When you have bed bugs, they can quickly become the only thing you have on your mind, giving you sleepless nights and driving you up the wall. The only thing you want is to get rid of them, quickly and for good, which is why you should call an exterminator right away.
These pests have proven some of the most resilient ever and DIY methods are a waste of time and money, and potentially dangerous if you’re not using chemical sprays properly.
Before the invention of DDT, bed bugs were common and difficult to get rid of, but throughout the 1940s and ‘50s, widespread use of DDT largely eradicated them from the United States and Canada.
However, they have since made a big comeback – the dominant theory is that surviving populations in other parts of the world developed a resistance to DDT.
In the 2000s, major North American cities like New York, Chicago, Montreal, and right here in Toronto have seen them spread like wildfire through homes.
At Power Pest Control, we’ve noticed more calls than ever before in the last few years as they can easily spread, clinging to people’s clothes when they leave movie theatres, subway cars, taxis, libraries, airplanes – just about anywhere public.
There are a few different options to control bed bugs, some of which work and others which are less effective, some chemical and some physical.
“Bug bombs,” also known as total release foggers, are a chemical treatment that is now widely regarded as ineffective; the pesticide droplets released by these devices do not penetrate down to most nesting places.
Other chemical methods are more effective, but must be used sparingly to prevent ill-health effects, such as structural fumigation, where the entire airspace is filled with a gas.
Spot treatments are another chemical method that can lead to disastrous effects; unless the entire population is wiped out over two or three visits, the population will quickly develop a resistance to the pesticides you use.
Physical methods are safer for your furniture, but always leave open the possibility that some specimens were missed, therefore inviting the problem to return again.
One method is a whole room heat treatment, which raises the temperature in your home to a point that will kill off bugs and eggs. The issue with a whole room treatment is the lack of residual treatment, so if the problem is coming from a neighbor, the infestation will quickly become re-established.
Another physical method involves steam treating fabric and vacuuming up nests, which likewise lacks residual treatment.
The Power Pest Control method of bed bug treatment is a tried and proven way to get these nasty creatures out of your home and your life.
We use a multi-pronged approach, always beginning with an inspection to find out where they nest: we check head boards, night stands, the bed frame itself, the box spring and mattress, dressers, and base boards.
Once we’ve identified that there really are bed bugs in the home, we steam treat all of the fabric and use an insecticidal spray along the baseboards and to spot treat furniture.
Steam treating furniture is safer for your health than spraying it all, and a strictly chemical approach can often lead to the creatures simply migrating to a neighboring residence, only to move back in later.
We also apply a residual dust insecticide anywhere where they may be getting in or hiding outside of furniture, such as cracks and crevices, wall voids, and around electrical outlets.
By combing the best of both physical and chemical treatments, we at Power Pest Control are confident in our ability to free your home of its little problem.
Get in touch with us soon as we’ll identify whether or not you have a problem and how we can help.