08/24/2012 | Bed Bug Remediation: More Than Just Hot Air
Bed bugs, once thought to be a thing of the past in the United States, have come back with a vengeance in New York City and other surrounding cities. New York reports new outbreaks of bedbugs in businesses, movie theaters, restaurants, apartment complexes, hotels, motels, and homes almost every day.
The problem with bedbugs is their incredible resistance to pesticides. When DDT was banned, other, less-potent, pesticides were used to help with pest control issues. However, the resilient bedbug began to develop resistance to these pesticides. Common chemicals that work to eliminate cockroaches, fleas, flies, ants, spiders, and silverfish may be ineffective on bedbugs.
Bed bug remediation, however, may represent a solution to the problem of pesticide-resistance. Heat remediation is becoming a common way to deal with a bedbug infestation because of the multitude of benefits offered by this approach.
First, heat remediation does not require the use of any harmful pesticides or chemical poisons. When harsh chemicals are used to treat pest infestations, the residual toxicity of the poisons may remain on the floors and furniture for up to two weeks. If pets or children come into contact with these poisons, their health can be severely threatened. Heat remediation does not require any chemical treatment whatsoever. The premises must be vacated for only one to two days, as opposed to two weeks.
Another benefit to bed bug remediation is the elimination of all life stages of the bed bug. Bed bug infestations are tricky because it is often difficult to kill adult bed bugs, larval bed bugs and bed bug eggs. A pesticide that eliminates adult bed bugs may offer relief for a few weeks, but eventually bed bug larvae will mature and begin feeding on human blood once again. Heat remediation kills eggs, larvae, and adult bed bugs. With heat treatments, the problem can be completely eradicated at once.
Bed bug remediation must be performed by a professional team of pest control specialists. Home treatments involving steamers or hair dryers can blow bed bug eggs around a room and exacerbate the problem. Successful remediation requires high temperatures, low humidity, and prolonged exposure to heat. Assured Environments has the skills and equipment necessary to tackle a bed bug infestation problem without the use of harsh chemicals and without requiring any inconvenience. With heat treatments that conform to NPMA guidelines, consumers can rest easy knowing they won't be nibbled in their sleep.