Once near extinction, bed bugs are back in full flight.
The number of bed bugs in urban areas has grown to epidemic proportions over the past few years. Today, bed bugs can be found almost anywhere that people are: hotels, apartments, dorm rooms, delivery vehicles, dry cleaners, jails, hospitals, churches, cruise ships, furniture rental stores, homes, anywhere!
What can you do about it?
The problem with bed bugs is that they are resistant to pesticides, and quickly develop immunities to traditional chemical bed bug treatments. Accessing a pest removal service that has access to newer, stronger bed bug treatments is crucial when dealing with these pests.
An informal survey of pest control operators conducted by an entomologist at the University of Massachusetts found that 68% of all bed bug infestations require three or more bed bug treatments, 26% require two treatments, and just 6% require a single application. This means even the most potent bed bug treatments offered by professionals are losing efficacy, and cannot kill bed bugs quite as easily!
That’s why Terminix Canada offers an innovative bed bug heat treatment that doesn’t rely on traditional chemicals.
Instead of using toxins to kill bed bugs, our bed bug heat treatment takes advantage of bed bugs' one true weakness - their inability to stand extreme temperatures - and kills them by overloading them with steady heat. Best of all, it does this without adversely affecting your home or belongings, since the temperature required to kill bed bugs is relatively low to humans.
There is considerable documentation citing the temperature and time correlations necessary to kill bed bugs and their eggs. Several sources report that adults and nymphs die within 15 minutes at temperatures greater than 113ºF, and eggs within an hour at the same temperature. Raising room temperatures above the bed bug thermal death point and maintaining that temperature for several hours can eliminate an entire bedbug infestation in one fell swoop, without necessitating the use of dangerous chemicals.
The temperature required to kill bed bugs and their eggs falls well within the temperature ranges achieved by our bed bug heat treatment. The low thermal death point of bed bugs allows Terminix Canada technicians to adapt our process to the building and its contents, while still effectively killing bed bugs onsite. Unlike pesticides, bed bug heat treatments penetrate furniture and crevices, and kill bed bugs where they reside. Our process forces heat into beds, bedding, mattresses, furniture, electronics, and wall cavities, leaving no place for bed bugs to run.
Since our bed bug heat treatments kill entire bed bug infestations, including eggs and bed bugs concealed in furniture and mattresses, a single treatment can render additional bed bug extermination visits unnecessary, saving you time and money.