Bedbugs are the best, said no one ever! In fact, bedbugs are one of the most anxiety raising, stressful bugs to deal with by far. To eliminate them from your life it will take patience and a thorough and professional company who has experienced technicians who are familiar with the intricacies of bedbug work.
Bedbug problems are disruptive. They can ruin your whole day as it’s required that you be out of your home while a treatment is being done and often times there is a requirement that you stay out of the home so many hours after a treatment. You also need to make arrangements for pets to be removed and taken care of and you yourself need to find something for you and the family to do all day.
The treatments that go along with bedbug control have been narrowed down to a few effective methods. The newest and most effective method is a product that was actually developed here is Pennsylvania at Penn State called Aprehend bedbug spray. It is not a traditional chemical, instead it is a fungus that has been shown to be extremely effective against the bedbug as there is no resistance to the fungus. While this method will take some patience on the part of the customer, in the long run, it has been showing great results and the residual action lasts for up to 90 days.
Another fantastic method is heat. A heat treatment is a one and done service where industrial sized heaters and fans are brought into the home and the temperature is raised to around 130-140 degrees and that temperature is held for several hours, all the while the technicians take beds apart and turn over furniture to make areas bedbugs hid in accessible to the heat. Basically they are baked in an oven, which is in fact your home. It’s a labor intensive job but well worth it for a fast knock down.
Recently the combination of heat and Aprehend or another chemical treatment has been recommended as a bundle. The reasoning behind this is in the event there is a “cool spot” that the heat did not get to, or a hitchhiker gets back in after the heat, then there is a product down that will kill the stray bug. Remember, after the heat treatment is completed there is no residual product left behind. So if you leave your house and there was a stray bedbug on your sneaker lets say, and you return after the heat treatment, then there is the opportunity for that bug to reproduce, assuming it was gravid or pregnant.
The drawback to all these methods is the cost. Bedbug work has traditionally been expensive, mostly due to the fact that it is so labor intensive for the technicians, and often times there are follow up appointments that are required, so the additional time needs to be factored in. Because of this expense it is important to partner up with a company that is experienced and who has your best interest at heart.
If you are interested in any of the treatment methods above Grove Pest Control is ready to help. Give us a call at 215-237-6831.