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Pest Control – Bedbug Treatment

Apr 16, 2013

 

When you consider major cities in North America that have bedbugs, Vancouver is no exception.  Bedbugs have given Vancouver pest control companies a constant challenge in dealing with these very elusive pests.  There are many bedbug solutions out there, and the question is, which bedbug treatment should I be using?

 

The answer is not that simple.  When you consider many of the components involved in a successful treatment, different treatment options should be examined to suit the needs of the occupant(s).  Some of the components that can negatively or positively impact bedbug control include:

 

  • the effectiveness / validity of an inspection
  • the educational information given to the occupant(s)
  • the development of a safe, compliant yet comprehensive bedbug treatment plan based on the inspection results
  • the preparation instructions given to the occupant
  • the preparation levels achieved by the occupant
  • the amount of items / clutter in a premise
  • the follow-up done after the treatment
  • the evaluation of the treatment.

 

We use a variety of different tools available for bedbug control, which include K9 scent detection; IPM treatments and/or heat treatments.

 

The bedbug treatment process starts with a K9 scent detection team inspecting your premises to identify if you even have bedbugs (it could be something else that’s causing bites or skin irritation).  Once identified, the K9 team then determines where the bedbug harbourage areas are (for example, they may be in the box spring, mattress, night table, dressers, closet, etc.).  Once our dogs detect or “hit” on an area, our handlers further visually inspect the area(s) to confirm if live bedbugs and/or eggs are visible.  Live bedbug verification (whether it be adults or eggs) determines if in fact there is an active infestation in the premises.

 

Based on our inspection results, we would then develop a bedbug treatment plan that would use either a heat or IPM treatment (in some cases, both).

 

Heat treatments would only be applicable based on factors such as suite size.  An assessment during the inspection process would be made to see if the affected suite is a candidate for a heat treatment.  Heat is a process which requires a longer period of time to treat, as it can take several hours for room temperature to rise to the thermal death point for bedbugs.  Once this temperature is reached in not only the room, but in the closets, inside dresser drawers, mattresses, box springs, furniture, etc.; bed bugs die in under a few minutes.  It is not uncommon for a heat treatment to take at least six hours to complete. Our heat treatments include:

  • Proper notification and preparation instructions given to all affected occupants
  • “Dusting” with insecticide dust around the perimeter of the suite (i.e. under cove base / base boards, inside electrical   outlets and in all cracks and crevices around the perimeter that could be areas of ingress)
  • Heat treatment in the entire suite using approved heaters
  • Proper heat circulation using convection fans
  • Monitoring of heat displacement to ensure the thermal death point for bedbugs is achieved in the entire room
  • Documentation of all activity, recommendations and evaluation on our Service Report.

 

IPM (Integrated Pest Management) treatments combine a variety of tools and techniques to treat a bed bug problem.  The IPM treatment includes:

 

  • Proper notification and preparation instructions given to all affected occupants
  • Two treatments, approximately one week apart
  • “Dusting” with insecticide dust around the perimeter of the suite (i.e. under cove base / base boards, inside electrical outlets and in all cracks and crevices around the perimeter that could be areas of ingress) on the first treatment
  • Steaming / dismantling of furniture or items where bedbug harbourage is noticed in both treatments
  • Using a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) Vacuuming of all bedbug debris (including adults, nymphs, skin castings, etc.) in both treatments
  • A pesticide application with an approved pesticide for bedbug control, in all areas where application is permitted in accordance to the label on the first treatment
  • Bedbug monitor placement after completion of the first treatment
  • Documentation of all activity, recommendations and evaluation on our Service Report.

 

Whichever treatment we end up using, bed bug control can be achieved with everybody being on the same team and complying with the proposed treatment plan.  Together, we can win the battle against bed bugs! 


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