Bed Bugs can be brought into your residence by many different ways.
Used Furniture – Bedding, Couches, etc.
Visitors (That have infestation)
You visiting someone that has infestation.
Camps ,YMCA, 4H, Church, etc
College students bring them home for the weekend.
Adult Bed Bug – Atlanta
You just can’t go to Yard Sales and bring anything back into your home. You just can’t bring used clothing and furniture into your home when you have no idea where its been. Just keep doing that and you will eventually get bed bugs. They do not come from outside. They are almost always brought into your home. Occasionally we see multi-unit apartments where heavily infested units will cause adjoining units to be infested however that is not usually the case.
Often we can do a visual inspection (No Charge) and determine bed bug activity. When you have a small living area it is recommended to treat the entire unit with our Thermal Remediation Electric Heat Treatment when activity is found. When looking at larger homes the problem comes up about doing sectional treatments. We can do that but normally we recommend a Sensor Dog Inspection prior to treatment to assure that there is no activity in other areas. Sensor Dogs can find Bed Bugs by using their olfactoral senses. They are trained to respond to only live bugs. They help us by clearing areas that are not infested. Sometimes they help us to simply do the right treatment.
Sensor Dog Found Bed Bugs – Excited.
When bed bugs first came to Atlanta we had training classes using pesticides for extermination of bed bugs. Why not? We were used to killing bugs with pesticides. After doing a few jobs I ran into big time resistance. I was seeing them nest in areas that had been recently treated and it was very frustrating for us. I called some expert entomologist research people and shed my frustrations. They assured me that I was not alone and there was much resistance to pesticides by these insects. One of them – Paul Bello had recently did some research on using heat temperature to remove bed bugs.
I checked on some of the equipment that was available and found the Thermal Remediation process to be quite intriguing but also very expensive. I decided to bite the bullet and purchase a 4 heater trailer unit. After extensive training we started offering heat treatments in the Atlanta area. In just a few months we were backlogged for 2 weeks. We added a Box Truck and after a year we were backlogged again. We keep adding equipment and widened our area for treatment to include Macon, Savannah, Hilton Head, St. Simons and the surrounding areas. We have completed a few thousand treatments and I must tell you this is the best and safest method available. Is it perfect ? No However very close. We occasionally have an issue but rarely. The hardest jobs for us to be successful is when people have a lot of bugs and a lot of stuff. Our enemy with Heat Treatments is density. Piles of clothes, Thick couches, Clutter etc. Some preparation is necessary to be successful with treatment. Bed Bugs die at 118 degrees. We treat at 130 – 135 degrees for many hours. Our units are self contained in that we have generators that provide the power for the electric heaters. We simply park close to the structure and run a large cord from the generator into the residence (usually through a window). We then place the heaters strategically in the residence and turn everything on. It generally takes 1 – 1/2 hours to heat the unit to kill temperature (118) We hold the above kill temp for 3-4 hours. The treatment will typically take 5-6 hours total and sometimes longer.
While waiting for heatup we also treat along the inner walls for containment along with dusting electric plates outlet areas.
The last part of the treatment is to place encasements on all of the mattressess and box springs that are present. We send the proper amount and sizes with the technician and they install them at the end of treatment. Encasments are a good tool in elimination of bed bugs. They also help us to monitor the situation properly.
Bed Bugs Heat Treatment Bed Setup
If you think you may have Bed Bugs Call us today and get this nightmare over with.