Bed Bugs and Heat
Bed bugs and heat just don’t go together. At least, that’s bed bugs and EXTREME heat.
Where Did They Come From?
We are facing a bed bug epidemic in this nation. They were virtually wiped out in the U.S. after World War II, which brought the last major infestation. GIs returning from wars on foreign soil brought bed bugs home in their kit, and these tiny, virulent pests bred by the millions, infesting most homes and hotels in the country after the war. At that time, the best pesticide on the market killed all of the bed bugs. That chemical was DDT.
Of course, DDT has been banned because it did so much more than kill noxious bugs. But, since the bed bugs had been virtually wiped out in the U.S., we didn’t have a re-infestation.
However, over the last decade, the infestation has recurred. This is due to international travel and the expanding number of hotel and motel chains available to travelers. Although most hotels do an excellent job of contain the bed bug menace, there is no way to completely purge commercial properties of these pests without almost daily treatment.
How Do They Spread?
Bed bugs are tiny – no more than ¼” fully grown – and can hide in the tightest seams of your clothing and luggage. When you stay in a hotel room, or sleep in a bed that has bed bugs, they will tuck themselves into your clothing and luggage. Fact it – most people place their suitcase on the bed when they’re unpacking for the night. That’s when bed bugs can climb into the suitcase. They also burrow into clothes that are left on the bed, and are packed along with the rest of the luggage. This is how they make it into your home.
When you get home from a trip, what do you do? You set your suitcase on your bed and unpack. Bed bugs, fleeing the activity, will burrow into your bed. They will also remain in your clothes as you unpack them into your closet and drawers. Many of them will even remain in the creases and corners of your luggage. There, they can remain dormant for months, even through all of your exterminating activities.
Since bed bugs breed constantly, the infestation will continue. Eggs can outlast just about any chemical that is used these days, and hatch whenever the environment is right.
How Do You Kill Them?
Bed bugs exterminators have a number of options open to them, and most of them involve chemicals. While chemicals these days are mostly safe for humans and pets, some do have reactions to various uses of chemicals. This can make it particularly hard to get rid of bed bugs in these instances.
The chemicals must be applied to the mattress, the bed frame, carpet, baseboards, and drapes in the room. It must be allowed to set for a while, until the bugs come out of dormancy and crawl across it. The eggs are unaffected by the chemical. They will sit dormant until the chemical has worn off, waiting to hatch and re-infesting your home in a matter of weeks. They breed so quickly that it’s hard to have the new infestation treated before they lay more eggs.
Heat Treatment For Bed Bugs
However, bed bugs and heat don’t mix. The active bugs, the nymphs, and the eggs can all be killed with heat. The process is patented, and not every exterminator can use it. It also requires special equipment.
In southern Maine, the only company that can steam bed bugs is Maine Bed Bugs and Pest Control. They have the specialized equipment necessary to use heat treatment for bed bugs so that you don’t have any repeat of the original infestation.
If you go to their website, you can find a checklist that tells you how to get ready to steam bed bugs in your house. Of course, any aquariums must be moved because of the high temperatures involved, and any candles or heat-sensitive electronics must be removed. There are other preparations, but Maine Bed Bugs will help you make sure everything is ready for the bed bug treatment using heat.
Once your room is ready, the exterminator will bring in the heating unit. The heat from the unit will permeate all fabrics and trims, killing the bed bugs and their eggs. This will keep the original infestation from recurring. It’s also a good idea to bring in any luggage you have used on your trips, so that they can benefit from the heat treatment, too. Otherwise, the infestation may recur.
Heat treatment for bed bugs has become one of the most effective means of controlling these little blood-sucking pests. But, not everyone can use it. You have to find a licensed and certified exterminator who can use the equipment properly. It is also quite an investment on the part of the exterminator to purchase these units in addition to chemicals that can be used on a variety of pests. For information on how to get heat treatment for bed bugs in your home or business:
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