Bed Bug Quick Facts
What are bed bugs? Bed bugs, Cimex lectularius, reddish-brown, oval-shaped, flattened insects that are about 1 /4 inch long. Nymphs (immature bed bugs) resemble the adult bugs but are often smaller and lighter in color. Bed bugs usually feed on the blood of humans during the night-time hours and crawl away to hide in nearby cracks, crevices and recesses of furniture (especially mattresses) and walls of the home during the day. Most people experience itching, pain and/or swelling of the skin where a bed bug bite occurs (such as the arms, face or back) within 1 day of a bite. Although the bites can cause considerable discomfort and loss of sleep, bed bugs do not transmit disease after feeding on multiple hosts.
How are bed bugs spread? Bedbugs are spread through the acquisition of infested second-hand furniture or by hitch-hiking on items used during travel such as suitcases, outerwear and other belongings. Once established, bugs can then move throughout a building by crawling or transport on humans.
Who is at risk for bed bugs? Bed bugs are commonly found in large buildings such as apartments, dorms, prisons, hospitals and hotels; however, infestations can also occur in private residences. Bed bugs are sometimes thought to occur only in poor and unsanitary conditions. This is not the case. Bed bugs can be found even in very clean environments.
The Heat Treatment
Heat remediation is a proven non-chemical, environmentally friendly method of treating bed bugs . All insects have optimum living temperatures for growth, survival and reproduction. All insects also have lethal temperature limits, at which all stages If the life cycle are eliminated. By targeting temperatures in the lethal range, the bed bug population can be eliminated. All life stages (adult, nymph, and eggs) die within minutes of reaching a temperature of 120 degrees F. During the thermal remediation process, temperatures in your home will be from 120 to 140 degrees F. These are lethal temperatures to bed bug populations but not hot enough to damage most household items.
Length of Service
The length of service varies depending on the size of the structure, layout space, clutter, and materials structure is constructed of. Customers will need to vacate the premises for a period of approximately 8 – 10 hours…. possibly longer. It will take several hours to bring the structure up to the appropriate temperature, hold the temperature for the correct length of time, and then slowly bring the temperature of the structure back to down to a safe level for re-entry.
Each sensor monitors heats in its specific area and send that information to the computer. The Data Display shows temperatures recorded in real-time at each sensor. By regularly monitoring the sensor readings, equipment can be adjusted to eliminate hot and cold spots.
The Hybrid Application
After a thorough inspection, a careful preventative chemical application will also be performed to any non-heat treated areas such as bathrooms, kitchens, or uninfested areas. The technicians will also treat along baseboards, entrance ways, closets, electrical receptacles, and any other areas they deem neccesary. This treatment will prevent bed bugs from escaping the heat treatment and moving to other areas of the structure.
The Affordable Heat Solution to Eliminating Bed Bugs
The Pest Pro Thermal Heat System is your silver bullet to eliminating bed bugs from your property. This powerful heat remediation system along with our hybrid treatment approach is not only affordable but 100% effective in bed bug elimination.
The Effective Heat Treatment Configuration
- 1. Heat-N-Go trailer with main heat point
- 2. Portable Heater
- 3. Circulation Fan
- 4. Thermal Sensor
- 5. Computer for Temperature Control and Monitoring
The Effective Heat Treatment Configuration
- Shut down sprinkler system, cap sprinklers or set system to activate at 200F or above.
- Deactivate or remove smoke/heat/fire detectors and alarms in service areas.
- Provide access to unit and all interior areas of unit. Unlock storage chests and cabinets in area.
- Unplug all electronic devices and appliances including, but not limited to, computers, clocks, televisions, microwave ovens, electric stoves, refrigerators, freezers, washing machines, dryers, etc.
- Open luggage and dresser drawers. If drawers are packed, remove some clothing and hang.
- Remove all pets and plants (including fish).
- Remove all receptacle and switch plate covers from walls.
- DO NOT remove sheets, linens, covers or encasements from bed and mattress.
- Remove all medications and vitamins from premises or place in refrigerator.
- Remove all firearms and ammunition.
- Turn heat on maximum at least 30 minutes before scheduled treatment.
- Move furniture 6" away from wall.
- Do not pile or bag clothing, furniture and personal belongings.
- Space clothing in closet. lf closet is packed tightly, remove some clothing and hang elsewhere.
- Leave at least a 3′ x 3′ area in each room for the equipment.
- Waterbeds must be drained of all water.
- Air mattresses should be deflated by approximately 5%.
- Secure loose papers, photographs and other items that could be damaged by high wind.
The following temperature sensitive articles must be inspected for insects and protected from the heat treatment. Items may be stored in the refrigerator (if not unplugged), inside a chilled cooler or removed from the premises for the duration of the treatment. Any item that is not going to be exposed to the heat treatment should be wiped with a clean rag before storing or removing it from the premises. If any item is found to be infested with insects, it must be brought up to your technician’s attention before the treatment begins.
- Chocolate, candy and other melting food items.
- Carbonated beverages, alcoholic or otherwise, in cans and bottles.
- Medical equipment
- Aerosol or pressurized cans of any kind (deodorant, hairspray, spray paint, etc.)
- Candles, deodorant, lip balm, cosmetics and other items prone to melting.
- Fuel, paint thinners, turpentine and all other combustible products.
- Musical instruments & vinyl records
- Wine and other items that could spoil from exposure to heat.
As a rule of thumb, any item that would be damaged or melt if left on the dashboard of a closed car in the summer should be removed from the premises or protected from this treatment.
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