by both the innumerable pest control companies as well as the preparation efforts made by the person receiving treatment. (a discussion about pesticides, failures, and preparation is found in our blog).
Our Preferred Method. We call it a Strategy Based Pesticide Approach.
If pesticides work (and the right ones work and last long enough to kill them all with one mild, proper treatment) then its up to us to make them work as efficiently as possible. We do this by engaging you in strategies that when followed allow:
Much less preparation!
Quick, Reliable Results!
Vastly Improved Chances of a Long Lasting Result!
You end up with More Control!