Bed bugs are very difficult to remove because they are heavily resistant to pesticides. This is a huge reason bed bugs have been named pest of the year for a second consecutive year by Terminix® after an astonishing 6.7 million internet searches for bed bugs in 2018. Bed bug populations are raising every year in the United States and they are becoming increasingly difficult to remove from homes. What is the best way to get rid of bed bugs? There are two main tools used for bed bug control: sprays and heat.
The most common way to treat bed bugs is by using insecticide sprays. General pest control companies are already setup to spray for insects so it's easy for these companies to purchase a pesticide labeled for bed bugs and spray it in your home. It is generally a cheaper solution and it requires less preparation time for you than doing a heat treatment. In addition, most bed bug sprays will remain in your home for one to three months providing you some residual protection against bed bugs and other insect pests.
Don't forget, however, that bed bugs are very resistant to sprays. They have many mechanisms to help them avoid pesticides from a waxy coating on their exoskeleton to chemicals that help them breakdown pesticides. One university study we saw at the 2018 Global Bed Bug Summit showed the best performing bed bug spray killed only 60% of bed bugs after forcing them to live directly on the dried spray for eight straight days. In your home, they might not live directly on dried spray which poses a major challenge.
Heat treatments are the most effective treatment because bed bugs die instantly at 131°F. It is difficult to become resistant to a physical limitation. In addition, because an entire room is heating up, it is hard for bed bugs to find a place to hide to avoid extermination; unlike spray treatments (since you can't spray items like clothing due to label restrictions), heat works on every item in the room.
The disadvantage of heat is that it requires a little more preparation than spray treatments since you will need to remove items that could be damaged in the heat; however, in most cases, this prep work can be accomplished in less than 45 minutes. Some items in the treatment area could still be damaged by heat. Also, once the house cools down, there is nothing left to kill bed bugs that either survived the heat treatment or are re-introduced through an item that was removed from the heat treatment.
There are advantages to both spray and heat treatments. Every treatment we do is customized to our client's situation. We try to use as little synthetic chemical spray as possible and have solutions available that use no chemicals at all which is especially important for our customers who want an eco-friendly treatment. We also have dust and various sprays available that can be used together with a heat treatment to give you options for having the efficiency of a heat treatment paired with the residual protection of a spray treatment so you can have a treatment that offers to best of both options. With monitoring services also available, there is no bed bug exterminator who offers you the specialized quality of service we provide.
You don't need to live with bed bugs or the headache of trying to get rid of bed bugs yourself. Let No Bull Bed Bug Control help exterminate your bed bug infestation in as little as one day. Whether you have questions about bed bugs, want to schedule a FREE inspection, or need to schedule a treatment, we're here for you.
To help you sleep easier, our services are backed by a 90-day guarantee so in the rare case we don’t remove every bed bug and egg on our first treatment, we will retreat your home at no additional cost!