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