For a few decades in the middle of the 20th century, it seemed like bed bugs were a thing of the past. Starting in the 1950s, new chemical treatments such as DDT proved extremely effective at eliminating pests of all kinds. However, as public awareness about the harmful effects of these chemicals grew, their use waned, leading to a steady increase in bed bug infestations from the 1980s until now. If you are unlucky enough to have a bed bug infestation in your home, don’t panic–our team at Downs Pest Control & Property Maintenance is here to provide the effective, reliable bed bug removal services you need. In this article, we’ll go over more about how bed bug removal works so that you can know what to expect from the process.
- Heat Treatment- One of the two basic methods of bed bug removal is heat treatment. As the name suggests, this method uses heat energy to kill the insect invaders, using special equipment to raise the temperature in your home to at least 135 degrees Fahrenheit, which will kill the bed bugs instantly. This process usually takes between six and eight hours, and all heat-sensitive items should be removed beforehand in order to prevent them from being damaged.
- Insecticide Treatment- Although the harsh insecticides of the ‘50s did have severe consequences for the environment, that doesn’t mean all chemical treatments are off the table. Here at Downs Pest Control & Property Maintenance, we know how to use chemical treatments responsibly and effectively to get rid of any pests on your property, including bed bugs. Most chemical bed bug removal options usually involve a combination of fast-acting agents to kill the adults, as well as a residual agent that will stick around to take care of any eggs that hatch later.
We at Downs Pest Control & Property Maintenance hope that this article has been helpful. If you find yourself in need of bed bug removal, we encourage you to reach out to our team as soon as possible.